Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Chloroplasts - From Biology to Applied Molecular Biology

Muhammad Sarwar Khan

University of Agriculture Faisalabad


Chloroplast Evolution Chloroplast Biology Plastome Chloroplast Physiology Genomics Proteomics Genetic Engineering Valuable Traits Biopharming Biofortification Vaccines Usage

Register your interest in contributing to this book

Collaborate with our community and contribute your knowledge.

About the book

Photosynthesis is one of the most significant phenomenon on Earth to sustain life. The progenitors of chloroplasts had developed an extraordinary partnership with eukaryotic cells, allowing successors to colonize on the land for a sustainable life. The organelles; the chloroplasts, mitochondria and the nucleus in a plant cell are performing functions in close coordination with each other. The whole-genome sequencing, robust OMICS approaches, and advanced genetic engineering methods have opened new opportunities to improve the genetic makeup of plants, consequently, traits that are impossible to introduce by conventional means are introduced. Provision of funds by various Foundations promise advancements of inventions from laboratories to the clinic.

This book will provide information on evolutionary biology, including the structure and function of chloroplasts. It will explain OMICS and other advanced approaches to decipher the plastome (chloroplast genome) gene expression and its crosstalk with other cell organelles.Also the book will discuss the approaches to develop recombinant chloroplasts to express agronomic, industrial and medicinal traits."

Publishing process

Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: December 3rd 2019

Applications to edit the book are assessed and a suitable editor is selected, at which point the process begins.

Chapter proposals submitted and reviewed

Deadline for chapter proposals: December 23rd 2019

Potential authors submit chapter proposals ready for review by the academic editor and our publishing review team.

Register for the book

Approved chapters written in full and submitted

Deadline for full chapters: February 22nd 2020

Once approved by the academic editor and publishing review team, chapters are written and submitted according to pre-agreed parameters

Full chapters peer reviewed

Review results due: May 12th 2020

Full chapter manuscripts are screened for plagiarism and undergo a Main Editor Peer Review. Results are sent to authors within 30 days of submission, with suggestions for rounds of revisions.

Book compiled, published and promoted

Expected publication date: July 11th 2020

All chapters are copy-checked and typesetted before being published. IntechOpen regularly submits its books to major databases for evaluation and coverage, including the Clarivate Analytics Book Citation Index in the Web of ScienceTM Core Collection. Other discipline-specific databases are also targeted, such as Web of Science's BIOSIS Previews.

About the editor

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 Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, UK. Afterward, he was awarded the Rockefeller foundation fellowship under the Rice Biotechnology Program for Developing Countries to carry out research at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers, USA. 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 Biotech Interdisciplinary Division at NIBGE. Dr. Khan has supervised more than 100 Ph.D., M-Phil students, and researchers. He has published 105 articles in high impact journals, including Nature, and he is the author of several book chapters and books. Dr. Khan has developed transgenic sugarcane, resistant to top borers and tolerant to a herbicide, which was approved by the National Biosafety Committee (NBC) for field trials in 2006–2007. This was the first proposal of endogenously developed transgenic crops, approved by the NBC in Pakistan. Dr. Khan has also pioneered plastid transformation in rice and sugarcane, recalcitrant plant species. He has also knocked out a number of 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. Dr. Khan has received prestigious national and international awards and is on the Editorial Boards of international scientific journals.

View profile

Book chapters authored 3

Books edited 1

Introducing your Author Service Manager

Mr. Gordan Tot

As an Author Service Manager my responsibilities include monitoring and facilitating all publishing activities for authors and editors. From chapter submission and review, to approval and revision, copyediting and design, until final publication, I work closely with authors and editors to ensure a simple and easy publishing process. I maintain constant and effective communication with authors, editors and reviewers, which allows for a level of personal support that enables contributors to fully commit and concentrate on the chapters they are writing, editing, or reviewing. I assist authors in the preparation of their full chapter submissions and track important deadlines and ensure they are met. I help to coordinate internal processes such as linguistic review, and monitor the technical aspects of the process. As an ASM I am also involved in the acquisition of editors. Whether that be identifying an exceptional author and proposing an editorship collaboration, or contacting researchers who would like the opportunity to work with IntechOpen, I establish and help manage author and editor acquisition and contact.

Ask a question

Book will be abstracted and indexed in