Submitted to: Industrial Crops and Products
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: November 1, 2000
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: This is a book review on Biology of Brassica Coenospecies Edited by C. Gomez-Campo. This book is part of a series Developments in Plant Genetics and Breeding #4, and attempts to compile the most recent advances in the research of Brassica crop species. The term coenospecies is not a familiar word to many U.S.A. plant scientists and, therefore, the book's title seems awkward. Coenospecies in this case refers to a cytogenetical concept of species and subspecies of the genus Brassica and the closest related genera (Raphanus, Sinapis, Eruca, etc.). Many of these are well known and important crops for both food and industrial uses. Six species are referred to as crop brassicas although others outside this group have limited agricultural importance. Other species have been used for medicinals, soil treatments for pathogens, as anti-fungal substances, and for bioremediation of saline and selenium contaminated soils. Those interested in breeding, agronomy, taxonomy, physiology, pathology, and biochemistry of Crucifers will find this book helpful in providing a broad overview of recent research. Many of the relatively new research fields of molecular biology and genetics that have impacted these crops, along with classical approaches, are also included. In 1980, a book edited by Tsunoda, Hinata, and Gomez-Campo was published with a similar scope to this one. This present book focuses on new developments since then among the group of relatives.