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From Stemma Press:

Breeding for Quantitative Traits in Plants
2nd Edition

Rex Bernardo
Professor and Endowed Chair in Corn Breeding and Genetics
Dept. of Agronomy and Plant Genetics
University of Minnesota

Hardbound, 400 pages, 58 tables, 69 figures
ISBN 978-0-9720724-1-0
Published July 2010

Most of the economically-important traits in crops are quantitative and are controlled by many genes. Breeding for Quantitative Traits in Plants investigates the application of quantitative genetics to plant breeding. Specifically, this new book will help you-

  1. Understand fundamental concepts in plant breeding and genetics;
  2. Explore how quantitative genetics principles can help a plant breeder design and implement a breeding program; and
  3. Appreciate the theory, experimental approaches, and evidence that comprise the basis for these concepts and breeding strategies.
The 2nd edition of Breeding for Quantitative Traits in Plants recognizes that molecular markers are now routinely used in breeding programs for major crop species. Molecular-marker applications are therefore integrated throughout the text. The book is an ideal text for a graduate-level course and a useful reference for practicing plant breeders.

Table of Contents

I. Plant Breeding and Population Genetics
  • Introduction
  • Genetics of Breeding Populations

  • II. Mean Performance of a Breeding Population
  • Phenotypic and Genotypic Values
  • Selecting Parents to Maximize Mean Performance
  • Mapping Quantitative Trait Loci

  • III. Variation in Breeding Populations
  • Phenotypic and Genetic Variances
  • Estimating Genetic Variances
  • Genotype-Environment Interaction

  • IV. Selection in Breeding Populations
  • Inbred and Testcross Selection
  • Recurrent Selection
  • Best Linear Unbiased Prediction
  • Heterosis and Hybrid Prediction
  • Selection for Multiple Traits
  • Epilogue: Designing a Breeding Program