Genomics research has great potential to revolutionize the discipline of plant breeding. This two-volume set provides a critical assessment of genomics tools and approaches for crop breeding. Volume 1, entitled "Genomics Approaches and Platforms", illustrates state-of-the-art genomics approaches and platforms presently available for crop improvement. Volume 2, entitled "Genomics Applications in Crops", compiles crop-specific studies that summarize both the achievements and limitations of genomics research for crop improvement. We hope that these two volumes, while providing new ideas and opportunities to those working in crop breeding, will help graduate students and teachers to develop a better understanding of the applications of crop genomics to plant research and breeding.
Contents: 1.Genomics-assisted crop improvement: an overview; R K Varshney, R Tuberosa.- 2. Genic molecular markers in plants: development and applications; R K Varshney, T Mahender, R K Aggrawal, A Börner.- 3. Molecular breeding: maximizing the exploitation of genetic diversity; A P Sørensen, J Stuurman, J R van der Voort, J Peleman.- 4. Modeling QTL effects and marker-assisted selection in plant breeding; M Cooper, D W Podlich, L Luo.- 5. Applications of linkage disequilibrium and association mapping in crop plants; E S Ersoz, J Yu, E S Buckler.- 6. Exploitation of natural biodiversity through genomics; S Grandillo, S D Tanksley, D Zamir.- 7. Genomeless genomics in crop improvement; K J Lim, V Fey, S Rudd.- 8. Comparative genomics of cereals; J Salse, C Feuillet.- 9. Cloning QTLs in plants; S Salvi, R Tuberosa.- 10. Use of serial analysis of gene expression (SAGE) for transcript profiling in plants; P C Sharma, H Matsumura, R Terauchi.-11. Genetical genomics: successes and prospects in plants; M Kirst, Q Yu.- 12. Analysis of salt stress-related transcriptome fingerprints from diverse plant species; A Pareek, S L Singla-Pareek, S K Sopory, A Grover.- 13. Auxin and cytokinin signaling component genes and their potential for crop improvement; J P Khurana, M Jain, A K Tyagi.- 14. Statistical advances in functional genomics; R W Doerge.- 5. TILLING and EcoTILLING for crop improvement; B J Till, L Comai, S Henikoff.- 16. Characterization of epigenetic biomarkers using new molecular approaches; M-V Gentil, S Maury