April 28, 2005
Pocket K No. 19 on Molecular
Breeding and Marker Assisted Selection is now available online
on the website of the
International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech
Applications - Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology.
It discusses the techniques behind marker assisted selection
(MAS), how MAS can lead to new crop varieties, and the various
methods used by scientists involved in MAS.
The process of developing
new crop varieties can take almost 25 years. Now, however,
biotechnology has considerably shortened the time to 7-10
years for new crop varieties to be brought to the market.
One of the tools which can make it easier and faster for
scientists to select plant traits is marker-assisted
Complete document in PDF
format (large file):
Pocket Ks are Pockets of
Knowledge, packages of information on crop biotechnology
products and related issues. They are produced by the Global
Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology of the International
Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications.
Eighteen other topics are all available at