Biotech Updates

Lupin Genome Map Unraveled

November 25, 2011

Western Australian scientists of the Department of Agriculture and Food's national lupin breeding team have completed the genetic lupin map which could lead to developing new varieties. Lupin is a genus of the legume family and is fast becoming a cash crop alternative to soy.

Department Grains Industry Executive Director Peter Metcalfe said the new map would fast track the development of lupin varieties with disease resistance, better yields and greater tolerance to drought stress.

"About 9000 locations on the lupin genome have been tagged, increasing the marker density by up to 20 times," said Metcalfe. "A high density map, such as this one, enhances the reliability, precision and ability to select genes directly based on the plant's DNA."

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