|Nourse Styan, Sarah|
Submitted to: North American Strawberry Growers Newsletter
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: December 21, 2001
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: At the USDA-ARS Fruit Lab we are developing simple sequence repeat, SSR, molecular markers for strawberry. Technically there are many advantages to SSR markers that make them very informative research tools. First of all they are relatively easy to use, genetically informative, and considered among the most dependable of molecular markers. The major drawback associated with SSR markers is considered to be development time and expense. However, by cooperating with The USDA-ARS Soybean Genomics and Improvement Laboratory in Beltsville, where more than a thousand of these markers have been developed in soybean since 1994, we developed 25 strawberry markers in the last year. This article describes the basics of SSR molecular markers and their future applications in strawberry research for a grower oriented newsletter.