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Economic Analysis of Diversity in Modern Wheat

1st Edition

Edited by Erika C.H. Meng, John P. Brennan

CRC Press

204 pages

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Scientific breeding in the twentieth century greatly accelerated wheat‘s evolution, producing high-yielding varieties that helped avoid famine in many developing countries. Emerging scientific tools hold promise for identifying and tapping new, useful genetic diversity within wheat‘s primary and secondary gene pools and, through genetic engineering, beyond.The book describes generally how policies affect wheat genetic diversity; it looks at historical changes in wheat genetic diversity, as policy and priorities have evolved; it identifies factors that explain changes and differences in spatial diversity; and finally, it analyzes the productivity impacts of changes in diversity. Chapters define various types of crop genetic diversity and ways to measure them, framing the definitions and metrics in the contexts for which they are most relevant.

Table of Contents



Project Team/List of Contributors

Role of Economics in Crop Genetic Diversity E. Meng, J.P. Brennan, and M. Smale

Conceptual Framework for Crop Diversity Concepts and Measurement E. Meng, M. Smale, and J.P. Brennan

Agricultural Policy, the Wheat Economy, and Crop Diversity in China J. Huang and S. Rozelle

Policy Influences on Wheat Genetic Diversity in Australia D. Godden and J.P. Brennan

Breeder Demand for and Utilization of Wheat Genetic Resources in Australia J.P. Brennan, D. Godden, M. Smale, and E. Meng

Wheat Diversity Changes in China R. Hu and E. Meng

Wheat Diversity Changes in Australia J.P. Brennan, A.B. Bialowas, and D. Godden

Explaining Spatial Diversity in Wheat in Australia and China M. Smale, E. Meng, J.P. Brennan, and R. Hu

Determinants of Wheat Diversity in Chinese Household Farms P. Qin, E. Meng, J. Huang, and R. Hu

Wheat Diversity and Total Factor Productivity in China S. Jin, E. Meng, S. Rozelle, R. Hu, and J.K. Huang

Cost Function Analysis of Wheat Diversity in China E. Meng, M. Smale, S. Rozelle, R. Hu, and J. Huang

Overview and Policy Implications E. Meng and J.P. Brennan

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General