Molecular-Assisted Breeding

Breeding is an important element of TGI's crop development programs. Beginning with the observation of desirable properties in a crop, plants with traits that are both complementary and desirable are identified. These plants can then be cross-pollinated to produce selected offspring carrying the full combination of desirable characteristics observed in the parent plants. 

Molecular Markers

Modern breeding programs employ molecular markers - sections of DNA that have been associated with the desirable trait - as a tool to accelerate the process of selecting those with the most promising characteristics. 

Arabidopsis - increased seed size in model system                       Demonstrated seed size increase in the model system Arabidopsis
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