Genomics research has revolutionized the field of crop science. Researchers have mapped the genomes of many key crops and the genetic information unlocked by these efforts has now matured to the point where they can be routinely applied to breeding efforts. Translational Genomics in Crop Breeding spans two volumes that focus, separately and together, on efforts of translating these findings into improved cultivars and populations.
Translational Genomics in Crop Breeding: Abiotic Stress, Yield and Quality focuses on issues of abiotic stressors, such as soil conditions, water availability and temperature, as well as efforts to improve overall nutritional quality and yield of key crops. Genomic technologies show great promise to increasing yields and nutritional value of crops in unfavorable environments. This volume reviews the latest advances and future directions in applying genomic–assisted breeding technologies to improving key food crops.
Comprehensively reviewing a rapidly advancing field, Translational Genomics in Crop Breeding: Abiotic Stress, Yield, and Quality is an essential reference for anyone working in the fields of crop breeding, genetics and improvement.
Chapter 1 Translational Genomics for Crop Breeding: Abiotic Stress Tolerance, Yield, and Quality, An Introduction 1Rajeev K. Varshney and Roberto TuberosaChapter 2 Applying Genomics Tools for Breeding Submergence Tolerance in Rice 9Endang M. Septiningsih, Bertrand C. Y. Collard, Sigrid Heuer, Julia Bailey–Serres, Abdelbagi M. Ismail, and David J. MackillChapter 3 Genomics Applications to Salinity Tolerance Breeding in Rice 31J. Damien Platten, Michael J. Thomson, and Abdelbagi M. IsmailChapter 4 Marker–Assisted Introgression of Major QTLs for Grain Yield Under Drought in Rice 47Arvind Kumar, Shalabh Dixit, and Amelia HenryChapter 5 Molecular Breeding for Phosphorus–efficient Rice 65Sigrid Heuer, J.H. Chin, R. Gamuyao, S.M. Haefele, and M. WissuwaChapter 6 Aluminum Tolerance in Sorghum and Maize 83Jurandir V. Magalhaes, Lyza G. Maron, Miguel A. Pi neros, Claudia T. Guimar aes, and Leon V. KochianChapter 7 Freezing Tolerance in the Triticeae 99Galiba Gabor, Eric J. Stockinger, Enrico Francia, Justyna Milc, Gabor Kocsy, and Nicola PecchioniChapter 8 Molecular Breeding for Stay–Green: Progress and Challenges in Sorghum 125Vincent Vadez, Santosh Deshpande, Jana Kholova, Punna Ramu, and C. Tom HashChapter 9 Genetic Improvement of Grain Quality in Japonica Rice 143Kiyosumi Hori and Masahiro YanoChapter 10 Biofortified Maize A Genetic Avenue for Nutritional Security 161Raman Babu, Natalia Palacios, and BM PrasannaChapter 11 Marker–Assisted Backcrossing Selection for High O/L Ratio in Cultivated Peanut 177Padmalatha Koilkonda, Chikara Kuwata, Masanobu Fukami, Kenta Shirasawa, Koh Aoki, Satoshi Tabata, Makoto Hasegawa, Hiroyuki Kiyoshima, Shigeru Suzuki, Shigemi Sasamoto, Atsushi Kurabayashi, Hisano Tsuruoka,Tsuyuko Wada, and Sachiko IsobeChapter 12 Genomics–Assisted Breeding for Tomato Fruit Quality in the Next–Generation Omics Age 193Matthew P. Kinkade and Majid R. FooladChapter 13 Improvement of Yield per se in Sugarcane 211M. Gouy, S. Nibouche, J.Y. Hoarau, and L. CostetAppendix I Contributors 239
Appendix II Reviewers 243
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Rajeev K. Varshney is a Principal Scientist (Applied Genomics), Director, Centre of Excellence in Genomics and Research Programme Director– Grain Legumes at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi–Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Hyderabad (India), and an adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia in Perth, Australia.
Roberto Tuberosa is a Professor in Biotechnology Applied to Plant Breeding in the Department of Agricultural Sciences at the University of Bologna, Italy.