Using Nuclear Science in Marker-Assisted Plant Breeding
The irradiation of seeds and other plant material with gamma or X-rays has developed thousands of novel crop varieties in hundreds of crop species increasing yields and resulting in billions of dollars in additional revenue for farmers.
Marker assisted breeding vastly reduces the time needed to transfer the desired traits into farmer preferred varieties of the same crops anywhere in the world. This is a major step towards ensuring global food security and the retaining the biodiversity of our natural resources.
For more information follow the link to the IAEA website “Using Nuclear Science in Marker-Assisted Plant Breeding“