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Biotechnology and Plant Breeding

Applications and Approaches for Developing Improved Cultivars

Biotechnology and Plant Breeding includes critical discussions of the newest and most important applications of biotechnology in plant breeding, covering key topics such as biometry applied to molecular analysis of genetic diversity, genetically modified plants, and more. This work goes beyond recombinant DNA technology to bring together key information and references on new biotech tools for cultivar development, such as double-haploids, molecular markers, and genome-wide selection, among others.

It is increasingly challenging for plant breeders and agricultural systems to supply enough food, feed, fiber and biofuel for the global population. As plant breeding evolves and becomes increasingly sophisticated, a staggering volume of genetic data is now generated. Biotechnology and Plant Breeding helps researchers and students become familiar with how the vast amounts of genetic data are generated, stored, analyzed and applied.

This practical resource integrates information about plant breeding into the context of modern science, and assists with training for plant breeders including those scientists who have a good understanding of molecular biology/biotechnology and need to learn the art and practice of plant breeding. Plant biologists, breeding technicians, agronomists, seed technologists, students, and any researcher interested in biotechnologies applied to plant breeding will find this work an essential tool and reference for the field.


Scientists, academics and students in plant biology and agronomy, researchers interested in biotechnologies applied to plant breeding, plant breeding technicians and seed technologists

Hardbound, 270 Pages

Published: February 2014

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-418672-9


  • Biotechnology Applied to Plant Breeding
    1. Plant Breeding and Biotechnological Advances
    Aluízio Borém, Valdir Diola, and Roberto Fritsche-Neto
    2. Molecular Markers
    Eveline Teixeira Caixeta, Luis Felipe Ventorim Ferrão, Eunize Maciel-Zambolim, and Laércio Zambolim
    3. Biometrics Applied to Molecular Analysis in Genetic Diversity
    Cosme Damião Cruz, Caio Césio Salgado, and Leonardo Lopes Bhering
    4. Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS)
    Marcos Deon Vilela de Resende, Fabyano Fonseca e Silva, and Márcio Fernando R. Resende Júnior
    5. Genome-wide Selection (GWS)
    Marcos Deon Vilela de Resende, Fabyano Fonseca e Silva, and Márcio Fernando R. Resende Júnior
    6. Genes Prospection
    Valdir Diola and Roberto Fritsche-Neto
    7. Tissue Culture Applications for the Genetic Improvement of Plants
    Moacir Pasqual, Joyce Dória Rodrigues Soares, and Filipe Almendagna Rodrigues
    8. Transgenic Plants
    Francisco Murilo Zerbini, Fábio Nascimento da Silva, Gloria Patricia Castillo Urquiza, and Marcos Fernando Basso
    9. Double Haploids
    Roberto Fritsche-Neto, Deoclecio Domingos Garbuglio, Aluízio Borém
    10. Tools for the Future Breeder
    Valdir Diola , Aluízio Borém, and Natália Arruda Sanglard


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