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  1. Vol. 47 No. Supplement_3, p. S-154-S-163
    Received: Apr 4, 2007

    * Corresponding author(s): sam.r.eathington@monsanto.com
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Molecular Markers in a Commercial Breeding Program

  1. Sam R. Eathington *a,
  2. Theodore M. Crosbiea,
  3. Marlin D. Edwardsb,
  4. Robert S. Reiterc and
  5. Jason K. Bullc
  1. a Monsanto Co., 3302 S.E. Convenience Blvd., Ankeny, IA 50021
    b Seminis Vegetable Seeds, 37437 State Hwy. 16, Woodland, CA 95695
    c Monsanto Co., 800 N. Lindbergh Blvd., Creve Coeur, MO 63167


In the 1980s, DNA-based molecular markers were identified as having the potential to enhance corn (Zea mays L.) breeding. Research has demonstrated the advantage of using molecular markers for selection of simply inherited traits, however only a few studies have evaluated the potential to enhance genetic gain for quantitative traits. In the late 1990s, Monsanto decided to implement marker assisted selection for quantitative traits in our global plant breeding programs. We built genotyping systems and information tools and developed marker assisted methodologies that increased the mean performance in elite breeding populations.

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