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2 Plant Domestication– Historical concepts
Search for Food Hunter-gatherer society Primary subsistence method involves the direct collection of edible plants and animals from the wild Obtained most of the food (up to 80%) from gathering rather than hunting. Main Source Wild wheat (from German Einkorn, literally "one grain" or "a grain") Wild einkorn: Triticum monococcum subsp. boeticum : 2n = 14; A genome Distribution : n. Syria, s. & w. Turkey, n. Iraq, Iran Harvest: hand-stripping + bag: average:2.05 kg/h reconstructed sickle: average: 2.45 kg/h 46% by weight of actual grain (threshing with wooden mortar and pestle + wind winnowing) quantity: > needs for one year Nutritional characteristics: Acceptable/ good Poor milling, baking quality Advantages of einkorn wheat: abundant & dependable food production conserves better than meat Disadvantages: Fragile rachis Hulled seed Changes during domestication: tougher axis threshing ratio: wild: 46% grain > cultivated: 73% more adaptable more productive wider leaves

3 Hunter-gatherer societies tend to be relatively mobile:
to provide sufficient resources in order to sustain their population and the variable availability of these resources owing to local climatic and seasonal conditions. Their population densities tend to be small in number (10-30 individuals), but these may gather together seasonally to temporarily form a larger group (100 or more) when resources are abundant. Domestication of Plants (food security) helped mankind to establish First farming societies develop implements and houses and towns First Farming Societies (12,000-5,000 years ago) Humans began to deliberately grow crops and domesticate a range of plants Population density increased, 60–100 times greater than hunter-gatherer societies, Because cultivated land is capable of sustaining higher population densities than land left uncultivated. The earliest place known to have lived mainly from the cultivation of crops is Jericho (Jordan River in the West Bank of the Palestinian (Fertile Crescent). . By around 8000 BC this community, occupying a naturally well-watered region, is growing domesticated forms of wheat, soon to be followed by barley. Though no longer gatherers, these people are still hunters. Domestication of Plants and Growing them as Crops resulted in Abundant food and consequently Development of Jericho as the first known town, with a population of 2000 or more. A pioneering agricultural community, surrounded by other tribes dependent on gathering food, offers easy pickings which will need vigorous protection. Jerico has protective walls and a tower

4 The Fertile Crescent: The light of civilization first dawned in the Middle East along what is known by historians as the fertile cresent - a cresent-shaped region stretching from just south of modern-day Jerusalem then northward along the Mediterranean coast to present-day Syria and eastward through present-day Iraq then southward along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers to the Persian Gulf. Initially, the Fertile Crescent was only sparsely inhabited but around 8000 BC, it was in this fertile valley that agriculture was first believed to have been developed. Wild wheat and barley grew in abundunce and tribes of nomad hunters and herders began to settle down along the lush banks of the rivers and became the world's first farmers. Agriculture was the spark which lit the flame of civilization. Farming gave rise to social planning on a larger scale as groups of nomadic tribes settled down and joined co-operative forces. Irrigation developed as the need increased to feed and support growing populations. Soon towns were built to afford comfort and protection for these early settlers. Towns like Jericho, Jarmo, Ali Kosh, Catal Huyuk, Beidha and Hassuna were the basis of a new form of human social organization and became the foundation for the first civilization.

5 Introduction to Plant Improvement
What is plant Improvement? Selection/ development of plants with enhanced performance than the existing genotype/ plants Early Plant improvement No scientific methodologies are involved, only on the basis of field performance Land Races Varieties of crop plants whose genetic composition is shaped by household agronomic practices and natural selection pressure over generations of cultivation Systematic Plant Improvement Improvement in heredity of crops and Production of new crop cultivars which are far better than the existing ones

6 This Systematic Plant Improvement is also referred to as
PLANT BREEDING Plant Breeding is the art and science of improving the heredity of plants for the benefit of the mankind The goal of Plant breeder is to change the heredity of plant in ways that will improve plant performance

7 Why do we need plant breeding?
Performance of CLCV Susceptible Variety S-12 Over The Years at PSC, Farms (Tenant Area) Yield (Mds/Ac) Yield (Mds/Ac) (Direct Area)

