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Speed breeding paves way for accelerating the quest for crop improvement [Full subscriber]

Plant breeding is a slow process. Developing new kinds of crops — higher yield, more nutritious, drought- and disease-resistant — can take a decade or more using traditional breeding techniques. Pioneering new technology developed by teams at the John Innes Centre, University of Queensland and University of Sydney, namely speed breeding, can galvanize technologies such as genotyping, marker-assisted selection, high-throughput phenotyping, genome editing, genomic selection and de novo domestication to enable plant breeders to keep pace with a changing environment and ever-increasing human population…

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