Introduction - Oilseed Brassicas

Hayward, Alice (2012). Introduction - Oilseed Brassicas. In David Edwards, Jacqueline Batley, Isobel Parkin and Chittaranjan Kole (Ed.), Genetics, genomics and breeding of Oilseed Brassicas (pp. 1-13) Enfield, United States: Science Publishers.

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Author Hayward, Alice
Title of chapter Introduction - Oilseed Brassicas
Formatted title
Introduction - Oilseed Brassicas
Title of book Genetics, genomics and breeding of Oilseed Brassicas
Place of Publication Enfield, United States
Publisher Science Publishers
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Introduction, foreword, editorial or appendix
Series Genetics, Genomics and Breeding of Crop Plants
ISBN 9781578087204
Editor David Edwards
Jacqueline Batley
Isobel Parkin
Chittaranjan Kole
Chapter number 1
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Total chapters 16
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The Brassica genus contains the most genetically diverse collection of agriculturally important plant species, including oilseed, mustard, and cruciferous species. Oilseed Brassicas comprise four species collectively known as canola, whose seed is used primarily to produce oils for human consumption and various industrial purposes. Both spring and winter varieties of canola are grown world-wide in a location dependent manner, with approximately 58 million tons produced annually. However, little genetic variability currently exists within elite canola varieties and global demand exceeds the production capabilities of current cultivars. To improve this capability requires new insights into the genetic and environmental regulation of important agricultural traits. Brassica napus is the most economically important canola species and is an amphidiploid containing the genomes of both its progenitors; Brassica rapa ("A" genome) and Brassica oleracea ("C" genome). Currently, a number of projects are underway to sequence these genomes, with plans also to sequence the Brassica "B" (mustard) genome. Such information will enhance studies into the genetic basis of important agronomic traits such as nutritional seed properties and resistance to biotic and abiotic stressors. This chapter will provide a brief overview of Brassica oilseed cultivation, biology and evolutionary history with insights into the future prospects of Brassica research.
Keyword Brassica napus
Brassica nigra
Brassica rapa
Brassica juncea
Economic value
Growth and development
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