Oil Palm Breeding: Genetics and Genomics

Aik Chin Soh, Sean Mayes, Jeremy A. Roberts

August 16, 2017 by CRC Press
Reference - 446 Pages - 20 Color & 65 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498715447 - CAT# K25343

USD$189.95

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Features

      • Comprehensive coverage of the current status of oil palm and the challenges faced by the crop now and in the future
      • Places the development of oil palm genetic improvement in the broader context of crop improvement in other plant species
      • Provides detailed examples of breeding improvement in oil palm
      • Reviews the application of biotechnology and high throughput technologies along with current limitations
      • Tackles areas of future research written by experts in other crops that are likely to be of importance to the oil palm

 

Summary

The oil palm is a remarkable crop, producing around 40% of the world’s vegetable oil from around 6% of the land devoted to oil crops. Conventional breeding has clearly been the major focus of genetic improvement in this crop. A mix of improved agronomy and management, coupled with breeding selection have quadrupled the oil yield of the crop since breeding began in earnest in the 1920s. However, as for all perennial crops with long breeding cycles, oil palm faces immense challenges in the coming years with increased pressure from population growth, climate change and the need to develop environmentally sustainable oil palm plantations.

In Oil Palm: Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, world leading organizations and individuals who have been at the forefront of developments in this crop, provide their insights and experiences of oil palm research, while examining the different challenges that face the future of the oil palm. The editors have all been involved in research and breeding of oil palm for many years and use their knowledge of the crop and their disciplinary expertise to provide context and to introduce the different research topics covered.