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A keen home plant breeder himself, expert horticulturalist Joseph Tychonievich has crafted a friendly and accessible book which seeks to guide aspiring amateurs through the basic scientific techniques of home plant breeding, in a practical way. His lively and enthusiastic approach to informing readers with different levels of gardening experience on how to breed their own heirloom produce comes from his recognition of the skill and creativity of many home gardeners in this area. He understands that some of the best heirloom plants have been brought to life by ordinary gardeners who selected the most tough, reliable or colourful varieties in their own gardens; now Tychonievich wants to arm his readers with the right tools and knowledge to do the same and achieve excellent results.

Biographie de l'auteur

Joseph Tychonievich studied horticulture, plant breeding, and genetics at Michigan State University. He has extensive experience as a nurseryman in the US and internationally. He currently runs his own nursery, which specialises in Alpine plants.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good not great 14 avril 2013
Par Oxenmantim - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Synopsis- A nice brief overview of plant breeding. It explains plant breeding and genetics in an accessible, non-technical way. The problem being that the author tries so hard to avoid using scientific terms and technical jargon that it lessens the books value as a reference.

I recently learned of this book and since I still had some birthday gift-cards burning holes in my wallet, I had to find out what it had to offer. I particularly wanted to compare it with Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener's & Farmer's Guide to Plant Breeding & Seed Saving by Carol Deppe, a book that changed my life. I think the comparison of the two books is very relevant since they largely cover the same topic, how anyone can breed plants for their own use and enjoyment in their own backyards. I've owned "Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener" for two days and have just finished it. After reading it, I have to say that this is a good book, but Deppe's book is by comparison a GREAT book. Both books have their strengths and both are absolutely worth reading, but this is the lesser, lighter of the two.

What I suspect Mr. Tychonievich was trying to do with this book was make plant breeding accessible to any gardener without intimidating them with high-falutin' language. He does this by trying to simplify plant breeding and genetics into common language and using a many analogies rather than resorting to scientific or genetic jargon. This is a valid approach, and he makes the point several times that you can be a plant breeder without knowing anything about genetics. History is on his side, every major crop species ever domesticated was done so by people that almost certainly couldn't read.

The problem with his approach is that he has to bend over backwards many times to avoid using any "technical language" that might frighten readers away. This is most apparent in chapter 4 "Genetics Made Easy; and Why it Matters". He starts out comparing genes to cookie recipes, which is a fine analogy. Then he jumps quickly to a brief mention of Gregor Mendel and his classic pea heredity experiments, then back to the cookies. Then we get another analogy about the children a Japanese person and a Swede might create, then Border Collies, then back to the cookies again. All those clever analogies and he still can't explain basic genetic principles without resorting to a few genetics words like heterozygous and homozygous. Some important scientific terms are very useful in explaining genetics because the words have precise meanings that analogies can only dance around. I feel this would be a better book if Mr. Tychonievich would USE more of the correct scientific jargon, define it clearly, and then apply those terms to clarify his points. Mr. Tychonievich has a degree in plant breeding and genetics, he KNOWS this stuff. It is clear that omitting the technical language was a deliberate choice, in my opinion he went to far and weakened the book's usefulness.

This book would be a great library book in the gardening section. An avid gardener might read it and become intrigued to begin some small plant breeding efforts. Once they get hooked on breeding their own plants however, this book is going to fail them because it lacks sufficient specific information to make it worth returning too. By comparison I refer back to Deppe's book constantly for a variety of information.

That isn't to say that this book doesn't have its strong points in comparison to Deppe's. One of them is it's broader scope. Mr. Tychonievich doesn't limit himself to food crops the way Ms. Deppe does. There is a strong emphasis on ornamental plants, particularly flowers, which is totally lacking in Ms. Deppe's work. In chapter 7 where he gives specific examples of plant breeding with different plants, he covers far more ornamentals than food species. A gardener who is mainly interested in flowers and ornamental plants may find this very compelling.

I hope that after reading this review I have not given anyone the impression that I dislike this book. I think it is a good book, but that it could be much better. I also feel that Mr. Tychonievich is a great writer and clearly loves plants and plant breeding. I encourage him to keep writing, and when the time comes to revise this book, to do so with more boldness. Anyone who loves plants enough to want to breed them and make them better will not be afraid of a few big words. Expand this book, complete with more concrete details and examples. Tell us about the results of the many and various breeding projects that have only been mentioned in passing in this version.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Not a dry reference text 8 mai 2013
Par R. Price - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
No, you won't find a lot of scientific jargon in this book. What you will find is a very readable, enjoyable & tremendously inspiring book. Power to the Gardeners! Highly recommended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Introduction 5 septembre 2013
Par A. C. Jokela - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a quick read and gave a good low-jargon introduction to backyard-breeding of plants. Tychonievich's enthusiasm was apparent, but there was the perception that he was trying extremely hard not to drown the read with scientific terms. The book gives a broad spectrum treatment to the topic and leaves the reader wanting a more in depth look at the topic.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 So readable and easy to follow 8 septembre 2015
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
So readable and easy to follow, whether you already know the basics of plant biology or you're brand-new to how things grow and reproduce. I am currently working on "breeding" coleus, much the same way Joseph breeds columbine...let it set seed, grow and pick what you like. It's so much fun!
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Gentle Push to Start Breeding Plants in Your Own Garden 23 mars 2016
Par Douglas E. Welch - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I happened across this book in my prolific Internet reading, so I am unsure who to exactly credit for bringing it to my attention, but I am very glad they did. While I have always had an interest in plants and gardening — with Botany being the only class I EVER achieved straight A’s in — I had never, seriously thought about attempting to breed my own plants. I had a basic grasp on the biology involved but the patience and care required always seemed a bit too intimidating.

The highest praise I can give Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener is that it made me think, seriously, that I could start creating my own hybrid plants right here in my own backyard. The book is clear, friendly and makes plant breeding all seem very easy, even if it is a bit time and work intensive to accomplish.

Tychonievich entices you in gently first with a bit of history on how a simple native grass was eventually bred into one of the most important foodstuffs of our planet — corn. Then, he makes the case for “rediscovering breeding” in your own garden, how and why to make a breeding plan and some very clear instructions on the mechanics of making a cross.

Only then does he whip a bit of science and genetics on you, so you can gain some deeper understanding of what effects your breeding is creating in the plants themselves. This becomes very important to your success so that you can understand the genetic issues that inbreeding and self-pollination can cause. Tychonievich even goes into the world of F1 hybrids — explaining what they are and how they are created, why they are necessary — and even how you might create them yourself.

Once you start creating plants, you’ll need to select those with your favorite or desired traits. This could involve you working on your own to propagate each generation of your crosses, or banding together with some like-minded gardeners to accelerate the process, with each performing certain crosses and growing on their generations while sharing seeds from everyone’s work.

I hadn’t really thought about it before, but this is one area where having friends in another hemisphere can help you accelerate your breeding trials. If you can easily share seeds via the mail, each gardener can grow a generation of plants within their own season, creating 2 generations per year instead of just one — speeding up the breeding process by 50%.

Tychonievich then offers an overview of more advanced breeding techniques used by large commercial growers, most of which are beyond the capabilities of backyard breeders, but this gives you a bit of deeper knowledge that you might be able to apply.

Finally, the last section “For Example” offers more specific information on breeding a wide range of common plants including his favorites columbines and coleus, but also ranging to roseew plants then this is a great book to start with. It might just give you that gently push to a new level of gardenings, squash, corn, snapdragons, lettuces and many more.

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