Arguably one of the oldest scientific traditions, plant breeding began in Neolithic times, with methods as simple as saving the seeds of desirable plants and sowing them later. It was not until the re-encounter with Mendel’s discoveries thousands of years later that the genetic basis of breeding was understood. Developments since then have provided further insight into how genes acting alone, or in concert with other genes and the environment, result in a particular phenotype.
From Abaxial to Zymogram, the Dictionary of Plant Breeding contains clear and useful definitions of the terms associated with plant breeding and related scientific/technological disciplines. This second edition of a bestseller defines jargon, provides helpful tables, examples, and breeding schemes, and includes a list of crop plants with salient details. Packed with data and organized to make that data easy to access, this revised and expanded reference provides comprehensive coverage of the latest discoveries in cytogenetics, molecular genetics, marker-assisted selection, experimental gene transfer, seed sciences, crop physiology, and genetically modified crops.
A complex subject, plant breeding draws from many scientific and technological disciplines, often making it difficult to know the precise meanings of many terms and to accurately interpret specific concepts. Most dictionaries available are highly specific and fragmentary. As in the previous edition, this dictionary unifies concepts by including the specific terms of plant breeding and terms that are adjusted from other disciplines. Drawing on the author’s 30 years of experience, the dictionary provides an encyclopedic list of commonly used technical terms that reflect the latest developments in the field.
This edition includes many improved and additional tables and illustrative figures which are a valuable resource for readers, adding to its comprehensive coverage of the diverse sciences. Readers including undergraduate and postgraduate students and research scientists across a wide spectrum of the pure and applied sciences will find this dictionary a valuable reference, and I am not aware of other competitors that can match the breadth and quality of this edition.
—M.E.B. Dale, Journal of Experimental Agriculture, 2010
... useful for all who tackle the rapid developments in this field. It includes figures describing approaches such as recurrent selection, various experimental and field designs, and procedures in gene transfers, with numerous supplementary tables. Also featured is an extensive list of important crop and other plants, but the bulk of the information is in dictionary format, describing and defining terms currently encountered by all levels of practitioners involved in the wide array of approaches to plant and crop improvement. ... Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above.
—W. Loescher, Michigan State University, CHOICE, May 2011, Vol. 48, No. 09