Methods in Fruit Breeding

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Purdue University Press
Professional & Scholarly


Methods in Fruit Breeding serves as a companion volume to Advances in Fruit Breeding, which treats the subject of plant improvement on a crop-by-crop basis. Published in 1975, Advances in Fruit Breeding successfully brought the literature up-to-date, and the book's reception by the fruit breeding community was gratifying. However, because each chapter is narrowly focused, practitioners find it more useful than do students. Now Methods in Fruit Breeding considers the subject from a procedural and theoretical point of view. Each of the twenty-four chapters draws on a wide base of crop examples that provide fresh insights into old problems. Consequently, this new work will be useful to teachers and students as well as to fruit breeders. Recent rapid advances in plant science have had a great impact on the technology of crop improvement. Methods in Fruit Breeding, which introduces the reader to these new approaches, is divided into five major sections.