CONTENTS:- Biotechnology; History and scope of agricultural biotechnology; Production of disease free plants; Tissue culture as a source of genetic variability; Application in crop improvement; Protoplast isolation; Somatic hybridization; An introduction to insecticides; Pharmodynamics and Anti-cancer Agents; Genetic Engineering; Ti Plasmid and vectors; Production of Transgenic and insertional mutagenesis; Molecular biology of Nitrogen fixation.
Through the application of modern techniques of biotechnology to agriculture, breeders can make precise genetic changes that impart beneficial properties to the crop plants, trees, fish and animals which provide us with food and fibre. Agricultural biotechnology helps farmers increase yields, enabling them to produce more food per acre and reduces the need for chemicals, pesticides, water and tilling, thereby providing benefits to the environment as well as to the health and livelihood of nutritive value of staple foods to improve overall nutrition and health. Agricultural biotechnology holds great promise to boost food production in both the developed and the developing world and to reduce agricultural vulnerability to the impact of pests, viruses and drought. It is, as a result, one of the primary ingredients in the world's effort to combat food insecurity and malnutrition.