Crop improvement using classical induced mutagenesis is now well standardized. A large number of new promising varieties in different crops have successfully been developed world wide using both physical and chemical mutagens. Voluminous literature are now available on basic and applied aspects of mutagenesis. Mutation technique has been refined and holds promise of generating a much wider desirable variability than classical breeding. Recent advances in technology combined with classical mutation Breeding offers new and exciting challenges for development of new varieties. There was necessary to compile worldwide activities on induced mutagenesis for crop improvement. The Book covers both basic and applied aspects of mutation and its impact on different crops like vegetables, pulse, medicinal, edible and non-edible oil, ornamentals etc. in different countries.
The book is extremely well prepared and contains huge volume of informations accumulated using classical induced mutagenesis on different crops in different countries. The will serve as an extremely comprehensive guide to the researchers, teachers, students and individuals who are interested to use induced mutagenesis as a tool for crop improvement.
1. Use of Induced Mutations for Crop Improvement : Revisited/H. Yamaguchi
2. Mutation Breeding for Crop Improvement : A Review/M.A. Awan
3. Mutation Breeding in Nigella Sativa L. (Black Cumin)/A.K. Biswas
4. Improvement of a Value Added Medicinal Herb "Trigonella foenum graceum L.": Need and Approach/S.K. Datta & V.L. Goel
5. Role of Experimental Mutagenesis for Genetic Improvement of Peas and Soybean/A. Mehandijev
6. Cowpea Mutation Breeding for Resistance to Bacterial Leaf Blight Disease (Xanthomonas vignicola Burk.)/Sanit Luadthong
7. Mutation Breeding : A Novel Technique for Quality Improvement of Winged Bean [Psophocarpus Tetragonolobus (L.) DC.]/R.D. Dadke & V.S. Kothekar
8. Quantitative and Qualitative Improvement in Brassica Oil Crops through Induced Mutation Technique in Bangladesh/M.L. Das & A. Rahman
9. Effects of Gamma Radiation on Jatropha Curcas : A Promosing Crop for New Source of Fuel/S.K. Datta & R.K. Pandey
10. Role of Mutation Induction for Wheat (T. aestivum L.) Improvement/Wange Lin-quing & LI Gui-ying
11. Selection Studies on Mutant Barley Populations/M.B. Yildrim, N. Budak, Z. Yildrim & T. Kusaksiz
12. Linkage Mapping Using Mutant Genes in Rice/T. Kinoshita
13. Classical Mutation Breeding and Molecular Methods for Genetic Improvement of Ornamentals/S.K. Datta & Debasis Chakrabarty
14. Combination of Classical and Modern Methods for the Development of New Ornamental Varieties/A.K.A. Mandal & S.K. Datta
Dr. S.K. Datta obtained his B.Sc. Spl. Hons.(Botany) degree in 1968 and M.Sc. (Botany) with specialization in cytogenetics and plant breeding) degree in 1970 from Kalyani University, West Bengal. He started his research carrier in the field of induced mutagenesis for crop improvement at Bose Institute, Kolkata since April 1971 and obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1976 from Calcutta University for his thesis entitled "Cytogenetical studies in Trichosanthes anguina L.". Dr. Datta joined National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow in 1977 and started his further research activities on improvement of different ornamental crops through induced mutagenesis. He was Head, Mutation Breeding Laboratory, NBRI since 1985. He has developed more than 80 new varieties in different ornamentals for floriculture trade through induced mutation. He was awarded D.Sc. degree in Botany for his extensive work on ornamentals. Dr. Datta has been associated with several professional societies and committee.
Dr. Datta has published over 175 research papers on mutation breeding in National and International journals. He has published one book "Ornamental Plants : Role of mutation" and five Bulletins. He has contributed chapters on mutation breeding in several books and published series of review research papers on induced mutagenesis. He was invited to present his paper on mutation breeding at Tsukuba, Japan during the 6th International Congress of the Society for the Advancement of Breeding Research in Asia and Oceania (1989); at Vienna, Austria during International Symposium on the contribution of Plant Mutation Breeding to crop improvement, 1990; at Vienna, Austria, during FAO/ IAEA International Symposium on the use of induced mutation and molecular techniques for crop improvement, 1995; at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, during International Nuclear Conference 2002.
Dr. Datta was also deputed to Berlin under CSIR - DAAD Scientists Exchange Programme for two months (1992). Considering the quantum of work done and published literature on induced mutagenesis, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna selected. Dr. Datta as "Expert on Mission" for evaluation of mutation breeding project sponsored by IAEA to Philippines (October 2001); and Jakarta, Indonesia for project evaluation mission.
Dr. Datta is now Deputy Director, Coordinator and Head, Botanic Garden and Floriculture, NBRI and he is working on different aspects related to Cytomorphology, in vivo and in vitro induced mutagenesis, conventional breeding, tissue culture, management of chimera, conservation, dehydration of flowers and floral crafts etc. on different ornamentals like Amaryllis, Asiatic Hybrid Lily, Bougainvillea, Chrysanthemum, Dahlia, Gerbera, Marigold, Gladiolus, Hibiscus, Rose, Tuberose, Lantana depressa, Orchid etc.