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Advances in mandarin breeding

Code: 9781786765352
José Cuenca, Luis Navarro and Pablo Aleza, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias (IVIA), Spain

Chapter synopsis: Citrus is a leading fruit crop worldwide, with more than 130 million tons and mandarins representing 25% of total production. Mandarins are destined mainly to the fresh market, with China and the Mediterranean region being the main areas of production. Mandarins are a diverse group showing high genetic variability, thus allowing the development of efficient breeding programs based on both mutation and hybridization schemes. This chapter highlights recent advances in genetics, genomics and the biotechnology of mandarins. In addition, a case study is described for improving sustainability in mandarin cultivation through triploid breeding for seedlessness and marker-assisted selection for disease resistance.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2019.0054.10
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Conventional mandarin breeding programs 3 Genetic, genomic and biotechnological tools for mandarin breeding 4 Case study: Achieving sustainability using triploid mandarin cultivars resistant to Alternaria Brown Spot disease 5 Conclusions 6 Where to look for further information 7 References

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