Mutation Breeding

- Project Review
- Introduction of the Project Leaders
- Mutation Breeding Publication Database
- Mutation Breeding Manual
- Sorghum & Soybean
- Insect Resistance in Orchid
- Disease Resistance in Banana
- Composition or Quality in Rice
- Papers for Project Outcome


Mutation Breeding Project

When plants are irradiated, mutations occasionally can be produced. Changes in the colors and shapes of the flowers and leaves, as well as some function and components of the plant can be obtained.

FNCA Mutation Breeding Project uses mutation breeding technology with irradiation to crop that is highly needed by the people of Asia. The aim is to develop varieties that are more resistant to disease, insects, and drought, or give higher yield and offer higher quality.

At the beginning of the project, the main activity had been information exchange, however it was shifted to sub-project activity focused on target crops that are high needed in Asian countries.

From 2013, new project is in the process, which is focused on mutation breeding for sustainable agriculture in Asia, i.e. for establishing resistance mutant varieties to various environmental stresses, early maturity, and low-input mutant varieties according to participating country’s demands by using gamma-ray and/or ion-beam.

Sub-Projects and outcome of the project are as follows;
(You can see details if you click them)

Composition or Quality in Rice (2007 - 2012) (terminated)
Disease Resistance in Banana (2004 - 2010) (terminated)
Insect Resistance in Orchid (2003 - 2009) (terminated)
Drought Tolerance in Sorghum and Soy bean (2002 - 2006) (terminated)

Mutant line of Rice in Bangladesh (Right : Parent Variety)

Achievement Reports of Sub-Projects

Mutation Breeding Manual (MBM) (2004)
Mutation Breeding Manual was published in 2004, as a practical manual of mutation breeding (bench-side manual). Everyone can download it free from this website and it is expected that it would be useful paper for the people who are involved in mutation breeding work.
Mutation Breeding Publication Database (MBPD) (2006 - )
Mutation Breeding Publication Database is being constructed to collect and introduce related article for mutation breeding widely in participating countries.
Mutation Breeding Database (MBDB) (-2012)
The Mutation Breeding Data Base was created with the cooperation by eight participating countries. It stores various types of data such as researched crops, methods and laboratories and it was downloaded till 2012 by many related researchers as a distinctly unique and comprehensive resource.
Mutant Stock Repository (MSR)
The Mutant Stock Repository (MSR) was in the FNCA to preserve different types of mutation as a standard for data comparison and it was started from the workshop in 2001. However, due to country restrictions it was agreed to suspend this activity in the workshop, 2003.

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