© 2008

Temperate Fruit Crop Breeding

Germplasm to Genomics

  • James F. Hancock

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. J.F. Hancock, J.J. Luby, S.K. Brown, G.A. Lobos
    Pages 1-38
  3. C.A. Ledbetter
    Pages 39-82
  4. C.E. Finn
    Pages 83-114
  5. J.F. Hancock, P. Lyrene, C.E. Finn, N. Vorsa, G.A. Lobos
    Pages 115-150
  6. A.F. Iezzoni
    Pages 151-176
  7. R.M. Brennan
    Pages 177-196
  8. C.L. Owens
    Pages 197-233
  9. A.R. Ferguson, A.G. Seal
    Pages 235-264
  10. J.F. Hancock, R. Scorza, G.A. Lobos
    Pages 265-298
  11. J.F. Hancock, G.A. Lobos
    Pages 299-336
  12. W.R. Okie, J.F. Hancock
    Pages 337-358
  13. C.E. Finn, J.F. Hancock
    Pages 359-392
  14. J.F. Hancock, T.M. Sjulin, G.A. Lobos
    Pages 393-437
  15. J.R. Clark, R.J. Jondle
    Pages 439-455

About this book


This book fully integrates the conventional and biotechnological approaches to fruit crop breeding. Individual chapters are written on a wide variety of species including apple, apricot, blackberry, blueberry, cranberry, cherry, currant, gooseberry, grape, kiwifruit, peach, pear, plum, raspberry and strawberry. For each crop, there is a discussion of their taxonomy and evolution, history of improvement, crossing techniques, evaluation methods, heritability of major traits and germplasm resources, along with the most recent advances in genetic mapping and QTL (quantitative trait loci) analysis, marker assisted breeding, gene cloning, gene expression analysis, regeneration and transformation. Patenting and licensing issues are also covered. This book will be useful in fruit breeding classes and should provide as a springboard for all fruit breeders desiring an update on the latest technologies, horticulturalists who wonder what is being done in fruit breeding and genomicists searching for a way to contribute to fruit breeding efforts.


Crop Breeding Expression Fruit Fruit Crops Germplasm Regeneration breeding crops evolution gene expression genes genomics taxonomy

Editors and affiliations

  • James F. Hancock
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. HorticultureMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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From the reviews:

"This book offers an excellent overview of breeding and crop improvement of the major temperate tree fruit and berry crops. The authors include many of the premier fruit breeders working today. … there is ample content in each chapter for a broad range of readers to gain an understanding of the status, direction, and potential outcome of breeding of the major temperate fruit crops. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections." (D. D. Archbold, Choice, Vol. 46 (8), April, 2009)

"For anyone interested in the genetics, improvement through plant breeding or other scientific aspects of … temperate fruit crops this book is a must. It will be of serious interest to plant breeding students and those from a wide range of disciplines involving the improvement of virtually any crop. … The referencing is both extensive and up-to-date with each chapter giving the key botanical traits and origin of species for each crop. … an essential reference for those involved in temperate fruit research." (Ronnie McNicol, Experimental Agriculture, Vol. 45, 2009)