Introduction to Plant Breeding

  • P. M. Priyadarshan


David Allen Sleper and John Milton Poehlman gave the definition for plant breeding as: “Plant Breeding is the art and science of improving heredity of plants for the benefit of humankind”. Above all others, this is the best-suited definition for plant breeding.


Scientific basis of plant breeding World food scenario Contributions of conventional plant breeding International Research Centres Plant domestication Pre-Mendelian Post-Mendelian Norman Borlaug and green revolution Semi-dwarf varieties of wheat and rice Facets of plant breeding Omics Genetic diversity Germplasm grouping Quantitative variation Mapping traits Genotype-by-environment interactions Phenotyping Phenomics Future challenges 

Further Reading

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. M. Priyadarshan
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  1. 1.Erstwhile Deputy DirectorRubber Research Institute of IndiaKottayamIndia

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