5. Breeding for Genetically Diverse Populations: Variety Mixtures and Evolutionary Populations

  1. Edith T. Lammerts van Bueren3,4 and
  2. James R. Myers5
  1. Julie C. Dawson1,2 and
  2. Isabelle Goldringer2

Published Online: 16 DEC 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119945932.ch5

Organic Crop Breeding

Organic Crop Breeding

How to Cite

Dawson, J. C. and Goldringer, I. (2012) Breeding for Genetically Diverse Populations: Variety Mixtures and Evolutionary Populations, in Organic Crop Breeding (eds E. T. Lammerts van Bueren and J. R. Myers), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119945932.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Louis Bolk Institute, Driebergen, The Netherlands

  2. 4

    Wageningen UR Plant Breeding, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands

  3. 5

    Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

  2. 2

    Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), Gif sur Yvette, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 DEC 2011
  2. Published Print: 30 JAN 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470958582

Online ISBN: 9781119945932



  • breeding, genetically diverse populations;
  • agricultural biodiversity;
  • genetic diversity, for organic agriculture;
  • on-farm conservation;
  • genetic diversity level, neutral DNA markers;
  • multiline, or varietal association;
  • disease resistance component;
  • pedigree breeding programs;
  • multiple strategies, tested in parallel;
  • benefits of diversity and evolution


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Benefits of Genetic Diversity for Organic Agriculture

  • On-Farm Conservation of Useful Genetic Diversity

  • Breeding Strategies

  • Conclusion

  • References