Plant Breeding - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128175637

Plant Breeding

1st Edition

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Authors: D. P. Singh A. K. Singh A. Singh
Paperback ISBN: 9780128175637
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st October 2020
Page Count: 660
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Plant Breeding: Crop Improvement and Cultivar Development in the Age of Advanced Data Analytics 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 30 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. Plant Genetic Resources
5. Wild hybridization
6. Haploids and Polyploidy
7. Genetic Structure of Cross-pollinated Crops
8. Inbreeding Depression and Heterosis
9. Hybridization and Selection in Self-pollinated Crops
10. Mass and Pure line Selection
11. Bulk Method
12. Pedigree Method
13. Single Seed Descent Method
14. Backcross Method
15. Mutation Breeding
16. Inter-population Improvement
17. Intra-population Improvement
18. Recurrent selection
19. Synthetic and Composite Varieties
20. Hybrid Varieties
21. Breeding Methods in Asexual Crops
22. Breeding for Resistance to Abiotic Stresses
23. Breeding for Resistance to Biotic Stresses
24. Intellectual Property Rights
25. Participatory Plant Breeding
26. Field Plot Designs in Plant Breeding
27. Genomics Assisted Breeding
28. Phenomics Assisted Breeding Glossary References


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About the Author

D. P. Singh

Dr. Dhan Pal Singh has 34 years of experience as a pulse crop breeder. He released 41 higher yielding and disease resistant varieties of pulse crops. 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 163 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 lifetime achievement awards.

Affiliations and Expertise

Retired Pulse Breeder, India

A. K. Singh

Dr. Asheesh K Singh is the Monsanto Chair in Soybean breeding at Iowa State University (ISU). He has breeding experience in soybean, wheat, maize, barley and oats. He has developed 34 cultivars, which are annually grown in > 4.5 million acres in North America. Singh has published more than 90 peer reviewed articles in reputed international journals on topics related to plant breeding, genomics, phenomics and advanced data analytics. He has made more than 40 invited presentations including Canada, USA, Japan, Portugal, India and Brazil. Singh teaches two graduate level plant breeding courses, and serves as guest lecturer in graduate level courses offered in the college of engineering. He has been recognized with the prestigious Sustainable Futures Award by the Agricultural Institute of Canada, and Monsanto Chair in Soybean Breeding.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

A. Singh

Dr. Arti Singh is a faculty member at ISU. She has extensive experience in breeding for disease and pest resistance in wheat (Canada) and soybean (USA). She has published 16 peer reviewed full papers in reputed journals including Trends in Plant Sciences. She has also co-authored a book “Disease and Insect Resistance in Plants” (2015), Science Publishers, USA. She teaches a graduate level course on Host-Pest Interactions, and mentors graduate students in four departments (Agronomy, Pathology, Entomology, and Engineering). She won the prestigious Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) Early Career Award in 2013.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

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