Apr 6, 2012

Next-generation education in crop genetics

Current Opinion in Plant Biology
Eyal Fridman, Dani Zamir

Abstract

Today, plant breeders are being met with new opportunities to develop superior varieties. Fruitful genetic research into populations with novel diversity using genotyping by sequencing combined with genotype-to-phenotype bioinformatics has generated much knowledge that is directly relevant to crop improvement. These advances can assist the breeders in associating genetic makeup with traits of commercial value. The greatest challenge now is to find ways to attract the best young people to work in plant breeding for its innovation, open field experience and ability to support food security. We discuss the need, opportunities and conflicts associated with revamping plant breeding teaching programs to bridge the art and science of this profession with a rapidly expanding job market.

Mentioned in this Paper

Metabolic Process, Cellular
Genome-Wide Association Study
Moebius Syndrome 1
Crops, Agricultural
Genome
Glycine max
CENPA gene
Inbred Strain
Avian Crop
Bio-Informatics

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