Genetics • Plant Research

Research report (imported) 2011 - Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research

Developing biometrical methods to examine the genetic architecture of quantitative traits in crop plants


Stich, Benjamin


Max-Planck-Institut für Pflanzenzüchtungsforschung, Köln

Most traits which are important for fitness and agricultural value of crops are so-called quantitative traits. A large number of genes which interact with each other and are influenced by environmental factors contribute to variation of these traits. Understanding the genetic architecture of quantitative traits is not only important with respect to basic science but will also dramatically facilitate practical plant breeding.
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