8 Plant Breeder Should Know
The person involved in Plant improvement should have efficient knowledge of Needs of the growers and consumers Characteristics of the crop to be improved, including its wild relatives Principles of Genetics & Cytogenetics Principles Special techniques adapted from related fields for the solution of particular problems Principles of field plot techniques Principles involved in the design of experiments and the statistical testing of data

9 Related Fields Botany Genetics Plant Physiology Plant Pathology
Entomology Agronomy Plant Biochemistry Statistics Computer Sciences Wheat variety with high yield, disease resistance, Aphid free, less moisture requirement, fertilizer responsive, early maturing, high quality

10 History of Plant Breeding
Pre-History Improvement of wild wheat Improvement of wild Corn Improvement in wild potato Improvement of wild rice Before Mendel Plant is correct unit for selection: Development of cultivars from progeny of single plant Screening against wilt in cotton Reproductive systems in plants Mendel Laws of inheritance New branch of science Genetics After Mendel Hybrid Corn Dwarf Wheat Dwarf rice Strain building (synthetic) in forage Selection Selection/ Introduction Selection/ Introduction Hybridization Tissue culture Biotechnology MAS

11 Basics of Plant Breeding Strategy
Identify the morphological, physiological, pathological traits in a cultivated plant species that contribute to its adaptation, health productivity, and suitability for food, fibre or industrial products Search out new genes that encode for desired traits in different strains of the cultivated species and their close relatives Combine genes for the desired traits into an improved cultivar through traditional breeding or new biotechnological procedures Performance assessment of the improved breeding lines in the local environment in comparison with present cultivars Distribution of new cultivars that are superior to current cultivars

12 Aims and Objectives of Plant Improvement
Higher yield Better quality Shape, size, colour, nutrition, taste, Malting, milling, baking, (cereals) sugar contents in scane, large, fine, strong fibre in cotton, flavour in fruits Resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses Crop duration early or late maturity as desired Growth habit: height, type etc. Winter hardiness Lodging resistance High fertilizer responsiveness Easier thresh ability Wider adaptability Mechanised harvesting

13 Plant Genetic Resources
Plant germplasm is the genetic source material used by plant breeders to develop new cultivars Genotypes of particular species, collected from different sources and geographical origins, for use in plant breeding. Sources of Plant germplasm Wild relatives Land races & primitive cultivars Obsolete cultivars Advanced breeding lines & other products of plant breeding program Current cultivars Thus the germplasm of a crop may be defined as The sum total of hereditary material i.e. all the alleles of various genes, present in a crop species and its wild relatives

14 Center of Origin Center of Diversity
Area where vast genetic diversity existed for a cultivated crop species (NI Vavilov 1926) Center of Origin NI Vavilov proposed that center of diversity for a crop is center of origin for that crop. primary centre of origins Areas where crop plants were domesticated Secondary Centre of origin areas where variation continued after domestication

15 Centers of diversity Chinese Centre Indian Centre Indomalayan centre
Central Asiatic Centre Near Eastern Centre Mediterranean Centre Ethiopian Centre South Mexican and Central American Centre South American Centre Chiloe Centre Brazilian-Paraguayan Centre

16 Agencies engaged in plant breeding
Asian vegetable Research and Development Center (AVRDC) Taiwan Cabbage, Pepper, tomato, soybean & Mung bean International center for Agriculture Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA) Syria Barley, Chick pea, faba bean, tropical forages, lentil & wheat International center for wheat and maize Improvement (CIMMYT) Mexico Maize, triticale and wheat International center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) Colombia Dry beans, cassava, rice and tropical forages

17 Agencies engaged in plant breeding
International Crop Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) India Chickpea, millet, peanut, pigeon pea and sorghum International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Nigeria Cassava, cocoyam, cowpeas, lima bean, maize, pigeon pea, rice, soybean, sweet potato, winged bean and yam International Potato Center (CIP) Peru Potato and sweet potato International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Phillipines Rice

