Does genomic selection have a future in plant breeding?

Elisabeth Jonas, Dirk-Jan de Koning

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Plant breeding largely depends on phenotypic selection in plots and only for some, often disease-resistance-related traits, uses genetic markers. The more recently developed concept of genomic selection, using a black box approach with no need of prior knowledge about the effect or function of individual markers, has also been proposed as a great opportunity for plant breeding. Several empirical and theoretical studies have focused on the possibility to implement this as a novel molecular method across various species. Although we do not question the potential of genomic selection in general, in this Opinion, we emphasize that genomic selection approaches from dairy cattle breeding cannot be easily applied to complex plant breeding.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTrends in biotechnology
VolumeE-pub 16 July
Early online date16 Jul 2013
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jul 2013


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