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About this book
About this book
Plant breeding practices have improved the livelihoods of millions. Current breeding practices have allowed farmers to produce enough crops to feed growing populations, added significant profits in the grain trade, and minimized the amount of land needed for agricultural production by permitting more intensive use of existing crop lands. This volume reviews the status of the major challenges, approaches, and accomplishments of plant breeding programs from around the world.
This volume originated from the Arnel R. Hallauer International Symposium held in Mexico City in 2003, and represents contributions from an international field of leading plant breeding researchers. The coverage is broad and comprehensive and provides the latest developments affecting grains, trees, fruits, nuts, and forage crops.
1. Plant Breeding: Past, Present, and Future 2. Who Are Plant Breeders, What Do They Do, and Why? 3. Social and Environmental Benefits of Plant Breeding 4. Defining and Achieving Plant-Breeding Goals 5. Improving the Connection Between Effective Crop Conservation and Breeding 6. Breeding for Cropping Systems 7. Participatory Plant Breeding: A Market-Oriented, Cost-Effective Approach 8. Plant Breeding Education 9. Theoretical and Biological Foundations of Plant Breeding 10. Integrating Breeding Tools to Generate Information for Efficient Breeding: Past, Present, and Future 11. Genotype by Environment Interaction - Basics and Beyond 12. Applications of Comparative Genomics to Crop Improvement 13. Perspectives on Finding and Using Quantitative Disease Resistance Genes in Barley 14. Breeding for Resistance to Abiotic Stresses in Rice: The Value of Quantitative Trait Loci 15. The Phenotypic and Genotypic Eras of Plant Breeding 16. The Historical and Biological Basis of the Concept of Heterotic Patterns in Corn Belt Dent Maize 17. Hybrid and Open-Pollinated Varieties in Modern Agriculture 18. Breeding Vegetatively Propagated Crops 19. Origins of Fruit Culture and Fruit Breeding 20. Sugarcane Genomics and Breeding 21. Improving Tolerance to Abiotic Stresses in Staple Crops: A Random or Planned Process? 22. Breeding for Resistance to Biotic Stresses 23. Breeding for Increased Forage Quality 24. Breeding for Grain Amino Acid Composition in Maize 25. Derivation of Open-Pollinated Inbred Lines and Their Relation to Z-Lines for Cyclic Hybridization 26. Breeding Maize Exotic Germplasm 27. Development of a Heterotic Pattern in Orange Flint Maize
Kendall Lamkey, Ph.D., is the Pioneer Distinguished Chair in Maize Breeding and Director of the Raymond F. Baker Center for Plant Breeding, Agronomy Department, Iowa State University. Mike Lee, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Plant Breeding and Genetics Panel, Agronomy Department, Iowa State University. Lee's research focuses on developing and utilizing genetic techniques and principals to complement the programs in maize breeding and genetics with the most recent advances in applied plant molecular genetics.