Posted by: shrikantmantri | February 21, 2010

Review: Accessing genetic diversity for crop improvement.

Accessing genetic diversity for crop improvement.

Publication Date: 2010 Feb 16 PMID: 20167531
Authors: Glaszmann, J. – Kilian, B. – Upadhyaya, H. – Varshney, R.
Journal: Curr Opin Plant Biol

Vast germplasm collections are accessible but their use for crop improvement is limited-efficiently accessing genetic diversity is still a challenge. Molecular markers have clarified the structure of genetic diversity in a broad range of crops. Recent developments have made whole-genome surveys and gene-targeted surveys possible, shedding light on population dynamics and on the impact of selection during domestication. Thanks to this new precision, germplasm description has gained analytical power for resolving the genetic basis of trait variation and adaptation in crops such as major cereals, chickpea, grapevine, cacao, or banana. The challenge now is to finely characterize all the facets of plant behavior in carefully chosen materials. We suggest broadeni

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