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Principles of Plant Genetics and Breeding


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Preface, ix Acknowledgements, xi Industry highlights boxes, xiii Industry highlights boxes: authors, xv Section 1 Overview and historical perspectives, 1 1 Introduction, 3 2 History of plant breeding, 22 Section 2 Population and quantitative genetic principles, 41 3 Introduction to concepts of population genetics, 43 4 Introduction to quantitative genetics, 63 Section 3 Reproductive systems, 95 5 Introduction to reproduction and autogamy, 97 6 Allogamy, 121 7 Hybridization, 131 8 Clonal propagation and in vitro culture, 146 Section 4 Germplasm for breeding, 171 9 Variation: types, origin and scale, 173 10 Plant domestication, 185 11 Plant genetic resources, 199 Section 5 Breeding objectives, 227 12 Yield and morphological traits, 229 13 Quality traits, 246 14 Breeding for resistance to diseases and insect pests, 260 15 Breeding for resistance to abiotic stresses, 280 Section 6 Selection methods, 301 16 Breeding self-pollinated species, 303 17 Breeding cross-pollinated species, 337 18 Breeding hybrid cultivars, 355 19 Breeding clonally propagated species, 374 Section 7 Molecular breeding, 383 20 Molecular markers, 385 21 Mapping of genes, 402 22 Marker assisted selection, 424 23 Mutagenesis in plant breeding, 436 24 Polyploidy in plant breeding, 452 25 Molecular genetic modifications and genome-wide genetics, 470 Section 8 Marketing and societal issues in breeding, 489 26 Performance evaluation for crop cultivar release, 491 27 Seed certification and commercial seed release, 511 28 Regulatory and legal issues, 523 29 Value-driven concepts and social concerns, 543 30 International plant breeding efforts, 556 Section 9 Breeding selected crops, 575 31 Breeding wheat, 577 32 Breeding corn, 591 33 Breeding rice, 606 34 Breeding sorghum, 617 35 Breeding soybean, 629 36 Breeding peanut, 639 37 Breeding potato, 647 38 Breeding cotton, 657 39 Breeding tomato, 667 40 Breeding cucumber, 679 41 Breeding roses, 682 Supplementary chapters: review of genetic statistical principles, 689 1 Plant cellular organization and genetic structure: an overview, 691 2 Common statistical methods in plant breeding, 707 Glossary of terms, 726 Appendix 1: Conversion rates, 731 Index, 732 Companion website The book is accompanied by a companion resources site: With figures and tables from the book.

About the Author

George Acquaah is Dean at Bowie State University. He is the author of four critically acclaimed textbooks, and has received numerous awards, including the prestigious USDA Award for Excellence in College and University Teaching in Food and Agricultural Sciences, and the Millennium Award for Excellence in Teaching, presented by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the US.


This is an excellent textbook for students and teachersof plant breeding." (Expl Agric, 1 January 2013)

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