Introduction to Food Biotechnology

Perry Johnson-Green

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$95.96

April 29, 2002 by CRC Press
Textbook - 312 Pages - 109 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780849311529 - CAT# 1152
Series: Contemporary Food Science

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Features

  • Provides a comprehensive approach to food biotechnology
  • Introduces clear and understandable explanations of molecular biology
  • Presents easily understandable diagrams/figures to aid in the explanation of concepts
  • Uses case studies to reinforce concepts
  • Addresses consumer issues and regulatory concerns
  • Covers gene-cloning strategies, applications of transgenic research to crops and food animals, and diagnostic methods based on the use of DNA, antibodies, and biosensors
  • Summary

    Universities throughout the US and the rest of the world offer Food Biotechnology courses. However, until now, professors lacked a single, comprehensive text to present to their students. Introduction to Food Biotechnology describes, explains, and discusses biotechnology within the context of human nutrition, food production, and food processing. Written for undergraduate students in Food Science and Nutrition who do not have a background in molecular biology, it provides clear explanations of the broad range of topics that comprise the field of food biotechnology.

    Students will gain an understanding of the methods and rationales behind the genetic modification of plants and animals, as well as an appreciation of the associated risks to the environment and to public health. Introduction to Food Biotechnology examines cell culture, transgenic organisms, regulatory policy, safety issues, and consumer concerns. It covers microbial biotechnology in depth, emphasizing applications to the food industry and methods of large-scale cultivation of microbes and other cells. It also explores the potential of biotechnology to affect food security, risks, and other ethical problems.

    Biotechnology can be used as a tool within many disciplines, including food science, nutrition, dietetics, and agriculture. Using numerous examples, Introduction to Food Biotechnology lays a solid foundation in all areas of food biotechnology and provides a comprehensive review of the biological and chemical concepts that are important in each discipline. The book develops an understanding of the potential contributions of food biotechnology to the food industry, and towards improved food safety and public health.