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Implementing and validating genomic selection in SRA breeding programs to accelerate improvements in yield, commercial cane sugar, and other key traits

Genomic selection is a novel whole genome based molecular breeding approach that has been used in many agronomically important species to increase genetic gains by reducing breeding cycles.This project is applying genomic selection to improve yields in sugarcane. The project will create a platform for applying genomic selection to improve other traits, including disease resistance. A cost benefit analysis using computer simulation will determine the most profitable strategy for implementing genomic selection in the SRA breeding program. The project will conclude with a validation trial to demonstrate the effectiveness of genomic selection in SRA's breeding program. SRA acknowledges the funding contribution from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF) towards this research activity.

Project date

7 Jan 2017-7 Jan 2022
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Principal investigator

Ben Hayes

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Sugar Research Australia (SRA)

SRA invests in and manages a portfolio of research, development and adoption projects that drive productivity, profitability and sustainability for …

  • Location

    Australia wide

  • Organisation type

    Research funding body, Research service providers

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