Biotech Updates

Development of a Core Set in Brinjal

May 7, 2010

Brinjal is an essential vegetable because of its nutritional value and medicinal properties.  K. K. Gangopadhyay of the National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources in India, together with other scientists, conducted a study to develop a core set of genetic resources of brinjal to ease access, conservation and utilization of the crop.

The genetic resources or germplasm accessions were observed and evaluated in 2005 and 2006. Twenty-eight morphological characters were recorded. The accessions were classified into 15 sets depending on their regions and continents of origin. Using various statistical tools and indexes, the physical characters contained in the genetic variations of these characters were proven to be conserved in the core set. The accessions are under intensive evaluation for agronomic traits like resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses to know which accessions contain the favorable traits which will be utilized for crop improvement research and genomic studies.

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