© 2007

Genomics-Assisted Crop Improvement

Vol 2: Genomics Applications in Crops

  • Rajeev K. Varshney
  • Roberto Tuberosa
  • A unique collection of review articles on plant genomics

  • A state-of-the-art presentation of genomics applied to crop improvement

  • A bridge to fill the gap between conventional and modern breeding


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
  2. Martin W. Ganal, Marion S. Röder
    Pages 1-24
  3. Domenico Lafiandra, Maria Corinna Sanguineti, Marco Maccaferri, Enzo Deambrogio
    Pages 25-50
  4. Michael Baum, Maria Von Korff, Peiguo Guo, Berhane Lakew, Aladdin Hamwieh, Samer Lababidi et al.
    Pages 51-79
  5. Beat Keller, Stéphane Bieri, Eligio Bossolini, Nabila Yahiaoui
    Pages 103-127
  6. Nagendra K. Singh, Trilochan Mohapatra
    Pages 169-185
  7. Gebisa Ejeta, Joseph E. Knoll
    Pages 187-205
  8. Rajeev K. Varshney, David A. Hoisington, Hari D. Upadhyaya, Pooran M. Gaur, Shyam N. Nigam, Kulbhushan Saxena et al.
    Pages 207-241
  9. Tri D. Vuong, Xiaolei Wu, MD S. Pathan, Babu Valliyodan, Henry T. Nguyen
    Pages 243-279
  10. Pere Arús, Susan Gardiner
    Pages 357-397
  11. Prasad S. Hendre, Ramesh K. Aggarwal
    Pages 399-434
  12. Kyujung Van, Moon Young Kim, Suk-Ha Lee
    Pages 435-452
  13. Carlo Pozzi, Francesco Salamini
    Pages 453-481
  14. Paulo Arruda, Thaís Rezende Silva
    Pages 483-494
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 495-509

About this book


Genomics research has great potential to revolutionize the discipline of plant breeding. This two-volume set provides a critical assessment of genomics tools and approaches for crop breeding. Volume 1, entitled "Genomics Approaches and Platforms", illustrates state-of-the-art genomics approaches and platforms presently available for crop improvement. Volume 2, entitled "Genomics Applications in Crops", compiles crop-specific studies that summarize both the achievements and limitations of genomics research for crop improvement. We hope that these two volumes, while providing new ideas and opportunities to those working in crop breeding, will help graduate students and teachers to develop a better understanding of the applications of crop genomics to plant research and breeding.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Rajeev K. Varshney
    • 1
  • Roberto Tuberosa
    • 2
  1. 1.ICRISATPatancheruIndia
  2. 2.University of BolognaItaly

About the editors

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Ever since the advent of modern crop improvement, breeders have dreamed of applying marker-based selection in their populations. Morphological markers have long been known but are too few to be of any use. Protein markers, e.g. isozymes, are not of much use either also due to their paucity, while RFLPs are expensive and cumbersome to use. Advances in genomics have given us microsatellite and SNP markers in such high number that molecular marker technology for crop improvement and eventually for human welfare has become a reality. These advances in genomics are reviewed in this valuable two-volume set. The editors are to be commended for their labor of love for compiling such a huge volume of information on crop genomics. Gurdev S. Khush FRS, member NAS, Former Principal Plant Breeder,International Rice Research Institute

The success of crop improvement has come through the willingness and ability of breeders and researchers to develop and apply new strategies and technologies. The development of molecular tools for tracking genes paved the way for the introduction of marker-assisted selection to monitor individual loci and optimise allele deployment. The advent of the new techniques of genomics is starting to unravel the behaviour of the whole genome and is paving the way to genome-wide breeding where multiple regions are tracked and complex traits can be manipulated more effectively. These two volumes cover both the techniques and the applications of genomics as seen from the perspective of breeders and molecular biologists. They also present a broad and updated view of the area and provide a reference point that will be an invaluable resource to crop geneticists and breeders for both research and crop improvement.Peter Langridge, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics