By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- New research on Life Science Research is the subject of a report. According to news reporting originating in Harbin, People's Republic of China, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "With the development of molecular marker technology, crop breeding has been accelerated by marker-assisted selection for the improvement of quantitative traits. However, due to the traits' polygenic nature, traditional marker-assisted selection methods are ill-suited for identification of quantitative trait loci."
The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from Harbin Normal University, "Genomic selection (GS) was introduced into crop breeding to achieve more accurate predictions by considering all genes or markers simultaneously. We used dozens of sequence-characterized amplified region (SCAR) markers for genotyping soybean varieties, and we identified markers associated with hundred-seed weight. The best linear unbiased predictor and Bayesian liner regression methods were used to construct GS models to predict the hundred-seed weight trait based upon genotype information for trait selection. Both GS models showed good prediction performance in soybean, as the correlation coefficient between genomic estimated breeding values and true breeding values was as high as 0.904. This indicated that GS was performed effectively based on dozens of SCAR markers in soybean; these markers were of low density but easily detectable. Therefore, the combination of GS modeling and highly effective molecular marker technology involving SCAR markers can facilitate genetic breeding in soybean."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "This approach may also be suitable for genetic selection in other crops, such as wheat, maize, and rice."
For more information on this research see: Genomic selection of seed weight based on low-density SCAR markers in soybean. Genetics and Molecular Research [electronic Resource], 2013;12(3):2178-88 (see also Life Science Research).
Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting Y.J. Shu, Key Laboratory of Molecular Cytogenetics and Genetic Breeding of Heilongjiang Province, College of Life Science and Technology, Harbin Normal University, Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, People's Taiwan. Additional authors for this research include D.S. Yu, D. Wang, X. Bai, Y.M. Zhu and C.H Guo.
Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Harbin, Technology, Life Science Research, People's Republic of China.
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