The third and final volume of the World Wheat Book, jointly edited by influential UK plant breeder Bill Angus, has been launched at the 9th International Wheat Conference in Sydney, Australia.
The three volumes are said to provide an unrivalled synthesis on the history of wheat breeding, agronomy, utilisation of genetic resources, the importance of wheat in nutrition, and the crop’s future prospects.
The project commenced in 1990 under the joint editorship of Mr Angus of Angus Wheat Consultants, Alain Bonjean, corporate head of strategic information at Groupe Limagrain, and Maarten van Ginkel, an international consultant breeder with Seed Co in Kenya, together with associate editor Roger Moore. Groupe Limagrain provided sponsorship for the World Wheat Book over the whole twenty-five year life of the project.
“In the fifteen years since Volume 1 of The World Wheat Book was completed and the five years since Volume 2 was published, we have seen many changes in the world economy and in agriculture in the countries where wheat is grown,” explains Mr Angus. “Most of all, we have seen wide-ranging developments in the technical approaches now being deployed in wheat breeding.
“Over 400 authors worldwide - all of whom are internationally recognised scientists involved with the wheat crop - have contributed to the project and this third volume updates – and complements – the first two volumes by adding to the countries discussed, giving an update on new technologies and an insight into the means to increase production in a changing environment.”
The opening chapters of volume three summarise the history of wheat growing and breeding, and the current status of breeding in the countries not covered in Volumes 1 and 2. The next set of chapters looks at new breeding strategies currently being deployed. The third set reviews some of the physiological challenges, with the fourth set reviewing the contribution genetic resources from related species can make to meeting these. The fifth set explores the inter-relationship between man and wheat, both from a historical point of view, and also from a nutrition standpoint. The closing chapters look at the ever-increasing challenges posed by competition with other crops for land usage, as well as international trade.
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