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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2007

Automation of DNA marker analysis for molecular breeding in crops: practical experience of a plant breeding company

Dayteg C, Tuvesson S, Merker A, Jahoor A, Kolodinska-Brantestam A


In modern plant breeding, DNA marker analyses are of increasing importance and, as the methods become more widely adopted, the capacity for high-throughput analyses at low cost is crucial for its practical use. Automation of the analysis processes is a way to meet these requirements. In order to achieve this, while keeping adequate flexibility in the analysis processes, Svalof Weibull AB (SW) has developed a fully automated polymerase chain reaction system. It has been evaluated on barley and canola lines and is capable of analysing up to 2200 samples per day at a cost of 0,24 E per analysis for marker-assisted selection and quality control of genetically modified organisms. A detailed description of this system is given, and improvements to the throughput and applications are discussed

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Plant Breeding
2007, Volume: 126, number: 4, pages: 410-415

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