This book is the result of 30 years of research on the development of high-yielding wheat varieties, which have been grown commercially for more than two decad es, and which are used in many breeding centres around the world as germ plasm. The book is specifically designed to help researchers and plant breeders who wis h to make new varieties that are superior in genetic yield potential and quality to the currently cultivated varieties of field crops and various other plant sp ecies. The ultimate goal of these studies is to increase food production for th e expanding world population whilst taking account of the need to secure crops m inimally contaminated with substances detrimental to human and animal health.
Shortened Contents: 1. Importance of Plant Breeding. 2. Phytogeographical Differentiation as a Basis of Plant Breeding. 3. Sources of Genetic Variability. 4. Genetic Basis of Breeding Self-Pollinated Plants. 5. Genetic Basis of Breeding Open Pollinated Plants. 6. Trait, Genotype and Phenotype. 7. Methodologies of Plant Breeding. 8. Concept of Development of Cultivars. 9. Selection of Material for Breeding. 10. Importance of Crossing Methods. 11. Number of Cross Combinations and Size of F 2 Population. 12. Methods of Selection. 13. Selection for Traits and Genetic Gain from Selection. 14. Plant Breeding for Resistance to Parasites. 15. Breeding for Yield. 16. Use of Heterosis. 17. Mutations in Plant Breeding. 18. Chromosome Engineering. 19. Genetic Engineering. 20. Breeding Vegetatively Propagated Plants. 21. Genetic Composition and Adaptability of the Cultivar. 22. Genetic Basis of Seed Production and Introduction of Cultivars into Practice. Author index. Subject index.[/cmt]
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