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Genetic Diversity Assessment

Before selecting the parents you wish to use for your MAB work, you may need to assess the genetic diversity that is available in your germplasm set (or that which you have acquired from genebanks or other sources), unless this work has been done previously.

The goal is to select parents that are genetically diverse enough that you can identify differences – polymorphisms – in the progeny. There is no set level of genetic diversity required, and each crop is different.