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Breeding of Horticultural Crops: Principles and Practices

N Kumar (Author)

In the last 25 years, research on horticultural crops, particularly on 'crop improvement and breeding' has been taken up by many SAU's and ICAR institutes with the result the genetic base of a number of horticultural crops has been broadened and many improved cultivars have been developed despite the fact the breeding is relatively cumbersome in many horticultural crops vis a vis agricultural crops. The 3rd fully revised and expanded edition has been specially written with the hope that it may provide a satisfactory guidance for students of agriculture and horticulture including applied botany and also for the horticultural enthusiasts. More emphasis has been given in this book to explain the principles and methods of breeding of important Horticulture Crops and also the achievements made in these crops in the development of new cultivars. The book has been designed with the main consideration to serve a dual purpose of being a text and reference. Keeping this thing in mind the entire book has been divided into three major parts. The first part deals with the principles and methods of breeding adopted in horticultural crops propagated both sexually and asexually. The second part deals with the achievements in breeding of perennial horticultural crops. The third part covers achievements made in breeding of annual horticultural crops.

Contents: Section 1. Breeding methods. Section 2. Principles and practices in breeding of perennial horticultural crops. Section 3. Principles and practices in breeding of annual horticultural crops.

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About the author

N Kumar

Prof. N. Kumar, born on 29th June, 1955 in a village Kadukkarai at Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu, is basically a horticulturist, had obtained his B.Sc. (Hort.), M.Sc. (Agri.) in Horticulture and Ph.D. in Horticulture degrees in the year 1976, 1978 and 1989 respectively from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore with distinct academic records. He has been awarded with five Gold Medals for his academic distinctions in both undergraduate and higher educations. He has put more than 26 years of experience in horticulture including hill plantation crops during which he handled mostly research projects on breeding of horticultural corps. He has served in various capacities at TNAU, Coimbatore including its research centres at Kodaikanal, Yercaud and Periyakulam. As the Principal Investigator, he has handled more than 10 externally funded schemes. He has got a rich experience in teaching of Under Graduate Students for more than 10 years and Post Graduate Courses for more than 12 years of Horticulture and has so far guided 9 Ph.D. and 11 .Sc. (Hort.) students. He has published more than 30 scientific papers in National and International journals and articles in four edited books. His earlier two book have been very popular among the student fraternity. He served as the Associate Editor of the Scientific Journal "South Indian Journals" since the year 1998. He has visited other countries like Israel, Thailand, Germany, Brazil and Malaysia to enhance and polish his expertise in horticulture.

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Bibliographic information

Title Breeding of Horticultural Crops: Principles and Practices
Author N Kumar
Format Softcover
Date published: 26.09.2018
Edition 3rd ed.
Language: English
isbn 8189422049
length xii+202p., Tables; Figures; Index; 23cm.