Plant Breeding

Principles and prospects

  • M. D. Hayward
  • N. O. Bosemark
  • I. Romagosa
  • M. Cerezo

Part of the Plant Breeding Series book series (PLBR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. E. Sánchez-Monge
      Pages 3-5
  3. Genetic Systems and Population Structure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. M. D. Hayward, E. L. Breese
      Pages 16-29
  4. Sources of Variation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. J. T. Esquinas-Alcázar
      Pages 33-51
    3. A. Micke, B. Donini
      Pages 52-62
    4. B. Pickersgill
      Pages 63-78
    5. G. Pelletier
      Pages 93-106
    6. B. Xoconostle-Cázares, E. Lozoya-Gloria, L. Herrera-Estrella
      Pages 107-125
    7. F. Salamini, M. Motto
      Pages 138-159
  5. Assessment of Variation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. M. J. Kearsey
      Pages 163-183
    3. M. Pérez de la Vega
      Pages 184-200
  6. Manipulation of Genetic Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. D. de Nettancourt
      Pages 203-212

About this book


Our requirement for plant breeders to be successful has never been greater. However one views the forecasted numbers for future population growth we will need, in the immediate future, to be feeding, clothing and housing many more people than we do, inadequately, at present. Plant breeding represents the most valuable strategy in increasing our productivity in a way that is sustainable and environmentally sensitive. Plant breeding can rightly be considered as one of the oldest multidisciplinary subjects that is known to humans. It was practised by people who first started to carry out a settled form of agriculture. The art, as it must have been at that stage, was applied without any formal underlying framework, but achieved dramatic results, as witnessed by the forms of cultivated plants we have today. We are now learning how to apply successfully the results of yet imperfect scientific knowledge. This knowledge is, however, rapidly developing, particularly in areas of tissue culture, biotechnology and molecular biology. Plant breeding's inherent multifaceted nature means that alongside obvious subject areas like genetics we also need to consider areas such as: statistics, physiology, plant pathology, entomology, biochemistry, weed science, quality, seed characteristics, repro­ ductive biology, trial design, selection and computing. It therefore seems apparent that modern plant breeders need to have a grasp of wide range of scientific knowledge and expertise if they are successfully to a exploit the techniques, protocols and strategies which are open to them.


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Editors and affiliations

  • M. D. Hayward
    • 1
  • N. O. Bosemark
    • 2
  • I. Romagosa
    • 3
  • M. Cerezo
    • 4
  1. 1.Welsh Plant Breeding StationAFRC IGERDyfedUK
  2. 2.Hilleshög ABLandskronaSweden
  3. 3.Departamento de Producción VegetalUdL — IRTALleidaSpain
  4. 4.CIHEAMZaragozaSpain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Chapman & Hall 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-4665-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-1524-7
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