Breeding Methods in Cross-Pollinated Species

  • Ulrich K. Posselt
Part of the Handbook of Plant Breeding book series (HBPB, volume 5)


In the introduction an overview of the reproduction and mating systems is presented. The major part of the chapter is dedicated to the breeding of population varieties (OPVs and Synthetics). This section is structured into the three phases of operational breeding. In the first step the creation of the base population including ways to broaden the genetic basis is described. The second part covers the various types of phenotypic and genotypic selection procedures for intrapopulation improvement. The pro and cons of half-sib, full-sib and S1-family selection systems are discussed, and compared for their merits in recurrent selection. In the third part of this section the creation of OPVs and Synthetics is described. The theory and prediction of Synthetic varieties is explained and working examples given. In section three hybrid breeding is dealt with. The concept of heterosis and the identifica-tion of heterotic patternis is briefly described. Several variants like cms- or SI- based, or semi-hybrids are dealt with.

A special section deals with the breeding of autotetraploids with respect to inbreeding, selection, Synthetics and hybrid breeding.

In the final section the application of molecular and biotechnological tools with respect to breeding methodology is reviewed.


Double Haploid General Combine Ability Perennial Ryegrass Inbreeding Depression Recurrent Selection 
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I am indebted to Prof. Dr. H.H. Geiger for critical reading of this chapter and his valuable comments and suggestions.


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