In their book Drive Nacho Drive, Brad and Sheena Van Orden traded the American Dream for the open road, and set off in their temperamental 1984 VW van named ´´Nacho.´´ After 13 months of humorous and sometimes demoralizing misadventures along the Pan-American Highway, our intrepid subjects eventually arrived at the southernmost town in the world in Tierra del Fuego. This is where 927 Days of Summer picks up the trail. After shipping Nacho from Argentina to Malaysia on a container ship, Brad and Sheena resume their journey, this time with the ambitious goal of driving all the way around the world. When they roll out of the shipping container onto Malaysian soil, their odometer turns over to 300,000 miles. Is Nacho really up for the brutal journey ahead? This hilarious and harrowing tale cuts through the sweltering jungles of Southeast Asia to the buzzing hornet´s nest of India, from the remote Nepalese Himalayas to the stony hills of Anatolia, on to the Sahara Desert of Africa, through Europe and beyond. Whether dodging rickshaws on crater-filled roads, defying Maoist rebels on cliff-hanging Himalayan tracks, getting hopelessly stuck in the desert on the Pakistani border, or becoming the subjects of an international missing persons´ case in the remote mountains of Laos, there is never a dull moment in 927 Days of Summer. Come along as a diverse cast of characters guides our determined travelers through a world of unfolding landscapes and cultures on the road trip to end all road trips, and then ask yourself: can you really just go home, unpack, and eat a sandwich? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brad Van Orden, Sheena Van Orden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/075899de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
To comprehend the organizational principle of cellular functions at diff erent levels, an integrative approach with large-scale experiments, the so-called omics data including genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics, is needed. Omics aims at the collective characterization and quantifi cation of pools of biological molecules that translate into the structure, function, and dynamics of an organism or organisms. Currently, omics is an essential tool to understand the molecular systems that underlie various plant functions. Furthermore, in several plant species, the development of omics resources has progressed to address the particular biological properties of individual species. Integration of knowledge from omics-based research is an emerging issue as researchers seek to identify significance, gain biological insights and promote translational research. From these perspectives, we intend to provide the emerging aspects of plant systems research based on omics and bioinformatics analyses together with their associated resources and technological advances. Th e present book covers a wide range of omics topics, and discusses the latest trends and application area of plant sciences. In this volume, we have highlighted the working solutions as well as open problems and future challenges in plant omics studies. We believe that this book will initiate and introduce readers to state-of-the-art developments and trends in omics-driven research. Dr. Khalid Rehman Hakeem (PhD) is working as a Fellow Researcher at the Faculty of Forestry, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia and also a Visiting Professor at Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey. He has obtained his MSc. (Environmental Botany) as well as PhD (Botany) from Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India in 2006 and 2011 respectively. He has conducted his Post Doctorate research in the fields of forest dynamics and plant biotechnological studies from Universiti Putra Malaysia from 2012-2013. Dr. Hakeem has more than Nine years of teaching and research experience in Plant Eco-Physiology, Biotechnology & Molecular biology, Plant-Microbe-soil interactions as well as in Environmental sciences. Recipient of several fellowships at both national and international levels, Dr. Hakeem has so far edited and authored more than sixteen books with International publishers. He has also to his credit more than 70 research publications in peer reviewed international journals, including 30 book chapters with international publishers. He is also the Editorial board member and reviewer of several high impact international Journals. Dr. Hakeem is currently engaged in studying the plant processes at ecophysiological as well as proteomic levels. Dr. Güzin Tombulo?lu (PhD) is working as a Assistant Professor at the Pathology Laboratory Techniques Programme of Vocational School of Medical Sciences, Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey. She has received her MSc.(Biology) degree in 2008 and PhD (Biotechnology) degree in 2014 from Fatih University. She has studied transcriptomics identification of barley boron tolerance mechanism during her PhD. She has experienced several projects on abiotic stress, plant stress responses, Boron toxicity and transcriptomics. She has given several courses on teaching biology education for ten years. She also worked as a Chairman in Pathology Laboratory Techniques Programme and Assistant Manager at Vocational School of Medical Sciences at Fatih University. Dr. Hüseyin Tombulo?lu (PhD) ize: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;>is working as an Assistant Profesor at the Faculty of Science and Arts, Department of Biology, Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey. He received his BSc. degree in 2007 from Istanbul University, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Turkey, and also he studied as an exchange student in University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He obtained MSc.(Biology) degree in 2010 and PhD (Biotechnology) degree in 2014 from Fatih University. During this period, he worked on molecular biology of plants, specifically abiotic stresses and the long distance communication of plants via miRNAs. He has awarded several projects supported by TUBITAK (The Scientific And Technological Research Council of Turkey) and BAP
This book: (i) introduces fundamental and applied bioinformatics research in the field of plant life sciences; (ii) enlightens the potential users towards the recent advances in the development and application of novel computational methods available for the analysis and integration of plant -omics data; (iii) highlights relevant databases, softwares, tools and web resources developed till date to make ease of access for researchers working to decipher plant responses towards stresses; and (iv) presents a critical cross-talks on the available high-throughput data in plant research. Therefore, in addition to being a reference for the professional researchers, it is also of great interest to students and their professors. Considering immense significance of plants for all lives on Earth, the major focus of research in plant biology has been to: (a) select plants that best fit the purposes of human, (b) develop crop plants superior in quality, quantity and farming practices when compared to natural (wild) plants, and (c) explore strategies to help plants to adapt biotic and abiotic/environmental stress factors. Accordingly