Rapeseed is an important oilseed crop belonging to Crucifereae family and grown in subtropical to temperate climate. Recent discoveries have caused the scientific community to respond positively by directing a greater amount of research towards increasing production and improving the quality of rapeseed oil. Today, the annual worldwide production is approximately 7.5 million tons on 4 million acres. Canola ranks 5th in the production of world's oilseed crops following soybean, sunflower, groundnut and cottonseed. Rapeseed Breeding fully explains the miraculous discoveries about the genetic material which have contributed to the growth of this important crop. With contributions from world-renowned researchers from North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, this book provides the first scientific reference for scientists interested in the further exploitation of this important crop.

Key Features

* Presents history, origin and evolution, breeding methods, practical applications of DNA markers, fingerprinting of cultivars, and conservation of rapeseed germplasm * Includes detail of different breeding purposes including breeding for improved oil and meal quality, breeding for winter hardiness, breeding for herbicides, and breeding for hybrid rape. * Provides analysis of ecology, usage, degeneration and application


Researchers, seed and extension scientists, rapeseed and soybean breeders, students, plant biotechnology engineers

Table of Contents

1. History, Origin and Evolution S.K. Gupta and Aditya Pratap 2. Breeding Methods B. Rai, S.K. Gupta and Aditya Pratap 3. Oil and meal quality improvement Abha Agnihotri, Deepak Prem, Kadambari Gupta, Gautam Sarkar 4. Development and practical use of DNA markers Katarzyna Mikolajczyk 5. Self-incompatibility Ryo Fujimoto and Takeshi Nishio 6. Fingerprinting of oilseed rape cultivars Vladislav Èurn and Jana Þaludova 7. Haploid and doubled haploid technology L. Xu, U. Najeeb, G.X. Tang, H.H. Gu, G.Q. Zhang, Y. He, W.J. Zhou 8. Breeding for apetalous rape: inheritance and yield physiology Lixi Jiang 9. Breeding herbicide tolerant oilseed rape cultivars Peter B. E. McVetty and Carla D. Zelmer 10. Breeding for Blackleg Resistance- The Biology and Epidemiology W. G. Dilantha Fernando, Yu Chen and Kaveh Ghanbarnia 11. Development of Alloplasmic Rape Michal Starzycki, Eligia Starzycki and Jan Pszczola 12. Honeybees and Rapeseed - A Pollinator Plant Interaction D.P. Abrol 13. Genetic variation and metabolism of glucosinolates Natalia Bellostas, Anne Dorthe S¸rensen, Jens Christian S¸rensen and Hilmer S¸rensen 14. Mutagenesis: Generation and Evaluation of Induced Mutations Sanjay J. Jambhulkar 15. Rapeseed Biotechnology Vinitha Cardoza and C. Neal Stewart, Jr. 16. Gene flow from wild species into rapeseed Rikke Bagger J¸rgensen 17. Evaluation, m


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About the editor

Surinder Gupta

Affiliations and Expertise

SK University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology, Division of Genetics and Plant Breeding, Jammu, India