Neofunctionalisation of the Sli gene leads to self-compatibility and facilitates precision breeding in potato.
Researchers at the hybrid potato breeding company Solynta and Wageningen University & Research have identified, cloned and characterized the gene for self-compatibility in potatoes called Sli (S-locus inhibitor). This discovery will have a profound impact on potato breeding. With Sli defined, breeders can implement hybrid breeding which will allow for faster and focused rather than opportunistic breeding. This focused breeding can quickly bring new resilient and nutritious varieties to the market that will help make potato production become more sustainable. The result of the team’s molecular analysis of Sli has been published in the scientific journal Nature Communications.
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