Supporting farmer-led plant breeding

G. Manicad, S. McGuire

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Farmer breeding can be considered as a process for managing gene-flow that operates in parallel with formal breeding. This process includes the introduction of diversity, recombination, selection, storage and exchange of planting materials in farmers' environments. Both formal and informal systems not only influence crop genetic structure and performance, but also determine who receives germplasm and information. Addressing farmer breeding remains a challenge if new technologies, such as biotechnology, are to be made relevant to broader groups of farmers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-7
Number of pages6
JournalBiotechnology and Development Monitor
Issue number42
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2000

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