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An Introduction to Plant Breeding



An Introduction to Plant Breeding

Jack Brown, Peter Caligari

ISBN: 978-1-444-35770-7 August 2011 Wiley-Blackwell 224 Pages


Plants have been successfully selectively bred for thousands of years, culminating in incredible yields, quality, resistance and so on that we see in our modern day crops and ornamental plants. In recent years the techniques used have been rapidly advanced and refined to include molecular, cell and genetic techniques.

An Introduction to Plant Breeding provides comprehensive coverage of the whole area of plant breeding. Covering modes of reproduction in plants, breeding objectives and schemes, genetics, predictions, selection, alternative techniques and practical considerations. Each chapter is carefully laid out in a student friendly way and includes questions for the reader. The book is essential reading for all those studying, teaching and researching plant breeding.

1 Introduction..

2 Modes of reproduction and types of cultivar..

3 Breeding objectives..

4 Breeding schemes..

5 Genetics and plant breeding..

6 Predictions..

7 Selection.8 Alternative techniques in plant breeding..

9 Some Practical considerations.


?My overall impression is quite positive of this new volume, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to my beginning students who wish to have a companion textbook to our principles course.?( The Quarterly Review of Biology , 2009)

?Brown and Caligari have drawn on their considerable expertise in plant breeding to write this concise, yet thorough, book. This book moves beyond the typical by the inclusion of current molecular topics used in modern breeding, including the use of genetic markers ? and a balanced examination of the use of this technology. The authors begin with a good historical overview of plant breeding, which serves to put in context the central themes presented throughout the book. Essential.? Choice

  • Authors are well-respected internationally as plant breeders
  • Authors have many years’ teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in plant sciences and genetics
  • Essential reading for plant breeders
  • Core text for courses in plant sciences and agriculture