9780471023098

Principles of Plant Breeding

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  • ISBN13:

    9780471023098

  • ISBN10:

    0471023094

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-05-10
  • Publisher: Wiley
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Summary

As ancient as agriculture itself, plant breeding is one of civilization\'s oldest activities. Today, world food production is more dependent than ever on the successful cultivation of only a handful of major crops, while continuing advances in agriculture rely on successfully breeding new varieties that are well-adapted to their human-influenced ecological circumstances. Plant breeding involves elements of both natural and cultural selection-a process which operates on individual plants and on plant populations. This book offers the most recent detailed knowledge of plant reproduction and their environmental interaction, which can help guide new breeding programs and help insure continuing progress in providing more food for growing populations produced with better care of the environment.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
PART I. Introductory Topics 1(68)
Darwinian Evolution
3(9)
Origins of Agriculture
12(12)
Evolution During Domestication
24(12)
Mating Systems of Plants
36(12)
Overview of Plant Breeding
48(21)
PART II. Biological Foundations of Plant Breeding 69(86)
Heredity and Environment
71(13)
Genetic Consequences of Hybridization
84(11)
Inheritance of Continuously Varying Characters: Biometrical Genetics
95(21)
Evolution During Cultivation
116(5)
Marker-Assisted Analysis of Adaptedness in Nature
121(15)
Marker-Assisted Dissection of Adaptedness in Cultivation
136(19)
PART III. Modern Breeding Plans 155(79)
Reproductive Systems and Breeding Plans
157(18)
Breeding Self-Pollinated Plants
175(23)
Breeding Hybrid Varieties of Outcrossing Plants
198(18)
Breeding Clonally Propagated Plants
216(5)
Breeding Hybrid Varieties of Selfing Plants and Plants that Are Clonally Propagated in Nature
221(4)
Plant Breeding for Low-Input Agricultures
225(9)
Glossary 234(7)
References 241(6)
Index 247

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