Plant Breeding: Theory and Techniques

Plant Breeding: Theory and Techniques
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Plant Breeding: Theory and Techniques

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PREFACE
The book on Plant Breeding Theory and Techniques is the most modern and comprehensive book of plant breeding. Although, there are excellent text books edited books for graduate, postgraduate and researchers, yet the need of a book having the theoretical background of each crop and various techniques involved in the crop improvement for the undergraduate and graduate students has long been felt. The frontline scientists of different parts of the country have contributed chapters relative to their specialization. The first part of the book contains up-to-date information on various crops viz., Wheat, Brassica, Linseed, Sesame, Sunflower, Isabgol Plantago ovata Celery, Safferon, Medics and forage Pennisetum, Tomato, Gardenpea, Cauliflower, Broccoli and Onion. The inclusion of topics like safferon, celery and isabgol marks the distinctness of the book. The various aspects of each crop viz., geographical distribution, origin and evolution, floral biology, selfing crossing techniques breeding objectives, methods and accomplishments have been beautifully discussed. The second part of the book deals with various techniques used in the crop improvement for the development of new cultivars have been presented. Quality parameters and their estimation, chromosome techniques, mutation breeding techniques and practical approaches to heterosis breeding have been presented for the students who are engaged in the laboratory work. The inclusion of topics like disease resistance, biotechnology and statistical techniques make the book up-to-date and informative. The present state of knowledge, breeding accomplishments and future strategies for each crop are highlighted. The principles and procedures for each techniques are discussed in stepwise manner so that the students could assimilate the matter very easily. It is hoped that students and practitioners of plant breeding will find this book very up-to-date and enjoy the diversity of the contents. I would like to thank several people for their contributions to this book.. I am extremely indebted to Prof. H.R. Kalia, former Vice-Chancellor of H.P. Agricultural University for the valuable help and encouraging me to edit this book. I am also thankful to Prof. B. Rai, Dean College of Agriculture B.H.U., Varanasi Dr. K.B. Saxena, Sr. Scientist Pigeonpea , ICRISAT Prof. D. R. Sharma and Dr. R. Kaur, Department of Biotechnology UHF, Solan Prof. S.K. Munshi, Department of Biochemistry, PAU Ludhiana Prof. A.K. Koul, Department of Biosciences, Jammu University Prof. S.K. Sharma and H.L. Thakur, Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding and Prof. Pritam Kalia, Department of Vegetable Science, H.P.K.V.V. Palampur Prof. Amirthadevarathinam, Head Retd. , Deptt. of Agriculture
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Botany, Madurai Dr. B.L. Koul, Chairman and Dr. D.K. Choudhary, Sr. Scientist, Division of Botanical Sciences, RRL, Jammu Dr. R.K. Raheja, Sr. Biochemist, Department of Plant Breeding, PAU, Ludhiana Dr. Bhagmal, Director and Dr. S.N. Tripathi, Sr. Scientist, Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Jhansi U.P. Dr. Ashwani Kumar Pathologist and Daizy Basandari, Assistant Breeder, H.P.K.V.V. Palampur. Lastly, I am especially indebted to my wife-Neena without whose co-operation and patience, I could not have completed this assignment. During my last three years, she kept me completely free from homely affairs. I would also apolozies to my children Kanav and Kavya, to whom I could not pay my attention during the course of editing this book.
S. K. Gupta Editor
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