Genomic Tools for Improvement
- Malay C. Saha,
- Andrew A. Hopkins and
- Zeng-Yu Wang
Genomics provides insight into the genetic basis for traits of interest in plants. Molecular (i.e., DNA) markers have been used for the genetic improvement of crop species. Several molecular marker systems have been developed, of which microsatellite or simple sequence repeat (SSR) has become the marker class of choice because of its many advantages over other marker systems. A comprehensive molecular marker system has been developed for tall fescue [Lolium arundinaceum (Schreb.) Darbysh.] and used for the construction of genetic linkage maps, genetic diversity analysis, and marker-assisted breeding. Use of genomic knowledge and molecular markers is expected to contribute greatly to the development of improved tall fescue cultivars in the coming decades.Please view the pdf by using the Full Text (PDF) link under 'View' to the left.
Copyright © 2009. American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, 5585 Guilford Road, Madison, WI 53711-5801, USA. Tall Fescue for the Twenty-first Century. H.A. Fribourg, D.B. Hannaway, and C.P. West (ed.)