The research in agricultural sciences is taking great strides with advancement in methodologies and techniques. It, therefore, becomes important to maintain pace as well as update oneself on the recent happenings in agricultural research. The present book is an effort to compile the recent information involving different articles pertaining to genomics, physiology, biochemistry, diseases and abiotic stresses. Thus, the chapters provide information on ''omics'' of plants that covers genomics, proteomics and metabolomics, molecular techniques for crop improvement, gene silencing, marker-assisted selection for crops, biotechnology and genetic engineering for developing stress tolerant crops, elicitor biotechnology, salt stress effects, heavy metal stress and phytoremediation, genetics of wheat rust resistance, improvement of Brassicas, nutritional aspects of cereals and genetic transformation of fruit crops. The book would be useful to the students and scientists working in the areas of agricultural research, and would provide current knowledge of diverse research areas through the reviews written by subject experts
R.C. Setia :- R.C. Setia (b.1948) Ph.D., Professor, Department of Botany, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, is a well known plant scientist with over 30 years of research and teaching experience. He was conferred Hari Ohm Ashram Bhai Kaka Award, and Professor Hira Lal Chakravarty Award by the Indian Science Congress Association. Harsh Nayyar :- Harsh Nayyar (b.1964) Ph.D., is a senior Reader in the Department of Botany, Panjab University, Chandigarh, and is an accomplished plant physiologist. His current research interest lies in the effects of abiotic stress on crop plants. Neelam Setia :- Neelam Setia (b.1951) Ph.D., Professor and Head, Department of Botany, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, is a well known plant physiologist. She has about 33 years of teaching and research experience. She was conferred Professor Hira Lal Chakravarty Award by the Indian Science Congress Association.