Quantitative Genetic Principles in Plant Breeding

  • R. J. Baker
Part of the Stadler Genetics Symposia Series book series (SGSS)


Quantitative genetics refers to the study of inheritance of traits whose phenotypes show more or less continuous distributions. There is no compelling reason for distinguishing among related terms such as ‘biometrical genetics’, ‘statistical genetics’, nor, in some cases, ‘population genetics’. All are concerned with the study of how genes affect important characteristics, how they interact with environmental factors, and how they can be manipulated to give improved plant or animal strains.


Inbred Line Plant Breeding Effective Population Size Selection Intensity Selection Unit 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. J. Baker
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  1. 1.Crop Development CentreUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada

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