Principles of Plant Genetics and Breeding

George Acquaah 
Blackwell  September 2006  

Hardback  584pp, 301 illus.  ISBN 9781405136464      £45.00
Until recently, plant breeders have depended primarily on classical tools to develop new and improved products for producers and consumers. However, with the advent of biotechnology, breeders are increasingly incorporating molecular tools in their breeding work. In recognition of the current state of methods and their application, this text introduces both classical and molecular tools for plant breeding.

Topics such as biotechnology in plant breeding, intellectual property, risks, emerging concepts (decentralized breeding, organic breeding), and more are addressed in this state of the art text. The final 8 chapters provide a useful reference on breeding the largest and most common crops. In addition, over 25 plant breeders share their professional experiences while illustrating concepts in the text.

Features include:

  • Comprehensive presentation of both classical and molecular plant breeding tools
  • Industry highlight essays from over 25 professional plant breeders
  • Chapter introductions, summaries and discussion questions
  • Easy reference glossary
  • Reference chapters on breeding 8 of the largest and most common crops


Industry highlights boxes
Industry highlights authors

Part I: Underlying Science and Methods of Plant Breeding

Section 1: Historical Perspectives and Importance of Plant Breeding

    1. History and role of plant breeding in society

Section 2: General Biological Concepts

    2. The art and science of plant breeding
    3. Cellular organization and genetic structure of plants: an overview
    4. Plant reproductive systems

Section 3: Germplasm Issues

    5. Variation: types, origin, and scale
    6. Plant genetic resources for plant breeding

Section 4: Genetic Analysis in Plant Breeding

    7. Introduction to concepts of population genetics
    8. Introduction to quantitative genetics
    9. Common statistical methods in plant breeding

Section 5: Tools in Plant Breeding

    10. Sexual hybridization and wide crosses in plant breeding
    11. Tissue culture and the breeding of clonally propagated plants
    12. Mutagenesis in plant breeding
    13. Polyploidy in plant breeding
    14. Biotechnology in plant breeding
    15. Issues in the application of biotechnology in plant breeding

Section 6: Classic Methods of Plant Breeding

    16. Breeding self-pollinated species
    17. Breeding cross-pollinated species
    18. Breeding hybrid cultivars

Section 7: Selected Breeding Objectives

    19. Breeding for physiological and morphological traits
    20. Breeding for resistance to disease and insect pests
    21. Breeding for resistance to abiotic stress
    22. Breeding compositional traits and added value

Section 8: Cultivar Release and Commercial Seed Production

    23. Performance evaluation for crop cultivar release
    24. Seed certification and commercial seed multiplication
    25. International plant breeding efforts
    26. Emerging concepts in plant breeding

Part II: Breeding Selected Crops

    27. Breeding wheat
    28. Breeding corn
    29. Breeding rice
    30. Breeding sorghum
    31. Breeding soybean
    32. Breeding peanut
    33. Breeding potato
    34. Breeding cotton

Appendix 1. Internet resources
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