18 3 Reproduction in crop plants

19 Flower Structure

20 Kinds of Flowers Complete: Having all four floral parts i.e. petal, sepal, stamens, pistils e.g. cotton tobacco, potato, cowpeas, soybean, tomato etc. Incomplete: Lacking one or more floral organs e.g. corn, sorghum, millet, wheat, oat, barley, rice, sugarcane etc. Perfect: Bisexual, having both stamen and pistil in same flower. Eg. cotton tobacco, potato, cowpeas, soybean, tomato, wheat, oat, barley, rice etc. Imperfect: Unisexual, having only stamen or pistil in flower Staminate: having stamen only Pistillate: having pistil only Monoecious: having pistillate and staminate on same plant e.g. corn, cassava, castor Dioecious: Having pistillate and staminate flowers on different plants e.g. hemp, papaya Cleistogamous: Pollination and fertilization occur before opening of flower, promoting self pollination

21 Nuclear Cell Division Mitosis (Equational Division) : the daughter nuclei normally receive an exact copy of each chromosome originally present in the nucleus of the parent cell. is the method of cell division by which new cells are formed in the normal growth and development of plant. The only form of cell division associated with asexual reproduction Meiosis Consists of two successive divisions, first reductional (Meiosis I) and second equational (Meiosis II). Essentially reduces chromosome number from diploid (2n) in the megaspore mother cell to haploid number (n) in gametes. Associated with sexual reproduction in higher plants

22 Length wise replication of chromosomes
to form two identical sister chromatids Appearance of spindle fibres

23 Homologous chromosomes
Chromosomes having genes at corresponding loci controlling a common heredity characteristics Crossing Over Exchange of chromatid segments Significance of Meiosis Maintenance of chromosome numbers in plants Segregation of contrasting alleles leads to their subsequent recombination in following generation Crossing over provides mechanism for recombination of linked genes and hence new genetic variation.

24 Chromosome number in crop plants
Chapter 2 Reproduction in crop plants Table 2.1

25 Types of Reproduction 1. Sexual Reproduction (Union of male & female gametes) Crops normally Self Pollinated (4 – 5% cross pollination) Self pollination is the transfer of pollen from an anther to stigma of same flower or to a stigma of another flower on the same plant, or within a clone. Fertilization resulting from union of male & female gametes produced on the same plant is self –fertilization or autogamy Crops normally Cross Pollinated Cross pollination is the transfer of pollen from an anther to stigma of same flower or to a stigma of another flower on a different clone. Fertilization resulting from union of male & female gametes produced on different clones is cross–fertilization or allogamy Crops both Self and Cross pollinated Usually the amount of cross-pollination exceeds that of the normally self pollinated crops, yet does not reach that of the normally cross-pollinated e.g. Cotton ( 5 -25%) pigeon pea (5-40%), Sorghum, tobacco

26 Self Pollinated crops Barley Tomato Bean Triticale Chickpea Vetch Cowpea Wheat Flax Jute Lentil Millet Mungbean Oat Peanut Pea Potato Rice Sesame Soybean Tobacco Cross pollinated Crops Alfalfa Sugar beet Cabbage Sugarcane Carrot Sunflower Castor Sweet potato Cassava Clover Corn (maize) Cucumber Hemp Mustard Onion Pearlmillet Pepper Rye Safflower squash

27 Sporogenesis Production of microspores and megaspores is known as sporogenesis Microspores are produced in anthers (Microsporogenesis) Each anther has 4 pollen sacs with numerous pollen mother cells Megaspores are produced in ovules (Megasporogenesis) A single cell in each ovule differentiate into megaspore mother cell Gametogenesis Production of male and female gametes in microspore and megaspores is known as gametogenesis

28 Male gametogenesis n 2n PMC n Microsporogenesis Generative nucleus n n
First Meiotic Division Second Meiotic Division PMC Meiosis n Microsporogenesis Pollen Nucleus divides Generative nucleus n Mitosis in the Generative nucleus n n n Microspore Male Gametes/ sperm Tube nucleus Tube nucleus Microgametogenesis

29 Female gametogenesis n n 2n n n MMC n Megasporogenesis n n n Megaspore
Degenerate n 2n n First Meiotic Division Second Meiotic Division n MMC Meiosis n Megaspore Megasporogenesis Mitosis Mitosis Mitosis Synergid Egg cell n n n v Megaspore Polar Nuclei v v Antipodal Cells Megagametophyte (Embryo Sac) Megagametogenesis

