Rapeseed is an important oilseed crop belonging to Crucifereae family and grown in subtropical to temperate climate. Recent discoveries have caused the scientific community to respond positively by directing a greater amount of research towards increasing production and improving the quality of rapeseed oil. Today, the annual worldwide production is approximately 7.5 million tons on 4 million acres. Canola ranks 5th in the production of world's oilseed crops following soybean, sunflower, groundnut and cottonseed.
Rapeseed Breeding fully explains the miraculous discoveries about the genetic material which have contributed to the growth of this important crop. With contributions from world-renowned researchers from North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, this book provides the first scientific reference for scientists interested in the further exploitation of this important crop.
1. History, Origin and Evolution Dr. S. K. Gupta and Dr. Aditya Pratap - SK University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology, INDIA 2. Breeding Methods Dr. Wolfgang Friedt - Plant Breeding Department, Germany 3. Breeding for Improved Oil and Meal Quality Keith Downey - Saskatoon Research Centre, Canada 4. Practical Use and Development of DNA Markers in Oilseed Rape Quality Breeding Katarzyna Mikolajczyk - Institute of Plant Breeding & Acclimatization, Research Division in Poznan,POLAND 5. Heterosis Breeding Fu Ting Dong - Institute for Crop Genetics & Breeding, Huazhong Agricultural University, China 6. Self-incompatibility T. Nishio - Tohoku University, Japan 7. Rapeseed Biotechnology Dr. C. Neal Stewart - Plant Molecular Genetics, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 8. Oilseed Rape Physiology Dr. Fu Shouzhong - China Dr. S.K. Gupta and Dr. Aditya Pratap - Div. of Plant Breeding & Genetics, SK University of Agril Sci. & Tech., India 9. Growth Regulators Dr. L. Milliuviene - Institute of Botany, Zaliuju ezeru 49, Lithuania 10. Fingerprinting of Oilseed Rape Cultivars Dr. Vladislav Curn - University of South Bohemia, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic 11. Haploid and Double-Haploid Technology in Oilseed Rape Prof. Weijun Zhou, Deputy Director - Institute of Crop Sciences, Zhejiang University, China 12. Breeding for Apetalous Rape Prof. Lixi Jiang - Molecular Agrobiology, Zhejiang University, China 13. Breeding for Winter Hardiness C. L. Rife - Dep. Of Agronomy, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 14. Breeding for Herbicide Resistant Cultivars B. E. Peter McVetty - Department of Plant Science, University of Manitoba, Winnnipeg, MB R3T 2N2, Canada 15. Breeding for Disease Resistance Dilantha W.G. Fernando, Professor of Plant Pathology & Biotechnology - Department of Plant Science, University of Manitoba, Winnnipeg, Canada 16. Breeding for CMS and Hybrid Rape Dr. S. K. Gupta and Dr. Aditya Pratap - SK University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology 17. Breeding for Shattering Resistance P. A. Salisbury - ILFR, The University of Melbourne, Australia 18. Rapeseed Oil Technology Bertrand Mathews - Federal Centre for Cereal, Potato, and Lipid Research, Institute for Cereal Research, Munster, Germany 19. Importance of Honeybees in Oilseed Rape Production Dr. D. P. Abroal - SK University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology 20. Introgression into Oilseed Rape Rikke Bagger Jorgensen, Senior Scientist and Project Leader - Denmark 21. Evaluation, Maintenance and Conservation of Rapeseed Germplasm Dr. Ranvir Singh - NBPGR, New Delhi, India