Molecular Techniques in Crop Improvement

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Pushpendra K. Gupta, Rajeev K. Varshney, Manoj Prasad
    Pages 9-54
  3. Darshan S. Brar
    Pages 55-83
  4. R. Schubert, G. Müller-Starck
    Pages 139-160
  5. Prabhakar K. Ranjekar, Armaity P. Davierwala, Vidya S. Gupta
    Pages 161-201
  6. I. Winicov
    Pages 203-237
  7. David A. Laurie, Simon Griffiths
    Pages 239-263
  8. M. J. Asins, M. R. Garcia, C. Ruiz, E. A. Carbonell
    Pages 265-281
  9. A. R. McCaskill, J. J. Giovannoni
    Pages 283-297
  10. M. Motto, P. Ajmone Marsan
    Pages 347-369
  11. Mikael Brosché, John R. Gittins, Helena Sävenstrand, Åke Strid
    Pages 371-408
  12. Takuyo Ito, Kazuo Shinozakil
    Pages 409-425
  13. Sandeep Kumar, Matthias Fladung
    Pages 481-499
  14. Michele Bellucci, Francesco Paolocci, Francesco Damiani, Sergio Arcioni
    Pages 501-539
  15. Sven Bode Andersen, Anna Maria Torp
    Pages 541-562
  16. Thomas Lübberstedt
    Pages 585-600
  17. G. Charmet, C. Groos
    Pages 601-616

About this book


Plant breeding aims at the genetic enhancement of crops through the application of principles of Mendelian Genetics and modern tools and techniques of cell and molecular biology. Many breeding programs focus on the improvement of traits such as high yield, multiple resistance to major diseases, insect pests and tolerance to abiotic stresses and improved quality. The improved varieties must also fit into the crop rotation systems of different eco-agricultural regions for the production of feed, fiber, food, and industrial products. The value of new plant varieties in increasing food production has been demonstrated time and again, and perhaps the best of all, in the "Green revolution", which was based on the semi-dwarf rice and wheat varieties in Asia. Recent advances in molecular genetics have opened new opportunities to speed up plant breeding. Molecular markers have become important tools in the hands of plant breeders for enhancing the selection efficiency for various agronomic traits. Plant breeding has in fact entered in an era of genomics. The isolation, cloning and moving of genes from diverse biological sources into plant genomes holds promise to broaden the gene pool of crops and tailor plant varieties for specific traits that determine yield, quality and resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses. This book is a sequel to our previous one on "Somaclonal Variation and Induced Mutations in Crop Improvement.


crop improvement genomics molecular techniques plant plant breeding

Editors and affiliations

  • S. Mohan Jain
    • 1
  • D. S. Brar
    • 2
  • B. S. Ahloowalia
    • 3
  1. 1.FAO/IAEA Joint DivisionInternational Atomic Energy AgencyViennaAustria
  2. 2.International Rice Research InstituteLos BanosPhilippines
  3. 3.Agriculture and Food Development AuthorityDublinIreland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5982-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-2356-5
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