The last few years have seen an explosion of new information and resources in the areas of plant molecular genetics and genomics. As a result of developments such as high throughput sequencing, we now have huge amounts of information available on plant genes. But how does this help people charged with the task of improving crop species to create products with altered functions or improved characteristics?
Plant Molecular Breeding considers ways in which plant breeders can exploit new information, resources, and technology, and gives examples of them in current use. It discusses topics such as marker-assisted breeding, plant genetic engineering, and the effects of plant genomics on breeding for improvements of maize, wheat, roots, and tuber crops.
With wide-reaching relevance to the global issues of breeding plants, particularly staple crops, this volume is intended for researchers and professional in plant genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, and biochemistry.
Table of Contents
Mapping, Characterization and Deployment of Quantitative Trait Loci, Michael J. Kearsey and Zewei W. Luo
Marker-Assisted Breeding, Frédéric Hospital
Genomic Colinearity and its Application in Crop Plant Improvement, H. John Newbury and Andy H. Paterson
Plant Genetic Engineering, Ian Puddephat
Plant Germplasm Collections as Sources of Useful Genes, Ian Goodwin
Rice Genetic Engineering, Professor John Bennett
The Impact of Plant Genomics on Maize Improvement, Donal M. O'Sullivan and Keith J. Edwards
Plant Genomics and its Impact on Wheat Breeding, James A.
Genomics and Molecular Breeding for Root and Tuber Crop Improvement, M.W. Bonierbale, R. Simon, D.P. Zhang, M. Ghislain, C. MBA and X.Q. Li
"[A]n excellent venue for students, professors, and other professional to update their knowledge of the technical advances that can now be applied to plant breeding. … [T]he editors should be commended for the readability and quality of the individual chapters and the effort as a whole."
- Crop Science, Vol. 45, No. 5, Sept-Oct 2005