The goal of this book is to address the principles and practices of horticultural plant breeding. In this respect it may be enlightening to distinguish between horticultural and agronomic crops because the case can be made that there is a fundamental difference between these crops that may affect the future course of genetic improvement. The difference between horticultural and agronomic crops is primarily one of usage. Horticultural crops are those that serve to fit the special food and esthetic needs of humans. They are crops that not only make life possible but make life worth living. In horticultural crops, quality is supreme.
The book has been designed for students, researchers in the field of agriculture, botany, horticulture, plant biotechnology, genetics and above all to a horticultural lover. With latest and updated information, the book has been compiled in a simple and easy language.