It’s germplasm evaluation, Jim, but not as we know it

by Luigi Guarino on November 24, 2012

Next generation sequencing (NGS) holds the promise for a more efficient approach to germplasm evaluation whereby a carefully selected subset of accessions can be sequenced and phenotyped in detail; associations discovered between genotypes and phenotypes in this subset could be used to predict the phenotype of other accessions based on sequence data alone.

Ah, “the promise.” Always the promise. But actually, in this document, “Technical appraisal of strategic approaches to large-scale germplasm evaluation,” some of the practicalities are spelled out, and in quite a lot of detail. You be the judge of whether the vision outlined in that opening quote is of a far-away, Star Trek world, or something that’s really just around the next corner. You can comment on the document itself, or here if you prefer.

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sanaaabdulwahab November 25, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Dear Dr. Luigi
The world genebanks contain >7 million accessions plant germplasm held withi>1700 collections worldwide may be less than or more than .
However the phenotype accessions based on primary evaluation (IBPGRI ) to see by eyes the description of plants in collections for agronomically useful variability .
this plant have highly heritable and ,this activity no cost , and useful for core collection .
the cost of alleles is not important more aim to reach fighting poverty in africa example.

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