Plant Breeding Books

  • Plant breeding and farmer participation

    This book complements the traditional approach to plant breeding by addressing a number of issues specifically related to the participation of farmers in a plant breeding programme, and provides a comprehensive description and assessment of the use of participatory plant breeding in developing countries. It is aimed at plant breeders, social ...

  • Explanatory guide to the International treaty on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture

    The entry into force of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture marks the commitment of the world community to a freestanding convention directed at addressing both global needs for food security and internationally agreed objectives regarding the concepts of ‘access and benefit-sharing’ found in the Convention ...

  • Explanatory Guide to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

    The entry into force of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture marks the commitment of the world community to a freestanding convention directed at addressing both global needs for food security and internationally agreed objectives regarding the concepts of ‘access and benefit-sharing’ found in the Convention ...

  • Population improvement: a way of exploiting the rice genetic resources of Latin America (En)

    This publication aims to document the progress made in the advance use of rice genetic resources in Latin America. It presents a series of theoretical and practical examples, written by experts in their field, of how novel use of a broad genetic base and application of population breeding methods can help push the rice crop's production beyond its ...

  • Alien Species and Evolution: The Evolutionary Ecology of Exotic Plants, Animals, Microbes, and Interacting Native Species

    “Cox convincingly makes the case that evolution is central to any understanding of invasions...” -Nature“A stimulating and readable review...” -Plant Talk“Cox has written a must-have book.” -CHOICEIn Alien Species and Evolution, biologist George W. Cox reviews and synthesizes emerging information on the evolutionary changes that occur in plants, ...

  • Intellectual property rights in plant varieties. International legal regimes and policy options for national governments (En)

    Series: FAO Legislative StudiesThe study provides an overview of the international intellectual property system regulating plant varieties. It identifies the essential features of this system, including the policies supporting the grant of intellectual property rights (IPRs) and the societal objectives in tension with IPRs, the institutions that ...

  • Biological Confinement of Genetically Engineered Organisms

    Genetically engineered organisms (GEOs) have been under development for more than 20 years while GE crops have been grown commercially during the last decade. During this time, a number of questions have cropped up concerning the potential consequences that certain GEOs might have on natural or managed ecosystems and human health. Interest in ...

  • Soybeans: Improvement, Production, and Uses, Third Edition

    The complete sourcebook for soybean information, this monograph combines concise information and the scope of a monograph. Topics include morphology, production, disease, management, genomics and genetic improvement, economics and marketing, processing and use, and even the role of soybean in human health. Soybean is a global crop and the contents ...

  • Genotype x environment interactions. Challenges and opportunities for plant breeding and cultivar recommendations (includes a CD-ROM) (En)

    Series: FAO Plant Production and Protection PapersGenotype x environment interactions, leading to inconsistency of best-yielding material across cropping environments, challenges plant breeders and complicates cultivar recommendation. However, it may also offer opportunities, e.g. raising yields through material specifically adapted to a given ...

  • Seed policy and programmes in the Latin America and the Caribbean (En)

    Series: FAO Plant Production and Protection PapersThis publication presents the proceedings of the Regional Technical Meeting on Seed Policy and Programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean, which was held in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico from 20 to 24 March 2000. In line with the Global Plan of Action for Plant Genetic Resources adopted in Leipzig, ...

  • Broadening the Genetic Base of Crop Production

    This book focuses on the previously neglected interface between the conservation of plant genetic resources and their utilization. Only through utilization can the potential value of conserved genetic resources be realized. However, as this book shows, much conserved germplasm has to be subjected to long-term pre-breeding and genetic enhancement ...

  • Intellectual property rights, trade and biodiversity : seeds and plant varieties

    Plant genetic resources are crucial for world agriculture, food security and the global economy. They are vital for the pharmaceutical industry and are important assests for developing countries rich in biodiversity. The patents and intellectual property rights (IPRs) associated with the development of new products are critical to trade in these ...

  • Collecting plant genetic diversity : technical guidelines

    Biodiversity is essential for sustainable development, and cultures from ancient times to the present day have exploited biodiversity. With the advent of scientific breeding, new plant varieties have been developed. Plant breeders are dependent upon the availability of a large pool of diverse genetic material represented by local races and wild ...

  • Crops and Man, Second Edition

    Jack R. Harlan conceived the prevailing concepts of how the activities of human societies have shaped the evolution of crops used for food, feed, and fiber. Harlan collected and introduced over 12,000 accessions of plants into the United States. The world food supply now depends largely on only 12 to 15 plant species. Erosion of diverse gene ...

  • Glossary of Crop Science Terms

    The glossary contains 1380 terms covering crop breeding, genetics, and cytology; crop physiology and metabolism; crop ecology, production, and management; seed physiology, production, and technology; crop quality and utilization; turfgrass; and forages. Also included is an appendix on terms used in cell biology and molecular ...

  • Somatic Embryogenesis in Woody Plants

    These books provide an update to progress on somatic embryogenesis in woody plants including both angiosperm and gymnosperm trees. In the past, most of the information on this subject was scattered in proceedings volumes, journals, biotechnology books, etc. It has been difficult for the researchers and students to obtain comprehensive ...

  • New Approaches to the Economics of Plant Health

    The world trade of plants and plant products is gradually increasing in both quantity and variety. Also, as more and more citizens are nowadays travelling to distant destinations, there is an increased risk of unintentionally importing harmful organisms and invasive species. Governments respond to increased phytosanitary risks by imposing ...

  • Plant Genomics

    Plant genomics is a growing and constantly evolving field of study, one which has gained much ground in past years through the development of advanced research and data management tools. In Plant Genomics: Methods and Protocols, expert researchers explore the current issues and methodologies of this expanding field, specifically addressing areas ...

  • Breeding Tropical and Subtropical Fruits

    Plant breeding has undergone a period of very rapid and significant development in recent years and the area of fruit breeding is no exception. This book provides a balanced, up-to-date and comprehensive account of the developments in the field of breeding tropical and subtropical fruits. It offers not only the theoretical and applied aspects of ...

  • Selective Breeding in Aquaculture: an Introduction

    This book provides a basic introduction to selective breeding in aquatic species, and describes the concepts behind establishing and running successful breeding programs. Although only 10% of world aquaculture production is currently based on genetically improved stocks, the dramatic gains achieved in species such as Atlantic salmon and tilapia ...

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