A knowledge of how plants are bred is absolutely essential to all crop and plant scientists and is an integral part of all agriculture and plant sciences undergraduate degrees. Plants have been successfully selectively bred for thousands of years, culminating in the incredible yields, quality, resistance and so on that we see in our modern day crops and ornamental plants. The techniques used have been rapidly advanced and refined over recent years.
An Introduction to Plant Breeding will provide comprehensive coverage of the whole area of plant breeding. It is based on Peter Caligari's and Jack Brown's experience in, and teaching of, plant breeding over many years. It covers modes of reproduction in plants, breeding objectives and schemes, genetics, predictions, selection, alternative techniques and practical considerations. Each chapter will be carefully laid out and will include questions for the reader.
"My overall impression is quite positive of this new volume, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to my beginning students who wish to have a companion textbook to our principles course."
- The Quarterly Review of Biology, 2009
"Brown and Caligari have drawn on their considerable expertise in plant breeding to write this concise, yet thorough, book. This book moves beyond the typical by the inclusion of current molecular topics used in modern breeding, including the use of genetic markers and a balanced examination of the use of this technology. The authors begin with a good historical overview of plant breeding, which serves to put in context the central themes presented throughout the book. Essential."
"The authors provide a concise overview of their chosen field and are not shy about emphasizing the global importance of plant breeding."
– Farmer's Market Online, August 2008
Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - Modes of reproduction and types of cultivar
Chapter 3 - Breeding objectives
Chapter 4 - Breeding schemes
Chapter 5 - Genetics and plant breeding
Chapter 6 - Predictions
Chapter 7 - Selection
Chapter 8 - Alternative techniques
Chapter 9 - Practical considerations
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Jack Brown is Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Department of Plant Soil and Entomological Sciences, University of Idaho, USA.
Peter Caligari is Director of the Institute of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, University of Talca, Chile.