Introduction & Aim
Pre-breeding is one of the most effective ways to achieve the introduction of existing and/or novel genes and/or traits into breeding programs. Typically, the aim of a pre-breeding project (like in this case) is that material stemming from it (usually done in the public domain) is to be introduced, usually, into (private/commercial) breeding programs as crossing parents and/or by direct selection. Thereby enabling stake holder breeding programs to achieve quicker, better results.
The bulk of the work is done at the Stellenbosch University - Plant Breeding Laboratory in the Western Cape. The facility consists of a modern molecular genetics laboratory, quality evaluation laboratory, glasshouses and several growth chambers which all contribute towards a successful wheat pre-breeding effort.
Grain SA lobbied funds from the Department of Science and Technology as the main funding body which is funnelled to the SU-PBL research centre. Grain SA also works in collaboration with both institutions as a bridge to ensure that the initial goals of the project are met.
Since the SU-PBL conducts pre-breeding work, the product released from the effort will be nurseries to be transferred to plant breeding companies to conduct selections from. The beneficiaries of the work who will further the research will be the ARC-SGI, SENSAKO and PANNAR Seeds.
http://www.arc.agric.za/arc-sgi/Pages/ARC-SGI-Homepage.aspx | http://www.sensako.co.za/ | http://www.pannar.com/