This book provides comprehensive information on the latest tools and techniques of molecular genetics and their applications in crop improvement. Advanced techniques used in molecular markers, QTL mapping, marker-assisted breeding and molecular cytogenetics have been thoroughly discussed. The volume highlights molecular genetics from the perspective of plant breeders. Special emphasis has been given on the application of molecular techniques to enhancing efficiency of plant breeding, particularly for developing tolerance to abiotic and biotic stresses, improved quality, highly heterotic germplasm, introgression of useful alien genes, strategies to achieve apomixis. Molecular basis of gene regulation under stress, role of DNA methylation, insertional mutagenesis, gene targeting and microarray technology and their relevance for genetic enhancement of crops are featured. Integration of molecular techniques to solve plant breeding problems is one of the special features of the book. The book will be especially useful to scientists engaged in molecular genetics and plant breeding. Also, it will be a valuable book for graduate students majoring in crop science, genetics, and plant breeding.
Preface. 1. Molecular markers: principles and methodology; P.K. Gupta, et al. 2. Microsatellites and molecular breeding: exploitation of microsatellite variability for the analysis of a monotonous genome; P. Winter, et al. 3. Development and application of molecular markers in conifers; R. Schubert, et al. 4. Molecular markers and heterosis; P.K. Ranjekar, et al. 5. Molecular markers and abiotic stresses; I. Winicov. 6. Molecular markers for flowering time genes in crop species; D.A. Laurie, S. Griffiths. 7. Molecular markers for the genetic analysis of apomixis; M.J. Asins, et al. 8. Use of molecular markers for fruit crop improvement; A.R. McCaskill, J.J. Giovannoni. 9. In situ hybridization in plants- methods and application, J. Maluszynska. 10. Molecular tools for improving coffee (Coffea arabica L.) resistance to parasites; D. Fernandez, P. Lashermes. 11. Construction and use of genetic maps in cereals; M. Motto, P.A. Marsan. 12. Gene expression under environmental stresses-molecular marker analysis; M. Brosche, et al. 13. Random insertional mutagenesis in Arabidopsis; T. Ito, K. Shinozaki. 14. Engineering the cloroplast genome to confer stress tolerance and production of pharmaceutical proteins; H. Daniell. 15. Identification of strawberry flavour related genes by the use of DNA microarrays; A. Aharoni, A.P. O'Connell. 16. Gene targeting in plants; S. Kumar, M. Fladung. 17. Plant DNA methylation and gene expression; M. Bellucci, et al. 18. QTL mapping in crop plants; S.B. Andersen, A.M. Torp. 19. QTLs for root growth and drought resistance in rice; A. Price. 20. QTL mapping for forage traits; Th. Lubberstedt. 21. QTLs in bread making quality; a review; G. Charmet, C. Groos.
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