GP640 Advances in Plant Breeding [3+0]

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Course Associate: Dr K K Vinod


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Lecture 01



Hybrid technology in rice - I

Suggested readings:

Virmani (1997) Hybrid Rice Breeding Manual. IRRI, Philippines

Hybrid rice in India -

Viramni and Kumar (2004) Development and use of hybrid rice technology to increase rice. IRRN 29(1): 10-19


Lecture 02



Hybrid technology in rice - II

Suggested readings:

Li et al. (2009) Hybrid Rice Technology Development - Ensuring China’s Food Security. INTERNATIONAL FOOD POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Virmani et al (2003) Two-Line Hybrid Rice Breeding Manual. IRRI, Philippines

Lecture 03





Organic plant breeding

Suggested readings:

van Bueren ETL, Hulscher M, Haring M, Jongerden J, van Mansvelt JD, den Nijs APM, Ruivenkamp GTP (2002) Sustainable organic plant breeding. Louis Bolk Institute,Hoofdstraat, The Netherlands.

van Bueren ETL (2006) Organic Plant Breeding: a challenge for practice and science

Lammerts van Bueren, Edith (2002) Organic plant breeding and propagation: concepts and strategies. Thesis, Wageningen University, The Netherlands / Louis Bolk Instituut, Netherlands, Department of Plant breeding. [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3]

Lecture 04





Participatory plant breeding

Suggested readings:

Participatory Plant Breeding in Cereals

Participatory Plant Breeding: A Market-Oriented, Cost-Effective Approach

Lecture 05




Breeding for value addition, compositional traits and post harvest requirements

Suggested readings:

Ye X, Al-Babili S, Klöti A, Zhang J, Lucca P, Beyer P, Potrykus I (2000) Engineering the provitamin A (beta-carotene) biosynthetic pathway into (carotenoid-free) rice endosperm. Science 287:303-305.

Schaub P, Al-Babili S, Beyer P (2005) Why is Golden Rice golden (yellow) and not red. Plant Physiology 138:441-450.

Paine JA, Shipton CA, Chaggar S, Howells RM, Kennedy MJ, Vernon G, Wright SY, Hinchliffe E, Adams JL, Silverstone AL, Drake R (2005) A new version of Golden Rice with increased pro-vitamin A content. Nature Biotechnology 23:482-487.

Potrykus I (2001) Golden Rice and beyond. Plant Physiology 125:1157-1161.

Diretto G, Tavazza R, Welsch R, Pizzichini D, Mourgues F, Papacchili V, Beyer P, Giuliano G (2006) Metabolic engineering of potato tuber carotenoids through tuber-specific silencing of lycopene epsilon cyclase. BMC Plant Biology 6:13.

Mayer JE, Pfeiffer W, Beyer P (2008) Biofortified crops to alleviate micronutrient malnutrition. Curr Opin Plant Biol 11:166-170.

Denioc et al. (2008) Approaches in breeding for high quality protein maize. Genetika 40, No. 3, 237-247, 2008.

Gupta et al. (2009) Quality protein maize for nutritional security: rapid development of short duration hybrids through molecular marker assisted breeding. Current Science, 96 (2). pp. 230-237.

Lecture 06




Plant variety protection and global impact

Suggested readings:

UPOV (2005) UPOV Report on the Impact of Plant Variety Protection. International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV), Geneva. 98p.

Singh H (2007) Plant Variety Protection and Food Security: Lessons for Developing Countries. Journal of Intellectual Property Rights Vol.12(4) : 391-399.

UPOV (2009) International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants: What it is, what it does. Publication No. 437/(E). Geneva. 2p.

Jordens R (2009) Benefits of Plant variety protection. In: Responding to the challenges of a changing world: The role of new plant varieties and high quality seed in agriculture. Proceedings of the Second World Seed Conference, Sep 8-10, 2009, FAO Headquarters, Rome. pp 90-99.


Lecture 07





Plant variety protection in India

Suggested readings:

Dang R and Goel C (2009) Sui Generis Plant Variety Protection: The Indian Perspective. American Journal of Economics and Business Administration 1 (4): 303-312.

Kochhar S (2008) Institutions and capacity building for the evolution of IPR regime in India: Protection of plant varieties and farmers' rights. Journal of Intellectual property Rights, 13:51-56.

Brahmi P, Saxena S, Dhilon BS. (2004) The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Act of India. Current Science, 86 (3): 392-398.

Sahai S (2003) India’s plant variety protection and Farmers’ Rights Act, 2001. Current Science  84(3): 407-412.

Swaminathan MS (2002) The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Act: From legislation to implementation. Current Science, 82 (7): 778-780

Chandrashekaran S, Vasudev S (2002) The Indian plant variety protection act beneficiaries: The Indian farmer ot the corporte seed company? Journal of Intellectual Property Rights, 7:506-515

Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers' Rights Act, 2001 (Act 53 of 2001). Govt. of India

Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Regulations, 2006. Govt. of India


Lecture 08





Essentially derived varieties (EDVs) - Development and differentiation

Suggested readings:

Heckenberger M (2004) Identification of essentially derived varieties in maize (Zea mays L.) using molecular markers, morphological traits, and heterosis. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Hohenheim. 124p.

van Eeuwijk FA, Law JR (2004) Statistical aspects of essential derivation, with illustrations based on lettuce and barley. Euphytica 137: 129–137.

Borchert T, Krueger J, Hohe A. (2008) Implementation of a model for identifying Essentially Derived Varieties in vegetatively propagated Calluna vulgaris varieties. BMC Genetics 9:56


Lecture 09



Novel plant breeding techniques – I

Suggested readings:

Dirks et al. (2009) Reverse breeding: a novel breeding approach based on engineered meiosis. Plant Biotechnology Journal, Volume 7, Issue 9, pages 837–845, December 2009. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7652.2009.00450.x

Lecture 10



Novel plant breeding techniques – II

Suggested readings:

Lusser et al (2011) New plant breeding techniques. Joint Research centre, European Commission

Lecture 11


Pulse crop improvement

Suggested readings:

Pulse breeding in Australia


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