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The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is the history of breeding plants.


Six Superlative Sources

· Darwin, C. (1883) The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication. 2nd edition, Appleton.

· Kloppenburg, J.R. (2004) First the Seed: The Political Economy of Plant Biotechnology, 1492-2000. 2nd edition, University of Wisconsin Press.

· Murphy, D.J. (2007) Plant Breeding and Biotechnology: Societal Context and the Future of Agriculture. Cambridge University Press.

· Schlegel, R.H.J. (2007) Concise Encyclopedia of Crop Improvement: Institutions, Persons, Theories, Methods, and Histories. Haworth Press.

· Simmonds, N., and Smartt, J. (1995) Principles of Crop Improvement. 2nd edition, Blackwell.

· Vavilov, N.I. (1935) The Phytogeographical Basis for Plant Breeding, Volume I, Moscow, Origin and Geography of Cultivated Plants. In: Vavilov, N.I., and Love, D. (translator), The Phytogeographical Basis for Plant Breeding, pp. 316-66, Cambridge University Press.

Other Excellent Sources

· Acquaah, G. (2006) Principles of Plant Genetics and Breeding. Blackwell.

· Brown, J. and Caligari, P. (2007) An Introduction to Plant Breeding. Blackwell.

· Duvick, D.N. (1996) "Plant Breeding, an Evolutionary Concept." Plant Science 36, 539-48.

· Fernandez-Cornejo, J., et al. (2004) The Seed Industry in U.S. Agriculture: An Exploration of Data and Information on Crop Seed Markets, Regulation, Industry Structure, and Research and Development. Agriculture Information Bulletin Number 786, Resource Economics Division, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

· Frey, K.J. (1997) National Plant Breeding Study, Volume II, National Plan for Promoting Breeding Programs for Minor Crops in the United States. Special Report 100, Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station, Iowa State University.

· Gepts, P. (2004) "Crop Domestication as a Long-Term Selection Experiment." Plant Breeding Reviews 24, 1-44.

· Graff, G.D., Cullen, S.E., Bradford, K.J., Zilberman, D., and Bennett, A.B. (2003) "The Public-Private Structure of Intellectual Property Ownership in Agricultural Biotechnology." Nature Biotechnology 21, 989-95.

· "History of Plant Breeding." Transgenic Crops: An Introduction and Resource Guide, Colorado State University.

· Innes, N.L. (1990) "Plant Breeding and Intellectual Property Rights." Paper presented at the Consequences of Intellectual Property at the International Agricultural Research Centers Workshop, ICRISAT Center, Hyderabad, India, 19-21 November, 1990.

· Innes, N.L. (1984) "Public and Private Plant Breeding of Horticultural Food Crops in Western Europe." Horticultural Science 19, 803-08.

· Jain, H.K., and Kharkwal, M.C., eds. (2004) Plant Breeding: Mendelian to Molecular Approaches. Springer.

· Knight, J. (2003) "A Dying Breed." Nature 421, 568-70.

· Lindner, R. (2004) "Economic Issues for Plant Breeding -- Public Funding and Private Ownership." Australasian Agribusiness Review 12, Paper 6.

· McCouch, S. (2004) "Diversifying Selection in Plant Breeding." PLoS Biology 2(10), e347.

· Mendel, G. (1865) "Experiments in Plant Hybridization." MendelWeb.

· Murphy, D.J. (2007) People, Plants, and Genes: The Story of Crops and Humanity. Oxford University Press.

· Murray, B. (2003) "Hybridization and Plant Breeding." In: Thomas, B., Murphy, D.J., and Murray, B., eds., Encyclopedia of Applied Plant Sciences, pp. 119-25, Elsevier Academic Press.

· Palladino, P. (1990) "The Political Economy of Applied Research: Plant Breeding in Great Britain, 1910-1940." Minerva 28, 446-68.

· Price, S.C. (1999) "Public and Private Plant Breeding." Nature Biotechnology 17, 938.

· Schlegel, R.H.J. (2003) Encyclopedic Dictionary of Plant Breeding and Related Subjects. Haworth Press.

· Thirtle, C.G., Bottomley, P., Palladino, P., Schimmelpfennig, D., and Townsend, R. (1998) "The Rise and Fall of Public Sector Plant Breeding in the United Kingdom: A Causal Chain Model of Basic and Applied Research and Diffusion." Agricultural Economics 19, 127-43.

· Tripp, R., and Byerlee, D. (2000) "Public Plant Breeding in an Era of Privatisation." Natural Resource Perpectives 57, June 2000.

· Webster, A. (1989) "Privatisation of Public Sector Research: The Case of a Plant Breeding Institute." Science and Public Policy 16(4), 224-32.

· Wehner, T.C. (2005) "History of Plant Breeding." Plant Breeding Methods, North Carolina State University.

· Zohary, D., and Hopf, M. (2000) Domestication of Plants in the Old World. 3rd edition, Oxford University Press.

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