National Workshop on Molecular Breeding in Rice

The 1st National Workshop on Molecular Breeding in Rice was launched on 4 February 2014 at the Rice Gene Discovery Unit, a joint lab between BIOTEC and Kasetsart University. The 3-week comprehensive workshop aims to develop human resources in order to implement marker assisted selection into the rice breeding program and foster a network of rice breeders.

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DNA technology is a powerful tool to increase the effectiveness and precision of selection process, hence shortening a breeding program and also reduce the cost. Rice Gene Discovery Unit has successfully developed new improved rice varieties using the marker-assisted selection technology.  Two varieties, flash-flooding tolerant RD51 and blast-resistant glutinous RD18, derived from this modern breeding technique have already been certified by the Rice Department.

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The Workshop program consists of lectures and lab practice sessions, enabling participants to learn necessary techniques such as DNA extraction and analysis; genotyping data collection and analysis; plant selection and breeding plan formulation.

This training workshop is part of a project on irrigated rice breeding to develop new rice varieties well resistant to brown-plant hopper and bacterial leaf blight disease as well as tolerant flash flooding using a marker-assisted selection technology. This 3-year project, from 2014-2016, is jointly funded by the National Research Council of Thailand, the Rice Department of Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, NSTDA and the Agriculture Research Development Agency (Public Organization). Two training workshops will be organized each year over the course of this project.

Posted on 13 February 2014.