Dictionary of Plant Breeding, Second Edition

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  • 1 Department of Plant, Soil, and Insect Sciences University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dictionary of Plant Breeding, Second Edition. Rolf H.J. Schlegel. 2009. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 584 pages. Hardback.

Dr. Rolf H. J. Schlegel has published the Dictionary of Plant Breeding (2nd ed.) with the most up-to-date terms, discoveries, and techniques regarding plant breeding, cytogenetics, molecular genetics, biotechnology, plant taxonomy, and plant science. This comprehensive reference can be a first-hand resource for those who are beginning studies or have worked in the areas of plant breeding and genetics, academically or practically. Not only were the terms and jargon updated, but comprehensive detailed descriptions of numerous plant species with common and scientific names were also expanded.

The dictionary was divided into three distinct sections for easy reference: 1) glossary of plant breeding, cytogenetics, and sciences; 2) important crop plants, weeds, ornamentals, industrial woody, and others of the world; and 3) schematic tables and figures of breeding and genetics principles, methods, and related techniques.

This dictionary is remarkably thorough and well organized so that essentially every scientific or technical term appears to be included. The dictionary should be in all biological libraries and on the shelf of any scientist and student involved in plant breeding and plant science disciplines. Those who do not have a scientific background can easily find and grasp definitions, meanings, and concepts of plant breeding, cytogenetics, biotechnology, and taxonomy.

Geunhwa Jung Department of Plant, Soil, and Insect Sciences University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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