|An increasing understanding of the molecular control of plant characteristics can significantly speed up the selection process. Time to market is a key factor in commercial vegetable breeding. Depending on the plant type, it takes about 10 years from R&D to commercializing a new seed variety. That is why modern breeding teams use so-called molecular markers to help speed up the selection process. Analyzing small pieces of leaf, our molecular biologists can quickly identify whether or not the desired gene is present in a plant, without having to wait until it is fully grown. |
This can save years of development work, and makes it possible to address the specific needs of growers, retailers and consumers in a timely fashion.