The stone fruits-including peaches, apricots, almonds, plums, and cherries-have been bred and grown for thousands of years and today are significant agricultural crops in many local economies worldwide. This volume presents a comprehensive commentary on classical genetics and breeding, molecular mapping and breeding of agronomic traits, and the clo
Basic Information on the Stone Fruit Crops. Traditional Genetics and Breeding. Diversity Analysis. Molecular Linkage Maps: Strategies, Resources and Achievements. Mapping and Tagging of Simply Inherited Traits. Molecular Mapping of Complex Traits. Molecular Breeding. Map-based Cloning in Stone Fruits. Genome Sequencing Initiative. Comparative Genetics and Genomics Initiatives. Functional Genomics: Transcriptomics. Proteomics and Metabolomics. Bioinformatics as a Tool for Stone Fruit Research. Retrospect and Prospects.