Scientists predict economically important traits of crops

Scientists predict economically important traits of crops
Researchers of SPbPU developed a new mathematical model to predict economic performance of crops. Credit: Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University

Researchers from Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) have developed a new mathematical model to predict economic performance of crops. It can assist breeders to produce the plants with the highest possible quality. The research results were presented at the fifth Plant Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics, and Biotechnology (PlantGen2019) conference, and published in BMC Genetics.

“We have developed a new mathematical model for predicting crop phenotypic traits as a function genotype,” says Maria Samsonova, head of the Laboratory of Mathematical Biology and Bioinformatics at SPbPU. She adds that such models in agriculture are called genomic selection models. It is very difficult to create a new variety of plant, usually talking on the order of 10 to 12 years. Using genomic selection models, this process can be

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