Crop Breeders in Developing Countries can now access Open Source tools for faster Plant Breeding
Crop breeders in developing countries can now access free tools to accelerate the breeding of improved crops varieties, thanks to a collaboration between the GOBII project at Cornell University and the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI), and the James Hutton Institute in Scotland.
The collaboration works with breeding centers around the world to identify unmet needs and has developed tools to make the process of adding a trait into an existing, high-yield crop variety more efficient. Researchers at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) are using the tools to develop corn varieties with greater resistance to viruses.
Photo: Researchers at CIMMYT are using Flapjack to develop maize lines that are resistant to maize lethal necrosis (Image by Yoseph Beyenne) https://adalidda.net/posts/fqsAsLJr4ArJT759N/crop-breeders-in-developing-countries-can-now-access-open