An introduction to plant breeding /

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Author / Creator:Brown, Jack, 1955-
Imprint:Oxford ; Ames, Iowa : Blackwell Pub., 2008.
Description:viii, 209 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Subject:Plant breeding.
Plant breeding.
Format: Print Book
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Other authors / contributors:Caligari, P. D. S. (Peter D. S.)
ISBN:9781405133449 (pbk. : alk. paper)
1405133449 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Brown (Univ. of Idaho) and Caligari (Universidad de Talca, Chile) have drawn on their considerable expertise in plant breeding to write this concise, yet thorough, book. Each chapter is written in a defined format, with an introduction, an elaboration of the introduction with many useful examples, and final "think questions." Much of the work covers the expected classical breeding methods, including genetics, heritability, selection methods, field trials, and predictions. Many of these topics include examples of the mathematical modeling needed for analysis. However, this book moves beyond the typical by the inclusion of current molecular topics used in modern breeding, including the use of genetic markers and the methods for their detection, propagation through tissue culture and its use in plant transformation using genetic engineering, and a balanced examination of the use of this technology. The authors begin with a good historical overview of plant breeding, which serves to put in context the central themes presented throughout the book. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. T. P. Owen Jr. Connecticut College

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