456 pages, 64 illus
As the world's population increases the need to produce greater quantities of major staple crops such as wheat, rice, maize, potato, cassava, soybean, sweet potato, barley, and banana in order to sufficiently feed the people of the world continues to grow. Breeding Major Food Staples covers improving yields and quality of these crops through breeding and the use of molecular biology tools such as gene transfer, genome mapping, biofortification, and bioinformatics. This book will be an important reference for anyone working in crop breeding.
...comprised of informed and informative essays...offering state-of-the-art technical information...An impressive body of scholarship... should be considered a fundamental cornerstone acquisition for all...reference collections. Midwest Book Review
Contents Foreword (G.S. Khush) Preface (Kang & Priyadarshan) General Topics Introduction: Genetic Enhancement of Polyploid Crops Using Tools of Classical Cytogenetics and Modern Biotechnology Chapter 1: Breeding Methodologies: Classic and Modern (Kang et al.) Chapter 2: Biofortification (Pfeiffer & McClafferty) Chapter 3: Bioinformatics (Edwards) Cereals and Oil/Protein Crops Chapter 4: Wheat (Singh & Trethowan) Chapter 5: Rice (Virmani & Ilyas-Ahmed) Chapter 6: Barley (Ceccarelli et al.) Chapter 7: Corn (Johnson) Chapter 8: Soybean (Cianzio) Carbohydrate Suppliers: Root Crops and Banana Chapter 9: Potato (Bradshaw) Chapter 10: Sweetpotato (Tan et al.) Chapter 11: Cassava (Ceballos et al.) Chapter 12: Banana (Pillay & Tripathi) Detailed contents
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Manjit Kang is a former Professor of Quantitative Genetics at Louisiana State University and current Vice Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University P. M. Priyadarshan is a Plant Breeder at the Rubber Research Institute of India