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Wild crop plants play a significant part in the elucidation and improvement of the genomes of their cultivated counterparts. The 10-volume Wild Crop Relatives: Genomic and Breeding Resources offers a comprehensive examination of wild crops as a gold mine for breeding. It details the status, origin, distribution, morphology, cytology, genetic diversity and available genetic and genomic resources of numerous wild crop relatives, as well as of their evolution and phylogenetic relationship. Further topics include their role as model plants, genetic erosion and conservation efforts, and their domestication for the purposes of bioenergy, phytomedicines, nutraceuticals and phytoremediation.
Wild Crop Relatives: Genomic and Breeding Resources comprises 10 volumes on cereals, millets and grasses, oilseeds, legume crops and forages, vegetables, temperate fruits, tropical and subtropical fruits, industrial crops, plantation and ornamental crops, and forest trees. It contains 126 chapters contributed by 380 authors from 39 countries.
- Benjamin Kilian, Francesco Salamini, Hakan A-zkan, Karl Hammer, Eitan Millet: Aegilops L
- Richard R.-C. Wang: Agropyron and Psathyrostachys
- Igor G. Loskutov, Howard W. Rines, Nicholas Tinker, Catherine Howarth, Ronald L. Phillips: Avena
- Ciro De Pace, Patrizia Vaccino, Pier Giorgio Cionini, Marina Pasquini, M. Bizzarri, Calvin O. Qualset: Dasypyrum
- Nikhil K. Chrungoo, Shiny Ch. Sangma, Vishnu Bhatt, S. N. Raina: Fagopyrum
- Peter L. Morrell, Michael T. Clegg: Hordeum
- Darshan S. Brar, Kuldeep Singh: Oryza
- Z. X. Tang, K. Ross, Z. L. Ren, Z. J. Yang, H. Y. Zhang, T. Chikmawati, Miftahudin, and J. P. Gustafson: Secale
- Anjanabha Bhattacharya, Nicole Rice, Frances M. Shapter, Sally L. Norton, and Robert J. Henry: Sorghum
- Eviatar Nevo: Triticum
- Ramakrishna Wusirika, Kefeng Li, Ronald L. Phillips. Jeffrey L. Bennetzen: Zea
"This book forms part of a series on the relevance of wild relatives in crop improvement, in this case cereals. All major and most minor cereals are included, including the 'pseudocereal' buckwheat. [...] The book is best regarded as an introduction to each genus."
- Brian Forster, Experimental Agriculture, Vol. 47 (4), 2011