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For a good analysis on weighing the costs of MAB and conventional breeding:
Dreher K, Khairallah M, Ribaut J-M, Morris M (2003) Money matters (I): costs of field and laboratory procedures associated with conventional and marker-assisted breeding at CIMMYT. Mol Breeding 11: 221-234

For a good overview of MAB:
Peleman JD and van der Voort JR (2003) The challenges in Marker Assisted Breeding. In: Eucarpia leafy vegetables. Van Hintum et al (eds). The Netherlands: Center for Genetic Resources
Collard BCY and Mackill DJ (2008) Marker-assisted selection: an approach for precision plant breeding in the twenty-first century. Phil Trans R Soc B 363: 557-572

For a comprehensive book on marker-assisted breeding:

Newbury HJ (ed) (2003) Plant Molecular Breeding. Blackwell Publishing, CRC Press, Birmingham, UK

GuimarĂ£es EP, Ruane J, Scherf BD, Sonnino A, Dargie JD (eds) (2007) Marker-assisted selection: current status and future perspectives in crops, livestock, forestry and fish. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome. Freely downloadable from