Plant Breeding and Cultivar Development

Plant Breeding and Cultivar Development

1st Edition - January 21, 2021

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  • Authors: D. P. Singh, A. K. Singh, A. Singh
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128175637
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128175644

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Plant Breeding and Cultivar Development features an optimal balance between classical and modern tools and techniques related to plant breeding. Written for a global audience and based on the extensive international experience of the authors, the book features pertinent examples from major and minor world crops. Advanced data analytics (machine learning), phenomics and artificial intelligence are explored in the book's 28 chapters that cover classical and modern plant breeding. By presenting these advancements in specific detail, private and public sector breeding programs will learn about new, effective and efficient implementation. The insights are clear enough that non-plant breeding majoring students will find it useful to learn about the subject, while advanced level students and researchers and practitioners will find practical examples that help them implement their work.

Key Features

  • Bridges the gap between conventional breeding practices and state-of-the-art technologies
  • Provides real-world case studies of a wide range of plant breeding techniques and practices
  • Combines insights from genetics, genomics, breeding science, statistics, computer science and engineering for crop improvement and cultivar development


Plant breeders globally in universities, government institutions, private companies

Table of Contents

  • 1. Plant Breeding - Past, Present, and Future Perspectives

    2. Mode of Reproduction in Crop Plants

    3. Genetics in Relation to Plant Breeding

    4. Primer on Population and Quantitative Genetics

    5. Plant Genetic Resources

    6. Wilde Hybridization

    7. Haploids and Polyploidy

    8. Hybridization and Selection in Self-Pollinated Crops

    9. Mass and Pure Line Selection

    10. Bulk Method

    11. Pedigree Method

    12. Single Seed Descent Method

    13. Backcross Method

    14. Mutation Breeding

    15. Inbreeding Depression and Heterosis

    16. Population Improvement

    17. Recurrent Selection in Self-pollinated Crops

    18. Synthetic and Composite Varieties

    19. Hybrid Varieties

    20. Breeding Methods Used in Asexual Crops

    21. Breeding for Resistance to Abiotic Stresses

    22. Breeding for Resistance to Biotic Stresses

    23. Intellectual Property Rights and Protection

    24. Participatory Plant Breeding

    25. Breeding of Crop Ideotypes

    26. Field Plot Designs in Plant Breeding

    27. Molecular Tools in Crop Improvement and Cultivar Development

    28. Phenomics and Machine Learning in Crop Improvement

Product details

  • No. of pages: 662
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2021
  • Published: January 21, 2021
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128175637
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128175644

About the Authors

D. P. Singh

Dr. Dhan Pal Singh is a former Professor of genetics and plant breeding and pulse breeder for 34 years. He taught several courses of plant breeding and has developed more than 41 higher yielding and disease resistant varieties of pulse crops and registered several useful and unique germplasm lines. Dr. Singh has written 2 books (1) “Breeding for Resistance to Diseases and Insect Pests” (1986), Springer-Verlag Heidelberg, Germany; and (2) “Disease and Insect Resistance in Plants” (2005), Science Publishers, USA and Oxford & IBH, India. He has also published 164 research papers, and nine book chapters. He has been inducted as a fellow by the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding, and Indian Society of Pulses Research and Development. He has won numerous national achievement awards.

Affiliations and Expertise

Former Professor and Pulse Breeder, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, India

A. K. Singh

Dr. Asheesh K Singh is Professor and Soybean Breeder at the Iowa State University, USA. He has breeding work experience in soybean, wheat, maize, barley and oats. He has developed/co-developed 46 cultivars and 13 germplasm lines. These cultivars are annually grown in ~10 million acres in North America. Singh has published more than 100 peer reviewed articles in reputed international journals on topics related to plant breeding, genomics, phenomics and advanced data analytics. He has delivered more than 60 invited presentations nationally and internationally, hosted numerous research tours and engaged in many media interactions. Singh teaches two graduate level plant breeding courses and serves as guest lecturer in other courses including a graduate level Phenomics course. He has been recognized with the Sustainable Futures Award by the Agricultural Institute of Canada, Monsanto Chair in Soybean Breeding, several Institutional research achievement awards, and a team award for Plant Breeding E-Learning in Africa. He is a faculty fellow of the R F Baker Center for Plant Breeding and Plant Sciences Institute at Iowa State University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Monsanto Chair in Soybean Breeding, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA

A. Singh

Dr. Arti Singh is an Assistant Professor at the Iowa State University, USA. She has extensive experience in breeding for disease and pest resistance in Brassica, Mung bean, Rice, Soybean, Urd bean, and Wheat. She has published more than 25 peer reviewed papers in reputed journals including the Trends in Plant Sciences, and Proceedings National Academy of Sciences, USA. She has also co-authored a book “Disease and Insect Resistance in Plants” (2005), Science Publishers, USA. She has made several invited scientific presentations nationally and internationally. She teaches graduate level courses on Host-Pest Interactions and Plant Breeding Methods, and mentors graduate students in Agronomy, Interdepartmental Genetics and Genomics, Engineering, Entomology, Pathology). She won the prestigious Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) Early Career Award in 2013, and a team award for Plant Breeding E-Learning in Africa in 2019.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA

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  • Jiaoping Tue May 25 2021

    a book with broad scope on plant breeding

    The recent development of new techniques in plant breeding and genetics urged a book with content up to date. I found this is the right one, and highly recommend it as a tool- or text-book of plant breeding. It is a great book for students to gain basic knowledge about crop breeding and improvement, such as how to initial a breeding program, advance generations, and make selection. It also contains how to handle data from breeding trials, and make decision. In addition, this book inspires the readers with the great opportunity of crop improvement through leveraging the cutting-edge techniques like machine learning and high throughput phenotyping.

  • Julio S. Tue Apr 06 2021


    In my experience, few books have adequately demonstrated the practical part of plant breeding. In this book, Singh et al. gave a new and fresh view of crop improvement by the introduction of real examples from the dilated breeder experience of the authors. It doesn't matter if you are starting in plant breeding or you have experience in the field, the book will not disappoint you at all.

  • Tetsuya Y. Tue Feb 16 2021

    Integrated literature on plant breeding

    This book is a great work for plant breeders and related scientists, with a wide range of interesting topics in a well-organized way. I am pleased to have this integrated literature on plant breeding for my research and reference in soybean breeding!