Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Current Trends in Wheat Research

Mahmood-Ur- Rahman

GC University

Dr. Ansari has published over 50 papers in international peer-reviewed journals in the field of molecular biology, biotechnology, and bioinformatics. He is a member of various international professional societies and a founding member of the Pakistan Society for Computational Biology.


Wheat Improvement Food Security Wheat Breeding Wheat Genetics Wheat Biotechnology Wheat OMICS Biotic Stress Insect Resistance Abiotic Stress Climate Change Genome Editing Computational Biology

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Since the domestication of wheat during 15,000-10,000 BC, wheat has been a major source of staple food for human population. Currently, it feeds about 40% of the global population and contributes 20% in terms of total calories and protein intake. According to FAP, with the addition of 200,000 plus 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 percent annually and an annual production of 1 billion tons of wheat would be needed to be produced by the year 2020. The alarming gap between increasing demand and current production is a big challenge for the scientists. To meet the challenge, we have to increase either area under production, or increase yield per unit area or both. Increasing 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 will be discussed. The book will deal with the 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.

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Mahmood-Ur- Rahman

GC University

Dr. Mahmood-ur-Rahman Ansari is an Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology at Department of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, GC University – Faisalabad, Pakistan. He obtained his BSc (Hons) in Plant Breeding and Genetics from University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan in 2003. He got MPhil and PhD in Molecular Biology from National Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology, Lahore, Pakistan in 2006 and 2011 respectively. He has published over 50 papers in international peer-reviewed journals in the field of Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, and Bioinformatics. Moreover, he has published more than 10 book chapters and edited 3 books so far. His research group aims to understand the molecular mechanisms of stress tolerance in plants. He is member of various national and international professional societies. He is founding member and member Board of Directors of the Pakistan Society for Computational Biology (PSCB) since 2012.

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