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Book: Concepts and Breeding of Heterosis in Crop Plants
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This chapter in CONCEPTS AND BREEDING OF HETEROSIS IN CROP PLANTS

  1.  p. 99-108
    CSSA Special Publication 25.
    Concepts and Breeding of Heterosis in Crop Plants

    Kendall R. Larnkey and Jack E. Staub (ed.)

    ISBN: 978-0-89118-604-5

     

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doi:10.2135/cssaspecpub25.c8

Avoiding Project Bankruptcy While Effectively Employing Markers

  1. Tom Blake,
  2. Vladimir Kanazin,
  3. Steve Larson and
  4. Joy Eckhoff
  1. USDA-ARS, Small Grains Germplasm Center, Aberdeen, Idaho
    Eastern Agricultural Research Center, Montana Agricultural Experiment Station, Sidney, Montana

Abstract

Abstract

Most university plant breeding projects share similarities with small businesses. We have customers, our producers and funding agencies, and we have spheres of interest which are largely defined by the needs of our customers. Unlike our more basic research colleagues, it's interesting is not sufficient justification for a project. Our projects must also provide practical benefits to crop producers, while remaining sufficiently topical to attract grant funds and contribute to our field. Like a small business, we have enormous freedom to explore our working environment, and to find niches that are too small or specialized to be noticed by larger organizations. Many of these niches can be both lucrative to producers and fundamentally interesting. This chapter will discuss and describe how my project is addressing the needs of my primary customers, the small grains producers of Montana, while helping to develop the tools of barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) genetics for my secondary customers, research funding agencies.

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