Genomics of Tree Crops

  • R.J. Schnell
  • P.M. Priyadarshan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. P. M. Priyadarshan, Raymond J. Schnell
    Pages 1-16
  3. Magda-Viola Hanke, Henryk Flachowsky, Hans Hoenicka, Matthias Fladung
    Pages 39-69
  4. Konstantin V. Krutovsky, Jaroslaw Burczyk, Igor Chybicki, Reiner Finkeldey, Tanja Pyhäjärvi, Juan Jose Robledo-Arnuncio
    Pages 71-116
  5. Richard E. Litz, Guillermo Padilla
    Pages 117-153
  6. María José Aranzana, Iban Eduardo, Santiago Vilanova, Carlos Romero, Ana Montserrat Martín-Hernández
    Pages 155-208
  7. Renée S. Arias, James W. Borrone, Cecile L. Tondo, David N. Kuhn, Brian M. Irish, Raymond J. Schnell
    Pages 209-239
  8. Ray Ming, Qingyi Yu, Paul H. Moore
    Pages 241-259
  9. Thakurdas Saha, P. M. Priyadarshan
    Pages 261-298
  10. Alan W. Meerow, Robert R. Krueger, Rajinder Singh, Eng-Ti L. Low, Maizura Ithnin, Leslie C.-L. Ooi
    Pages 299-351
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 353-369

About this book


Trees that are indispensably supportive to human life pose a formidable challenge to breed them to suit to human needs. From soft drinks to breweries to beverages to oil to tires, the value added products from trees give a spectrum of products to human kind.  While attempts to tap these resources through conventional breeding are underway, the quick and elegant way of manipulating the genetic systems at the genome level is an essential chapter of modern science.  Books featuring genomics of tree crops are few, and genomics is such a science that changes rapidly.  Genomics of Tree Crops is an earnest attempt towards compiling genomics of tree crops.

Plant genomics has made monumental strides in the last decade providing insights into intra-genomic phenomena such as heterosis, epistasis, pleiotropy and other interactions between loci and alleles within the genome.  In contrast, the investigation of the roles and functions of single genes is a primary focus of molecular biology and is a common topic of modern genetic  research. A genome is the sum total of all of an individual organism's genes.  Thus, genomics is the study of all the genes of a cell, or tissue, at the DNA (genotype), mRNA (transcriptome), or protein (proteome) levels.  The complete sequencing of the three billion base pair human genome with 25,000 genes identified  and the  invention of DNA microarrays ushered in a new era in the science of genomics leading to explosive advancements in oncology diagnostics. This impetus into the genomics era lead the way toward advances in  plant genomics which started with Arabidopsis thaliana and went through an array of crops such as rice, maize, papaya, various cereals and legumes, with pigeon pea added to the list towards the end of 2011.  Trees, on the other hand, are the least attended taxa  with regard to genomic research. Some of the areas that attained attention of the scientists are: DNA sequencing, bioinformatics, genomics of flowering, gene flow, spatial structure, local adaptation and assisted migration in trees, transformation of fruit trees, genomics of tropical and temperate fruit trees, genomics of Hevea rubber, genomics of papaya and genomics of palms. Genomics of Tree Crops compiles this information with chapters authored by experts on these crops. 


DNA Plant Genomics RNA Tree Genomics

Editors and affiliations

  • R.J. Schnell
    • 1
  • P.M. Priyadarshan
    • 2
  1. 1.USDA - ARSMiamiUSA
  2. 2.of India, Central Experiment StationRubber Research InstituteRanniIndia

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