Biotech Updates

Cheaper, Efficient Tool for Barley Genotyping Launched

January 23, 2013

The James Hutton Institute in the United Kingdom and the US company Eureka Genomics have launched a custom assay for the genotyping of barley. The assay has the ability to identify over 400 SNPs (single-nucleotide polymorphism) in a single test. SNP Genotyping is a fundamental technology in both genetic studies and contemporary crop improvement programs worldwide.

Additionally, the collaborative project will offer a low-cost opportunity for researchers to identify and optimize traits such as yield, quality and environmental resilience for commercial crop production. It also opens the door for the development of new assays for other crops such as potato, blackcurrant, and raspberry.

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