Check out some common biological challenges noted by breeders, and how Breeding Insight works with breeders to arrive at solutions.
Biological challenges are those that are inherent to the species biology and are not directly ‘fixable’. Solutions involve workarounds to accommodate the biology and will require innovation.
Common Biological Challenges
Many specialty crops and animals have large, complex and non-diploid genomes. This complexity has hampered development of molecular marker tools in specialty species. Breeding Insight has expertise and funding to help breeders create genetic markers and decipher the resulting data. Breeding Insight can eliminate most of the barriers-to-entry that breeders report as reasons why they don’t adopt genomic technologies.
Perennial crops (berries, trees, and vines) and livestock have distinct needs for managing and maintaining material to sexual maturity, as compared to annual row crops (such as corn or soybean). Breeding Insight works with breeders to determine where cycles can be turned faster for breeding purposes.
We can even create new software to communicate between existing programs, removing the need for manual file transfer or spreadsheet data management.
Breeding Insight can help identify proxy traits in young/immature individuals that are predictive of mature traits of interest. Thus, phenotyping can be done earlier, and in a non-destructive manner.
The Breeding Insight team includes a Phenomics Coordinator who works with breeders to understand what traits or data need to be captured. The Phenomics Coordinator then serves as a guide to help the breeder select and implement the right technologies.
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Breeding Insight can work with breeders to find or create feasible solutions.
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