Breeding Methods for Quality Improvement in Horticultural Crops



Quality improvement of crop plants is a significant component in nutritional and food security. It is always a challenge both in field and horticultural crops. Several conventional as well as modern breeding methods are practised to triumph over the challenge. Recent advancements in the field of agricultural biotechnology have created a new domain to complement the methods of plant breeding. So, plant breeding, an interdisciplinary science, is moving towards a new horizon. Here these methods of improving quality in horticultural crops have been discussed with several achievements obtained in different fields. It would help to deduce a comprehensive and comparative idea amongst the methods of plant breeding available for designing a proper route to meet the demand. Different varieties with such genetic improvement have already been released and successfully cultivated which have also been focused here. Biotechnological methods employed for quality improvement through genetic modification to breed new crop types have been briefly discussed.


Plant Breeding Plant Introduction Horticultural Crop Important Achievement Mutation Breeding 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding, Faculty of AgricultureUttar Banga Krishi ViswavidyalayaPO. Pundibari, Cooch BeharIndia
  2. 2.Department of Spices and Plantation Crops, Faculty of HorticultureBidhan Chandra Krishi ViswavidyalayaPO. Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Mohanpur, NadiaIndia

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