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Plant Evolution and the Origin of Crop Species

Plant Evolution and the Origin of Crop Species

J Hancock

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Plant Evolution and the Origin of Crop Species

The genetic variability that developed in plants during their evolution forms the basis of their domestication and breeding into the crops grown today for food, fuel and other industrial uses. This third edition of Plant Evolution and the Origin of Crop Species brings the subject up-to-date, with more emphasis on crop origins. Beginning with a description of the processes of evolution in native and cultivated plants, the book reviews the origins of crop domestication and their subsequent development over time. All major crop species are discussed, including cereals, protein plants, starch crops, fruits and vegetables, from their origins to conservation of their genetic resources for future development.

Readership

Researchers and students in plant sciences and crop evolution.

Additional Information

Author J Hancock
Availability In Print
Dimensions Unknown
Extent 256 Pages
ISBN 9781845938017
Publication date Jul-12
Book Type Hardcover

Contents

Part 1. Evolutionary Processes

1. Chromosome Structure and Genetic Variability

2. Assortment of Genetic Variability

3. The Multifactoral Genome

4. Polyploidy and Gene Duplication

5. Speciation

Part 2. Agricultural Origins and Crop Evolution

6. Origins of Agriculture

7. The Dynamics of Plant Domestication

8. Cereal Grains

9. Protein Plants

10. Starchy Staples and Sugars

11. Fruits, Vegetables, Oils and Fibers

12. Postscript: Germplasm Resources

Ex situ conservation

In situ conservation

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