The Impact of Plant Molecular Genetics

  • Bruno W. S. Sobral

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Genetics and Breeding

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jorge A. G. Da Silva, Bruno W. S. Sobral
      Pages 3-37
    3. William C. Bridges Jr., B. W. S. Sobral
      Pages 39-48
    4. Richard A. Jefferson, Ross Bicknell
      Pages 87-101
    5. Patrick S. Schnable, Xiaojie Xu, Laura Civardi, Yiji Xia, An-Ping Hsia, Lei Zhang et al.
      Pages 103-110
  3. Evolution and Phylogenetics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. William J. Hahn, Francesca T. Grifo
      Pages 113-136
  4. Microorganisms in Agriculture: Two Examples

  5. Tools: Software and Hardware

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
    2. Carol Bult, Chris Fields
      Pages 221-238
    3. Stephen R. E. Bates, David A. Knorr, Jennifer W. Weller, Janet S. Ziegle
      Pages 239-255
  6. The Experience of Molecular Marker-Assisted Breeding

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257
    2. Stephen Smith, William Beavis
      Pages 259-272
  7. Examples of Social and Economic Impact of New Technologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 297-297
    2. Carlos A. Moreira-Filho, Marcos E. Da Silva, Guilherme L. S. Dias, Adriana P. A. Xavier
      Pages 329-344
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 345-348

About this book


The impact of molecular genetics on plant breeding and, consequently, agri­ culture, is potentially enonnous. Understanding and directing this potential im­ pact is crucial because of the urgent issues that we face concerning sustainable agriculture for a growing world population as well as conservation of the world's rapidly dwindling plant genetic resources. This book is largely devoted to the applications of genetic markers that have been developed by the application of molecular genetics to practical problems. These are known as DNA markers. They have gained a certain notoriety in foren­ sics, but can be used in a variety of practical situations. We are going through a period of accelerated breakthroughs in molecular ge­ netics. Therefore, the authors of each chapter were encouraged to speculate about both current bottlenecks and the future of their subfields of research. We can cer­ tainly apply molecular genetic tools and approaches to help resolve crucial ge­ netic resource problems that face humanity. However, little has been discussed with respect to when or how we should use such tools, nor to who specifically should use them; therefore, social and economic analyses are important in the planning stages of projects that are aimed at practical results.


Evolution Genetics Genotyp Plant conservation genome mapping microorganisms molecular biology recombination

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  • Bruno W. S. Sobral
    • 1
  1. 1.CAMBIA AmericarsLa JollaUSA

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