Copyright Year: 2023
Publisher: Iowa State University
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I wanted to explore a topic/textbook outside of my speciality domain so I selected this book to review. While the subject is complex, I found the material to be quite comprehensive. The content is appropriate and explained in a manner to which a... read more
I wanted to explore a topic/textbook outside of my speciality domain so I selected this book to review. While the subject is complex, I found the material to be quite comprehensive. The content is appropriate and explained in a manner to which a person such as myself is able to comprehend and have a basic understanding of what is being presented.
The content appears accurate and unbiased. There appears to be no errors throughout the text.
The material presented in this textbook is relevant and up to date. The content will not be obsolete in the near future.
There are many technical terms used throughout the book, and while it can be overwhelming at times, I do feel this is necessary given the complexity of the topic.
The book is structured well. The chapters are internally consistent in terms of how the book is structured overall.
The book does a great job dividing the readings into smaller sections that can be assigned at different points within a course.
The book is very well organized in a logical and clear manner. This is not my area of expertise, but the book is organized in a way to promote reader comprehension.
The book did not have significant interface issues. The text does not distract or confuse the reader.
I did not find any grammar, punctuation, or spelling errors throughout the text.
There is no culturally offensive or inappropriate material in this textbook.
Overall, I think this is an exceptional textbook. Faculty should consider this text for relevant courses relating to crop genetics.
Table of Contents
About the PBEA Series
- Reproduction in Crop Plants
- Flower Morphology and Distribution
- Controlled Hybridization: Self-incompatibility, Male-sterility, and Sex-inheritance
- Gene Segregation and Genetic Recombination
- Population Genetics
- Inbreeding and Heterosis
- Inheritance of Quantitative Traits
- Mutations and Variation
- Ploidy: Polyploidy, Aneuploidy, and Haploidy
About the Book
This book provides an introduction to genetic concepts such as reproductive systems, recombination, mutation, segregation and linkage analysis, inbreeding, quantitative inheritance, fertility regulation, population genetics and polyploidy.
About the Contributors
Suza is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Iowa State University. He teaches courses on Genetics and Crop Physiology in the Department of Agronomy. In addition to co-developing courses for the ISU Distance MS in Plant Breeding Program, Suza also served as the director of Plant Breeding e-Learning in Africa Program (PBEA) for 8 years. With PBEA, Suza helped provide access to open educational resources on topics related to the genetic improvement of crops. His research is on the metabolism and physiology of plant sterols. Suza holds a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics (with emphasis in plant molecular physiology) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Lamkey is the chair of the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University. As chair, he represents the department at the state, national and international levels. He is an advocate for research and the PBEA program, in addition to overseeing the Agronomy Department educational direction, its faculty, as well as Argonomy Extension and Outreach. Dr. Lamkey is a corn breeder and quantitative geneticist and conducts research on the quantitative genetics of selection response, inbreeding depression and heterosis. Lamkey holds a Ph.D. in plant breeding from Iowa State University and a master’s in plant breeding from the University of Illinois.