Plant Breeding: The State of the Art

  • N. W. Simmonds
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 26)


The readership of this book is a varied one. Some will know a great deal about plant breeding but little about genetic engineering; others will have reciprocal knowledge. Yet there is clearly an area of overlap of interests which it is the object of the book to explore. I am honored by having been invited to discuss plant breeding in an introductory way, to help to set the stage, so to speak, for the more detailed discussions to follow. In doing so, I am conscious that I must concentrate upon the wider issues of plant breeding, not the details, and that I cannot evade the responsibility of stating some kind of view as to the probable place of genetic engineering. My treatment is inevitably broad and I have taken the view that a little provocation here and there will not be amiss. With this approach in mind I shall first outline the general character of plant breeding (with apologies to the professionals in the audience who know it all already) and then enumerate what I take to be the principal problem areas of the subject, the areas in which we really need much more hard thinking, calculation and experiment.


Plant Breeding Crop Research Hybrid Maize Hybrid Variety Crop Genetic Resource 
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  • N. W. Simmonds
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  1. 1.Edinburgh School of AgricultureEdinburghScotland

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