Plant Breeding eBooks by Raoul A. Robinson | Sharebooks Publishing

The books listed below are available as free PDF downloads by clicking on the book’s title in the left column, or you can order a printed copy at cost by clicking on the book cover on the right.

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Amateur Plant Breeder’s Handbook

A glossary of 1750 terms useful for the plant breeder. An excellent reference for readers of Return to Resistance.




Amateur Potato Breeder’s Manual

Specific, practical advice for the amateur breeder of potatoes, using the author’s horizontal resistance techniques.




Crop Histories
(third edition, 2013 revision)

Before the development of human culture, our remote, hominid ancestors lived as a wild species. They were a mere component of a natural ecosystem, and just another link in a food chain. Originally, these ancestors of ours were gatherers of plant food, and their total diet was limited to the fruits, seeds, berries, nuts, and various leaves that they could find. Then over time, their intelligence enabled them to increase the carrying capacity of their environment very considerably, first by becoming hunters and meat-eaters, and then through the invention of agriculture. This book details the complex interaction between human development and our crop histories.




Retorno de la Resistencia, El

Fitomejoramiento de los cultivos para reducir la dependencia de plaguicidas. The Spanish translation of Return to Resistance by Felipe Romero (Click for more).




Return to Resistance
(third edition, 2013 revision)

Breed disease-resistant crop varieties to reduce pesticide dependency, using simple yet powerful techniques for amateur breeders.




Self-Organising Agro-Ecosystems
(third edition, 2013 revision)

Plant breeding for continuously variable traits, including disease resistance. The technical companion volume to Return to Resistance.