Somaclonal Variation and Induced Mutations in Crop Improvement

  • S. M. Jain
  • D. S. Brar
  • B. S. Ahloowalia

Part of the Current Plant Science and Biotechnology in Agriculture book series (PSBA, volume 32)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Section 1

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. P. J. Larkin
      Pages 3-13
    3. M. C. Rush, Q. J. Xie, S. S. Croughan, S. D. Linscombe, J. Narvaez, S. R. Stetina
      Pages 39-64
    4. S. M. Jain, M. Buiatti, F. Gimelli, F. Saccardo
      Pages 81-104
    5. M. R. Ahuja
      Pages 105-121
    6. R. E. Veilleux
      Pages 123-133
    7. M. Kawata, K. Oono
      Pages 135-148
    8. S. M. Jain, B. S. Ahloowalia, R. E. Veilleux
      Pages 203-218
    9. K.-M. Oksman-Caldentey
      Pages 233-251
  3. Section 2

About this book


Genetic variability is an important parameter for plant breeders in any con­ ventional crop improvement programme. Very often the desired variation is un­ available in the right combination, or simply does not exist at all. However, plant breeders have successfully recombined the desired genes from cultivated crop gerrnplasm and related wild species by sexual hybridization, and have been able to develop new cultivars with desirable agronomie traits, such as high yield, disease, pest, and drought resistance. So far, conventional breeding methods have managed to feed the world's ever-growing population. Continued population growth, no further scope of expanding arable land, soil degradation, environ­ mental pollution and global warrning are causes of concern to plant biologists and planners. Plant breeders are under continuous pressure to improve and develop new cultivars for sustainable food production. However, it takes several years to develop a new cultivar. Therefore, they have to look for new technologies, which could be combined with conventional methods to create more genetic variability, and reduce the time in developing new cultivars, with early-maturity, and improved yield. The first report on induced mutation of a gene by HJ. Muller in 1927 was a major mi1estone in enhancing variation, and also indicated the potential applica­ tions of mutagenesis in plant improvement. Radiation sources, such as X-rays, gamma rays and fast neutrons, and chemical mutagens (e. g. , ethyl methane sulphonate) have been widely used to induce mutations.


Embryo Expression Fruit Mutant Mutation chromosome gene expression genes genetics molecular aspects molecular biology transgene expression

Editors and affiliations

  • S. M. Jain
    • 1
  • D. S. Brar
    • 2
  • B. S. Ahloowalia
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Plant ProductionUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biochemistry DivisionInternational Rice Research InstituteManilaPhilippines
  3. 3.Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and AgriculturePlant Breeding and Genetics SectionViennaAustria

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4956-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9125-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-1949
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