Agronomy and Horticulture Department

 

Title

MB1 - Molecular Breeding: The Use of Molecular Markers for Efficient Crop Improvement

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Date of this Version

2014

Document Type

Article

Citation

Plant and Soil Sciences eLibrary (PASSeL) Lesson

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Copyright © 2014 Plant and Soil Sciences eLibrary. Used by permission.

This project was supported in part by the National Research Initiative Competitive Grants CAP project 2011-68002-30029 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, administered by the University of California-Davis and by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Undergraduate Education, National SMETE Digital Library Program, Award #0938034, administered by the University of Nebraska. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the USDA or NSF.

Abstract

What Is Marker-Assisted Breeding?

Classical plant breeding is the intentional interbreeding and selection of plant varieties with the goal of producing new varieties with improved properties (e.g., higher yield, bigger fruit, disease resistance, etc.).

Marker-Assisted Breeding (MAB) combines classical plant breeding with the tools and discoveries of molecular biology and genetics, most specifically the use of molecular markers.

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