Quantitative Genetics in Maize Breeding

Hallauer, Arnel R., Carena, Marcelo J., Miranda Filho, J.B. 
Springer  2010  

Hardcover  500 pp  ISBN 9781441907653      £140.00
Public investment in maize breeding from 1865 to 1996 was $3 billion and the return on investment was $260 billion as a consequence of applied maize breeding, even without full understanding of the genetic basis of heterosis. Quantitative genetics has allowed the integration of prebreeding with cultivar development by characterizing populations genetically, adapting them to places never thought of (e.g., tropical to short seasons), improving them by all sorts of intra and inter population recurrent selection methods, extracting lines with more prob ability of success, and exploiting inbreeding and heterosis.

Quantitative Genetics in Maize Breeding aims to increase awareness of the relative value and impact of maize breeding for food, feed, and fuel security. Without breeding programs continuously developing improved germplasm, no technology can develop improved cultivars. This volume presents principles and data that can be applied to maximize genetic im provement of germplasm and develop superior genotypes in different crops. This is a unique and permanent contribution to breeders, geneti cists, students, policy makers, and land grant institutions still promoting quality research in applied plant breeding as opposed to promoting grant monies and indirect costs at any short term cost.

The book is dedicated to those who envision the development of the next generation of cultivars with less need of water and inputs, with better nutrition; and with higher percentages of exotic germplasm as well as those that pursue independent research goals.


  • Introduction
    Quantitative Genetics , Population Improvement: What Do We Mean, by Recurrent Selection? , Inbred Line Development , Conclusions , References
  • Means and Variances
    Genetically Narrow- vsBroad-Based Reference Populations , Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium , Means of Non-inbred Populations and Derived Families , Means of Inbred Populations and Derived Families , Mean of a Cross Between Two Populations , AverageEffect , Breeding Value , Genetic Variance , Means and Variances in Backcross Populations , Heritability, Genetic Gain, and Usefulness Concepts , Generation Mean Analysis , References
  • Resemblance Between Relatives
    Introduction , Theoretical Basis of Covariance , Covariance Between Relatives as a Linear Function, of Genetic Variances , References
  • Hereditary Variance: Mating Designs
    Bi-parental Progenies , Pure Line Progenies (Analysis in Self-Pollinated Crops) , Parent-OffspringRegressions , DesignI , DesignII , DesignIII , Diallel Methods , PartialDiallel , TripleTestcross , Triallel and Quadrallel , InbredLines , Selection Experiments , More on F Populations , Epistasis , References
  • Hereditary Variance: Experimental Estimates
    Experimental Results , Iowa Stiff Stalk Synthetic (BSSS) , Selection Experiments vsMating Designs for Prediction , Epistasis Variance and Effects , Correlations Among Traits and the Possibility, for IndirectSelection , References
  • Selection: Theory
    Selection Among Populations , Selection of Genotypes Within Populations , Intra-population Improvement: Qualitative Traits , Intra-population Improvement: Quantitative Traits , Comparing Breeding Methods , Increasing Gain from Selection , Correlation Between Traits and Correlated Response to Selection , Multi-trait Selection , References
  • Selection: Experimental Results
    Measuring Changes from Selection , Improvement from Intra-population Selection , Improvement from Inter-population Selection , General Effects of Selection , Factors Affecting Efficiency of Selection , References
  • Testers and Combining Ability
    Theory , Correlations Between Lines and Hybrids , VisualSelection , GeneticDiversity , TestingStage , General vs Specific Combining Ability , References
  • Inbreeding
    The Need for Maize Artificial Pollination , Early Reports of Inbreeding , Inbreeding Systems , Inbreeding Due to Small Population Size , Estimates of Inbreeding Depression , Frequency of Useful Lines , Types of Hybrids Produced from Inbred-Lines , Heterozygosity and Performance , References
  • Heterosis
    Introduction and Major Achievements , Empirical Evidence , GeneticBasis , Biometrical Concept , Heterosis and Prediction Methods Across Genotypes , Components of Heterosis in Inter-varietal Diallel Crosses , Conclusions , References
  • Germplasm
    Origin of Maize , Classification of MaizeGermplasm , Races of Maize in the Western Hemisphere , European Races of Maize , US Corn Belt Germplasm , Germplasm Improvement , Potential and Use of ExoticGermplasm , References
  • Breeding Plans
    Choice of Germplasm , Recurrent Selection and Germplasm Improvement , Integrating Recurrent Selection with Cultivar Development , Intra-Population Genetic Improvement , Inter-Population Genetic Improvement , Additional Considerations for Germplasm Improvement , Additional Considerations for Inbred Line Development , References , Index

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