This is a practical guide to mutation breeding in oil palm, representing completely novel work supported by the Joint FAO/IAEA Plant Breeding and Genetics Section (Vienna, Austria). Oil palm is the top oil crop and the only major crop--and only oil crop--not to have been improved by plant mutation breeding. The manual is hands-on, providing step-by-step illustrated methods in a range of key activities in mutation induction, mutation detection and mutant line development in oil palm.
Presenting sound practices based on scientific innovation and knowledge, this guide provides techniques integrated with expertise and is authored by practitioners actively engaged in oil palm seed production and breeding. Promoting green, eco-friendly agriculture, this book features coverage of: mutation breeding, induction and detection in oil palm; mutant line/plant development in oil palm; and novel traits in oil palm improvement.
The only available resource containing protocols and guidelines on how oil palm can be manipulated for mutation breeding, this book is essential reading for oil palm breeders, seed producers and plantation companies, oil palm traders, students and research institutes across the world.
1: Introduction to Oil Palm Mutation Breeding
2: Health and Safety Considerations and Guidelines
3: Radio-sensitivity Testing
4: Options for Mutation Breeding in Oil Palm
5: Protocol for Developing Mutant Generations for Mutant Screening
6: Services in Irradiation Treatments