About the book
Plant breeding is the targeted manipulation of sexual crosses between desired plant species/cultivar in order to combine the useful genotypic variations (genes) to express improved or novel traits beneficial for farming plants with a certain economic or food value. Pre-hybridization stages involve selecting plant genotype with desired trait phenotype(s) from natural genetic resources or germplasm collections as well as creation of novel variations using traditional chemical or radiation mutagenesis and modern genetic engineering methods. Post-hybridization process involves conducting a series of controlled pollination involving selfing or backcross methods in order to fix desired trait of interest followed by artificial selection of desired genotypes. In this book, we aim to describe the achievements of traditional plant breeding over the past century followed by new advances in plant phenotyping that has provided a precision and automation for a tedious trait description process. We would also welcome chapters on novel genotyping and genetic engineering methods that led to modern genome-assisted breeding and the development of biotechnology of crops. Furthermore, we specifically aim to address plant breeding challenges, solutions and perspective directions in the era of global climate changes as well as issues and concerns of plant breeding. Finally, we would like to invite chapters on the future view for plant breeding in the era of technological advance that will comprehensively extend reader’s horizon on this important subject.