Breeding strategies for sustainable forage and turf grass improvement

Editors: Barth, Susanne, Milbourne, Dan (Eds.)

  • Many timely techniques in phenotyping and genotyping of forage and turf crops species are covered
  • Covers issues relating to environmental adaptation of forage and turf crops
  • Covers issues relating to genetic resources in forage and turf
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From the 4th – 8th of September 2011, the Eucarpia Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses Section, held its 29th Meeting in the surroundings of Dublin Castle in Ireland. The theme of the meeting was ‘Breeding strategies for sustainable forage and turf grass improvement’. Grasslands cover a significant proportion of the land mass of the world, and play a pivotal role in global food production. At the same time we are faced with several challenges that affect the way in which we think about this valuable set of resources. The population of the world is expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, and increase of about one third relative to today’s levels. This population increase will be focused in urban areas, and in what are currently viewed as “developing” countries, meaning that the buying power of this increased population will be greater – shifting the balance of demand from staple crops to high value items such as meat and dairy products. Overall that the world will have to approximately double agricultural output across all categories of food to meet the demands of this larger, urbanised population. This is occurring against a backdrop of equally large challenges in terms of global climate change. Agriculture is already a significant contributor to e.g. greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation and soil erosion. The situation is made more complex by an increased emphasis on biofuels as a solution for our imminent oil shortage, resulting in increased competition between land utilised for food and fuel. In short, agriculture must continue to feed the world, whilst not contributing to damaging it further. It must be sustainable. Plant breeding plays a significant but frequently understated role in meeting the challenges presented by this complex and changing scenario. However, plant breeding and improvement is itself undergoing radical change driven by technology. This book explores how forage and turf breeding is changing and adapting to meet these challenges using the technological advances being experienced in plant breeding as a whole.

Table of contents (53 chapters)

  • What Global and/or European Agriculture Will Need from Grasslands and Grassland Breeding over the Next 10–15 Years for a Sustainable Agriculture

    Reheul, D. (et al.)

    Pages 3-18

  • Marker Assisted Selection Made Cheap and Easy

    Riday, H.

    Pages 21-27

  • Genome-Wide SNP Marker Development and QTL Identification for Genomic Selection in Red Clover

    Isobe, S. (et al.)

    Pages 29-36

  • Breeding for Resistance to Bacterial Wilt in Ryegrass: Insights into the Genetic Control of Plant Resistance and Pathogen Virulence

    Wichmann, F. (et al.)

    Pages 37-46

  • Mechanisms Utilised Within the IBERS Diploid Lolium perenne L. Forage Grass Breeding Programmes to Improve Rumen Nitrogen Use Efficiency

    Hayes, R. C. (et al.)

    Pages 47-53

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Breeding strategies for sustainable forage and turf grass improvement
Editors
  • Susanne Barth
  • Dan Milbourne
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-4555-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-4555-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-4554-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8210-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 392
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