, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 113–116

On the number and size of cross combinations in a breeding programme of self-fertilizing crops

  • K. Yonezawa
  • H. Yamagata

DOI: 10.1007/BF00039125

Cite this article as:
Yonezawa, K. & Yamagata, H. Euphytica (1978) 27: 113. doi:10.1007/BF00039125


The number and size of crosses in a breeding programme were discussed to the conclusion that the number of crosses rather than the size of a cross should be increased with a given total population size. The advantage due to this manipulation, however, is relatively small when such genotypes as improved for many (twenty-five or more) loci are to be obtained, or when a high proportion (around 0.1 or more) of available combinations have the potentiality of releasing the objective genotypes. In such a case, the ease with which crossing and cultivation can be carried out becomes the decisive factor.

Index words

Self-fertilizing cropsnumber of cross combinationssize of cross combinationbreeding method

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© H. Veenman En Zonen B.V. 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Yonezawa
    • 1
  • H. Yamagata
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Plant Breeding, Faculty of AgricultureKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan