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Breeding Quality Protein Maize (QPM): Protocols for Developing QPM Cultivars


  • Vivek, B.S.
  • Krivanek, A.F.
  • Palacios-Rojas, N.
  • Twumasi-Afriyie, S.
  • Diallo, Alpha O.


This manual is intended for maize breeders who would like to start developing quality protein maize (QPM) cultivars. It is a compilation and consolidation of several breeding protocols successfully used at CIMMYT over two decades of QPM development and breeding. A brief background and the basic theory of QPM genetics are explained, leading up to detailed methods and procedures of QPM development.

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  • Vivek, B.S. & Krivanek, A.F. & Palacios-Rojas, N. & Twumasi-Afriyie, S. & Diallo, Alpha O., 2008. "Breeding Quality Protein Maize (QPM): Protocols for Developing QPM Cultivars," Manuals 56179, CIMMYT: International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:cimmma:56179

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    Zea mays; Plant breeding; Breeding methods; Genetic resources; Protein quality; Protein content; Application methods; Lysine; Tryptophan; Food composition; Crop Production/Industries; F30; Q04;

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    • F30 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - General


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