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Plant Genetic Resources of Ethiopia

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M. Worede, J. M. M. Engels, J. G. Hawkes, S. B. Edwards, T. Berhan, G. Egziabher, J. De Vletter, D. Abebe, E. Hagos, E. Goettsch, H. Doggett, K. L. Mehra, D. J. Bhat, E. Bekele, A. Demissi, J. Hanson, S. Mengistu, E. R. Feyissa, W. Woldemariam, F. Pinto, E. E. Sendek
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  • Date Published: April 2011
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  • One of the world centers of crop evolution and origin, Ethiopia has long been recognized as an important area of diversity for several major and various minor crops. Based on an international conference held in Addis Ababa, this book describes how plant genetic diversity in Ethiopia is of vital importance in breeding new varieties of crops with desirable characteristics, such as increased resistance to pests and diseases and greater adaptation to heat and drought. The three main sections in the book consider the Ethiopian center of diversity, germ plasm or genetic material collection and conservation in Ethiopia, and the evaluation and utilization of Ethiopian genetic resources. A broad range of food and feed crops and plants of medicinal and industrial importance are discussed, both at a national and international level. A brief account of conservation strategies and gene bank problems unique to Ethiopia is also given. The importance of Ethiopia's plant genetic resources to world agriculture has been demonstrated on more than one occasion. Plant breeders, geneticists, and botanists throughout the world will, therefore, find this unique book a valuable source of information and an essential reference work.

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    "Plant breeders, geneticists, and botanists will find the book useful." Biological Abstracts

    "Too often we view plant genetic resources as diffusion out of the Near Eastern center into North Africa, Ethiopia, and Northern India; we often forget that there were contacts of people and crops in other directions. This volume is important as an antidote to an Aryan-centered view of the world....Plant breeders of crops with Ethiopian germplasm will find this book worth reading." Giles Waines, The Quarterly Review of Biology

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    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511832291
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. General Introduction:
    1. An Ethiopian perspective on conservation and utilization of plant genetic resources M. Worede
    Part II. The Ethiopian Centre of Diversity:
    2. The Ethiopian gene centre and its genetic diversity J. M. M. Engels and J. G. Hawkes
    3. Crops with wild relatives found in Ethiopia S. B. Edwards
    4. Diversity of the Ethiopian flora T. Berhan and G. Egziabher
    5. Forest genetic resources of Ethiopia J. De Vletter
    6. Plants as a primary source of drugs in the traditional health practices of Ethiopia D. Abebe and E. Hagos
    7. Traditional aromatic and perfume plants in Central Ethiopia E. Goettsch
    8. Spice germplasm in Ethiopia E. Goettsch
    9. A diversity study in Ethiopian barley J. M. M. Engles
    10. Sorghum history in relation to Ethiopia H. Doggett
    11. Prehistoric Ethiopia and India: contacts through sorghum and millet genetic resources K. L. Mehra
    12. Ethiopian fungal gene resources and the need for their conservation D. J. Bhat and E. Bekele
    13. Konso agriculture and its plant genetic resources J. M. M. Engels and E. Goettsch
    Part III. Germplasm Collection and Conservation in Ethiopia:
    14. Theory and practice of collecting germplasm in a centre of diversity J. G. Hawkes
    15. A decade of germplasm exploration and collection activities by the Plant Genetic Resources Centre/Ethiopia (PGRC/E) A. Demissi
    16. Collection of Ethiopian forage germplasm at the International Livestock Centre for Africa J. Hanson and S. Mengistu
    17. Germplasm conservation at the PGRC/E R. Feyissa
    18. The strategic area seed reserve project in Ethiopia W. Woldemariam and F. Pinto
    19. Documentation at PGRC/E E. Sendek and J. M. M. Engels
    Part IV. Evaluation and Utilization of Ethiopian Genetic Resources:
    20. Germplasm evaluation with special reference to the role of taxonomy in genebanks J. G. Hawkes
    21. Crop germplasm.

  • Editors

    J. M. M. Engels

    J. G. Hawkes, University of Birmingham

    M. Worede

    Contributors

    M. Worede, J. M. M. Engels, J. G. Hawkes, S. B. Edwards, T. Berhan, G. Egziabher, J. De Vletter, D. Abebe, E. Hagos, E. Goettsch, H. Doggett, K. L. Mehra, D. J. Bhat, E. Bekele, A. Demissi, J. Hanson, S. Mengistu, E. R. Feyissa, W. Woldemariam, F. Pinto, E. E. Sendek

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