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How can developing countries become ‘actors’ in the genome revolution?

Molecular tools: Breeding oilseed rape varieties for Asia

Rapeseed oil is an edible oil that contains a near optimal balance of fatty acids for human health and nutrition. It has found widespread application in the food industry and is a source of oils for non-food applications. Oilseed rape represents an excellent cash crop, particularly for developing countries where the by-product of oil production – a high quality meal – can be used as animal feed.

Great demand is developing in Asia, but production in Asia is presently unable to meet that demand, with imports rising sharply. A European Commission (EC)-funded project (INCO programme) aims to facilitate the rapid development of cultivars of oilseed rape that are able to thrive in local conditions and under low input farming regimes.

The proposed research programme promotes international RTD co-operation between leading centres for crop genetic research in Europe and China. The resources generated will be of benefit to Asian countries and the European Union.

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For more information, email: Gerasimos Apostolatos at Research DG
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Genetics: Towards more efficient production of tropical oils

Coconut and oil palm are priority cash crops in Asia. The oils they yield make them the two most important oil crops in the Tropics. In view of the time-consuming process involved in coconut- and oil-palm breeding, modern molecular technologies such as DNA markers have great potential to assist in and accelerate breeding programmes.

A European Commission-funded project provides the methodological basis and molecular tools for improving breeding efficiency in the two perennial tropical oil crops. It will develop these DNA marker-based breeding strategies in collaboration with the most important countries in coconut- and oil-palm production, and directly transfer small-scale technological solutions to developing countries.

The project, ‘Construction and exploitation of high density DNA marker and physical maps in the perennial tropical oil crops, coconut and oil palm; from biotechnology towards marker-assisted breeding’, aims to develop the methodological basis and provide the molecular tools for improving the breeding efficiency in the two perennial tropical oil crops.

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