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Brassica Improvement

Molecular, Genetics and Genomic Perspectives

  • Shabir Hussain Wani
  • Ajay Kumar Thakur
  • Yasin Jeshima Khan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. J. Nanjundan, J. Radhamani, Ajay Kumar Thakur, J. Berliner, C. Manjunatha, A. Sindhu et al.
    Pages 1-30
  3. Hitesh Kumar, Javed Akhatar, Shabir Hussain Wani
    Pages 31-48
  4. Sarah V. Schiessl, Annaliese S. Mason
    Pages 49-66
  5. Anshul Watts, Subramanian Sankaranarayanan, Ritesh Kumar Raipuria, Archana Watts
    Pages 67-84
  6. Yashpal, Navinder Saini, Naveen Singh, Rajat Chaudhary, Sangita Yadav, Rajendra Singh et al.
    Pages 109-125
  7. M. S. Sujith Kumar, Ibandalin Mawlong, Reema Rani
    Pages 127-145
  8. Priyamedha, Bhagirath Ram, Arun Kumar, H. K. Sharma, V. V. Singh
    Pages 147-157
  9. Aryadeep Roychoudhury, S. Krishnamoorthi, Rupam Paul
    Pages 159-186
  10. Anjana Rustagi, Neelam P. Negi, Himanish Dutta Choudhury, Ayushi Mahajan, Rekha, Swati Verma et al.
    Pages 187-213
  11. Lal Singh, Deepika Sharma, Nehanjali Parmar, Kunwar Harendra Singh, Rohit Jain, P. K. Rai et al.
    Pages 215-244
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 245-253

About this book


Global population is mounting at an alarming stride to surpass 9.3 billion by 2050, whereas simultaneously the agricultural productivity is gravely affected by climate changes resulting in increased biotic and abiotic stresses. The genus Brassica belongs to the mustard family whose members are known as cruciferous vegetables, cabbages or mustard plants. Rapeseed-mustard is world’s third most important source of edible oil after soybean and oil palm. It has worldwide acceptance owing to its rare combination of health promoting factors. It has very low levels of saturated fatty acids which make it the healthiest edible oil that is commonly available. Apart from this, it is rich in antioxidants by virtue of tocopherols and phytosterols presence in the oil. The high omega 3 content reduces the risk of atherosclerosis/heart attack. Conventional breeding methods have met with limited success in Brassica because yield and stress resilience are polygenic traits and are greatly influenced by environment. Therefore, it is imperative to accelerate the efforts to unravel the biochemical, physiological and molecular mechanisms underlying yield, quality and tolerance towards biotic and abiotic stresses in Brassica. To exploit its fullest potential, systematic efforts are needed to unlock the genetic information for new germplasms that tolerate initial and terminal state heat coupled with moisture stress. For instance, wild relatives may be exploited in developing introgressed and resynthesized lines with desirable attributes. Exploitation of heterosis is another important area which can be achieved by introducing transgenics to raise stable CMS lines. Doubled haploid breeding and marker assisted selection should be employed along with conventional breeding. Breeding programmes aim at enhancing resource use efficiency, especially nutrient and water as well as adoption to aberrant environmental changes should also be considered. Biotechnological interventions are essential for altering the biosynthetic pathways for developing high oleic and low linolenic lines. Accordingly, tools such as microspore and ovule culture, embryo rescue, isolation of trait specific genes especially for aphid, Sclerotinia and alternaria blight resistance, etc. along with identification of potential lines based on genetic diversity can assist ongoing breeding programmes. In this book, we highlight the recent molecular, genetic and genomic interventions made to achieve crop improvement in terms of yield increase, quality and stress tolerance in Brassica, with a special emphasis in Rapeseed-mustard.


Brassicaceae Rapeseed-Mustard oleic acid Double Haploid Wide Hybridization Biotic stress Abiotic Stress

Editors and affiliations

  1. 1.Mountain Research Centre for Field CropsSher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of KashmirSrinagarIndia
  2. 2.ICAR-Directorate of Rapeseed-Mustard ResearchSewar, BharatpurIndia
  3. 3.Division of Genomic Resources, ICARNBPGR, and faculty BioinformaticsICAR- IARI and ICAR-IASRIPusa Campus, New DelhiIndia

About the editors

Dr. Shabir Hussain Wani is senior assistant professor at Mountain Research Centre for Field Crops, Khudwani –192101, Sher-e-Kashmir University  of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, J&K, India . He received Ph.D.  degree in plant breeding and genetics on “transgenic rice for abiotic stress tolerance” from the Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana, India. After obtaining his Ph.D. he worked as research associate in the Biotechnology Laboratory, Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture (ICAR), Srinagar, India. He then joined the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (Farm Science Centre) as program coordinator at Senapati, Manipur, India. He teaches courses related to plant breeding, seed science and technology, and stress breeding and has published more than 100 papers/chapters in journals and books of international and national repute. He served as guest editor and reviews editor for journal Frontier in Plant Science (2015-2018). He has also edited several books on current topics in crop improvement for abiotic stress tolerance published by Springer Nature and CRC press USA. His Ph.D. research won first prize in the North Zone Competition, at national level, in India. He was awarded a Young Scientist Award from the Society for Promotion of Plant Sciences, Jaipur, India, in 2009. He is a fellow of the Society for Plant Research, India. Recently he also received Young Scientist Award (Agriculture) 2015 from Society for Plant Research, Meerut, India. He also served as visiting Scientist at Department of Plant Soil and Microbial Sciences, Michigan State University, USA under the UGC Raman Post Doctoral Fellowship programme. His post doc research results on genetic dissection of pythium resistance in soybean using SNP markers was published in G3, published by Genetics Society of America.

Dr Ajay Kumar Thakur is a senior scientist at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), India. 

Dr JeshimaYasin is a scientist at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI).

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