New Cotton Breeding Tool Identified by Global Researchers
September 8, 2015

Cotton Incorporated, through support to Dr. David Stelly at Texas A&M University and Dr. Allen Van Deynze at University of California-Davis, fostered a team effort which resulted in the first CottonSNP63K BeadChip, a breeding tool previously unavailable to cotton researchers. This was a multiyear project jump started in 2010 and involved institutions across the United States and around the world. Through an international collaboration and the private industry partner Illumina, scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia, the Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) in France, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Organization’s National Botantical Research Institute in India, and numerous other Cotton Incorporated supported US based scientists contributed data for the chip.

Dr. Don Jones, Director of Agricultural and Environmental Research Cotton Incorporated, managed the two projects of Drs. Stelly and Van Deynze, and encouraged other scientists to contribute marker data to make the chip more robust. The objective was to develop a a new cotton breeding tool that enabled cotton breeders to make genetic gain beyond the usual methods of visual selection.

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