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Mutation Breeding in Oil Palm

Mutation Breeding in Oil Palm

A Manual
Techniques in Plantation Science

Now Published!

By F Nur, Verdant Bioscience, Indonesia, B Forster, Verdant Bioscience, Indonesia, S A Osei, Oil Palm Research Institute, Ghana, S Amiteye, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, Ghana, J Ciomas, Verdant Bioscience, Indonesia, S Hoeman, National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN), Indoenesia, L Jankuloski, FAO/IAEA, Austria

September 2018 / Paperback / 96 Pages / 9781786396211 £19.99 / €25.00 / $30.00
With 10% online discount: £17.99 / €22.50 / $27.00
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Main Description

This is a practical guide to mutation breeding in oil palm, representing completely novel work supported by the Plant Breeding and Genetics Section of the Joint FAO/IAEA Division (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 mutation induction, mutation detection and mutant line development for oil palm improvement.

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:

Radio-sensitivity testing

Challenges and opportunities for mutation breeding

Protocol for developing mutant generations for mutant screening

Services in irradiation treatments

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. It provides a resource for training, a knowledge base for people new to oil palm and a reference guide for managers, to ensure best practices in maximising sustainability and production of this important crop.


Suitable for Oil palm breeders, seed producers and plantation companies, oil palm traders, academics and research institutes

  • 1: Introduction
  • 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 Selection
  • 6: Services in Irradiation Treatments

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