New book in the library: Cereals (Handbook of Plant Breeding)

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cereals1 Cereals (Handbook of Plant Breeding). Marcelo J. Carena

The objective of this volume is to increase the utilization of useful genetic resources and increase awareness of the relative value and impact of plant breeding and biotechnology. That should lead to a more sustainable crop production and ultimately food security.

Table of Contents: Section I Cereal Crop Breeding: Maize Breeding; Rice Breeding ; Spring Wheat Breeding ; Rye Breeding; Grain Sorghum Breeding; Durum Wheat Breeding; Barley; Winter and Specialty Wheat; Triticale: A ‘‘New’’ Crop with Old.   Section II Adding Value to Breeding: Statistical Analyses of Genotype by Environment Data; Breeding for Quality Traits in Cereals: A Revised Outlook on Old and New Tools for Integrated Breeding; Breeding for Silage Quality Traits in Cereals; Participatory Plant Breeding in Cereals.

New CIMMYT publication: An analysis of the bottlenecks affecting the production and deployment of maize seed in eastern and southern Africa.

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Langyintuo, A.S.,W. Mwangi, A.O. Diallo, J.MacRobert, J. Dixon, and M. Bänziger. 2008. An analysis of the bottlenecks affecting the production and deployment of maize seed in eastern and southern Africa. Harare, Zimbabwe, CIMMYT.


Abstract: The publication describes outcomes of a study conducted in 2007/08 to analyze the bottlenecks affecting the production and deployment of maize seed in eastern and southern Africa. The objectives of the study were to provide a better understanding of the factors limiting the production and deployment of improved maize seed in Africa, and to contribute to increasing the efficiency of variety release, seed production and seed dissemination for new drought tolerant maize varieties. The study identified a number of institutional bottlenecks affecting the maize seed value chain, in particular in the area of policy, credit availability, seed production, germplasm and marketing. To address these bottlenecks and improve the efficiency of seed production and deployment to African farmers, the authors recommended a coordinated effort from policy makers, private and public organizations and farmers. The study was supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.