|An increasing understanding of the molecular control of plant characteristics can significantly speed up the selection process.|
Time to market is a key factor in commercial vegetable breeding. Depending on the plant type, it takes about 10 years from R&D to commercializing a new seed variety. That is why modern breeding teams use so-called molecular markers to help speed up the selection process. Analyzing small pieces of leaf, our molecular biologists can quickly identify whether or not the desired gene is present in a plant, without having to wait until it is fully grown.
This can save years of development work, and makes it possible to address the specific needs of growers, retailers and consumers in a timely fashion.