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Biotechnology and Plant Breeding: Applications and Approaches for Developing Improved Cultivars.


Biotechnology and Plant Breeding: Applications and Approaches for Developing Improved Cultivars

Aluizio Borem and Roberto Fritsche-Neto

Academic Press


257 pages




A new textbook or reference work designed for agricultural researchers and students of molecular biology, botany, agricultural engineering, and biotechnology, this book looks at biotechnology applications in plant breeding. The plants dealt with are largely annual food crops, with interest in fiber plants and other crops. The authors of the papers here are largely Brazilian, and the editors' introduction will remind US readers of a Green Revolution philosophy now considered outdated in this country, in which increasingly high-tech agriculture can offset the damage caused by lack of population control and environmental protection. While the main biotechnology tools currently available involve recombinant DNA and so this dominates the book, authors also look at double-haploids, molecular markers, genome-wide selection, genetic mapping, tissue cultures, biometrics of genetic diversity, and tools for future plant breeders. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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