Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/1/2004
Publication Date: 3/15/2005
Citation: McGrath, J.M. 2005. Genomics in Genetic Improvement. In: Biancardi, E., CAmpbell, L., Skaracis, G., De Biaggi, M., editors. Genetics and Breeding of Sugar Beet. Enfield, NH: Science Publishers, Inc. p. 221-234.
Technical Abstract: The current practice of sugarbeet breeding and genetics will be augmented by the tools of genomics. Genomics encompasses an understanding the physical and structural features of the sugarbeet genome as represented by the nucleotide sequences of coding and non-coding DNA as well as an understanding of the ephemeral expression of genes during plant development and in response to the environment. This review summarizes the state of knowledge in sugarbeet genomics, which currently exists primarily at the structural level, and outlines a number of experimental approaches by which both structural and functional genomic approaches will enhance activities of sugarbeet breeders and geneticists for improvement of sugarbeet germplasm.