30 Pollen tube sends both male gametes/ sperms into embryo sac
One male gamete/ sperm fuses with egg to form zygote. This process is known as FERTILIZATION. Second male gamete/ sperm fuses with two polar nuclei. The process is called triple fusion. These three nuclei together form PRIMARY ENDOSPERM NUCLEUS. The fusion of one male gamete with egg and fusion of second with polar nuclei is called DOUBLE FERTILIZATION. The fertilized egg develops into EMBRYO Primary endosperm nuclei divides to form many nuclei covered with cell wall, collectively called ENDOSPERM


32 Asexual reproduction (No union of sexual gametes)
Plants may develop either from vegetative parts of plants (Vegetative reproduction) OR Plants may arise from embryos that develop without fertilization (APOMIXIS) Vegetative Reproduction Propagation through vegetative plant parts (roots, tuber, stolons, rhizomes, stems, leaf cutting or tissue culture) Significance of Vegetative Reproduction Desirable plant may be used as a variety as there is no danger of segregation Mutant buds/ branches or seedlings, if desirable can be multiplied and used as varieties. However it does not allow transfer of genes from one variety to another variety

33 Apomixis (without mixing)
In APOMIXIS, seeds are formed but the embryo develops without fertilization. The resulting plants are identical to the parent plant. APOMIXIS may be Facultative Producing strictly maternally similar plants, Obligate Reproducing only through apomixis, Obligate apomixis may be Vivipary: formation of plantlets instead of flowers, no seed is formed Agamospermy: Formation of seed without the union of egg and sperm nuclei. Agamospermy may be Adventitious embyony: Embryo develops directly from vegetative cells of ovule and it does not involve production of embryo sac e.g. mango, citrus etc. Gametophytic Apomixis: Embryo develops without fertilization from egg cell. Gametophytic Apomixis may be Apospory: Unreduced embryo sac is produced from vegetative cells of the ovule Diplospory: Unreduced embryo sac is produced from Megaspore Mother Cell Diplospory may be Parthenogenesis: Embryo develops from the embryo sac without pollination Pseudogamy: Pollination is necessary for embryo development but fertilization of egg cell does not take place. Fertilization of the secondary nucleus takes place for endosperm development. The endosperm can arise autonomously (Autonomous Apomixis) OR It can arise after fertilization (Pseudogamy)

34 Significance of Apomixis
Apomixis allows plant breeder to fix heterosis Apomixis allows for rapid multiplication and release of variety Identification of Apomixis When progeny is identical to mother plant Through flow cytometery (Flow cytometer is an instrument that can accurately measure the DNA contents of thousands of nuclei

35 Variation in Chromosome Number

36 Chromosomal variation
Variation in chromosome may be of two types 1. Variation in chromosome number 1.1. Euploidy/Polyploidy 1.2. Aneuploidy 2. Variation in chromosome structure 2A. Change in the amount of genetic information deletions duplications 2B. Rearrangement of gene locations inversions translocations

37 1. Variation in Chromosome Number
Genetic variability forms the basis of plant improvement and variation in chromosome number adds to genetic variability 1.1. EUPLOID: Chromosome number is changed to exact multiple of the basic set Polyploids are euploids in multiple of basic set of chromosome Diploid x Triploid x Tetraploid x Pentaploid x Hexaploid x Septaploid x Octoploid x EUPLOIDS may be AUTOPLOIDS: Having Duplicate genome of same species Autotetraploid: Having Duplicate genome of same diploid species ALLOPLOIDS: Having Duplicate genome of different species Allotetraploid or amphidiploid: Having Duplicate genome of different species 1.2. ANEUPLOID: Chromosome number of basic chromosome set is changed by addition or deletion of specific chromosomes

38 Ploidy Levels in Different crops
Species Crop Basic Chromosome Number (x) Haploid (Gametic) Number (n) Somatic (Diploid) Chromosome number (2n) Avena strigosa Oats 7 2n = 2x= 14 Avena barbata 14 2n = 4x= 28 Avena sativa 21 2n = 6x= 42 Gossypium arboreum Cotton 13 2n = 2x= 26 Gossypium hirsutum 26 2n = 4x= 26 Triticum monococum Wheat Triticum turgidum Triticum aestivum

39 Induction of Ploidy Natural Induction: Artificial Induction:
May arise from Unreduced gametes: chromosome number is not reduced during meiosis Natural wide crossing following chromosome doubling Artificial Induction: Environmental Shock Chemical Colchicine: acts by dissociating the spindle and preventing migration of the daughter chromosomes to poles It is applied to meristemetic tissue, germinating seed, young seedling, root Its action is modified or affected by temperature, concentration, and duration of treatment

