The Book entitled “Genetic Resources and Seed Enterprises: Management and Policies” addresses the three core issues vital to modern crop improvement. The first part is related to collection, characterization, conservation and evaluation of plant genetic resources with focus on biotechnology interventions. The second part analyses in depth the principles of seed technology along with focus on seed industry which is expanding fast under private sector. The third part deals with international agreements and national legislations related to biodiversity conservation, seed policies and intellectual property rights.
The book shall be very handy to undergraduates and post graduate students across a wide spectrum of disciplines in agricultural universities and professionals dealing with plant genetic resources, seed and policy framework.
Part. I: Plant genetic resources: 01. Plant genetic resources. 02. Plant genetic resources-national perspective. 03. Plant genetic resources-international perspective. 04. National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR) 05. International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI). 06. Centres of origin of cultivated plants. 07. Plant diversity and genetic erosion. 08. Plant diversity in Indian Gene Centre. 09. Plant germplasm sampling strategy. 10. Plant germplasm exploration. 11. Collection of wild plant species. 12. Collection of seed in the field. 13. Collecting vegetatively propagated plants. 14. Molecular characterization of plant genetic resources. 15. In-Vitro method of germplasm conservation. 16. Plant germplasm conservation. 17. Genetic resource ocumentation. 18. Plant quarantine. 19. International agreements and national legislations on PGR.
Part II. Seed enterprises: 20. Seed industry in India. 21. Global seed industry. 22. Profile of major seed companies in India 23. Field standards in seed production. 24. Seed standards. 25. Seed certification. 26. Seed quality and its evaluation. 27. Seed conditioning or processing. 28. Seed enhancement. 29. Seed storage. 30. Mechanism for hybrid seed production. 31. Hybrid seed production in rice. 32. Hybrid seed production in pearl-millet. 33. Heterosis and its exploration in tomato. 34. Hybrid cucurbits seed production. 35. Hybrid seed production of pumpkin and squash. 36. Commercialization of transgenics. 37. Transgenics and regulatory mechanism. 38. Regulatory reforms in biotechnology. 39. Bt Cotton. 40. The Seed Act-1966 (Act No. 54 of 1966). 41. The Seed Rules-1968. 42. PFS Order-1989. 43. National Seed Policy. 44. The Seed Bill, 2004. III. IPR issues: 45. IPR issues. 46. Patents Act, 1970. 47. The Patents (Amendment) Act, 2005. 48. The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Act, 2001. 49. Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Rules, 2003. 50. Cartagena protocol on biosafety.
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