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Advances in Maize

Maize, one of the most prevalent crops in the world, is also one of the most productive thanks to continuous genetic progress and improved agricultural practices. Using an intradisciplinary approach, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the topics from the dramatic advances in molecular genetic techniques to agronomy, including the progress made in the physiological and biochemical understanding of underlying mechanisms.

Major sections of the book are devoted to molecular biology and genetics, crop physiology and functional genomics, and new trends for breeding application and industrial purposes. The most recent developments in the genetic and genomic tools are used to revisit the specific aspects of the crop, like genome structure, transposons, heterosis, domestication, QTL and association genetics. The physiological basis for growth and development limitation in interaction with the major climatic constraints (water and nutrients) are considered at both the plant and crop level. The potential for breeding method improvements through marker assisted selection, the use of more sophisticated traits (digestibility, starch quality) and transgenesis are presented. A final chapter is dedicated to the economic potential of maize in the world. This book is targeted to suit both graduate students and specialists.

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Published: 2011
Edited by: J-L Prioul, C Thevenot and T Molnar
ISSN (Print): 2042-3381
ISBN: 978-1-907491-04-7

£43.00

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