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This review is from: Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener's and Farmers Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving (Paperback)
This book is a great read for anybody who might have an interest in plant breeding. The author starts off at a relatively basic level and explains using practical examples how plant breeding is performed using a number of well-established techniques and processes. It is highly informative with plenty of reference to the tips and tricks used in plant-breeding. I have a scientific background, so I am quite familiar with the scientific side i.e. genetics etc, but some readers unfamiliar with the concepts of genes and heredity may find that the going gets tough in places. However, the author does succeed in keeping the tone and writing style as down-to-earth as possible which makes this book very accessible to the lay reader. Without doubt it is the most accessible book on the market regarding plant-breeding at the moment. One technical quibble I have is that the statistical tables at the back of the book, for estimating the necessary number of plants required to isolate particular genetic types, could have been developed a bit further. But other than that it is a very complete book and should inspire many gardeners/growers to take their work with plants to a higher level.
Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener's and Farmers Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving(3 customer reviews)