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Mutant Germplasm Repository

Joint service of the IAEA and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Registry and distribution system for plant breeders and geneticists of important crops induced to mutate using radiation or chemicals. During the past fifty years, varieties of a large number of crops have been induced to mutate with chemicals and radiation. Many of these mutants were either released as new varieties or were further used as parents in conventional crossing and selection. However, the use of these mutants has been mostly local or regional. Only in a few cases have the mutants been widely used. In many instances, the widespread use of valuable mutants has been limited by non-availability of seeds and propagules, and by lack of information on individual mutants.

Resource Information

Quality Level Quality-checked by IAEA Secretariat
Completeness Selective - Information provided on voluntary basis by plant breeders and geneticist from Member States
Update Frequency Occasionally
Last Resource Update 2006
Subject Food and Agriculture
Organizational Source Nuclear Applications
Data Type Codes and Numerical Data
Keywords Mutant; mutation techniques; mutagenesis; mutation induction; induced mutations; breeding; genetics; mutant variety; mutant variety database; marker assisted selection
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