Sequencing consolidates molecular markers with plant breeding practice

H. Yang, C. Li, H.M. Lam, J. Clements, Guijun Yan, S. Zhao

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© 2015, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. Key message: Plenty of molecular markers have been developed by contemporary sequencing technologies, whereas few of them are successfully applied in breeding, thus we present a review on how sequencing can facilitate marker-assisted selection in plant breeding. Abstract: The growing global population and shrinking arable land area require efficient plant breeding. Novel strategies assisted by certain markers have proven effective for genetic gains. Fortunately, cutting-edge sequencing technologies bring us a deluge of genomes and genetic variations, enlightening the potential of marker development. However, a large gap still exists between the potential of molecular markers and actual plant breeding practices. In this review, we discuss marker-assisted breeding from a historical perspective, describe the road from crop sequencing to breeding, and highlight how sequencing facilitates the application of markers in breeding practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)779-795
JournalTheoretical and Applied Genetics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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