the development of novel techniques and their applications have increased significantly in recent years. In particular, large amount of biological data have emerged from multi-omics approaches aimed at addressing numerous aspects of the plant systems under biotic or abiotic stresses. However, even though the field is evolving at a rapid pace, information on the cross-talks and/or critical digestion of research outcomes in the context of plant bioinformatics is scarce. Plant Bioinformatics: Decoding the Phyta is aimed to bridge this gap. Dr. Khalid Rehman Hakeem (PhD) is working as Associate Professor at Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, He has obtained his MSc. (Environmental Botany) as well as PhD (Botany) from Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India in 2006 and 2011 respectively. He has conducted his Post Doctorate research in the fields of plant ecology and plant biotechnological studies from Universiti Putra Malaysia from 2012-2013. Dr. Hakeem has more than Nine years of teaching and research experience in Plant Eco-Physiology, Biotechnology & Molecular biology, Plant Bioinformatics, Plant-Microbe-soil interactions as well as in Environmental sciences. Recipient of several fellowships at both national and international levels, Dr. Hakeem has so far edited and authored more than Twenty books with International publishers. He has also to his credit more than 100 research publications in peer reviewed international journals, including 35 book chapters with international publishers. He is also the Editorial board member and reviewer of several high impact international Journals. Dr. Hakeem is currently engaged in studying the plant processes at ecophysiological as well as proteomic levels. Adeel Malik (PhD) is currently working as a Research Professor at Chungnam National University, Daejeon, South Korea. He obtained his PhD (2009) from the Dept. of Biosciences, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), New Delhi, India. During his PhD, he developed computational methods for the prediction of carbohydrate binding sites in proteins using sequence and evolutionary information. He obtained his postdoctoral fellowship from School of Computational Sciences, Korea Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS), Seoul, South Korea (2011-2012). As a part of his research, he investigated plant lectin-carbohydrate interactions via community-based network analysis by using glycan array data. He worked as an Assistant Professor at School of Biotechnology, Yeungnam University, South Korea and later at Perdana University Center for Bioinformatics (PU-CBi), Malaysia. His research interests include developing computational methods for studying protein-carbohydrate interactions and applyinging bioinformatics approaches to explore the role of glycogenes in various biological processes. He has published about 19 research articles in high impact journals including 3 book chapters. Prof. Munir Ozturk (PhD, DSc.) was born in Kashmir (1943) and holds PhD+DSc degrees in Ecology & Environmental Sciences from Ege University, Turkey. He is author of over 450 papers on ecological studies as well as biomonitoring in different habitats and is member in the editorial board of as well as reviewer in several journals. Dr. Öztürk has received fellowships from Alexander von Humboldt and Japanese
This book discusses the bioremediation of both solid and liquid waste, including regional solutions for India as well as globally relevant applications. The topics covered include pollutant reduction through composting, solutions for petroleum refinery waste, use of microorganisms in the bioremediation of industrial waste and toxicity reduction, microbial fuel cells, and microbial depolymerisation. The book also explores the biosorption of metals and the bioremediation of leachates, especially with regard to soil and groundwater remediation. It is a valuable resource for researchers, professionals, and policy makers alike. Dr. Sunita Varjani is a scientific officer at Gujarat Pollution Control Board, Gandhinagar, India. She holds an M.Sc. degree in Microbiology (2009) and Ph.D. in Biotechnology (2014). Her major areas of research are industrial and environmental microbiology/biotechnology and molecular biology. Dr. Varjani has authored 35 publications and has won several awards and honours, including the Young Scientist Award at the AFRO-ASIAN Congress on Microbes for Human and Environmental Health, New Delhi (2014) and Best Paper Awards for oral presentations at national and international conferences in 2008, 2012 and 2013. She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Energy and Environmental Sustainability. Prof. Edgard Gnansounou graduated with an M.S. in Civil Engineering and Ph.D. in Energy Systems at the EPFL. He is a professor of Modelling and Planning of Energy Systems at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) where he is the director of the Bioenergy and Energy Planning Research Group. He is currently investigating the techno-economic and environmental assessment of bio-refinery schemes based on the conversion of agricultural residues. He is leading research projects in that field in several countries including Brazil, Colombia and South Africa. He has published numerous papers in leading scientific journals. He is a member of the editorial board of Bioresource Technology. Prof. G. Baskar is currently working as a professor of Biotechnology at St. Josephs College of Engineering, Chennai, India. He has published more than 100 papers in national and international journals and five book chapters. His research expertise is in biofuels, therapeutic proteins, microbial enzymes, nanomedicine and nanocatalysis. He received the International Bioprocessing Associations Young Scientist Award (2015) and the Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE)-Sayed Sajed Ali National Award (2016). Dr. Deepak Pant is currently the dean and head of Environmental Science, Central University of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamsal. He received the Silver Jubilee Research Fellowship award in 2003 from Kumaun University, Nainital (India); the UCOST Young Scientist Award 2009, INSA Fellow (2010), DST-SERC Visiting Fellow 2010), and DST-SERC Young Scientist Award (2011). Dr. Pant has 5 patents in the area of waste management using green techniques and published 10 books, 45 research papers in various national and international journals. Dr Pant recently received Visitors Award 2017 from the President of India for his innovations in the area of waste management. Dr. Zainul Akmar Zakaria is an associate professor at the Department of Bioprocess and Polymer Engineering, Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Malaysia. He is currently a research fellow at the Institute of Bioproduct Development (IBD), UTM, which is a National Centre of Excellence for Plant and Microbial Bioproducts. He has published two research books, four edited books and eight book chapters. Dr. Zainul has served as a guest editor for some various journals; an evaluator for research grants from the American Chemical Society, Saudi Arabia, Australia and South Africa; as well as an external examiner for Ph.D. candidates from South Africa, India and Pakistan.
