Role and function
ҸMolecular Biology and Genetics
Marker-assisted approaches are being widely used in various steps of plant breeding programs, such as germplasm characterization, pedigree analysis, parental selection for crossing, linkage map construction, identification of QTLs for specific traits, and variety protection.
Molecular Biology and Genetics
We have successfully developed methodologies of marker-assisted breeding in plants, including marker-assisted selection, marker-assisted backcrossing, marker-assisted pyramiding of multiple genes, etc. In addition, we are currently integrating molecular marker technology and genetics into plant breeding strategies by setting up a flexible, low-cost, high-throughput marker genotyping system.
Molecular Biology and Genetics
ҸCell Biology
Doubled haploid technology is a powerful tool to accelerate the plant breeding programs, including gynogenesis (ovary and flower culture) and androgenesis (anther and microspore culture). We have already successfully applied a doubled haploid breeding approach to obtain genetically pure or homozygous lines in far less time. This allows breeders to more quickly produce inbred lines for use in their breeding programs.
Cell Biology
Cell fusion (including protoplast fusion) technology is a fascinating tool to transfer particular traits (eg, sterility) from one species to another, for instance from radish to cabbage, leading to the creation of new genetic resources. This technology allows us to significantly accelerate our breeding programs with new characters.
Cell Biology
A wide variety of fruits and vegetables supposedly have the potential health benefits to producers and consumers. We are aiming to detect and accurately quantify a broad range of phytochemicals in breeding lines of many different colors and flavors, providing a metabolomic approach in plant breeding.
Plant breeders cooperate with plant pathologists who specialize in plant health to effectively deploy new disease resistant varieties. We strongly support breeding programs by identifying pathogens, developing resistance test methods, and selecting resistant lines, resulting in the timely release of new varieties that contain resistance to a particular disease.