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New genetic tool may help breeders develop disease-resilient potatoes

New genetic tool may help breeders develop disease-resilient potatoes

Potatoes (c) James Hutton Institute
"These genes, if introgressed into new cultivars via breeding or alternative routes, could significantly reduce the dependency on pesticides for crop production
Potatoes (c) James Hutton Institute

An improved technique for capturing DNA in crops may give plant breeders huge advantages when it comes to developing varieties that are more resilient to pests and diseases. The technique, known as diagnostic Resistance gene enrichment Sequencing (dRenSeq), enables the high-confidence identification and complete sequence validation of functional resistance genes.

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This article was originally posted by The James Hutton Institute