Adaptation in Plant Breeding

Selected Papers from the XIV EUCARPIA Congress on Adaptation in Plant Breeding held at Jyväskylä, Sweden from July 31 to August 4, 1995

  • Peter M. A. Tigerstedt

Part of the Developments in Plant Breeding book series (DIPB, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Genetic basis of adapation

  3. Climatic and edaphic adaptation

    1. Efisio Piano, Luciano Pecetti, Antonio M. Carroni
      Pages 39-44
  4. Mechanisms of adaptation

  5. Host-parasite coevolution

  6. Plant mixtures

  7. Stress conditions

  8. Breeding for wide adaptation

    1. A. Forrest Troyer
      Pages 185-196
    2. Hans-Joachim Braun, Sanjaya Rajaram, Maarten Ginkel
      Pages 197-205
    3. Wolfgang Link, Bruno Schill, Ernst Kittlitz
      Pages 207-212
    4. M. Nurminiemi, Å. Bjørnstad, O. A. Rognli
      Pages 213-224
  9. Breeding for low/high input

    1. Salvatore Ceccarelli
      Pages 225-236
    2. Antonio Michele Stanca, Cristina Crosatti, Maria Grossi, Nadia Gloria Lacerenza, Fulvia Rizza, Luigi Cattivelli
      Pages 237-241
  10. Breeding in case of global warming

    1. Veikko Koski
      Pages 257-261
    2. A. Ordás, I. Santiago, R. A. Malvar, M. I. Vales
      Pages 263-269
    3. Ottó Veisz, Noémi Harnos, László Szunics, Tibor Tischner
      Pages 271-275
  11. Genetic resources for adaptation

    1. Geoffrey Hawtin, M. Iwanaga, T. Hodgkin
      Pages 277-288
    2. Merja Veteläinen, Eero Nissilä, P. M. A. Tigerstedt, Roland von Bothmer
      Pages 289-295
    3. Frank Ordon, Jens Weyen, Michael Korell, Wolfgang Friedt
      Pages 297-302

About this book


Plant adaptation is a fundamental process in plant breeding. It was the first criterion in the initial domestication of plants thousands of years ago. Adaptedness is generally a quantitative complex feature of the plant, involving many traits, many of which are quantitative. Adaptation to stresses like cold, drought or diseases are among the most central problems in a world grappling with global food security. Modern plant breeding, based on mendelian genetics, has made plant improvement more effective and more precise and selective. Molecular genetics and genetic engineering has considerably increased this selectivity down to single genes affecting single traits. The time has come when plant breeding efficiency may cause loss of genetic resources and adaptation. In these proceedings an effort is made to merge modern plant breeding efficiency with ecological aspects of plant breeding, reflected in adaptation. It is hoped that this merger results in more sustainable use of genetic resources and physical environments.
The book is based on 10 keynotes addressing a wide spectrum of themes related to adaptation. In addition each subject is further elaborated in up to three case studies on particular plant species or groups of plants. The keynotes do in fact overlap to some degree and there are articles in this volume that seemingly contradict each other, a common aspect in advanced fields of research. The keen reader may conclude that, in a world where climates and environments are under continuous change and where human society is more and more polarized into a developed and a developing part, adaptation of our cultivated plants has different constraints on yields depending on ecology, and indeed economy.


Coevolution Heterosis evolution food security genetic engineering mutant nitrogen phaseolus vulgaris l. stress conditions wheat

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter M. A. Tigerstedt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plant BiologyUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4708-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-8806-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1381-673X
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