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Wheat: Science and Trade

Brett F. Carver (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-8138-2024-8
616 pages
June 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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Wheat: Science and Trade is an up-to-date, comprehensive reference work designed to expand the current body of knowledge on this staple crop, incorporating new information made available by genetic advances, improvements in the understanding of wheat's biology, and changes in the wheat trade industry. Covering phylogeny and ontogeny, manipulation of the environment and optimal management, genetic improvement, and utilization and commercialization, the book focuses on the most economically significant diseases and impacts
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Foreword xvii

Preface xix

Acknowledgements xxi

Contributors xxiii

Section I: Making of a Wheat Plant 3

1 Wheat evolution, domestication, and improvement 5

2 Development of the wheat plant 31

3 The flowering pathway in wheat 57

Section II: Making of a Wheat Crop 73

4 Systems-based wheat management strategies 75

5 Diseases which challenge global wheat production—the wheat rusts 89

6 Diseases which challenge global wheat production—root, crown, and culm rots 125

7 Diseases which challenge global wheat production—powdery mildew and leaf and head blights 155

8 Nematodes which challenge global wheat production 171

9 Insects which challenge global wheat production 189

10 Temporally and spatially dependent nitrogen management for diverse environments 203

11 Grain yield improvement in water-limited environments 215

12 Cutting down on weeds to cut a cleaner wheat crop 251

Section III: Making of a Wheat Cultivar 273

13 Wheat breeding: Procedures and strategies 275

14 State of QTL detection and marker-assisted selection in wheat improvement 309

15 Genome organization and comparative genomics 327

16 Synthetic wheat—an emerging genetic resource 369

17 Success in wheat improvement 387

18 Transgenic applications in wheat improvement 397

Section IV: Making of a Wheat Industry 437

19 Overview of wheat classification and trade 439

20 Passing the test on wheat end-use quality 455

21 The biochemical and molecular basis of wheat quality 495

22 New uses for wheat and modified wheat products 521

23 US wheat marketing system and price discovery 551

Index 557

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Brett F. Carver is Regents Professor and Wheat Genetics Chair in Agriculture at Oklahoma State University, whose research in wheat breeding and genetics spans 25 years.
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  • Provides an up-to-date authoritative resource on a globally consumed and produced crop
  • Focuses on the most economically significant diseases and impacts
  • Includes sections on the wheat plant, crop, cultivar, and industry
  • Presents an up-to-date wheat reference
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    "The book is an authoritative source of up-to date information on almost all technical aspects of wheat." (Journal of Agricultural Science, December 2010)

    "An impressive achievement.... It is probably the best general text on wheat that is currently available, with the level of coverage and an accessible style making it suitable as a text for undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as a valuable source of information for practising wheat scientists." (Journal of Cereal Science, December 2009)

    "The signposting of sections and subjects is excellent, enabling the reader to find areas of interest quickly and easily. … The book is a sound reference source for academics, students, breeders and professionals in the wheat industry" (Experimental Agriculture, December 2009)

    "A reference on all aspects of the wheat plant, crop, cultivar, and industry." (Book News, December 2009)

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