Wheat: Science and Trade is an up-to-date, comprehensive reference work designed to expand the current body of knowledge on this staple crop, incorporating new information made available by genetic advances, improvements in the understanding of wheat's biology, and changes in the wheat trade industry. Covering phylogeny and ontogeny, manipulation of the environment and optimal management, genetic improvement, and utilization and commercialization, the book focuses on the most economically significant diseases and impacts.
The book is an authoritative source of up-to date information on almost all technical aspects of wheat. (Journal of Agricultural Science, December 2010) "An impressive achievement... It is probably the best general text on wheat that is currently available, with the level of coverage and an accessible style making it suitable as a text for undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as a valuable source of information for practising wheat scientists." (Journal of Cereal Science, December 2009) "The signposting of sections and subjects is excellent, enabling the reader to find areas of interest quickly and easily. … The book is a sound reference source for academics, students, breeders and professionals in the wheat industry" (Experimental Agriculture, December 2009) "A reference on all aspects of the wheat plant, crop, cultivar, and industry." (Book News, December 2009)
Section I: Making of a Wheat Plant.
1 Wheat evolution, domestication, and improvement.
2 Development of the wheat plant.
3 The flowering pathway in wheat.
Section II: Making of a Wheat Crop.
4 Systems-based wheat management strategies.
5 Diseases which challenge global wheat production-the wheat rusts.
6 Diseases which challenge global wheat production-root, crown, and culm rots.
7 Diseases which challenge global wheat production-powdery mildew and leaf and head blights.
8 Nematodes which challenge global wheat production.
9 Insects which challenge global wheat production.
10 Temporally and spatially dependent nitrogen management for diverse environments.
11 Grain yield improvement in water-limited environments.
12 Cutting down on weeds to cut a cleaner wheat crop.
Section III: Making of a Wheat Cultivar.
13 Wheat breeding: Procedures and strategies.
14 State of qtl detection and marker-assisted selection in wheat improvement.
15 Genome organization and comparative genomics.
16 Synthetic wheat-an emerging genetic resource.
17 Success in wheat improvement.
18 Transgenic applications in wheat improvement.
Section IV: Making of a Wheat Industry.
19 Overview of wheat classification and trade.
20 Passing the test on wheat end-use quality.
21 The biochemical and molecular basis of wheat quality 495
22 New uses for wheat and modified wheat products.
23 US wheat marketing system and price discovery.
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Brett F. Carver is Regents Professor and Wheat Genetics Chair in Agriculture at Oklahoma State University, whose research in wheat breeding and genetics spans 25 years.