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.
The project has focused on the mutation breeding for sustainable agriculture in Asia since 2013 and new activity on "Mutation Breeding of Major Crops for Low-input Sustainable Agriculture under Climate Change" was started in 2018.
Sub-Projects and outcome of the project are as follows;
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