Essentials of Plant Breeding
Professor and Endowed Chair in Corn Breeding and Genetics
Dept. of Agronomy and Plant Genetics
University of Minnesota
Hardbound, 260 pages, 30 tables, 71 figures
Published August 2014
Essentials of Plant Breeding is a textbook for a first-semester course in plant breeding. This book was written as a prequel to Dr. Bernardo's first textbook, Breeding for Quantitative Traits in Plants. This prequel describes how modes of reproduction affect the choice of breeding methods, and outlines the breeding methods appropriate for self-pollinated, cross-pollinated, and asexually propagated species. In addition, Essentials of Plant Breeding includes a review of basic genetics; an introduction to the use of DNA markers in plant breeding; and a description of general features of breeding programs for field crops, vegetables and fruits, forages, turfgrasses, flowers and ornamentals, and tree and palm species.