About the book
The family Brassicaceae constitutes one of the world’s most economically important plant groups. They are important sources of vegetable oil, vegetables, and condiments. Most of these crops belong to the genus Brassica. Brassica genus includes very common crops including oilseeds (oilseed rape, mustard) and vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, turnip, Chinese cabbage, etc.). Brassica species play an essential role in horticulture and agriculture, as well as contributing to the health of populations around the world.
The global climatic model predicts a significant decrease in growth, yield, and productivity of Brassica due to various biotic and abiotic stress factors. So high yielding, climate-resilient, disease-resistant, improved qualities of Brassica varieties are required to maintain as well as to increase future agricultural production. Therefore, the development of improved cultivars of these crops may become exhausted, and improvement could become stagnant when plant breeding is merely based on a single breeding approach.
The goal of the breeding programs should be developed genetically superior Brassica cultivars suitable for a wide range of environments. Introgression of insect and disease resistance and other desirable traits into Brassica crops using inter and/or intra-specific hybridization, biotechnological and molecular techniques could be useful for improving Brassica crops through future promising breeding programs to ensure food security.