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Wild crop relatives are now playing a significant part in the elucidation and improvement of the genomes of their cultivated counterparts. Wild Crop Relatives: Genomic and Breeding Resources: Temperate Fruits includes comprehensive examinations of 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 125 chapters written by nearly 400 well-known authors from about 40 countries.
"This book [...] is concerned with the potential utility of wild germplasm in temperate fruit crop improvement. [...] The use of wild relatives in breeding is an area of great interest and activity for many fruit breeders, especially with the assistance of molecular tools. [...] this volume provides an excellent source of information about the relevant species and how they might be utilised by breeders in the future. The production is of a high standard, with an extensive bibliography in each chapter."
- Rex Brennan, Experimental Agriculture, Vol. 48 (1), 2012