Breeding Major Food Staples brings together state–of–the–art technical information from leading international researchers on improving yield and quality of key crops through traditional and cutting–edge breeding techniques. The book opens with chapters on general plant breeding principles that are applicable to all crops. The final two parts are made up of crop specific chapters covering cereal crops and carbohydrate and calorie–producing staple crops.
Covering both traditional and innovative methods such as gene transfer, biofortification and bioinformatics, Breeding Major Food Staples will be an invaluable resource to plant breeders, crop science researchers, and practicing professionals.
Preface (Manjit S. Kang and P.M. Priyadarshan).
Part 1: General Topics.
Chapter 1: Crop Breeding Methodologies: Classic and Modern (Manjit S.Kang, Prasanta K. Subudhi, Niranjan Baisakh, and P.M. Priyadarshan).
Chapter 2: Genetic Enhancement of Polypoid Crops Using Tools of Classical Cytogenetics and Modern Biotechnology (Prem P. Jauhar).
Chapter 3: Biofortification: Breeding Micronutrient–Dense Crops (Wolfgang H. Pfeiffer and Bonnie McClafferty).
Chapter 4:Bioinformatics and Plant Genomics for Staple Crops Improvement (David Edwards).
Part 2: Cereals and Oil/Protein Crops.
Chapter 5: Breeding Spring Bread Wheat for Irrigated and Rainfed Production Systems of the Developing World (Ravi P. Singh and Richard Trethowan).
Chapter 6: Rice Breeding for Sustainable Production (Sant S. Virmani and M. Ilyas–Ahmed).
Chapter 7: Barley Breeding for Sustainable Production (Salvatore Ceccarelli, Stefania Grando, Flavio Capettini, and Michael Baum).
Chapter 8: Corn Breeding in the Twenty–first Century (G. Richard Johnson).
Chapter 9: Soybean Breeding Achievements and Challenges (Silvia R. Cianzio).
Part 3: Carbohydrate Suppliers: Rood Crops and Banana.
Chapter 10: Breeding Potato as a Major Staple Crop (John E. Bradshaw).
Chapter 11: Breeding of Sweetpotato (S.L. Tan, M. Nakatani, and K. Komaki).
Chapter 12: Cassava Genetic Improvement (Hernan Ceballos, Martin Fregene, Juan Carlos Perez, Nelson Morante, and Fernando Calle).
Chapter 13: Banana Breeding (Michael Pillay and Leena Tripathi).