Genetic Prehistory in Selective Breeding: A Prelude to Mendel by Roger WoodGenetic Prehistory in Selective Breeding: A Prelude to Mendel by Roger Wood

Genetic Prehistory in Selective Breeding: A Prelude to Mendel

byRoger Wood, Vitezslav Orel

Hardcover | August 1, 2001

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Before Mendel, who came closest to the truth about heredity? This book examines the activities of sheep breeders able to transform the appearance and qualities of their stock by combining different traits of body or wool into new patterns. Exploiting what were then untried procedures -individual trait selection, very close inbreeding and progeny testing - they demonstrated inheritance from both sexes and showed how it could be stabilised. Major advances in breeding are associated with the English farmer Robert Bakewell (1725-1795). By the following century, when the sameprocedures had been established at breeding centres in central Europe, theory as well as practice became the subject of wider attention. In the Brno Sheep Breeders' Society, discussions of patterns of heredity finally gave way to the physiological question, 'What is inherited and how?' The questionwas posed by Cyrill Napp, abbot of the monastery to which Mendel was admitted six years later.
Roger Wood is at University of Manchester. Vitezslav Orel is at Emeritus Head of Mendelianum, Brno.
Title:Genetic Prehistory in Selective Breeding: A Prelude to MendelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:342 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:August 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198505841

ISBN - 13:9780198505846

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Table of Contents

List of illustrationsAcknowledgements1. The elusive law2. The fleeces of Spain3. Sheep breeding sets new standards4. Bakewell's new system5. Bakewell becomes a celebrity6. Merinos in Sweden, France and Great Britain7. Merinos in German-speaking countries and Australia8. Ferdinand Geisslern, the Moravian Bakewell9. From breeding principles to genetic laws10. The sheep breeders' legacy to MendelOverviewReferencesIndex