November 15, 2019Corteva Agriscience
In an effort to support and promote the use of molecular markers in plant variety protection (PVP) and germplasm enforcement, Corteva released a simple, open-source marker selection tool called ‘Uniqueness’ to GitHub. The tool supports selection of small efficient sets (<50) of markers from larger databases. The approach is ideal for variety identification applications where a maximum amount of germplasm is identified with a minimum number of markers. Uniqueness is useful for selecting SNP markers across many crops with very consistent results. In addition to the intellectual property applications, the tool is also useful for selecting quality assurance marker panels for commercial seed production.
Last month, Corteva shared the tool at the Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) Biochemical and Molecular Techniques (BMT) Working Group meeting in Hangzhou, China. To read a summary from that event, visit: https://www.upov.int/edocs/mdocs/upov/en/bmt_18/bmt_18_11.pdf
Access to the UNIQUENESS software can be found at: https://github.com/corteva.