Principles of Plant Genetics and Breeding

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John Wiley & Sons, Aug 16, 2012 - Science - 760 pages
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To respond to the increasing need to feed the world's population as well as an ever greater demand for a balanced and healthy diet there is a continuing need to produce improved new cultivars or varieties of plants, particularly crop plants. The strategies used to produce these are increasingly based on our knowledge of relevant science, particularly genetics, but involves a multidisciplinary understanding that optimizes the approaches taken.

Principles of Plant Genetics and Breeding, 2nd Edition introduces both classical and molecular tools for plant breeding. Topics such as biotechnology in plant breeding, intellectual property, risks, emerging concepts (decentralized breeding, organic breeding), and more are addressed in the new, updated edition of this text. Industry highlight boxes are included throughout the text to contextualize the information given through the professional experiences of plant breeders. The final chapters provide a useful reference on breeding the largest and most common crops.

  • Up-to-date edition of this bestselling book incorporating the most recent technologies in the field
  • Combines both theory and practice in modern plant breeding
  • Updated industry highlights help to illustrate the concepts outlined in the text
  • Self assessment questions at the end of each chapter aid student learning
  • Accompanying website with artwork from the book available to instructors

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Overview and Historical Perspectives
History of Plant Breeding
Population and Quantitative Genetic
Introduction to Quantitative Genetics
Reproductive Systems
Marker Assisted Selection
Mutagenesis in Plant Breeding
Molecular Genetic Modifications and GenomeWide
Key References and Suggested Reading
Seed Certification and Commercial Seed Release
Regulatory and Legal Issues
ValueDriven Concepts and Social Concerns

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Germplasm for Breeding
Plant Domestication
Plant Genetic Resources
Yield and Morphological Traits
Quality Traits
Breeding for Resistance to Diseases and Insect Pests
Key References and Suggested Reading
Breeding SelfPollinated Species
Key References and Suggested Reading
Breeding Hybrid Cultivars
Key References and Suggested Reading
Molecular Breeding
Mapping of Genes
International Plant Breeding Efforts
Breeding Selected Crops
Breeding Corn
Breeding Rice
Breeding Sorghum
Breeding Soybean
Breeding Peanut
Breeding Tomato
Breeding Cucumber
Breeding Roses
Internet Resources
Common Statistical Methods in Plant Breeding
Glossary of Terms

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About the author (2012)

George Acquaah is Dean at Bowie State University. He is the author of four critically acclaimed textbooks, and has received numerous awards, including the prestigious USDA Award for Excellence in College and University Teaching in Food and Agricultural Sciences, and the Millennium Award for Excellence in Teaching, presented by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the US.

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