The role of QTLs in the breeding of high-yielding rice.

  title={The role of QTLs in the breeding of high-yielding rice.},
  author={Kotaro Miura and Motoyuki Ashikari and Makoto Matsuoka},
  journal={Trends in plant science},
  volume={16 6},
Food shortages have once again become a serious problem, not only because of world population growth but also as a result of escalating demand for crops as a substrate for biofuels. The production of improved plant varieties, especially major crops such as rice, is urgently required to increase yield. The completion of the sequencing of the rice genome has made it possible to clone and analyze quantitative trait loci (QTLs). Furthermore, the development of high-throughput sequencing and… CONTINUE READING