Marker-Assisted Breeding for Disease Resistance in Crop Plants

  • Paul Joseph CollinsEmail author
  • Zixiang Wen
  • Shichen Zhang


Breeding disease-resistant crop varieties is a cornerstone of disease management. Marker-assisted selection (MAS) incorporates a plethora of plant genomic resources into the process of breeding disease-resistant crops. Although there are species-specific and disease-specific considerations, much of the procedures and theory behind MAS are conserved. Using molecular markers is most likely to increase the efficiency of the breeding process in cases where disease resistance is controlled by one or few genes, and those genes have a large effect on the resistance phenotype. In cases where disease resistance is controlled by many genes of small effect, genomic selection (GS) may be more efficient than MAS or phenotypic selection. GS is an emerging technology, and many of the statistical principles and procedures are still being developed. This chapter should begin to inform breeders as to the potential and the details to consider if using a marker-assisted breeding tool in their plant breeding program.


Marker-assisted breeding MAS Genomic selection Disease resistance Soybean cyst nematode Soybean 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Joseph Collins
    • 1
    Email author
  • Zixiang Wen
    • 1
  • Shichen Zhang
    • 2
  1. 1.Plant, Soil and Microbial ScienceMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  2. 2.Agronomy DepartmentKansas State UniversityManhattanUSA

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