40 Significance of Polyploidy in Plant Breeding
Permits greater expression of existing genetic diversity Helps to change the character of a plant by altering number of genomes consequently changing dosage of alleles related to particular trait Ployploids with uneven number of genomes (Like Triploid and Pentaploids) may result in infertility. This loss of seed production can be used to produce seedless watermelons and banana About 1/3 to ½ of angiosperms are polyploids About 70% of wild species of grasses and 23% of legume family are polyploids Most of the natural polyploids are alloploids All species don't exhibit vigor with increase in ploidy Optimum ploidy level for corn is diploid as compared to tetraploid Optimum ploidy level of banana is triploid (Seedless) Blackberry is insensitive to ploidy level

41 Artificially Induced Autoploids
Easy to produce: AA doubled to AAAA Characterized with thicker vegetative parts, increased flower size, less fertile Characteristics of Autoploids Genetic ratios are simpler in allotetraploid as compared to autotetraploids. Eg. A and a alleles will result in 3 classes (AA, Aa, aa) in alloploid whereas it will result in 5 classes in case of Autoploid AAAA = quadruplex, AAAa= triplex, AAaa=duplex, Aaaa=simplex, aaaa=nulliplex) Consequently recessive combinations are less in autoploids forcing breeders to grow larger population Autoploidy often result in Increased size of meristemetic and guard cells Decrease in total number of cells, Reduced growth rate consequently delayed flowering Use of Autoploids Due to more vegetative growth autoploids are more suitable in crops harvested for vegetative parts (Forages, root crops, vegetables, flowers) Useful vigour is obtained by doubling chromosome contents of diploid with low chromosome numbers Autoploids from cross pollinated crops are more successful than self pollinated crops Bridging of ploidy levels in interspecific crosses Diploid treated with colchicine to produce Autotetraploid X tetraploid species

42 Artificially Induced Alloploids
Difficult to produce A, B first need to be hybridized and then doubled to form AABB After chromosome doubling chromosome from A genome pair with it’s A genome homolog and B with B genome, with no homoeolog pairing between A and B genome. Homoeolog pairing is restricted by certain genes in natural alloploids like, In wheat, Ph1 present at long arm of 5B chromosome inhibits pairing of homoeolog chromosomes from A and B genomes. Chromosomes originating from different but similar genomes (like A & B in wheat are different but similar being part of one species) are said to be homoeolog chromosomes (having genes and arrangement of genes in common)

43 Uses of Alloploidy Identifying genetic origin of polyploid plant
Producing new plant genotypes and plant species Production of Hexaploid (AABBRR) and Octoploid (AABBDDRR) triticale from rye (RR) and tetraploid (AABB) and Hexploid (AABBDD) wheat Facilitated transfer of genes from related species Production of synthetic hybrids of wheat Fibre strength in cotton Arboreum(AA) X Thurberi (DD) chromosomes doubled to produce Allotetraploid which was further crossed to hirsutum (AADD) Facilitating transfer or substitution of individual or pair of chromosomes IB can tranlocate with 1R chromosome of rye (due to homoeolog)

44 Variation in Chromosomal Number
1.2. Aneuploidy: Chromosome number of basic chromosome set is changed by addition or deletion of specific chromosomes Commonly results from nondisjunction during meiosis Monosomy, trisomy, tetrasomy, etc. Klinefelter and Turner syndromes are examples involving human sex chromosomes Chromosome deletion lines Nullisomy - loss of one homologous chromosome pair; 2N – 2 Monosomy – loss of a single chromosome; 2N – 1 Chromosome addition lines Trisomy – single extra chromosome; 2N + 1 Tetrasomy – extra chromosome pair; 2N + 2


46 Nondisjunction

47 Alien Substitution Line:
Exchange of chromosome between cultivars of same species Wheat substitution lines Alien Substitution Line: Exchange of chromosome between cultivars of different species Wheat X Rye resulting in triticale

48 HAPLOIDY HAPLOIDS: Plants having gamete number of chromosome
Occur in nature in very low frequency In many species like corn, wheat, sorghum, barley, rye rice, flax, tobacco, cotton etc. Can be differentiated from normal diploids (due to smaller size) Haploidy can be efficiently confirmed by flow cytometery Haploidy can be less efficiently confirmed by chromosome counting Haploid plant can be made diploid by treating with colchicine

