Crossing in Oil Palm
Oil palm is the world's most important oil crop and crossing is used extensively in the production of commercial seed, breeding and genetic studies. This book illustrates crossing techniques to maximise success and safeguard purity, enabling the production of high quality seeds to grow-on as planting material and in breeding superior cultivars.Presenting sound practices based on scientific innovation in plant breeding, this guide provides techniques integrated with expertise and application of sustainable aspects of agronomy and crop protection. Promoting green, eco-friendly agriculture, this book covers:Biology and genetics, germplasm, target traits and commercial crossingHealth and safety considerations in the field and laboratoryPollen collection and storage, pollen viability testingIsolation of the female inflorescencePollination of the female inflorescenceCommercial Tenera productionBased on experience and protocols, this is an invaluable manual for students and researchers in agriculture, plant breeders, growers and end users interested in the practicalities of oil palm crossing for breeding and commercial seed production. It provides a resource for training, a knowledge base for people new to oil palm and a reference guide for managers, to ensure best practices in maximising sustainability and production of this important crop.
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