Plant Breeding: The Arnel R. Hallauer International Symposium

Kendall Lamkey and Arnel R. Hallauer 
Blackwell  July 2006  

Hardback  392 pp., 149 illus.  ISBN 9780813828244      £120.00
Plant breeding practices have improved the livelihoods of millions. Current breeding practices have allowed farmers to produce enough crops to feed growing populations, added significant profits in the grain trade, and minimized the amount of land needed for agricultural production by permitting more intensive use of existing crop lands. This volume reviews the status of the major challenges, approaches, and accomplishments of plant breeding programs from around the world.

This volume originated from the Arnel R. Hallauer International Symposium held in Mexico City in 2003, and represents contributions from an international field of leading plant breeding researchers. The coverage is broad and comprehensive and provides the latest developments affecting grains, trees, fruits, nuts, and forage crops.

Plant Breeding: The Arnel R. Hallauer International Symposium is an essential resource for agronomists, horticulturists, and plant biologists.


    1. Plant Breeding: Past, Present, and Future
    2. Who Are Plant Breeders, What Do They Do, and Why?
    3. Social and Environmental Benefits of Plant Breeding
    4. Defining and Achieving Plant-Breeding Goals
    5. Improving the Connection Between Effective Crop Conservation and Breeding
    6. Breeding for Cropping Systems
    7. Participatory Plant Breeding: A Market-Oriented, Cost-Effective Approach
    8. Plant Breeding Education
    9. Theoretical and Biological Foundations of Plant Breeding
    10. Integrating Breeding Tools to Generate Information for Efficient Breeding: Past, Present, and Future
    11. Genotype by Environment Interaction - Basics and Beyond
    12. Applications of Comparative Genomics to Crop Improvement
    13. Perspectives on Finding and Using Quantitative Disease Resistance Genes in Barley
    14. Breeding for Resistance to Abiotic Stresses in Rice: The Value of Quantitative Trait Loci
    15. The Phenotypic and Genotypic Eras of Plant Breeding
    16. The Historical and Biological Basis of the Concept of Heterotic Patterns in Corn Belt Dent Maize
    17. Hybrid and Open-Pollinated Varieties in Modern Agriculture
    18. Breeding Vegetatively Propagated Crops
    19. Origins of Fruit Culture and Fruit Breeding
    20. Sugarcane Genomics and Breeding
    21. Improving Tolerance to Abiotic Stresses in Staple Crops: A Random or Planned Process?
    22. Breeding for Resistance to Biotic Stresses
    23. Breeding for Increased Forage Quality
    24. Breeding for Grain Amino Acid Composition in Maize
    25. Derivation of Open-Pollinated Inbred Lines and Their Relation to Z-Lines for Cyclic Hybridization
    26. Breeding Maize Exotic Germplasm
    27. Development of a Heterotic Pattern in Orange Flint Maize
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