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Using markers to assess diversity

Clearly the use of markers is needed for these measures of genetic diversity. Many different types of markers can be used. The Resources at the end of this chapter include examples and comparisons, as well as software programs available for the calculations.

As with most statistics in MAB, there are no specific cut-offs for what levels of diversity are “good” – this is something you must decide, with your goals and germplasm specifics in mind.