Molecular markers

In the last decades, the use of DNA markers for the study of crop genetic diversity has become routine, and has revolutionized biology. Increasingly, techniques are being developed to more precisely, quickly and cheaply assess genetic variation, and molecular tools have also found the way to genebanks.

However, each molecular technique has its own features and there is no single molecular approach to address the various issues in plant genetic resources management. Main goal of this website is to outline the characteristics of the main marker technologies and to provide guidance to their use.


Suggested reading

Future Prospects of Molecular Markers in Plants Mir, R.R., Varshney, R.K. (2012). In: Henry RJ (ed) Molecular Markers in Plants. Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi:10.1002/9781118473023.ch10

Advances in molecular marker techniques and their applications in plant sciences Agarwal, M., Shrivastava, N., Padh, H. (2008).  Plant Cell Reports 27: 617-631. doi:10.1007/s00299-008-0507-z

Molecular Markers for Genebank Management Spooner, D., van Treuren, R., de Vicente, M.C. (2005). IPGRI Technical Bulletin No. 10. International Plant Genetic Resources Institute, Rome, Italy.