Kiwi scientists devise new model for crop breeding

In crop breeding, choosing specific characteristics traditionally eliminates plants that fail to meet minimum standards for those traits. But this can make it difficult for breeders to develop crops which meet the standards for multiple characteristics at the same time.

Kiwi scientists have developed a simulation model to compare different strategies for managing priorities and tradeoffs in crop breeding programmes. Their results found that selecting plants based on the economic value of a combination of characteristics was more effective than using minimum standards on a trait-by-trait basis.

This could have important implications for crop improvement efforts around the world.

The results have been reported in a media release from AbacusBio Ltd, headed Genetic selection methods for crop breeding programmes – which is better? Continue reading