49 Procedures for Haploid Production
Identification and doubling of naturally occurring haploids In corn 1/1000 grains is a haploid that arise through development of an unfertilized egg into an embryo by parthenogenesis. Such haploid when doubled is far homozygous inbred line as compared to the one made through successive selfings Interspecific or intergeneric hybridization followed by elimination of the chromosomes of the wild or distantly related species In barley H. Vulgare, Rice, wheat through H.bulbosum In wheat through maize In wheat through pearl millet and others Anther or pollen culture In wheat

50 Use of Haploids Doubling of chromosomes results in diploids that are completely homozygous This homozygosity achieved in one step is of higher level than normally achieved after 6 generations of selfing Recessive mutants can be observed at very early stage Selection of dominant alleles is facilitated Suitable for mapping populations development

51 Breeding Self Pollinated Crops

52 What is a cultivar? The cultivar (agricultural Variety) is a group of similar plants , which by structural features and performance may be identified from other groups of genetically similar plants within a species Plant Kingdom is divided into Family Genus species Variety/ cultivar experimental strain/ strain / advance line. The distinction of being named and distributed commercially serves to set apart the cultivar from strain Essential Characteristics of Cultivar 1. Identity feature of identification 2. Reproducibility true to type or similar progeny, easy in self pollinated crops, difficult in cross pollinated crops. To learn breeding behavior of an individual plant Progeny test: From the progeny test breeder learns that a superior looking plant is superior due to its genetic make up or environmental influence: By growing progeny of selected superior plant, approves or disapprove its genetic superiority To identify the genotype of a plant Test cross: Crossing of F1 plant to a homozygous recessive plant To Accumulate desirable gene Back cross: Cross of a hybrid to one of its parent, Succession of back crosses helps to add a gene

53 Significance of Pollination Method
1. Loci with identical genes (AA aa) will remain homozygous following self pollination and 2. Loci with contrasting genes (Aa) will segregate, producing homozygous and heterozygous progeny in equal proportions Heterozygosity is reduced by 50% with each successive selfing thus leading to homozygosity Aa 100% S0 25% aa 50% Aa 25% AA S1 12.5% aa 25%Aa 12.5% AA S2 37.5%aa 6.25%aa 12.5%Aa 6.25%AA 37.5%AA S3 43.75%aa 3.125% aa 6.25%Aa 3.125%AA 43.75%AA S4 46.875%aa 1.562% aa 3.125%Aa 1.562%AA 46.875%AA S5

54 BREEDING METHODS Crops can be improved by selecting
Mixture of plants, or a single plant from introduced germplasm Mixture of plants, or a single plant from a local germplasm Mixture of plants, or a single plant from a hybrid population Three methods viz., introduction, selection and Hybridization are practiced for crop improvement. 1. INTRODUCTION Transfer of a collection of seed or planting material from one ecological zone to other. This collection of germplasm resources may be from wild relatives Land races Commercial cultivars from other similar locations (local or international) Advanced lines from research institutes (local or international) Acclimatization: Adjustment of a species or a population to a changed environment over a number of generations

55 2. Selection Mixture of plants, or a single plant, selected from germplasm Population for selection may be Mixed population Two methods for selection from mixed population in self pollinated crops 2.1. Mass selection Plants are selected and harvested on the basis of phenotypic expression (mostly qualitative traits) and seed composite. Therefore cultivars developed by mass selection are uniform for qualitative traits rather than quantitative traits further they are not progeny tested. Objectives of mass selection: Purify a mixed cultivar or plant population by visually selecting plant with similar phenotype Develop a new cultivar by improving the average performance of the population 2.2. Pure line selection: A pure line is a progeny descendent solely by self pollination from a single homozygous plant. A pure line is genetically homozygous. Pure line selection refers to the procedure of isolating pure lines from a mixed population followed by progeny test Pure line cultivars were often developed from land races Pure line selection does not create a new genotype and improvement is limited to the best genotype in the mixed population How long a selection can remain pure? Depends on Seed mixture from other sources (mechanical Sources) Natural crossing with other cultivars or breeding lines (natural pollination etc) Mutations Constant rouging of off-type plants to maintain purity

