Accelerating coconut replanting program through biotech

Advances in crop biotechnology have led to novel applications of FND-based marker technologies in identifying superior planting materials and preserving genetic diversity. For instance, molecular marker technologies can be used to study percentage and population structures, determine effective population size, identify population-specific makers, test hybridity and accurately assess genotypes of individuals or genetic purity/variability of different populations.

The Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) recognizes the potentials of biotechnology. It recently awarded a research grant to the Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB) in UP Los Banos entitled “marker-Assisted Identification and Utilization of Outstanding Tall Populations and Hybrids for Accelerated Coconut Replanting,” a project that utilizes and explores the possibilities of this new paradigm in agriculture.
The replanting scheme

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