Broadening the Genetic Base of Grain Cereals

  • Mohar Singh
  • Sandeep Kumar

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Mohar Singh, Sandeep Kumar
    Pages 1-8
  3. W. Tadesse, S. Rajaram, F. C. Ogbonnaya, M. Sanchez-Garcia, Q. Sohail, M. Baum
    Pages 9-26
  4. Kuldeep Singh, Kumari Neelam, Amanpreet Kaur, Karminderbir Kaur
    Pages 27-65
  5. Firoz Hossain, Vignesh Muthusamy, Jayant S. Bhat, Shailendra K. Jha, Rajkumar Zunjare, Abhijit Das et al.
    Pages 67-88
  6. Naval Kishore, Vishnu Kumar, R. P. S. Verma
    Pages 89-125
  7. Rahul Kapoor, Chinka Batra
    Pages 127-162
  8. Pummy Kumari, S. K. Pahuja, Satyawan Arya, J. V. Patil
    Pages 163-203
  9. H. P. Yadav, S. K. Gupta, B. S. Rajpurohit, Nisha Pareek
    Pages 205-224
  10. Salej Sood, B. Kalyana Babu
    Pages 225-256
  11. Sandeep Kumar, N. Dikshit, Mohar Singh, J. C. Rana
    Pages 257-275

About this book


This book offers comprehensive coverage of important grain cereals including their origin and distribution, crop gene pool, level of diversity, production constraints, traits of importance for genetic base widening, crop improvement methodologies, genome mapping, genomics for breeding, and future strategies. The chapters, contributed by eminent crop researchers from around the world, provide rare insights into the crop-specific constraints and prospects drawing from their substantial experience. As such, the book offers an essential source of information for grain cereals scientists, teachers, students, policy planners and developmental experts alike.

Grain cereals, which comprise rice, wheat, maize, barley, oats, sorghum and millets, are members of the grass family. These crops are vital to human nutrition, thanks to their roles as staple food crops in different parts of the globe. Some of them are rich sources of carbohydrates, which provide energy, while others are important sources of minerals, vitamins and proteins, in addition to their medicinal properties. In most cereals, the existing variability among elite germplasm has been exploited to attain a desirable level of productivity. However, to make further breakthroughs in enhancing yield and improving stability in future crop cultivars, new sources of genes/alleles need to be identified in wild/weedy species and incorporated into the cultivated varieties. Though there have been many publications on various aspects of grain cereal improvement in the recent past, to date this essential information has remained scattered among different periodicals.


Base Broadening Genetic Enhancement Grain Cereals Pre-breeding Wide hybridization

Editors and affiliations

  • Mohar Singh
    • 1
  • Sandeep Kumar
    • 2
  1. 1.ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources Regional StationShimlaIndia
  2. 2.ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic ResourcesNew DelhiIndia

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