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Science. 1997 Aug 22;277(5329):1063-6.

Seed banks and molecular maps: unlocking genetic potential from the wild.

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Department of Plant Breeding, 252 Emerson Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA.

Abstract

Nearly a century has been spent collecting and preserving genetic diversity in plants. Germplasm banks-living seed collections that serve as repositories of genetic variation-have been established as a source of genes for improving agricultural crops. Genetic linkage maps have made it possible to study the chromosomal locations of genes for improving yield and other complex traits important to agriculture. The tools of genome research may finally unleash the genetic potential of our wild and cultivated germplasm resources for the benefit of society.

PMID:
9262467
DOI:
10.1126/science.277.5329.1063
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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