Marker Assisted Selection in Rice Improvement

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  • Published: 1 Aug 2004

  • Author(s): Christopher, Mandy, et al

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Molecular markers are pieces of DNA that flag the presence or absence of particular traits. Molecular markers allow selection for these traits to be done on the basis of a simple laboratory test on a small amount plant tissue, rather than direct measurement of the character itself. The application of molecular markers as a new tool for rice improvement in Australia will improve the efficiency of capturing desirable characters in new rice varieties. The objectives of this project were to identify, adapt and evaluate molecular markers for routine use in the Australian rice-breeding program. The major component of the work involved the development of markers for the major fragrance gene (fgr), grain elongation on cooking and blast disease resistance. 2004, 22pp, Pub. No. 04/011