Temperate Fruit Crop Breeding: Germplasm to Genomics

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Jim F. Hancock
Springer Science & Business Media, Feb 21, 2008 - Science - 456 pages
This book is intended to be a brief compilation of the information available on the breeding of temperate fruit crops. The goal is to provide overviews on the evolution of each crop, the history of domestication, the breeding methods employed and the underlying genetics. A serious effort is made to fully integrate conventional and biotechnological breeding approaches. A discussion is also provided on licensing and patenting. It is hoped that this book can be used as a springboard for breeders desiring an update, horticulturalists who wonder what the fruit breeders are doing and geno- cists who are searching for a way to contribute to fruit breeding efforts. By far the fastest progress can be made when we all talk the same language. This manuscript is in many regards an update of the information found in Fruit Breeding, Volumes 1 and 2, edited by J. Janick and J. N. Moore (1996). The major difference is that much more molecular information is now available on fruit crops. Molecular linkage maps have been produced for many of the commercial species and the ?rst quantitative trait loci are being tagged and selected through marker assisted breeding. Regeneration and transformation systems are available for many of the fruit crops and potentially useful genes have been cloned and characterized. Fruit breeders will soon have all the tools in their tool box that the grain breeders have had for over a decade.

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About the author (2008)

James F. Hancock received his BS in Biology from Baldwin Wallace College (Berea, Ohio), a MS in Botany at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) and a Ph.D. in Genetics at the University of California, Davis. After a short stint in the Biology Department at the University of South Carolina, he moved to Michigan State University (MSU) as an assistant professor of Horticulture, where he has been for over thirty years, being promoted to Professor in 1986. He was the Director of the Plant Breeding and Genetics Program at MSU from 2004 to 2009, and is currently the Director of the MSU Plant Biotechnology Resource Center. The emphasis of his research has been on the breeding and genetics of blueberries and strawberries, and he has published prodigiously in these areas. His previous books have been "The Strawberry" and "Plant Evolution and the Origin of Crop Species", and he has edited books on "The Highbush Production Guide" (with Marvin Pritts), "Temperate Fruit Crop Genetics: Germplasm to Genomics", and "Environmental Biosafety" (with Rebecca Grumet, Karim Maredia and Cholani Weebadde). He has lectured and consulted on blueberry growing and breeding in Chile, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Latvia, Mexico Poland, Spain, Portugal and Scotland. Most notably he had a six month stay at the Universidad de Talca in 1992 on a Fulbright Fellowship to study and lecture on small fruits. He has guided the programs of about 20 graduate students and 3 post-doctoral Fellows.

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