Books & booklets

Organic Seed Alliance's resource library. The Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) regularly publishes and distributes resources on plant breeding, seed production, and variety trials which are free of charge. Their publications include how-to-guides, reports, online seminars, conference proceedings, worksheets and record-keeping.

  • Institution: Organic Seed Alliance (OSA)
  • Language: English

A guide to participatory experimentation with underutilised genetic resources. This booklet is a guide to creatively think about planning and conducting participatory evaluation of underutilised genetic resources, to increase crop diversity in sustainable farming and food systems.

  • Institution, Author: Ambrogio Costanzo (The Organic Research Centre) & Estelle Serpolay (ITAB)
  • Project: DIVERSIFOOD
  • Year: 2019
  • Language: English

Methods and tools for decentralized on farm breeding. This technical booklet describes experimental designs and statistical methods and tools that are relevant for decentralized on-farm breeding.

  • Institution, Author: Isabelle Goldringer (INRAE) & Pierre Rivière (RSP)
  • Project: DIVERSIFOOD
  • Year: 2018
  • Language: English

Tasting guide - tools to integrate organoleptic quality criteria into breeding programmes. This technical booklet provides methodologies and guidance to implement sensory evaluations for organoleptic quality assessment in multi-actors projects for organic agriculture. It presents five detailed tests that can be used in sensory evaluation, methodologies on how to prepare the samples and a glossary.

  • Institution, Author: ITAB; Camille Vindras, Nicolas Sinoir, Frédéric Rey, Aude Coulomnel & Bruno Taupier-Letag
  • Project: Solibam, DIVERSIFOOD
  • Year: 2018
  • Language: English

Breeding for diversity – political implications and new pathways for the futureWith the help of case studies from UK, Denmark, Slovenia and Italy, this booklet describes how different quality requirements can be imbedded in local breeding initiatives and promote organic seed use and production.

  • Institution, Author: Tove Pedersen (SEGES) & Frédéric Rey (ITAB)
  • Project: COBRA
  • Year: 2016
  • Language: English

Plant breeding techniques - an assessment for organic farmingThe dossier describes traditional, modern and nearly practice-ready techniques for plant breeding along with assessments of their suitability for organic farming. The overview of techniques is complemented by a position paper from an expert workshop on ecological plant breeding according to organic farming criteria. The dossier provides decision makers and practitioners of organic farming with the requisite information and criteria for an objective and transparent assessment of plant breeding methods.

  • Institution, Author: FiBL; Monika Messmer, Klaus-Peter Wilbois, Chris Baier, Freya Schäfer, Christine Arncken, Dora Drexler & Isabell Hildermann
  • Year: 2015
  • Language:English, Deutsch, Español)

Plant breeding methods (conventional and organic) of Brassicae. The purpose of the tool is to train students about plant genetics and inform them on how a plant breeding program for Brassicae is typically set up; from conventional plant breeding to a participative selection approach.

  • Institution, Author: INRAE, Véronique Chable & Henri Bellis
  • Project: LIVESEED
  • Year: 2006
  • Language: French
  • Crop: Brassica species

Booklet series on Hybridisation. This booklet series explains the hybridisation technique Cytoplasmatic Male Sterility (CMS) and the hybrid production of different crops: carrottomato and onion (Part 1 & Part 2)

  • Institution, Author: Jan Velema (Vitalis Biological Seeds), J. Berg (Rijk Zwaan) & Sjaan Hopmans (Advanta Seeds)
  • Language: English
  • Crop: carrot, tomato, onion