Sven Bode Andersen

Sven Bode Andersen is a Professor of Plant Breeding at the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He received a M.Sc. in Agronomy (Horticulture) in March 1980. In June 1983, he obtained a Ph.D. in Agronomy (Plant Breeding) with the thesis on Haploid production in plant breeding. He became the professor of Plant Breeding in May 2003. His research focuses on the following: Biotechnology for Plant Breeding, Doubled haploid systems, protoplasts, Molecular markers for Diversity analysis and genetic dissection of important traits, Quantitative trait analysis of resistance, quality and yield.

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Breeding of crop plants to make them more adapted to human agricultural systems has been on-going during domestication the last 10 000 years. However, only recently with the invention of the Mendelian principles of genetics and the subsequent development of quantitative genetics during the twentieth century has such genetic crop improvement become based on a general theory. During the last 50 years plant breeding has entered a molecular era based on molecular tools to analyse DNA, RNA and proteins and associate such molecular results with plant phenotype. These marker trait associations develop fast to enable more efficient breeding. However, they still leave a major part of breeding to be performed through selection of phenotypes using quantitative genetic tools. The ten chapters of this book illustrate this development.

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