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Wild Germplasm for Genetic Improvement in Crop Plants - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128221372

Wild Germplasm for Genetic Improvement in Crop Plants

1st Edition

Editors: Muhammad Azhar Shabir Wani
Paperback ISBN: 9780128221372
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 15th March 2021
Page Count: 406
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Wild Germplasm for Genetic Improvement in Crop Plants addresses the need for an integrated reference on a wide variety of crop plants, facilitating comparison and contrast, as well as providing relevant relationships for future research and development. The book presents the genetic and natural history value of wild relatives, covers what wild relatives exist, explores the existing knowledge regarding specific relatives and the research surrounding them and identifies knowledge gaps. As understanding the role of crop wild relatives in plant breeding expands the genetic pool for abiotic and biotic stress resistance, this is an ideal reference on this important topic.

Key Features

  • Provides a single-volume resource to important crops for accessible comparison and research
  • Explores both conventional and molecular approaches to breeding for targeted traits and allows for expanded genetic variability
  • Guides the development of hybrids for germplasm with increased tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses


Researchers, educators and graduate students in Agriculture, horticulture, environmental science, plant science (crop improvement, plant breeding and genetics, plant molecular biology, plant protection)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Potential of Wild Species in Plant Breeding
2. Wild Cotton Genepool: An unopened treasure
3. Wild Wheat Germplasm: An unopened treasure
4. Emerging Avenues for the Exploitation of Wild Relatives of Rice in Plant Breeding
5. Genetic Resources and Pre-breeding of Maize
6. Utilization of wild ancestors for biotic and abiotic tolerance in barley
7. Effect of natural variation on biofortification
8. Untapped soybeans; A genetic reservoir for its improvement
9. Wild Sunflowers: The primary genetic resource for
sunflower breeding
10. Brassicas: A Complete Guide to the potential of their wild relatives
11. Wild Germplasm: Shaping future tomato breeding
12. Potato wild relatives, a reservoir of genetic diversity for the sustainability of world's 3rdmost important food crop
13. Wild relatives of sweet potato; Distribution and prospectus for crop improvement
14. Tapping the genetic diversity in sugarcane wild germplasm using next generation genotyping and phenotyping tools
15. Generation of new landraces of forage species; Red Fescue and clover
16. Chickpea wild relatives: potential source of ancient genes for stress tolerance breeding
17. Mungbean Wild genetic resource; a potential source of genetic improvement for abiotic and biotic stress tolerance
18. Lentil Wild genetic resource; a potential source of genetic improvement for abiotic and biotic stress tolerance
19. Wild Relative Species and new plant breeding technologies


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About the Editors

Muhammad Azhar

Dr Muhammad Tehseen Azhar has joined the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics University of Agriculture, Faisalabad-Pakistan during 2009 as Lecturer for teaching to graduate and post-graduate classes. His focus is screening and development of segregating population resulting in the development of several bulks of cotton with more yield and fibre traits. Dr Azhar has specific interest in the development of cotton germplasm having tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses. Being a Borlaug Alumnus, he worked with various cotton geneticists namely, Dr Richard Percy, Dr Lori L. Hinze and Dr Jame Frelichowsk during a Norman E. Borlaug Fellowship at Texas A&M University and USDA-ARS, USA. Besides, Dr Azhar is Endeavour Alumnus and appointed as Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Plant Biology, UWA. Recently he is appointed as Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Agriculture Sciences, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, China. In addition, Dr Azhar is appointed as a Chair of Germplam and Genetic Stock in International Cotton Genome Initiative (ICGI).

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer, Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan

Shabir Wani

Shabir Hussain Wani is Scientist cum Assistant Professor at Shere-e- Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir where his research focuses on plant breeding and genetics/plant biotechnology. Included among his awards are: Fellow of the Linnean Society of London-2017 YOUNG SCIENTIST Award (2017), Indian Ecological Society Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana. Young Scientist of the Year 2016, International foundation for Environment and Ecology Kolkata India. YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARD – 2016, Society for Advancement of Human and Nature (SADHNA) YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry YOUNG SCIENTIST Award (2015), Society for Plant Research, Meerut, India YOUNG SCIENTIST Award (2009), Society for Promotion of Plant Science Research. Jaipur National University, Jaipur. FELLOW OF SOCIETY FOR PLANT RESEARCH AWARD – 2011-12

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor Senior Scale, Mountain Research Canter for Field Crops, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, J&K, India

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