Physiological Criteria in Screening and Breeding

  • A. R. Yeo
Part of the Monographs on Theoretical and Applied Genetics book series (GENETICS, volume 21)


The great majority of plant improvements to date has been achieved on the basis of characteristics which can be clearly seen (e.g. shape and size) or which can be quantified directly (e.g. yield). So why might it be necessary to consider physiological characteristics which are not visible, and why is it necessary to measure anything other than yield, which is, after all, the prime objective? Breeding plants for problem soils, and indeed for tolerance to many environmental stresses, presents situations in which visible plant characteristics do not provide sufficient information for the plant breeder and in which yield is not an efficient index of the potential of parent lines. The purpose of this chapter is to examine the reasons for this.


Water Deficit Salt Tolerance Salinity Tolerance Osmotic Adjustment Crassulacean Acid Metabolism 
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