First ‘’scientific’’ book on organic prop breeding recently published
Source: ECO-PB newsletter
As organic breeding is a quickly emerging field both in practical sense as through scientific papers in peer-rewiewed journals, the publisher Wiley-Blackwell estimate a market for a book on Organic breeding.
Therefore they invited Edith Lammerts van Bueren, professor Organic Plant breeding at Wageningen University and attached to Louis Bolk Institute in the Netherlands, to write a book on organic crop breeding for crop breeders, geneticists, crop science professionals, researchers and students.
She compiled the book together with Jim Myers, professor plant breeding at Oregon State University in the US, and very much involved in organic breeding in the US.
Altogether 50 authors have shared their knowledge with a thorough review of the latest efforts by crop breeders and scientists to develop improved varieties for organic production.
The book opens with chapters looking at the values of organic agriculture and the consequences for breeding, next to issue dealing with specific valuable traits such as weed suppression, nutrient efficiency, pest and disease resistance, genetic diversity, participatory approaches and finally law and policy issues.
The second part of the book is a series of crop specific case studies that look at breeding efforts currently underway from around the world ranging from wheat, maize, rice, soybean, faba bean, potato, tomato, brassica’s, and onions.
ISBN 978-0-470-95858-2, hardcover, 312 pages.
Published: June 21, 2012