Molecular markers are fragrance and disease resistance. (January 2002)
This IREC Farmers Newsletter presents an update on RIRDC project investing molecular markers in rice. Rice breeders now have access to several molecular markers to assist them in varietal development. Molecular markers are bits of the genetic code inherited along with useful characters. These markers can be detected using relatively simple laboratory techniques. Simplification of techniques used to detect these markers in a routine manner to aid selection of characters like fragrance, disease resistance and semi dwarfism. Use of molecular markers is expected to speed up development of an Australian basmati rice type.