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The ability to improve productivity and agronomic traits of sweetpotato through breeding programs depends on assessing the genetic variation of their germplasm and genetic relationship to other genotypes. In addition, studying genetic diversity supports the conservation of genetic resources. In this study, three different DNA-based markers, random amplification of polymorphic …
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Webinar: Marker-Assisted Breeding as Next-Generation Strategy for Genetic Improvement of sweetpotato in Sub Saharan Africa

This webinar was held on 24th March, 2016 at 4.00 pm EAT. The main speakers were: Prof Craig Yencho – Distinguished Professor and Program Leader Sweetpotato and Potato Breeding and Genetics Programs North Carolina State University; Lead PI, BMGF Genomic Tools for Sweetpotato Improvement Project (GT4SP). The Assistant speaker was …

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Genomic-Assisted Breeding in Sweetpotato: Current status and future opportunities

Phenotypic selection which is based on appearance and performance has several limitations such as difficulty of separating environmental and genetic contribution; difficulty of distinguishing homozygous and heterozygous effects; need for large space and labor input and the long time required. Genome-wide selection is a DNA based selection method in which several loci are selected …
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