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Many of the crops widely grown today stem from a very narrow genetic base and so understanding and preserving crop genetic resources is vital to the security of food systems worldwide. This work presents state-of-the-art reviews on plant genetics and the breeding of all types of crops by both traditional means and molecular methods. With emphasis on methodology, understanding crop genetics, and applications to major crops, it covers a wide range of crops including row crops, fruits, vegetables, nuts and trees grown for timber and pulp.
Dedication: John R. Laughnan, Maize Geneticist (D. Steffensen); Prediction in Plant Breeding (I. Goldman); The Case for Molecular Mapping in Forest Tree Breeding (R. Wu, et al.); Breeding for Disease Resistance in Potato (S. Jansky); Domestication, Historical Development, and Modern Breeding of Carrot (P. Simon); Persimmon Genetics and Breeding (K. Yonemori, et al.); Genetic Resources and Breeding of Amaranthus (D. Brenner, et al.); Indexes.