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Forage plant breeding has entered the genome era. This timely book reviews the latest advances in the development and application of molecular technologies which supplement conventional breeding efforts for our major forage crops. It describes the plethora of new technologies and tools now available for high-throughput gene discovery, genome-wide gene expression analysis, production of transgenic plants, genome analysis and marker-assisted selection as applied to forage plants. Detailed accounts are presented of current and future opportunities for innovative applications of these molecular tools and technologies in the identification, functional characterisation, and use of valuable genes in forage production systems and beyond. This book represents a valuable resource for plant breeders, geneticists, and molecular biologists, and will be of particular relevance to advanced undergraduates, postgraduates, and researchers with an interest in forage legumes and grasses.
Preface. 1. Breeding Forage Plants in the Genome Era; G. Spangenberg, et al. 2. Breeding Methods for Forage and Amenity Grasses; M.O. Humphreys. 3. Integrating Molecular Techniques to Maximise the Genetic Potential of Forage Legumes; D.R. Woodfield, E.C. Brummer. 4. Modelling Plant Breeding Programs: Applications to Forage Crops; M. Cooper, et al. 5. Bioinformatics Tools for Genome Projects; T. Littlejohn. 6. Development and Implementation of Molecular Markers for Forage Crop Improvement; J.W. Forster, et al. 7. Application of Molecular Markers to Genetic Diversity and Identity in Forage Crops; R.E. Barker, S.E. Warnke. 8. Genetic Characterization of Heterogeneous Plant Populations in Forage, Turf and Native Grasses; D.R. Huff. 9. Development of Molecular Markers for the Analysis of Apomixis; H. Nakagawa, M. Ebina. 10. Molecular Breeding for Herbage Quality in Forage Crops; M.D. Casler, H.F. Kaeppler. 11. Genetic Manipulation of Condensed Tannin Synthesis in Forage Crops; M.Y. Gruber, et al. 12. Molecular Markers for Improving Nutritional Quality of Crop Residues for Ruminants; C.T. Hash, et al. 13. Molecular Breeding of Forage Legumes for Virus Resistance; R. Kalla, et al. 14. Trangenic Pest and Disease Resistant White Clover Plants; C.R. Voisey, et al. 15. Molecular Breeding for Tolerance to Abiotic/Edaphic Stresses in Forage and Turfgrass; R.R. Duncan, R.N. Carrow. 16. Molecular Interactions Between Lolium Grasses and Their Fungal Symbionts; D.B. Scott. 17. AnIntegrated Functional Genomics and Genetics Approach for the Plant's Function in Symbiotic Nodulation; P.M. Gresshoff, et al. 18. The Production of Value-Added Proteins in Transgenic Alfalfa; S. Austin-Phillips, T. Ziegelhoffer. 19. Progress and Challenges: Forage Breeding in Temperate Australia; K.F.M. Reed, et al. 20. Biosafety Risk Assessment and the Regulatory Framework for the Release of Transgenic Plants; N.F. Millis. 21. The Future of Molecular Breeding of Forage Crops; M.D. Hayward.