Utilization of crop heterosis: a review

Fu, Donghui, Xiao, Meili, Hayward, Alice, Fu, Ying, Liu, Gui, Jiang, Guanjie and Zhang, Haihuan (2014) Utilization of crop heterosis: a review. Euphytica, 197 2: 161-173. doi:10.1007/s10681-014-1103-7

Author Fu, Donghui
Xiao, Meili
Hayward, Alice
Fu, Ying
Liu, Gui
Jiang, Guanjie
Zhang, Haihuan
Title Utilization of crop heterosis: a review
Journal name Euphytica   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0014-2336
Publication date 2014-05-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1007/s10681-014-1103-7
Open Access Status
Volume 197
Issue 2
Start page 161
End page 173
Total pages 14
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Heterosis (or hybrid vigor) is a natural phenomenon whereby hybrid offspring of genetically diverse individuals display improved physical and functional characteristics relative to their parents. Heterosis has been increasingly applied in crop production for nearly a century, with the aim of developing more vigorous, higher yielding and better performing cultivars. In this review we present and compare three categories of crop heterosis utilization: intraspecific heterosis, intersubspecific heterosis and wide-hybridization heterosis, with particular focus on polyploid species. Different pollination-control systems used to breed for heterosis are also comparatively analyzed. Finally, we highlight problems involved in heterosis research and crop improvement. We aim to provide insight into best practices for amplifying heterosis potential.
Keyword Crop heterosis
Heterotic group
Pollination-control systems
Wide hybridization
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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Created: Mon, 25 Aug 2014, 17:39:55 EST by Dr Alice Hayward on behalf of Centre for Plant Science