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Organic Crop Breeding

By: Edith T Lammerts van Bueren and James R Myers

312 pages, b/w photos, b/w illustrations, tables

John Wiley & Sons

Hardback | Feb 2012 | #198095 | ISBN-13: 9780470958582
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Organic Crop Breeding provides readers with a thorough review of the latest efforts by crop breeders and geneticists to develop improved varieties for organic production. The book opens with chapters looking at breeding efforts that focus on specific valuable traits such as quality, pest and disease resistance as well as the impacts improved breeding efforts can have on organic production. The second part of the book is a series of crop specific case studies that look at breeding efforts currently underway from around the world in crops ranging from carrots to corn. "Organic Crop Breeding" includes chapters from leading researchers in the field and is carefully edited by two pioneers in the field.

"Organic Crop Breeding" provides valuable insight for crop breeders, geneticist, crop science professionals, researchers, and advanced students in this quickly emerging field.



Section 1 General Topics Related to Organic Plant Breeding
Chapter 1 Organic Crop Breeding: Integrating Organic Agricultural Approaches and Traditional and Modern Plant Breeding Methods
Chapter 2 Nutrient Management in Organic Farming and Consequences for Direct and Indirect Selection Strategies
Chapter 3 Pest and Disease Management in Organic Farming: Implications and Inspirations for Plant Breeding
Chapter 4 Approaches to Breed for Improved Weed Suppression in Organically Grown Cereals
Chapter 5 Breeding for Genetically Diverse Populations: Variety Mixtures and Evolutionary Populations
Chapter 6 Centralized or Decentralized Breeding: The Potentials of Participatory Approaches for Low-Input and Organic Agriculture
Chapter 7 Values and Principles in Organic Farming and Consequences for Breeding Approaches and Techniques
Chapter 8 Plant Breeding, Variety Release, and Seed Commercialization: Laws and Policies Applied to the Organic Sector

Section 2 Organic Plant Breeding in Specific Crops
Chapter 9 Wheat: Breeding for Organic Farming Systems
Chapter 10 Maize: Breeding and Field Testing for Organic Farmers
Chapter 11 Rice: Crop Breeding Using Farmer-Led Participatory Plant Breeding
Chapter 12 Soybean: Breeding for Organic Farming Systems
Chapter 13 Faba Bean: Breeding for Organic Farming Systems
Chapter 14 Potato: Perspectives to Breed for an Organic Crop Ideotype
Chapter 15 Tomato: Breeding for Improved Disease Resistance in Fresh Market and Home Garden Varieties
Chapter 16 Brassicas: Breeding Cole Crops for Organic Agriculture
Chapter 17 Onions: Breeding Onions for Low-Input and Organic Agriculture


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Edith T. Lammerts van Bueren holds an endowed chair at Wageningen University as Professor of Organic Plant Breeding and senior researcher Organic Plant Breeding at the Louis Bolk Institute in the Netherlands.

James R. Myers is the Baggett-Frazier Professor of Vegetable Breeding and Genetics in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University.

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