The chapters presented in this book Biofortification of Food Crops depict how agricultural technological interventions have true role in alleviating malnutrition. This book highlights the role of multidisciplinary approaches to cope up with the challenges of micronutrient malnutrition or hidden hunger which is an alarming public health issue in most parts of the world including India. In this endeavour, different biofortification approaches such as agronomic (or ferti-fortification), breeding, biotechnological, physiological, microbial etc. has fulfilled their different mandates of nutrient enrichment of food crops including cereals and pulses. The contents of the book proves that biofortified plants have adequate potential to nourish nutrient depleted soils, help increase crop productivity and provide nutritional benefits to plants, humans and livestock. The content and quality of information presented in this book will definitely provide multiple novel ideas of advance techniques and will stimulate innovative thoughts and directions amongst researchers and policy makers in the field of biofortification. In addition, the contributions presented in the book will be a good source of background knowledge and technical know-how to educate the readers about biofortification. The authors hope that the book entitled Biofortification of Food Crops would provide a suitable platform in our collective efforts for an appropriate dialogue among the scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, policy makers and farmers in reducing the budding issues of malnutrition through novel approaches and means. Dr Ummed Singh is a Senior Scientist at ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur, India. Earlier Dr Singh served as Assistant Professor at SKUAST of Kashmir, Srinagar, India. He did his Post-Doctorate (2009-11) at the Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, P.R. China, where he worked on Biofortification of Wheat . He is currently responsible for developing efficient pulse based cropping systems, biofortified pulses and next generation fertilizers. His research findings have been documented in over 125 referred publications. He also serves as Editor, reviewer of national and international journals and holding life membership of 11 professional societies. Dr Singh has visited to China, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates etc. Dr Singh has also been awarded IMPHOS-FAI Award-2013, Best Poster-2014, SHRIRAM PURUSKAR 2013-14 and Innovative Scientist of the Year-2014. Dr C S Praharaj is Principal Scientist at ICAR- IIPR Kanpur. He has also worked at CPRI, Shimla, CSWCRTI, Dehradun, CICR, Nagpur. His research interest is primarily on enhancing water productivity per drop of water use through Resource conservation and Precision agriculture technologies. He has published 76 Research Papers, 2 books, 16 Book Chapters, 06 Technical Bulletins, 64 Papers in Proceedings/ symposium/ seminar, 51 Popular Articles and 24 compendiums/reports besides editor in three journals. He has visited the countries like, Egypt, Bangladesh and Nepal. He has also been awarded appreciation from Govt. of Odisha and Shriram Puruskar 2013-14. Dr S S Singh is Principal Scientist & Head, Division of Crop Production, ICAR-IIPR, Kanpur. Earlier, he has been Head, Division of Crop Research at ICAR-RCER Patna, and Assistant Professor, Rajendra Agriculture University, Pusa, Bihar. His research interest is primarily in conservation agriculture, Integrated Farming Systems and Climate resilient agriculture. He has published 88 Research Papers, 3 books, 15 Book Chapters, 12 Technical Bulletins, 105 Papers in Proceedings/ symposium/ seminar, 45 Popular Articles and 42 Extension Folders. He has visited USA, UK, Australia, Mexico, Thailand, Philippines, Bangladesh and Nepal. He is recipient of Excellent Team Research Award of ICAR, Rajeev Gandhi Maulik Lekhan Award of Ministry of Home Affairs, GOI and Fellow of Indian Society of Agronomy. Dr Narendra Pratap Singh, is a Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur. Previously, Dr Singh was Project Coordinator (Chickpea). He did Post Doctorate from WA Biotechnology Centre, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia (2000) and Plant Biotechnology Institute, NRC, Saskatoon, Canada (2004). He has published over 150 research/conference papers. He served as Editor-in Chief, Journal of Food Legumes and Editors of more than 15 Indian and International Journals. Presently, he is also President of Indian Society of