Selection Methods in Plant Breeding

  • Izak Bos
  • Peter Caligari

About this book


Written for plant breeders, researchers and post-graduate students, this book provides a comprehensive review of the methods and underlying theoretical foundations used for selection in plant breeding programmes. The authors review basic elements of population and quantitative genetic theory, and consider in a unique way the tackling of the problems presented by soil heterogeneity and intergenotypic competition when selecting quantitative characters.

The efficacy of different methods with regard to developing new varieties of crops are discussed for different modes of reproduction.

This work provides a sound basis for informed decision making within the process of a selection programme.


Bos Caligari Expression Genotyp breeding environment fertilization plant plant breeding population quantitative Variation reproduction sex soil

Authors and affiliations

  • Izak Bos
    • 1
  • Peter Caligari
    • 2
  1. 1.University of WageningenNetherlands
  2. 2.University of TalcaChile

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