To enable students to understand:

 Significance and status of minor crops

 Breeding objectives of minor crops

 Breeding methods in minor crops


Introduction and importance of minor crops: tea, guar, sesame, linseed, groundnut, tobacco and other local crops. Breeding objectives, methodologies and selection procedures; recurrent selection, general and specific combining ability. Breeding for biotic and abiotic stresses. Genotype x environment interactions and stability analysis. Processing and value addition in minor crops.


Selfing and crossing techniques. Layout of experiments, recording and analysis of data on various plant parameters. Screening of germplasm for biotic and abiotic stresses. Visit to research Institutes and industry.

Recommended Books

1. Singh, B.D. 2007. Plant Breeding: Principles and Methods. Kalyani Publishers, New Delhi, India.

2. Douglas, C.A. 2005. Evaluation of Guar Cultivars in Central and Southern Queensland. RIRDC Publications, Australia.

3. Goodman, J. (ed). 2004. Tobacco in History and Culture: An Encyclopedia. Charles Scribner's Sons.

4. Ram, H.H. and H.G. Singh. 2003. Crop Breeding and Genetics. Kalyani Publishers, New Delhi, India.