, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 453–456

Number and size of cross progenies from a constant total number of plants manageable in a breeding program

  • W. E. Weber
Short Communication

DOI: 10.1007/BF00056604

Cite this article as:
Weber, W.E. Euphytica (1979) 28: 453. doi:10.1007/BF00056604


This short paper discusses the optimum number of crosses and size of progenies for a given total population size to minimize the risk of not finding any favourable genotype in the breeding material. It is shown that the number of crosses must generally be as large as possible. In special situations it may be advantageous to include also less promising crosses instead of enlarging the progenies of more promising crosses.

Index words

Self fertilizing crops vegetatively propagated crops number of crosses size of cross progenies 

Copyright information

© H. Veenman En Zonen B.V 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. E. Weber
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Angewandte Genetik der Universität HannoverHannover 21Federal Republic of Germany