Genetics, Genomics and Breeding of Peppers and Eggplants

Edited by Byoung-Cheorl Kang, Chittaranjan Kole

© 2013 – CRC Press

182 pages | 13 Color Illus. | 15 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781466577459
pub: 2013-01-23
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About the Book

Peppers and eggplants are two leading vegetable crops produced and consumed worldwide. To facilitate the breeding for agronomical traits such as disease resistance and quality, diverse molecular genetic studies have been carried out. Recent achievements on pepper genome sequencing and trait-linked marker development have enabled the cloning of genes involved in useful traits. This book explores the agronomical and evolutionary characteristics of peppers and eggplants and the results of molecular genetic studies. Topics include molecular linkage maps and candidate gene approaches in capsicum and the structure of the pepper genome.

Table of Contents

Basic Information on Pepper

Economic Importance

Pepper Consumption and Applications

Nutritional Value of Peppers

Capsaicinoids and Pungency

Evolution and Domestication of Capsicum

Botanical Features


Classical Genetics and Traditional Breeding in Peppers


Conventional Breeding and Major Breeding Objectives

Traits, Classical Genetics, and Molecular Markers

Other Techniques Used in Pepper Breeding


Molecular Linkage Maps of Capsicum

Early Mapping Studies

Evolution of Marker Types

Types of Mapping Populations

Integrated Maps

Comparative Maps

Future Perspectives


Candidate Gene Approaches in Capsicum


Map-Based Cloning versus the Candidate Gene Approach

Strategies for Compiling Candidate Genes

Validation of Candidate Genes in Capsicum

Case Studies

Future Outlook


Molecular Mapping of Complex Traits in Capsicum

Variation in Capsicum

What is a Complex Trait? What are Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL)?

Quantitative Traits Analyzed in Pepper

How do you Analyze QTLs using Modern, Molecular Techniques?

Mendelization of QTLs and Marker-Assisted Selection (MAS)



The Structure of Pepper Genome


Estimated Genome Size of Pepper

Available Resources of the Pepper Genome

Use of BAC Clones in Marker Development

Comparative Analysis of Pepper Genome through Conserved Orthologous Set (COS) Markers

Ribosomal Repeat in Pepper Genome

Structure of Pepper Genome

Effort to Sequence Pepper Whole Genome

Future Prospects



Economic Importance

Nutritional Properties

Brief History of the Crop


Botanical Description


Classical Genetics and Traditional Breeding

Genetic Engineering

Diversity Analysis

Molecular Linkage Maps

Genomic Resources

Future Prospects



Subject Categories

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