Breeding Insect Resistant Crops for Sustainable Agriculture

Editors: Arora, Ramesh, Sandhu, Surinder (Eds.)

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  • Discusses the latest advances in the field of plant resistance to insects especially the application of molecular biology in developing insect resistant crops
  • Includes a comprehensive chapter on breeding techniques for developing insect resistant crops
  • Covers advances in development of insect resistant cultivars in a wide range of crops including cereals, pulses, oil seeds and horticultural and cash crops
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This book reviews and synthesizes the recent advances in exploiting host plant resistance to insects, highlighting the role of molecular techniques in breeding insect resistant crops. It also provides an overview of the fascinating field of insect-plant relationships, which is fundamental to the study of host-plant resistance to insects. Further, it discusses the conventional and molecular techniques utilized/useful in breeding for resistance to insect-pests including back-cross breeding, modified population improvement methods for insect resistance, marker-assisted backcrossing to expedite the breeding process, identification and validation of new insect-resistance genes and their potential for utilization, genomics, metabolomics, transgenesis and RNAi. Lastly, it analyzes the successes, limitations and prospects for the development of insect-resistant cultivars of rice, maize, sorghum and millet, cotton, rapeseed, legumes and fruit crops, and highlights strategies for management of insect biotypes that limit the success and durability of insect-resistant cultivators in the field.

Arthropod pests act as major constraints in the agro-ecosystem. It has been estimated that arthropod pests may be destroying around one-fifth of the global agricultural production/potential production every year. Further, the losses are considerably higher in the developing tropics of Asia and Africa, which are already battling severe food shortage. Integrated pest management (IPM) has emerged as the dominant paradigm for minimizing damage by the insects and non-insect pests over the last 50 years. Pest resistant cultivars represent one of the most environmentally benign, economically viable and ecologically sustainable options for utilization in IPM programs. Hundreds of insect-resistant cultivars of rice, wheat, maize, sorghum, cotton, sugarcane and other crops have been developed worldwide and are extensively grown for increasing and/or stabilizing crop productivity. The annual economic value of arthropod resistance genes developed in global agriculture has been estimated to be greater than US$ 2 billion

Despite the impressive achievements and even greater potential in minimizing pest- related losses, only a handful of books have been published on the topic of host-plant resistance to insects. This book fills this wide gap in the literature on breeding insect- resistant crops. It is aimed at plant breeders, entomologists, plant biotechnologists and IPM experts, as well as those working on sustainable agriculture and food security.

About the authors

Dr. Ramesh Arora, Professor of Entomology at Eternal University, Baru Sahib, HP, India holds a Ph.D. in Entomology (1990) from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Punjab, India. He also served there for more than 37 years as a researcher in various capacities. His research interests include development and dissemination of IPM in cotton, vegetables, oilseeds and forage crops; and climate resilient pest management. Dr. Arora has nearly 300 publications, including 90 research articles in refereed national and international journals and 100 conference/symposia presentations. He has also authored/edited 14 books on entomology, pest management and sustainable agriculture and contributed 42 book chapters in edited books published by leading publishers. He has been involved in designing course curricula and teaching UG and PG courses in Entomology. He has guided the research work of more than 30 PG students in Entomology, Plant Pathology, Zoology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Agricultural Biotechnology and Extension Education. Dr. Arora is associated with several professional societies as vice president/ general secretary/ editor-in-chief/ EC member and has served as organizing secretary / co-organizing secretary / member of the organizing committee of more than a dozen international and national conferences/ seminars/ symposia.

Dr. Surinder Sandhu is Professor of Plant Breeding at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, Punjab. She received her Ph.D. in Genetics (Minor-Plant Breeding) from PAU, Ludhiana in 1995 and won the prestigious J L Nehru Award for outstanding Post Graduate Research in Agriculture from ICAR, New Delhi. She started her research career as scientist (crop Improvement) (1995-2002) at the ICAR-Central Potato Research Institute’s Regional Station, Jalandhar. Later, she became a sugarcane breeder (2002-2010) at PAU, Ludhiana. She served as a research scholar at the University of Florida, Gainesville, U.S.A. from December, 2007 to June, 2008. She received the Best Teacher Award (ICAR) for the year 2010-11 and was granted the Australian Endeavour Research Fellowship Award in 2010. Dr. Sandhu has been instrumental in the development of four sugarcane varieties, which were released in the state and two of which were recommended at zonal level. She has published 24 research papers in refereed international and national journals, written three manuals and four book chapters. She was promoted to the position of professor of plant breeding in 2011 and has been In-charge, Oilseeds Section since 2015.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Insect-Plant Interrelationships

    Arora, Ramesh (et al.)

    Pages 1-44

  • Insect Pests and Crop Losses

    Sharma, Smriti (et al.)

    Pages 45-66

  • Advances in Breeding for Resistance to Insects

    Sandhu, Surinder (et al.)

    Pages 67-99

  • Advances in Breeding for Resistance to Hoppers in Rice

    Sarao, P. S. (et al.)

    Pages 101-130

  • Distinguishing Proof and Utilization of Resistance of Insect Pests in Grain Legumes: Progress and Limitations

    Sharma, H. C. (et al.)

    Pages 131-170

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Hardcover 176,79 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Breeding Insect Resistant Crops for Sustainable Agriculture
Editors
  • Ramesh Arora
  • Surinder Sandhu
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-6056-4
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-6056-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-6055-7
Softcover ISBN
978-981-13-5558-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 421
Number of Illustrations
2 illustrations in colour
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