History of Plant Breeding

Rolf H. J. Schlegel

January 26, 2018 by CRC Press
Reference - 312 Pages - 57 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138106765 - CAT# K35087


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  • Presents information on leaders in plant cultivation as well as theories, achievements, disputes, and institutions crucial in the evolution of crop improvement
  • Examines current techniques of crop development and highlights the recent progress in biotechnology
  • Focuses on the full range of social and scientific advances in crop development
  • Includes recent marker and mapping methods as prerequisites for "smart breeding"
  • Describes wide utilization plant diversity in pre-breeding
  • Compiles historical breeding approaches together with gene editing of the future


While there has been great progress in the development of plant breeding over the last decade, the selection of suitable plants for human consumption began over 13,000 years ago. Since the Neolithic era, the cultivation of plants has progressed in Asia Minor, Asia, Europe, and ancient America, each specific to the locally wild plants as well as the ecological and social conditions.

A handy reference for knowing our past, understanding the present, and creating the future, this book provides a comprehensive treatment of the development of crop improvement methods over the centuries. It features an extensive historical treatment of development, including influential individuals in the field, plant cultivation in various regions, techniques used in the Old World, and cropping in ancient America. The advances of scientific plant breeding in the twentieth century is extensively explored, including efficient selection methods, hybrid breeding, induced polyploidy, mutation research, biotechnology, and genetic manipulation. Finally, this book presents information on approaches to the sustainability of breeding and to cope with climatic changes as well as the growing world population.