'This book has been designed to cover the undergraduate syllabus of Commercial Plant Breeding in an objective manner. It covers the entire syllabus in one compact volume of 15 chapters. Hope, this volume would be useful to the students, teachers and researchers engaged in the field of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Seed Technology.'
Prefacevii Syllabus [As per 5th Dean Committee Report of ICAR]xv Section I: Introductory Chapters 1.Modes of Reproduction in Crop Plants3 2.Types of Improved Seed15 3.Development of Inbred Lines21 4.Development of Hybrids using A, B and R Lines28 5.Variety Release Procedure36 Section II: Seed Production, Certification and Testing 6.Principles of Quality Seed Production45 7.Hybrid Seed Production: Field Crops52 8.Hybrid Seed Production: Vegetable Crops59 9.Seed Certification67 10.Testing Seed Quality73 11.Maintenance Breeding80 Section III: Miscellaneous Topics 12.Principles of DUS Testing89 13.Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Rights Act 200196 14.Intellectual Property Rights103 15.Modern Tools for Line and Cultivar Development [Haploids, Somtic hybridization, Tissue Culture and Biotechnology]114 Appendices127 Glossary143 References155 Books by the Senior Author157
Dr. Phundan Singh hails from an agricultural family of Meerut District of Uttar Pradesh. He graduated in Agriculture from Agra University, Agra and obtained his Master and Doctorate degrees from Kanpur University, Kanpur. He has throughout a brilliant academic record. His area of specialization is Plant Breeding and Genetics. Dr. P. Singh has over 40 year experience in the field of Plant Breeding and Genetics. He has 300 publications to his credit. He has participated and presented 80 research papers in various National and International Seminars, Symposia and Conferences. He has authored more than 60 books, 18 technical bulletins and contributed 14 chapters in various books.