About the book
Since its domestication during 15,000-10,000 BC, wheat has been a major source of staple food for humans. Currently, it feeds about 40% of the global population and contributes 20% in terms of total calories and protein intake. According to FAO, with the addition of over 200,000 people a day to the world population, almost a billion people are suffering from hunger and 13% of the total population is currently malnourished. In developing countries, demand for wheat is expected to grow by 2.2% annually. The alarming gap between increasing demand and current production is a big challenge for scientists. To meet the challenge, we have to increase the area under production, increase yield per unit area, or both. Increasing the area seems almost impossible because of constraints like drought, salinity, water logging, and trends in urbanization. Increasing yield, on the other hand, is the potential option which is possible through adopting better management practices and advanced technologies. In this book, various advanced technologies used in wheat research are to be discussed.
The book intends to deal with wheat breeding, biotechnology, improvement of wheat for biotic and abiotic stress, OMICS studies, genetic manipulation of wheat, genome editing, genome sequencing, development of better wheat plants for climate change conditions, etc.