Heterosis in Tomato Breeding

  • H. Georgiev
Part of the Monographs on Theoretical and Applied Genetics book series (GENETICS, volume 14)


Heterosis is a biological phenomenon widely spread in the eukariotic organisms. Known by man since antiquity, the use of heterosis in the breeding of cultivated plants started only in the first 30 years of our century. Due to a number of indisputable advantages, the wide introduction of hybrid varieties have accelerated greatly plant production. Hence, there is great significance in the improvement of methods for heterosis breeding and hybrid seed production. The genetic system of tomato offers several advantages for exploiting heterosis in tomato. The present text will discuss various basic and applied aspects of heterosis in tomato.


Parental Line Standard Variety Hybrid Seed Hybrid Breeding Hybrid Seed Production 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Georgiev
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  1. 1.Department of HeterosisInstitute of GeneticsSofiaBulgaria

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