1st Edition

Genomic Selection in Plants A Guide for Breeders

Edited By Ani A. Elias, Shailendra Goel Copyright 2022
    232 Pages 7 Color & 2 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    232 Pages 7 Color & 2 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Genomic selection (GS) is a promising tool in the field of breeding especially in the era where genomic data is becoming cheaper. The potential of this tool has not been realized due to its limited adaptation in various crops. Marker Assisted Selection (MAS) has been the method of choice for plant breeders while using the genomic information in the breeding pipeline. MAS, however, fails to capture vital minor gene effects while focusing only on the major genes, which is not ideal for breeding advancement especially for quantitative traits such as yield. The main aim of statistical methodologies coming under the umbrella of GS on using the whole genome information is to predict potential candidates for breeding advancement while optimizing the use of resources such as land, manpower, and most importantly time. Lack of proper understanding of the methods and their applications is one of the reasons why breeders shy away from this tool. The book is meant for biologists, especially breeders, and provides a comprehensive idea of the statistical methodologies used in GS, guidance on the choice of models, and design of datasets. The book also encourages the readers to adopt GS by demonstrating the current scenarios of these models in some of the important crops among oilseeds, vegetables, legumes, tuber crops, and cereals. For ease of implementation of GS, the book also provides hands-on scripts on GS data design and modeling in a popular open-source statistical program. Additionally, prospective in GS model development and thereby enhancement in crop improvement programs is discussed.

    1. Genomic Selection Models for Plant Breeding Schemes: The Power of Choice 
    Ani A. Elias 
    2. Hands on Training Optimization in Genomic Selection 
    Isidro y Sánchez Julio, Rio Simon and Akdemir Deniz 
    3. Genomic Selection in Wheat: Progress, Opportunities, and Challenges 
    Deepmala Sehgal, Suchismita Mondal, Juan Burgeño, Umesh Rosyara, and Susanne Dreisigacker 
    4. Genomic Selection in Rice: Current Status and Future Prospects 
    Anilkumar C, Rameswar Prasad Sah, Muhammed Azharudheen TP, Sunitha NC, Sasmita Behera, BC Marndi, Tilak Raj Sharma, and Anil Kumar Singh 
    5. Genomic Selection in Groundnut, Chickpea, and Pearl Millet: Applications and Prospects 
    Murali T. Variath, Sunil Chaudhari, Srinivas Samineni, Dnyaneshwar B Deshmukh, Anand Kannati, and Sudarshan Patil 
    6. Genomic Selection in Solanaceae: Status, Opportunities and Future Prospects 
    Vandana Jaiswal, Vijay Gahlaut, Sushil Satish Chhapekar, and Nirala Ramchiary 
    7. Genomic Selection in Oilseed Brassica: Potential, Prospects and Challenges 
    Bangkim Rajkumar, Garima, and Priya Panjabi 
    8. Current Status of Genomic Selection in Oilseed Crops 
    Megha Sharma, Pooja Kaushik, Ani A. Elias, and Shailendra Goel 
    9. Harnessing the Potential of Genomic Selection in Potato 
    Praveen Kumar Oraon, Priyanka, and Sapinder Bali 
    10. Genomic Selection Schemes for Long-term Gain 
    Ani A. Elias and Jean-Luc Jannink 


    Ani A. Elias is a recipient of the prestigious Ramalingaswami fellowship and is presently working at the Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, India. She received her Ph.D. from Purdue University, USA with a specialization in statistical genetics and gained postdoctoral experience in genomic selection (GS) from Cornell University, USA. She has worked on GS and other genomic prediction models in maize, sorghum, cassava, and safflower both in the private and public sectors.

    Shailendra Goel is a professor at the Department of Botany, University of Delhi from where he received his Ph.D. He is involved in genetics and genomics studies of complex and important traits in various crops. He has developed a comprehensive breeding program on safflower, a promising native oil seed crop from India. He has a prolific research career with publications in major journals, and editorial services to publishers such as Oxford, Springer, and Elsevier.