Plant Breeding

  • P. Parvatha Reddy


The most effective, practical, and cheapest method of managing pests and diseases is probably by the use of resistant cultivars. Breakdown of plant resistance due to evolution of new races of pathogen/pest is one of the most important drawbacks. In widespread and protracted agriculture, there are many examples of resistant varieties which have continued to give a good control of pests and diseases. Breeding for a very high level of resistance is always not desirable, since partial resistance has often given adequate degree of management under field conditions, especially when such resistance has been integrated with other management approaches. Crops with transgenic resistance to herbivores, diseases, and tolerance to weeds have been developed in commercial crops like Zea mays, Gossypium spp., Glycine max, and Solanum tuberosum which are being cultivated in large areas throughout the world.


Breeding Organic farming Pest resistance Transgenic crops Insect pests Diseases Nematodes Weeds 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Parvatha Reddy
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  1. 1.Indian Institute of Horticultural ResearchBengaluruIndia

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