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