It is an introductory level textbook—a first course in plant breeding. So, the size is limited so that it can be taught in one semester. It will serve as a reference book for post-graduate students and horticultural plant breeders. The book is simple, lucid and correct in presentation.
Section I: Overview and Biological Foundations 1. Horticultural Crop Breeding: An Overview, 2. Plant Biotechnology: An Introduction, 3. Classical and Quantitative Genetic Basis,4. Molecular Genetic Basis I: Markers, QTL Mapping and Marker-Assisted Selection, 5. Molecular Genetic Basis II: Association Mapping, 6. Mode of Reproduction in Relation to Horticultural Crop Breeding, 7 Pollination Control Mechanism Section II: Breeding Principles, 8. Plant Domestication: Bringing Plants under Cultivation,9. Plant Genetic Resources: Collection, Conservation and Utilization, 10. Variation: Types and Estimation, 11. Genetic Components of Polygenic Variation and Breeding Strategies,12. lection: Basis of Crop Breeding, 13. Heterosis and Inbreeding Depression,14. Hybridization: Techniques and Consequences,15. Timelines in Conventional Crop Improvement: Pre-Breeding and Breeding Procedures, Section III: Breeding Practices, Part A: Conventional Breeding Practices, 16. Plant Introduction and Acclimatization: Sexually and Asexually Propagated Crops, 17. Methods of Selection: Heterogeneous, Homozygous Self-Pollinated Populations, 18. Methods of Selection: Segregating, Self-Pollinated Populations, 19. Methods of Selection: Cross-Pollinated Populations, 20. Heterosis Breeding: Development of Hybrid Cultivars, 21. Selection and Hybridization in Asexually Propagated Crops, Part B: Non-Conventional Breeding Practices, 22. Mutation Breeding: Sexually and Asexually Propagated Crops, 23. Polyploidy Breeding: Manipulating Chromosomes, 24. Wide (Distant) Hybridization and Introgressive Breeding, 25. Marker Assisted Selection: Assisting Conventional Methods, 26. In-Vitro Breeding: Crop Improvement Through Tissue Culture, 27. Transgenic Breeding: Crop Improvement Through Genetic Engineering, Part C: Mission-Oriented Breeding Practices, 28. Breeding for Resistance to Biotic Stresses, 29. Breeding for Resistance to Abiotic Stresses