The delivrable D6.1 : “Barley lines with incorporated genetic diversity for useful traits in regions otherwise showing no or very little diversity in elite European spring barley malting varieties” is now available.
A short description is presented below:
Objectives: This task willl deliver: Barley lines with useful, novel diversity for yield, agronomic, and quality related traits in otherwise conserved genetic regions.
Rationale: Elite spring barley germplasm in Europe is highly interbred and it is known that the gene pool is depleted in genetic diversity. The difficulty for the breeder is not so much finding novel genetic diversity but in finding useful diversity with a positive impact.