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Principles of Plant Genetics and Breeding, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-66475-9
758 pages
October 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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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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Table of Contents

Preface, ix

Acknowledgements, xi

Industry highlights boxes, xiii

Industry highlights boxes: authors, xv

Section 1 Overview and historical perspectives, 1

1 Introduction, 3

2 History of plant breeding, 22

Section 2 Population and quantitative genetic principles, 41

3 Introduction to concepts of population genetics, 43

4 Introduction to quantitative genetics, 63

Section 3 Reproductive systems, 95

5 Introduction to reproduction and autogamy, 97

6 Allogamy, 121

7 Hybridization, 131

8 Clonal propagation and in vitro culture, 146

Section 4 Germplasm for breeding, 171

9 Variation: types, origin and scale, 173

10 Plant domestication, 185

11 Plant genetic resources, 199

Section 5 Breeding objectives, 227

12 Yield and morphological traits, 229

13 Quality traits, 246

14 Breeding for resistance to diseases and insect pests, 260

15 Breeding for resistance to abiotic stresses, 280

Section 6 Selection methods, 301

16 Breeding self-pollinated species, 303

17 Breeding cross-pollinated species, 337

18 Breeding hybrid cultivars, 355

19 Breeding clonally propagated species, 374

Section 7 Molecular breeding, 383

20 Molecular markers, 385

21 Mapping of genes, 402

22 Marker assisted selection, 424

23 Mutagenesis in plant breeding, 436

24 Polyploidy in plant breeding, 452

25 Molecular genetic modifications and genome-wide genetics, 470

Section 8 Marketing and societal issues in breeding, 489

26 Performance evaluation for crop cultivar release, 491

27 Seed certification and commercial seed release, 511

28 Regulatory and legal issues, 523

29 Value-driven concepts and social concerns, 543

30 International plant breeding efforts, 556

Section 9 Breeding selected crops, 575

31 Breeding wheat, 577

32 Breeding corn, 591

33 Breeding rice, 606

34 Breeding sorghum, 617

35 Breeding soybean, 629

36 Breeding peanut, 639

37 Breeding potato, 647

38 Breeding cotton, 657

39 Breeding tomato, 667

40 Breeding cucumber, 679

41 Breeding roses, 682

Supplementary chapters: review of genetic statistical principles, 689

1 Plant cellular organization and genetic structure: an overview, 691

2 Common statistical methods in plant breeding, 707

Glossary of terms, 726

Appendix 1: Conversion rates, 731

Index, 732

Companion website

The book is accompanied by a companion resources site: www.wiley.com/go/acquaah/plantgeneticsandbreeding With figures and tables from the book.

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Author Information

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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“This is an excellent textbook for students and teachers of plant breeding."  (Expl Agric, 1 January 2013)

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