Victoriano Valpuesta - Fruit and vegetable biotechnology
2002 | ISBN: 0849314364, 1855734672 | English | 338 pages | PDF | 1.5 MB
Genetic modification is one of the most important and controversial issues facing the food industry today. Drawing on an international team of contributors, this book explores its major impact on fruit and vegetable cultivation and subsequent food processing.
The introduction analyzes the available tools and methods, from the selection and isolation of genes to safety issues such as the stability of transgenes. The contributors then discuss the range of properties that have been the subject of genetic enhancement, including agronomic traits such as fruit quality and resistance to environmental stresses, as well as sensory properties such as color, flavor, processing functionality, and nutritional quality. The text also examines the use of molecular markers in plant breeding. Subsequent chapters consider how biotechnology can improve plant defense mechanisms and also extend the post-harvest life of fruit and vegetables. Thorough case studies illustrate the efforts involved and the positive effects resulting from genetic modification, and also offer insight into future applications. To complete the survey of this field, the editor explores the vital issues of consumer attitudes and risk assessment.