56 3. Hybridization Hybridization is a breeding method that utilizes cross-pollination between genetically different parents to obtain gene recombination. Segregation generations are grown Selection of pure lines having desirable traits from both the parents Selected lines are evaluated by progeny tests to verify presence of desirable traits Lines proven to be superior may be increased as anew cultivar SELECTION PROCEDURES FOLLOWING HYBRIDIZATION Pedigree Selection Bulk Population Single Seed Descent Doubled Haploid

57 Pedigree Selection In pedigree selection, selection of desirable plants starts in F2 generation and continues in successive generation untill genetic purity is reached Cross Cultivar A X Cultivar B F1 Generation: Grow plants. Eliminate self plants F2 Generation: Grow 2000 – 3000 plants, space planted, select superior plants, harvest superior plant separately F3 to F5: Grow progeny rows with seed harvested from superior plants harvested in previous generation, Identify superior row, then select and harvest 3-5 plants within these rows, normally 25 – 50 families are retained at the end of F5 generation, Identity of plants and rows is maintained and superior traits are recorded

58 Pedigree Selection Cont----
F6 Generation: Grow families of plant rows, Uniform related families may be harvested togather and seed bulked, the separate seed lots are experimental lines/ advanced lines F7 Generation: Experimental lines are grown in preliminary yield trials and compared with adapted cultivars F8 to F10: Continue yield testing at micro and national level. Performance evaluation is recorded F11 and F12 generation: Increase seed of the best line and distribute as new cultivar Sometimes early Yield testing (F3 or F4) is started Labour intensive Requires detailed record keeping Progeny lines with desirable genes are carried forward Permits the collection of genetic information Best suited to cereals, beans, peanut 12 years are required to develop new variety if one generation/year


60 Bulk Population In bulk population, seeds harvested in F2 and successive generation are bulked and selection of desirable plants is delayed till F5 or F6 generation whenl genetic purity is reached Cross Cultivar A X Cultivar B F1 Generation: Grow plants. Eliminate self plants F2 Generation: Grow 2000 – 3000 plants, harvest en masse and bulk seed F3 to F4: Grow 1/50 to 1/100 of hectare plots with bulked seed harvested from previous generation F5 Generation: Space plant 3000 – 5000 plants, Select 300 – 500 superior plants with desirable traits, harvest separately F6 generation: Grow progeny rows of selected plants: Harvest 30 – 50 progenies having plants with desirable traits

61 Bulk Population Cont----
F7 Generation: Grow superior progeny as experimental lines in preliminary yield trials and compared with adapted cultivars F8 to F10: Continue yield testing at micro and national level. Performance evaluation is recorded F11 and F12 generation: Increase seed of the best line and distribute as new cultivar Early Yield testing (F3 or F4) can be started Simple, convenient, requires less labour Requires no record keeping till selection generation Easy to screen for biotic and abiotic stresses Does not permits the collection of genetic information Best suited to plant where it is difficult to harvest individual plants 12 years are required to develop new variety (one generation/year)

62 Bulk Population Method

63 Single seed descent The progenies of F2 plants are advanced rapidly through succeeding generation from single seed Cross Cultivar A X Cultivar B F1 Generation: Grow plants. Eliminate self plants F2 Generation: Grow 2000 – 3000 plants, harvest single seed from each plant F3 to F4: Grow seeds harvested in previous generation, harvest single seed from each plant F5 Generation: Space planting from seeds harvested in previous generation. Select superior plants with desirable traits, harvest yto collect seed from each plant separately F6 Generation: Grow progeny rows from plants harvested in previous generation. Harvest rows superior for desirable traits. Each row will have originated from a different F2 plant

64 Single Seed Descent Cont----
F7 Generation: Experimental lines are grown in preliminary yield trials and compared with adapted cultivars F8 to F10: Continue yield testing at micro and national level. Performance evaluation is recorded F11 and F12 generation: Increase seed of the best line and distribute as new cultivar least optimum growing conditions and time requirement (only one seed required) hence development period may also be reduced Sometimes early Yield testing (F4 or F5) is started Maximum F2 plants are retained ensuring least genetic loss Does not requires detailed record keeping Does not permits the collection of genetic information

