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Contents include: Millet diversity and its use in West Africa; State of the use of maize genetic diversity in the USA and sub-Saharan Africa; State of the use of Musa diversity; and The genetic base of lentil in South Asia.
"For plant breeders, scientists concerned with genetic resource conservation, and research managers in agriculture and biodiversity, a collection of papers on approaches that contribute to broadening the genetic base of crops--a prerequisite to the commitment by World Food Summit leaders to halve the number of undernourished people by 2015. A number of the papers describe efforts at large-scale development of locally adapted populations from unimproved or exotic sources through long-term, population-based approaches. Others reflect recent developments in participatory plant breeding and in situ conservation of genetic resources."--SciTech Book News
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