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Quantitative genetics, genomics and plant breeding.

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This book contains 20 chapters, divided into two sections: (i) Quantitative Genetics: Plant Breeding, Bioinformatics, Genome Editing and G×E Interaction (Chapters 2-12) and (ii) Intersection of Breeding, Genetics and Genomics: Crop Examples (Chapter 13-20). Section 1 emphasizes the application of genomics, and genome and epigenome editing techniques, in plant breeding, bioinformatics, quantitative...


Chapter 2 (Page no: 19)

Food and health: the role of plant breeding.

This chapter suggests that there is a contradiction between the need for diet diversity and crop uniformity, which is the main feature of industrial agriculture, and that there is also a contradiction between crop uniformity and the need to adapt crops to both short- and long-term climate change and to associated changes in the spectrum of pests and diseases. The role of plant breeding is to provide scientific support to cultivate diversity through an emphasis on specific spatial adaptation and wide temporal adaptation through decentralized selection, and with the use of evolutionary plant breeding methods. These methods have received official recognition in Europe for some important food crops, such as wheat, barley, oats and maize, which allows the seed of evolutionary populations to be legally commercialized. Reductionist approaches, such as those used to produce genetically modified organisms, gene editing and genomic selection, do not appear adequate to tackle the complexity of the challenges ahead. It is recommended that plant breeding should shift from 'cultivating uniformity' to 'cultivating diversity' for the benefit of human health.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Vignettes of the history of genetics. Author(s): Rédei, G. P.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 27) The importance of plant pan-genomes in breeding. Author(s): Tirnaz, S. Edwards, D. Batley, J.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 33) Genome editing technologies for crop improvement. Author(s): Pillay, M.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 44) Epigenome editing in crop improvement. Author(s): Miglani, G. S. Singh, R.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 71) Bioinformatics and plant breeding. Author(s): Anderson, R. Fernandez, C. T. Danilevicz, M. F. Edwards, D.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 86) Bioinformatics approaches for pathway reconstruction in orphan crops - a new paradigm. Author(s): Evans, D. L. Joshi, S. V.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 124) Advances in QTL mapping and cloning. Author(s): Dharminder Bhatia Brar, D. S.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 140) Genotype-environment interaction and stability analyses: an update. Author(s): Kang, M. S.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 162) Biplot analysis of multi-environment trial data. Author(s): Yan WeiKai Hunt, L. A.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 178) Design and analysis of multi-year field trials for annual crops. Author(s): Arief, V. N. DeLacy, I. H. Basford, K. E.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 194) Advances in the definition of adaptation strategies and yield-stability targets in plant breeding. Author(s): Annicchiarico, P.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 213) Prediction with big data in the genomic and high-throughput phenotyping era: a case study with wheat data. Author(s): Pérez-Rodríguez, P. Burgueño, J. Montesinos-López, O. A. Singh, R. P. Juliana, P. Mondal, S. Crossa, J.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 227) Quantitative genetics in improving root and tuber crops. Author(s): Ceballos, H.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 243) Genomic selection in rice: empirical results and implications for breeding. Author(s): Ahmadi, N. Bartholomé, J. Tuong-Vi Cao Grenier, C.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 259) Novel breeding approaches for developing climate-resilient rice. Author(s): Sandeep Chapagain Lovepreet Singh Subudhi, P. K.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 276) Quantitative genetics, molecular techniques and agronomic performance of provitamin a maize in sub-Saharan Africa. Author(s): Badu-Apraku, B. Fakorede, M. A. B. Talabi, A. O. Obeng-Bio, E. Tchala, S. G. N. Oyekale, S. A.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 325) Developments in genomics relative to abiotic stress-tolerance breeding in maize during the past decade. Author(s): Labuschagne, M. T.
Chapter: 19 (Page no: 338) Exploiting alien genetic variation for germplasm enhancement in Brassica oilseeds. Author(s): Mehak Gupta Banga, S. S.
Chapter: 20 (Page no: 385) Biofortified pearl millet cultivars offer potential solution to tackle malnutrition in India. Author(s): Govindaraj, M. Virk, P. S. Anand Kanatti Binu Cherian Rai, K. N. Anderson, M. S. Pfeiffer, W. H.