CONTENTS:- Preface. I. Biological diversity: 1. Biodiversity : a critical review on major aspects/B. Zechendorf. 2. Fish biodiversity and strategies for conservation of threatened species/A.K. Pandey and P. Das. 3. Diversity of Coccinellid resources/Omkar and Ahmad Pervez. 4. Insect collections as a biological and biotechnological resource/Carl W. Schaefer. II. Horizons of biotechnology: 5. Horizons in biotechnology research/S. Indu Kumari and Kaiser Jamil. 6. What contributions can biotechnology make to sustainable development?/Bernhard Zechendorf. 7. Secondary metabolites : new resources through plant tissue culture/A. Kumar, A.K. Gaur and G.K. Garg. 8. Basidiomacromycete biopotentialities and biotechnologies/U. Tomati and P. Rapana. 9. Harnessing plant biodiversity for immunomodulation/A. Kumar, V. Umapathi and B.D. Lakhchaura. III. Floral and faunal resource technology: 10. Impact of tobacco as a model system on plant biotechnological research/V.A. Bapat, P. Suprasanna, P.S. Rao and T.R. Ganapathi. 11. French bean seed production technology with special reference to hills/T.S. Verma. 12. Biological and biotechnological potentials of nematodes/C. Shekhawat and G. Tripathi. 13. Toxicity and mutagenicity testing of environmental agents using silkworm/G. Subramanya, S.A. Deepak and Hiriyanna. IV. Molecular designing and regulation: 14. Biodegradable polymers-problems and prospects/R.S. Chauhan. 15. Hormonal regulation of biochemical potentials of fish resources/G. Tripathi and P. Verma. 16. Chemistry and biochemistry involved in the pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis of lignocellulosic materials/L.P. Ramos. 17. Biotransformation of betalactam antibiotics : state of art/M.K. Roy, D. Roy and D. Thakur. V. Biopotential evaluation: 18. Importance of living Avian resources/Anand S. Dixit. 19. Inventory of avifauna in Jamshedpur area of Jharkhand state, India/J.P. Kotangale and T.K. Ghosh. 20. Potentials of resorptive bodies in insects/M. Bhide and V. Kharya. 21. Animal energy in Indian agriculture/G. Singh. VI. Environmental cleaning: 22. Reduction strategies of methane emitted from ruminant animals/T.K. Dutta and Nawab Singh. 23. Harnessing nature’s capability of self-cleansing: biodegradation and bioremediation of organochlorinated pesticides/G. Supriya Rao, A. Salpekar and D.K. Agarwal. VII. Scientific interaction: 24. Interactions between scientists and managers/policy makers/John Cairns, Jr.
The book contains 24 chapters written by distinguished scientists in the areas of their specializations. The entire compilation has been divided into seven sections comprising of biological diversity, horizons of biotechnology, floral and faunal resource technology, molecular designing and regulations, biopotential, evaluation, environmental cleaning and scientific interaction. There is a critical review on biodiversity with emphasis on conservation of species. Horizons in biotechnological research, contributions of biotechnology to sustainable development and plant biodiversity for immunomolulation have been discussed. Floral and faunal technology describes tobacco as a model system, seed production technology in hills, biotechnological potentials of nematodes and use of silkworm in toxicity and mutagenicity testing. Molecular technology includes biodegradable polymers hormonal regulation of biochemical potential hydrolysis of lignocellulose and hibtransformation of betalactam antibiotics. Biopotential evaluation section deals with importance of living avian resources, potentials of resorptive bodies and animal energy in agriculture. Environmental biotechnology describes reduction strategies of methane emitted from ruminant animals. This section also includes harnessing’s nature capability of self-cleansing. Last section deals with the basis of interactions between scientists and managers/policymakers for future bioscientific and socioeconomic development. The complete book is important and interesting in the present era of drastic biological and biotechnological advancements.