65 Single Seed- Descent Method

66 Doubled Haploid Haploid plants are generated from anthers of F1 plants or by other means and chromosomes are doubled to make doubled haploid plants Cross Cultivar A X Cultivar B F1 Generation: Grow 2000 – 3000 haploid plants (from anthers) F2 Generation: Doubling of chromosomes and harvest seed from doubled haploid plants F3 Generation: Grow seeds harvested from previous generation and select superior plants with desirable traits F4 Generation: Grow progeny and select superior lines F5 Generation: Grow preliminary yield trials F6 to F8 Generation: Continue yield trials F9 & F10 Generation: Increase seed of the best line and distribute as new cultivar Less time consuming, less labour, less record keeping, suitable for molecular studies

67 Doubled Haploid Method

68 Success in hybridization program can be increase by
Selection of correct parents for hybridization Identifying superior plants from segregating population Selection of suitable selection procedure following hybridization

69 Backcross Breeding The backcross is a form of recurrent hybridization by which a desirable allele for a character is substituted for the alternative allele in an otherwise desirable cultivar. The adapted parent , to which the allele is being added, enters into each cross and is called the recurrent parent The parent with superior character that enters into the initial cross but does not enter into backcross, is termed as donor or non-recurrent parent In case the desired trait is recessive, selfing is done after every backcross to obtain homozygous recessive for next BC Donor parent is supposed to contribute only one trait, so enters only once in the backcross In backcross, major gene share is expected from recurrent parent, so it enters repeatedly into crosses as male parent. Why donor parent is always kept as female in backcross breeding?

70 Schematic Diagram of Backcross
Original Cross Disease Resistant Cultivar RR X Adapted cultivar A rr First Backcross F1 (Rr, 50% genes from A) 2nd Backcross BC1 (Rr:rr, 75% genes from A) 3rd Backcross BC2 (Rr:rr 87.5% genes from A) 4th Backcross BC3 (Rr:rr, 93.75% genes from A) BC4 (Rr:rr, % genes from A) Self Rr plants from BC4 to obtain plants homozygous for RR i.e. 1RR:2Rr:1rr

71 DNA marker Assisted Backcross Breeding
Marker-Assisted backcrossing is particularly useful when phenotype of the gene(s) being transferred is not readily identifiable i.e. Transferring recessive genes The phenotype is visible only after pollination The gene is associated with a quantitative trait that would require replicated testing Plant has to be destroyed to assay for the correct phenotype

72 Multiline Breeding Multiline cultivar is a composite of isolines.
Isolines: Lines that are genetically identical except for one gene. Donor Donor Genes # of Backcrosses Recurrent Cultivar Isolines Multilines Donor 1 (R1R1) 5 A1 (rr) A1(R1R1) First isolines are developed and then these Isolines are composite to synthesize Multiline cultivar Donor 2 (R2R2) A1(R2R2) Donor 3 (R3R3) A1(R3R3) Donor 4 (R4R4) A1(R4R4) Donor 5 (R5R5) A1(R5R5)

73 Variety Blend: Multiline cultivar has many disadvantages
There is no genetic improvement in yield or other traits Limited utility only under regular high incidence of disease More labor required to maintain isolines More time required to produce sufficient seed of each isoline Mixture of genetically diverse lines combined in various ways to buffer against environmental stresses are called Composites. Variety Blend: A variety blend is a composite cultivar produced by mixing seed of two or more cultivars. It is supposed that a blend of genotype will yield consistently higher than the pure line due to better buffer against G X E interaction over location and years

74 Other Breeding Procedures Practiced in self pollinated crops
Population Improvement through Recurrent Selection: is a population improvement procedure designed to increase the frequency of desirable alleles for a particular quantitative character by frequent intermatings among superior genotypes within the population Multiple Crosses: or convergent cross is produced by crossing pairs of parents and then crossing pairs of F1s until all parents enter into a common progeny. Eight parents result in 4 F1s, 4F1s result in 2F1s and 2F1s are crossed to one F1 having all parents. Male-sterile Facilitated Hybridization: 1)Production of male sterile isolines through backcrossing 2)Male-sterile isolines are pollinated with a group of cultivars and resultant seed is bulked to form a composite Early Testing Early generation testing allows for early identification of superior genotypes, further that can also be used in breeding programme as parent: saving time

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