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Genetics, Genomics and Breeding of Sunflower

2010 Edition, April 8, 2010

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ISBN: 978-1-57808-676-4
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  • Revision: 2010 Edition, April 8, 2010
  • Published Date: April 8, 2010
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: CRC Press (CRC)
  • Page Count: 374
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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Preface to the Volume

The sunflower has fascinated mankind for centuries and has served as an inspiration to artists, poets, photographers, and also for business promotions. Being one of the a few agricultural crops that originated from the New World, the conspicuous and showy sunflower is revered worldwide for its magnificence and versatility. The oilseed sunflower contributes approximately 10% of the world's plant-derived edible oil and the confection type sunflower holds a considerable share of the directly consumed snacks market. In addition, sunflower is also grown as an ornamental for cut flowers, as well as in home gardens. Improvement of the sunflower crop has been achieved through traditional breeding in terms of general productivity, profitability to the growers and processors, and nutritional benefits to the consumers. We are now embarking on the age of genomics which will expedite the process of genetic improvement of crops. During the last two decades, there has been an explosion of information on genetic markers, DNA sequences, and genomic resources for most major food crops including sunflower.

This volume is intended to bridge traditional research with modern molecular investigations on sunflower. It begins with basic information about the sunflower plant and germplasm diversity (Chapter 1), followed by classical genetics and traditional breeding (Chapter 2), history and achievement of genome mapping (Chapter 3). Four chapters review activities on mapping single-gene traits (Chapter 4), QTL mapping (Chapter 5), gene cloning (Chapter 6) and marker-assisted breeding (Chapter 7). Since sunflower is one of the most important oil crops, a chapter is devoted to the genetic regulation of seed oil content (Chapter 8). Transgenic sunflower, an interesting topic as old as the technology itself, is also discussed (Chapter 9). The book ends with a chapter on future prospects of the sunflower crop (Chapter 10). We hope that this book is useful to sunflower researchers as well as to people working with other crop species.

Each chapter has been written by one or more experts who have worked diligently in compiling information about their respective areas of expertise. We greatly appreciate their effort and time devoted to this book.