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Haploids in Crop Improvement II

  • C.E. Don Palmer
  • Wilfred A. Keller
  • Ken J. Kasha
  • Provides both an overview of basic knowledge in the field and describes the use of haploids for the improvement of representative plant species


Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 56)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Molecular, Cytological, and Biochemical Aspects of Haploid Embryogenesis

    1. C.E. Don Palmer, Wilfred A. Keller
      Pages 3-9
    2. Tatiana Aionesei, Alisher Touraev, Erwin Heberle-Bors
      Pages 11-34
    3. Svetlana Zoriniants, Alisher S. Tashpulatov, Erwin Heberle-Bors, Alisher Touraev
      Pages 35-52
    4. Christophe Clément, Rajbir S. Sangwan, Brigitte Sangwan-Norreel
      Pages 53-72
    5. Kim Boutilier, Martijn Fiers, Chun-Ming Liu, Apolonia Lonneke H.M. van der Geest
      Pages 73-95
    6. Y. Takahata, H. Fukuoka, K. Wakui
      Pages 153-169
  3. Utilization of Haploids in the Improvement of Specific Crop Species

    1. Wolfgang Friedt, M. Karim Zarhloul
      Pages 191-213
    2. Pierre Devaux, Richard Pickering
      Pages 215-242
    3. Sven B. Andersen
      Pages 243-257
    4. Karin Nichterlein, Renate Horn
      Pages 277-294
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 305-318

About this book


Doubled haploid technology is an important tool for plant breeding. It allows for significant time reduction in the achievement of homozygous breeding lines of value in crop improvement.

This volume provides an excellent overview of haploid induction and the application of doubled haploids. The authors emphasize advances made in the understanding of microspore embryogenesis, but treat also advances in gynogenesis and the manipulation of parthenogenetic haploid development.

The text contains a thorough discussion of the application of haploidy to the improvement of a number of species from various families, including Brassicaceae, Poaceae, and Solanaceae. The various methods applicable to these species are described in detail. Each chapter contains critical evaluation of the scientific literature and an extensive list of references. This volume is ideally suited for plant breeders, geneticists, and plant cell biologists.


Asteraceae Brassicaceae Chenopodiaceae Embryo Gynogenese Liliaceae Pflanzenzüchtung Poaceae Solanaceae Umbelliferae breeding haploids metabolism molecular aspects plant breeding

Editors and affiliations

  • C.E. Don Palmer
    • 1
  • Wilfred A. Keller
    • 1
  • Ken J. Kasha
    • 2
  1. 1.NRC — Plant Biotechnology InstituteSaskatoonCanada
  2. 2.Departmenr of Plant AgricultureUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada

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"... contains up-to-date highly useful information on various aspects of haploidy and challenges and limitations of haploidy utilization in breeding programs. Researchers would certainly benefit immensely by referring this book while addressing the challenges and limitations of haploids utilization, as identified in this book, e.g. rapid selection and fixation of traits, development of chrosmosome additional lines, gene mapping and identification of quantitative trait loci (QTLs), and microspore culture and transformation. This book is highly recommended to the libraries, researchers and students engaged in haploid production and utilization." (Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture)