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Review Article - Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology (2021) Volume 4, Issue 6

Molecular markers: A novel vista in vegetable improvement.

Shweta*, Sonia Sood

Department of Vegetable Science & Floriculture, Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya, (CSK HPKV) Palampur, India

Corresponding Author:
Shweta G
Department of Vegetable Science and Floriculture,
University of CSKHPKV,
[email protected]

Accepted date: October 27, 2021

Citation: Shweta, Sood S. Molecular markers: A novel vista in vegetable improvement. 2021; 4(6): 5-17

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Vegetables are the major source of nutrients in the daily diet in both developing and developed countries. But these groups of plants are most susceptible to a variety of pests. The growth and economic yield are severely reduced under a variety of biotic and abiotic stresses. A number of conventional breeding methods are available for genetic improvement of vegetable crops. But, selection of desirable plants in the breeding programme often becomes misleading due to inadequate biotic and abiotic stress conditions and other environmental factors. Recent advances in the development of molecular markers have made it possible for reliable selection and to speed up the breeding cycle in vegetable crops. Molecular markers directly reveal the polymorphism at the level of DNA. These are tags that can be used to identify specific genes and locate them in relation to other genes. Therefore, in the present article, the authors offered a detailed review of the role of molecular markers to assist breeding programme of important vegetable crops.


Molecular markers, Gene tagging, QTL detection, Marker aided selection, Vegetable crops.


Conventional plant breeding (classical breeding or traditional breeding) is basically the development of new varieties of plants by using older tools and natural processes [1]. Breeding for improved varieties can no longer rely on ten years cycles and all the technologies to shorten the selection cycles must be mobilized, use of markers is one such technology [2]. Marker is basically a tag which is prominent or helps in the identification of the trait [3]. Markers are classified into four type’s viz., morphological, biochemical, cytological and molecular markers [4]. Morphological markers are visually characterized phenotypic traits like flower colour, seed shape, growth habit and those gene loci that have direct effect on the morphology of plant [5]. These markers enable the assessment of genetic variability and diversity based on single phenotypic difference yet there are limitations associated with these markers and these limitations led to the development of molecular markers [6]. Biochemical markers or isozymes are molecular form of enzyme that is based on the protein staining but having different electrophoretic mobilities. Basically these biochemical markers are encoded by different genes and have same functions [7]. Biochemical markers are allelic variations of enzymes and can be used to estimate the gene frequency, genotypic frequency and successfully help in the detection of genetic diversity, gene flow, structure and subdivision of population [8]. Cytological markers are the variations associated with morphology of chromosomes such as chromosome number, size, sequence specificity, meiotic behavior of chromosome. These are the variations present in the number, size, shape, order, position and banding patterns of chromosomes are called as cytological markers [9]. A cytological marker reveals the differences in the euchromatin and heterochromatin, normal and mutated chromosomes and used in the identification of mapping and linkage groups [10].

A marker is a sequence of DNA which serves as flag post or signpost which is directly or indirectly linked to the trait gene of interest and is generally co-inherited with the trait [ 6].Molecular markers are nucleotide sequences which are estimated by level of polymorphism present between the nucleotide sequences of different individuals. The level of polymorphism is based on insertion, deletion, duplication, translocation and point mutations whereas they did not affect the activity of genes [27]. These markers are basically the landmarks whose position in the genome is known and are directly exposed the polymorphism at DNA level [28]. The ideal molecular marker must have following properties viz., marker should be easily available, inexpensive, non-time consuming, abundant in number, polymorphic in nature, tightly linked to target loci, frequently distributed throughout the genome, preferably <5 centi Morgan (cM) from a gene of interest,indiscriminating, easily reproducible, multiallelic, easy to operate, neutral phenotypically and co-dominant [ 9]. The occurrence of different molecular techniques and different principles and methodologies need cautious deliberation in choosing one or more of such marker types [30]. DNA markers are advantageous and beneficial to use as they are efficiently used in the detection of presence or absence of allelic variation in the genes associated with the trait of interest and tremendously increased the precision and accuracy [31-45]. The theoretical benefits of utilizing DNA markers, the potent value of genetic linkage construction maps and direct selection was first reported about eighty years ago in crop improvement [46]. Now- a-days more efficient molecular markers systems that are inexpensive and involves better detection systems are being developed [47]. Molecular marks were divided into many groups on the basis of mode of their gene action (dominant or co-dominant markers), method of detection (hybridization based molecular markers or PCR based markers) and method of transmission (maternal organelle inheritance, paternal organelle inheritance, biparental nuclear inheritance or maternal nuclear inheritance [48]. Molecular marker were proven to be the most effective and efficient tool in the genetic variation evaluation and in clarification of genetic relationships within and among species [49]. So, the use of molecular genetics or molecular/DNA markers in detecting the DNA differences of single plant has many applications in vegetable crops improvement [50-65]. Various types of molecular markers have been reported till date and discussed in Table 1.

S.No. Name of marker Full Form Reference (s)
PCR/Hybridization based molecular marker
1 RFLP Restriction fragment length polymorphism Botstein et al., 1980
PCR based molecular marker
1. RAPD Random amplified polymorphic DNA Williams et al., 1990
2. AFLP Amplified fragment length polymorphism Vos et al., 1995
Kumar et al., 2003
3. SSR Simple sequence repeats Hearne et al., 1992
4. ISSR Inter simple sequence repeat Reddy et al., 2002
5. SNP Single nucleotide polymorphisms Kumar et al., 2012
6. STS Sequence tagged site Fukuoka et al., 1994
7. EST Expressed sequence tags Pashley et al., 2006
8. SCAR Sequence characterized amplified region Feng et al., 2018
9. CAPS Cleaved amplified polymorphism sequence Lyamichev et al., 1993
10. ALP Amplicon length polymorphism Ghareyazei et al., 1995
11. SSCP Single- strand conformation polymorphism Orita et al., 1989
12. SSLP Minisatellite simple sequence length polymorphism Jarmen and Wells, 1989
13. SSLP Microsatellite simple sequence length Saghai et al., 1994
14. AP-PCR Arbitrarily-primed PCR McClelland and Welsh, 1994
15. AS-PCR Allele specific PCR Sarkar et al., 1990
16. DAF DNA amplification finger printing Caetano-Anolles et al., 1991
17. SRAP Sequence-related amplified polymorphism Robarts and Wolfe et al., 2014
18. DarT Diversity Array Technologies Jing et al., 2009
19. Transposon Retrotransposons Han, 2010
20. ScoT Start codon targeted Zhang et al., 2015
21. DAMD Direct amplified minisatellite DNA Somers and Demmon, 2002
22. InDels Insertion or deletion of bases in the genome Guo et al., 2019

Table 1. Various types of molecular markers.

Literature Review

Advantages and disadvantages of molecular markers

The first big size efforts to produce genetic maps were performed mainly by using RFLP markers, the best known genetic markers at the time [66-75]. Molecular markers are advantageous over morphological and biochemical markers as they have high reproducibility,detect coupling phase of DNA, show co dominant alleles and easily estimate the linked trait to the gene of interest in both hom ozygous and heterozygous individuals [76]. The major disadvantage of utilizing molecular marker is that they are highly expensive, labor intensive, time consuming and requires higher amount of maximum molecular weight DNA [77]. There are several advantages and disadvantages of different types of molecular marker that are discussed in detail (Table 2).

S. No. Marker Advantages Disadvantages Reference (s)
1. RFLP Highly reproducible Time consuming Beckmann and Soller, 1986
Robust and reliable Expensive Tanksley et al., 1989
Locus specific High quality of pure DNA needed Mishra et al., 2014
Co-dominant Limited polymorphism  
Transferable across the population Not amenable for automation
No need of prior sequence information  
2. RAPD Easy to use Not locus specific Demeke et al., 1997
Quick and simple Dominant marker Jiang, 2013
Inexpensive Low reproducibility  
Polymorphic Generally not transferrable
Small quantity of DNA required Highly purified DNA is required
3. AFLP Reliable Dominant marker Blears et al., 1998
High reproducibility Complicated methodology Ridout and Donini, 1999
Highly polymorphic High quality and quantity of DNA required  
More informative    
Provide good genome coverage
4. SSR Co dominant marker Developmental cost is high Provan et al., 2001
High reproducibility Time consuming and laborious Zane et al., 2002
Robust and reliable Polyacrylamide electrophoresis is required Kalia et al., 2011
Locus specific Presence of more null alleles  
Transferable across the population Occurrence of homoplasy
Less quantity of DNA is required  
Amenable for automation and technically simple
5. ISSR Highly polymorphic Low reproducibility Dirlewanger et al., 1998
Simple and easy to use Pure DNA is required Moreno et al., 1998
No need of prior sequence information Generally not transferable Arcade et al., 2000
  Fragment are not same sized Ng and Tan, 2015
6. SNP Cost effective Developmental cost is high Jiang, 2013
Co-dominant marker
High reproducibility
Widely distributed throughout genome
No need of prior sequence information
7. EST Co-dominant marker Marker development is limited to species for which sequencing database already exist Cato et al., 2001
Highly reproducible, robust and reliable
High degree of sequence conservation
Enable a transfer of linkage information between species
8. SRAP Simple Dominant marker Li et al., 2001
Easy to use Moderate to high throughput ratio Uzun et al., 2009
Easy isolation of bands
9. DarT Cost-effective Dominant marker Jaccoud et al., 2001
High reproducibility Developmental cost is high Wenzl et al., 2004
Highly polymorphic    
High throughput
Prior sequence information not needed
10. Retrotransposons Simple Dominant marker Kalender et al., 1999
Easy to use Kalender et al., 2011
High reproducibility Roy et al., 2015
No need of prior sequence information  

Table 2. Advantages and disadvantages of different molecular markers.

Applications of molecular markers in vegetable crops improvement

There are several applications of molecular markers that aid in improvement of vegetable crops viz., (i) assessment of genetic diversity (ii) gene tagging (iii) DNA fingerprinting for varietal identification (iv) Detection of Quantitative Trait Loci (QTLs) (v) Marker Assisted Selection (MAS) for traits of interest [78-85].

Assessment of genetic diversity: Recent advancements in the field of molecular markers and genome sequencing offer a great and potential opportunity to examine the genetic diversity in a large number of germplasm [86-91]. Molecular markers have been proven as an efficient tool for the assessment of genetic diversity in a very wide range of plant species. This tool is of direct use to plant breeders as it showed the adaption, performance and agronomic qualities of the germplasm [92]. This information gives an idea about the overall genetic range of germplasm of the crops and plant breeders can effectively utilize the germplasm particularly to the unique genes and search aspects [93-105]. Assessment of genetic diversity is very helpful in the study of evolution of plants, their comparative genomics and helps to understand the structure of different populations [106]. Molecular markers now days have been successfully used for the evaluation of genetic diversity and the classification of the genetic material [107]. Many researchers have reported to use molecular markers to assess genetic diversity in various vegetable crops (Table 3).

S.No. Crop Molecular marker Traits improved Reference (s)
1. Tomato RAPD and ISSR Genetic divergence and high yield of genotypes under high temperature El-Mansy et al., 2021
ISSR Genetic diversity and genetic variability Vargas et al., 2020
SSR and SCAR Genetic diversity and resistance against fungal diseases Gonias et al., 2019
RAPD Genetic diversity Herison et al., 2018
ISSR Genetic diversity and genetic relationships among varieties Kiani and Siahchehreh, 2018
SRAP Genetic variation and genetic diversity Shaye et al., 2018
SSR Genetic diversity and morphological variation Kaushal et al., 2017
SSR Genetic variation and genetic diversity studies Benor et al., 2008
RAPD Genetic variation Archak et al., 2002
RAPD Genetic diversity Villand et al., 1998
2 Brinjal SSR Genetic diversity and population structure Liu et al., 2018
RAPD Genetic diversity Sultana et al., 2018
RAPD Genetic diversity, molecular characterization and genetic variation Ansari and Singh, 2013
RAPD and SSR Genetic variation and genetic diversity Verma et al., 2012
EST-SSR Genetic diversity and evolutionary relationships analysis Tumbilen et al., 2011
RAPD and SSR Molecular characterization and genetic variation Demir et al., 2010
3 Chilli SSR Genetic variability and genetic diversity Sharmin et al., 2018
ISSR Genetic diversity, level of polymorphism and potential of digital fingerprinting Thuy et el., 2016
AFLP Genetic diversity, genetic studies and identification of chilli genotypes Krishnamurthy et al., 2015
SSR DNA fingerprinting and genetic diversity analysis Hossain et al., 2014
RAPD Genetic diversity and level of polymorphism Bahurupe et al., 2013
SSR and SNP Wide genetic variability and genetic diversity Yumnam et al., 2012
RAPD Genetic diversity Makari et al., 2009
4 Capsicum SCoT and DAMD Genetic diversity, genetic structure and estimate of gene flow Igwe et al., 2019
SSR Pungency characterization, population structure, genetic diversity Jesus et al., 2019
Microsatellite and InDel Genetic diversity and anthracnose resistance Nugroho et al., 2019
SSR Genetic diversity, genetic relationships and population structure improvement Xiao-min et al., 2016
5 Potato SSR Genetic diversity and population structure Lee et al., 2021
SSR Genetic diversity, DNA fingerprinting and molecular variance La Cruz et al., 2020
SSR Genetic diversity and level of polymorphism Singh et al., 2020
SSR and RAPD Genetic diversity, genetic variation, evolutionary relatedness, genetic relationships and molecular characterization Kapuria et al., 2019
SSR Genetic diversity, DNA fingerprinting and detect genetic differences Tillault and Yevtushenko, 2019
SSR Evaluation of genetic diversity and population structure Wang et al., 2019
EST-SSR Genetic diversity and genetic relationships within and among potatoes from different geographical regions Salimi et al., 2016
SSR Genetic diversity, resistance to bacterial wilt, potato virus Y and low chilling temperature Carputo et al., 2013
SSR and RAPD Genetic diversity and cultivar identification Rocha et al., 2010
6 Okra AFLP Genetic diversity, genetic variability and level of polymorphism Massucato et al., 2020
AFLP Genetic and phenotypic diversity Muhanad et al., 2018
SSR and RAPD Genetic diversity and yellow vein mosaic virus resistance Patel et al., 2018
SSR Genetic diversity and genetic variation Kumar et al., 2016
SSR Genetic diversity and genetic relationships among cultivars Fougat et al., 2015
AFLP Genetic diversity and genetic heterogeneity Kyriakopoulou et al., 2014
ISSR Genetic diversity and differentiation Yuan et al., 2014
RAPD Genetic diversity and genetic relatedness Prakash et al., 2011
RAPD Genetic diversity and crop improvement Sawadogo et al., 2009

Table 3. Molecular markers for genetic diversity in different vegetable crops.

Gene tagging: Gene tagging is a pre requisite for Marker Assisted Selection (MAS) and map based cloning in crop improvement programme [108]. Gene tagging refers to the gene mapping of economic value close to wellknown markers. Molecular marker play important role in facilitating the method of traditional gene transfer. Molecular markers that are very closely related to the trait of interest and gene act as tag and these tags are effectively utilized for the indirect selection of genes in breeding programmes [109]. By constructing molecular maps, different genes of economic importance viz., stress tolerance, disease resistance, insect-pests resistance and yield contributing characters have been tagged [110]. Different genes have been tagged to impart resistance in various vegetable crops in resistance by several scientists (Table 4).

S. No. Crop Pathogen/Pest Gene Marker (s) Reference (s)
1 Tomato Yellow leaf curl virus Ty2 RFLP Hanson et al., 2000
Tomato mosaic virus Tm2 SCAR Sobir et al., 2000
Cucumber mosaic virus Cmr RFLP Stamova and Chetalat, 2000
Verticillium dahliae Ve RFLP Diwan et al., 1999
Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. Radicislycopersici Fr2 RAPD Fazio et al., 1999
Cladosporium fulvum Cf2 RFLP Dixon et al., 1995
Meloidogyne javanica Mi3 RAPD Yaghoobi et al., 1995
Meloidogyne incognita Mi RAPD Williamson et al., 1994
2 Pepper Tomato spotted wilt virus Tsw RAPD Jahn et al., 2000
Tomato spotted wilt virus Tsw CAPS Moury et al., 2000
Xanthomonas vesicatoria Bs2 AFLP Tai et al., 1999
3 Pea Pea common mosaic virus Mo RFLP Dirlewanger et al., 1994
Erysiphe polygone Er RAPD Dirlewanger et al., 1994
4 Bean Common bean mosaic virus I RAPD Meiotto et al., 1996
5 Cucumber Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. Melonis Fo SSP Wechter et al., 1998
6 Melon Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. Melonis Fo RAPD Wechter et al., 1995

Table 4. Molecular markers linked to major resistant genes in different vegetables.

DNA fingerprinting for varietal identification: It is one of the most important aspects that identifies and detect any genotype of crops along with whole living organisms [111]. DNA fingerprinting can successfully utilize for varietal identification as well as for detecting variability in a wide variety of germplasm [112]. Although any type of marker can be used for DNA fingerprinting but RAPDs, microsatellite and RFLPs are the markers of preference for the purpose because all these markers are PCR based and did not require any pre information on nucleotide sequences [113-141]. Identification of different varieties of vegetable crops has been reported by several workers (Table 5).

S.No. Vegetable crop (s) Molecular marker (s) Reference (s)
1 Tomato Microsatellites, RAPD, RFLP Kaemmer et al., 1995
Bredemeijer et al., 1998
Noli et al., 1999
2 Brinjal RAPD Karihaloo et al., 1995
3 Chilli RAPD, ISSR Mongkolporn et al., 2004
4 Pepper RAPD, AFLP Prince et al., 1995
Paran et el., 1998
5 Potato RAPD, AFLP, ISSR, Microsatellites McGregor et al., 2000
Ashkenazi et al., 2001
6 Pea RAPD Thakur et al., 2018
7 Beans RAPD, RFLP Stockton and Gepts, 1994
8 Onion, garlic and related species AFLP, Microsatellites, ISSR, RAPD Arifin et al., 2000
Fischer and Bachmann, 2000
9 Brassica RAPD, Microsatellites Margale et al., 1995
Cansian and Echeverrigaray, 2000
10 Cucurbits RAPD, ISSR, Microsatellites Gwanama et al., 2000
Danin et al., 2001
11 Carrot RAPD, AFLP Shim and Jorgensen, 2000
12 Sweet potato RAPD, AFLP He et al., 1995
13 Lettuce AFLP, Microsatellites Hill et al., 1996
14 Asparagus RAPD Khandka et al., 1996
Roose and Stone, 1996
15 Spinach Microsatellites Groben and Wricke, 1998
16 Artichoke RAPD Tivang et al., 1996

Table 5. Identification of varieties of different vegetables by using molecular markers.

Detection of QTLs: The identification and detection of linkage between QTLs and markers are the prime and foremost objective of the breeders that are engaged in the resistance breeding of plants though it can be performed using various statistical methods [143].Disease resistance can be detect with ordinary scales whether data do not always show normal distribution, so researchers have been testing putative QTLs with non-parametric statistical tests and procedures [144].The conclusion of genetic studies of complex interactions has been observed and first time reported the insect resistance in tomato [145].In addition to this, QTL mapping could be useful for identify and detect the loci associated with quantitative components of resistance to infections in crop plants, its rate of multiplication as well as its movement and in the host and progression of the disease [146].By this unique technique of detection of QTL new genes for partial resistance might be identified and utilized for resistance in crop plants [147]. Different types of QTLs have been detected by several researchers in vegetable crops (Table 6).

S.No. Crops Traits QTL/gene Chromosome number Marker Population used Source Reference (s)
1 Tomato Fruit morphology QTL 10 SNP RIL NC30PXNC-22L-1 Adhikari et al., 2020
Late blight and yield QTL 11 SNP F2 Koralik Brekketet et al. 2019
Glandular trichomes QTL 1 SNP BC Solanum habrocha-ites Bennewitz et al. 2018
Late blight QTL 2,3,10 SNP F2 PI163245 Ohlson et al. 2018
Early flowering QTL 1 SNP F2 BoneMM cultivar Ruanggrak et al. 2018
Fruit mineral content QTL - SSR RIL Solanum pimpinellifolium Capel et al., 2017
Late blight QTL 9 and 12 SNP F2 L3707 Panthee et al., 2017
2 Cucumber Salt tolerance QTL 6 SSR RIL CG104 and CG37 Liu et al., 2021
Fruit size and fruit shape QTL 1 and 6 SNP F2 and BC1F1 Inbred line CNS21 and Inbred line RNS7 Gao et al., 2020
Low temperature qLTG1.2 1 - RIL Low germination tolerant variety Yagcioglu et al. 2019
Germination ability qLTG2.1 2 - RIL Low germination tolerant variety Yagcioglu et al. 2019
Cucumber mosaic virus CMV6.1 6 SSR RIL Inbred line 02245 Shi et al., 2018
Alternaria leaf spot Ps15.1, ps15.2 5 SSR RIL GY14 Slomnicka et al. 2018
Fruit peduncle length Qfp16.1 6 SSR F2 Inbred line 1101 Song et al. 2016
Powdery mildew Pm1.1, pm1.2 1 SSR F2.3 WI 2757 He et al., 2013

Table 6. Detection of QTLs in different vegetable crops.

Marker assisted selection: Marker assisted selection refers to the use of molecular (DNA) markers to assist phenotypic selection in crop improvement [40]. Basically, it is a technique in which phenotypic selection is made on the basis of genotype of a marker [148].It is based on the concept that it is possible to infer presence of a gene from the presence of a marker which is tightly linked to the trait of interest [149]. MAS provided a tremendous potential for increasing the selection efficiency by allowing for earlier selection and reducing plant population size used during selection [150]. It is a molecular breeding technique which helps to avoid the difficulties related to traditional plant breeding and it has tremendously changed the standardof selection[151-152].Plant breeders mostly use MAS for the identification and detection of suitable dominant or recessive allele across the generation and for the identification of most favourable individuals across the segregating progeny [153]. There are four important schemes in marker assisted selection namely marker- assisted backcrossing, gene pyramiding, marker-assisted recurrent selection, genome selection in crop plants [154]. Marker-assisted selection for the traits of interest has been reported in different vegetable crops by several scientists [155-159] (Table 7).

S.No. Crop Marker/gene Lines used Trait improved Reference (s)
1 Cabbage InDel markers A1 and M10 D21, D29, D70, D120 and D162 Head splitting and Fusarium wilt resistance Li et al., 2020
2 Tomato TG101 (RFLP) and Fr1 gene Pusa Ruby Fusarium wilt resistance Devran et al., 2018
SNP and Bwr-6 and Bwr-12 Pusa Rohini, Pusa 120 Bacterial wilt resistance Kim et al., 2018
ACY (InDel) and Ty-3 gene Pusa Rohini, Pusa 120 Yellow leaf curl virus resistance Nevame et al., 2018
3 Onion Orf725 A and B lines of onion in Brazilian germplasm Cytoplasmic male sterility Ferreira and Santos, 2018
4 Cucumber SSR11 Cmv6.1 Cucumber mosaic virus resistance Shi et al., 2018
pmsSR27 pmSSR17 Pm-s Powdery mildew resistance Liu et al., 2017
5 Watermelon MCPI11, CYSTSIN and Pm gene Arka Manik Powdery mildew resistance Gama et al., 2015
6 Pea SCAR and er-2 gene JI2480 Powdery mildew resistance Katoch et al., 2010

Table 7. Marker assisted selection in different vegetable crops.

Discussion and Conclusion

Genetic diversity means the variety of genes in all organisms from human beings to crops, fungi, bacteria and viruses. It determines the distinctiveness of each individual or population within the species. There are basically four methods of measuring genetic diversity namely ethinobotanical classification, morphological, biochemical and molecular characterization. Morphological markers allow the finding of genetic variation based on Individual phenotypic variations. However, there are limitations confined to these types of markers. Morphological markers limitations lead to the assessment of biodiversity from relying on morphological markers to using isozymes and DNA markers that is popularly known as molecular markers. There are various types of molecular markers which are classified based on variation type at the DNA level, mode of gene action and method of analysis. They are key tools in genome analysis which ranges from localization of a gene to improvement of plant varieties through marker aided selection. Even though there are various uses of DNA markers but among all Marker Assisted Selection (MAS) is the most promising technique for crops cultivar development. MAS can be employed as an effective tool to facilitate selection of progeny in an early generation who have desirable traits resulting speeding up of the selection procedure in the breeding programme. There are different conventional and modern breeding tools and techniques that can be utilized for crop improvement of vegetable crops despite the ban on genetically modified organisms. The controlled crosses between individuals produce desirable genetic variation to be recombined and transferred to next progeny through natural process.

The last thirty years have witnessed a continuous and tremendous development I the molecular markers technology from RFLP to SNPs and a diversity of arraytechnology- based markers. In spite of the presence of these highly advanced molecular genetic techniques, we are still not achieving our goals. Unfortunately, molecular markers are currently unavailable for several important traits controlled by many genes or polygenes. The main reason behind these lies in inaccurate phenotyping. High-throughput phenotyping techniques solve these problems by using light, cameras, sensors, computers and highly modi?ed devices for the collection of very precise phenotypic data, which is a core requirement to achieving our breeding goals successfully. The coming years are likely to see continued innovations in molecular marker technology to make it more precise, productive and costeffective in order to investigate the underlying biology of various traits of interest.

Disclosure Statement

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