This book fully integrates the conventional and biotechnological approaches to fruit crop breeding. Individual chapters are written on a wide variety of species covering all the major fruit crops in one volume. For each crop, there is a discussion of their taxonomy and evolution, history of improvement, crossing techniques, evaluation methods, and heritability of major traits and germplasm resources. Also discussed are the most recent advances in genetic mapping and QTL (quantitative trait loci) analysis, marker assisted breeding, gene cloning, gene expression analysis, regeneration and transformation. Patenting and licensing issues are also covered.
From the reviews:
"This book offers an excellent overview of breeding and crop improvement of the major temperate tree fruit and berry crops. The authors include many of the premier fruit breeders working today. ... there is ample content in each chapter for a broad range of readers to gain an understanding of the status, direction, and potential outcome of breeding of the major temperate fruit crops. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections." (D. D. Archbold, Choice, Vol. 46 (8), April, 2009)
"For anyone interested in the genetics, improvement through plant breeding or other scientific aspects of ... temperate fruit crops this book is a must. It will be of serious interest to plant breeding students and those from a wide range of disciplines involving the improvement of virtually any crop. ... The referencing is both extensive and up-to-date with each chapter giving the key botanical traits and origin of species for each crop. ... an essential reference for those involved in temperate fruit research." (Ronnie McNicol, Experimental Agriculture, Vol. 45, 2009)