OptiMAS: A Decision Support Tool for Marker-Assisted Assembly of Diverse Alleles

Title 
OptiMAS: A Decision Support Tool for Marker-Assisted Assembly of Diverse Alleles 
Publication Type 
Journal Article 
Authors 
Valente F, Gauthier F, Bardol N, Blanc G, Joets J, Charcosset A, Moreau L 
Year of Publication 
2013 
Journal 
Journal of Heredity 
ISSN 
1465-7333 
URL 
http://jhered.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/04/10/jhered.est020.long; http://jhered.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/04/10/jhered.est020.full.pdf 
Keywords 
Beans, Cassava, Chickpea, Cowpea, Data mgmt, gene pyramiding, Groundnut, Maize, marker-assisted selection, multiparental designs, Plant breeding, QTL, Rice, Sorghum, Wheat 
DOI 
10.1093/jhered/est020 
Abstract 

Current advances in plant genotyping lead to major progress in the knowledge of genetic architecture of traits of interest. It is increasingly important to develop decision support tools to help breeders and geneticists to conduct marker-assisted selection methods to assemble favorable alleles that are discovered. Algorithms have been implemented, within an interactive graphical interface, to 1) trace parental alleles throughout generations, 2) propose strategies to select the best plants based on estimated molecular scores, and 3) efficiently intermate them depending on the expected value of their progenies. With the possibility to consider a multi-allelic context, OptiMAS opens new prospects to assemble favorable alleles issued from diverse parents and further accelerate genetic gain.

 
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