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Plant Molecular Breeding



Plant Molecular Breeding

H. John Newbury (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-14775-0 February 2009 Wiley-Blackwell 280 Pages


The last few years have seen an explosion of new information and resources in the areas of plant molecular genetics and genomics. As a result of developments such as high throughput sequencing, we now have huge amounts of information available on plant genes. But how does this help people charged with the task of improving crop species to create products with altered functions or improved characteristics?

This volume considers ways in which the new information, resources and technology can be exploited by the plant breeder. Examples in current use will be quoted wherever possible.

Mapping, characterization and deployment of quantitative trait loci.

Michael J. Kearsey and Zewei W. Luo, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, UK.

Marker-assisted breeding.

Frédéric Hospital, INRA, Station de Génétique Végétale, Gif-sur-Yvette, France.

Genomic colinearity and its application in crop plant improvement.

H. John Newbury, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, UK and Andy H. Paterson, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Georgia, Athens, USA.

Plant genetic engineering.

Ian Puddephat, Syngenta, Jealott’s Hill International Research Centre, Bracknell, Berkshire, UK.

Plant germplasm collections as sources of useful genes.

Ian Godwin, School of Land and Food Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

The impact of plant genomics on maize improvement.

Donal M. O'Sullivan, Molecular Research Group, NIAB, Cambridge, UK and Keith J. Edwards, School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, UK.

Plant genomics and its impact on wheat breeding.

James A. Anderson, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota, St Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Genomics and molecular breeding for root and tuber crop improvement.

Meredith W. Bonierbale, R. Simon, D.P. Zhang and M. Ghislain, International Potato Center, Lima, Peru, C. Mba, Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical, Cali, Colombia and X-Q. Li, Potato Research Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.



  • Emphasises the impact of molecular genetics / genomics on plant breeding
  • Examples in current use are quoted, wherever possible
  • Provides much new information and perspectives following publication of the first entire plant genome sequence
  • Authors have been drawn from respected laboratories around the world