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What are the advantages of using markers in breeding?

  • They can save a lot of time in the breeding process
  • They may aid in discovering more information about the function of the gene of interest
  • They have many uses, including genetic diversity assessment, quality control (e.g. in variety development), marker-assisted breeding (the focus of this module) and others

(Peleman and van der Voort 2003)

Let’s look at a few of the advantages in more detail, as well as some disadvantages