New Markers for Australian Rice Improvement

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  • Published: 1 Nov 2006

  • Author(s): Henry, Robert, Walters, Daniel

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Molecular markers are pieces of DNA that flag the presence or absence of particular traits and allow selection to be undertaken on the basis of a simple laboratory test of a small tissue sample, rather than direct measurement of the character itself. These tests offer several advantages including being free from the confounding affects of the environment, a single platform test for multiple traits and early generation testing, often before the trait can be measured by other means. The objectives of this project were to identify, adapt and evaluate molecular markers for use in the Australian rice-breeding program.