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Muhammad Sarwar Khan

University of Agriculture Faisalabad

A leading plant biotechnologist who innovated expression of oxygen-loving green fluorescent protein (GFP) in plant chloroplasts and pioneered plastid transformation in rice and sugarcane. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, UK and he has published over 100 articles in high impact journals.


Sugarcane Biotechnology Production Breeding Genotyping DNA-Based Molecular Markers Salinity Drought Insects Disease Biotic and Abiotic Stress Management DNA Markers

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Sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum) is one of the most vegetatively cultivated cash crops in the world, predominantly grown in tropical and subtropical regions in more than 90 countries and is the main source of sugar, biofuel, and biomaterial. The genus ‘Saccharum’ a family member of Poaceae is highly polyploid, often found aneuploid, and hence phylogenetically a more complexed grass. A number of books have been published on sugarcane but every book is focused on either one or two aspects. We are proposing to publish a comprehensive book covering topics from production technology to modern technology, the biotechnology.
Despite enormous efforts, crop production is compromised due to a number of biotic and abiotic factors hence, the crop demands more attention of breeders, geneticists, biotechnologies, and farmers to improve its sustainable production. Modern approaches like next-generation sequencing, proteogenomics, and genetic engineering provide a wider scope for breeders, geneticists, physiologists, biotechnologists, genomicists, and agronomists for genetic improvement, production, weed, pests, and disease management.

This book will provide a broader platform to discuss issues, advancement in the technologies, and solutions to the problems of the sugarcane industry. Hence, the key features of the book that will broadly be, but not be limited to:
 * Production Technology and Advancements
 * Breeding and Molecular Breeding
 * Tissue Culture and propagation
 * Pests and Diseases and their Management
 * Genomics, Genetics, and Biotechnology
 * Whole-Genome Sequencing and QTL mapping
 * Genetic transformation and trait development, etc

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Date completed: September 29th 2020

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Deadline for full chapters: December 26th 2020

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Review results due: March 16th 2021

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Expected publication date: May 15th 2021

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Muhammad Sarwar Khan

University of Agriculture Faisalabad

Muhammad Sarwar Khan is currently serving as Professor and Director at the Center of Agricultural Biochemistry and Biotechnology (CABB), University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan. He has earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Horticulture with a major thesis on Citrus Tissue Culture. Mr. Khan earned his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, UK. Afterward, the Rockefeller foundation fellowship under a Biotechnology Program for Developing Countries to research at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers, USA was awarded to him. His first-of-its-kind research was published in Nature Biotechnology. Dr. Khan has served as the founding group leader of Chloroplast Transformation and Biopharming, and as the head of the Biotech Interdisciplinary Division at NIBGE. Dr. Khan has supervised more than 100 Ph.D., M-Phil students, and researchers. He has published more than 100 articles in high impact journals, including Nature, and is the author of several book chapters and books. Dr. Khan also pioneered plastid transformation in rice and sugarcane, recalcitrant plant species. He has also knocked out several genes from the chloroplast genome of higher plants. His current research interests include the development of edible-marker-carrying transgenics, cost-effective therapeutics, and edible vaccines for animals. Further, his research group is carrying out research projects, in collaboration or alone, on genetic improvement of field and horticultural crops. Furthermore, his research group is working on various projects like whole-genome sequencing, proteogenomics, etc. Dr. Khan Dr. Khan has received prestigious national and international awards and is on the Editorial Boards of several international scientific journals.

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