Genome-based selection for the improvement of natural enemies in biocontrol

Published on
March 2, 2017

ESR Update - Selective breeding for biocontrol beneficial traits is a promising tool to develop more effective biocontrol agents. Nevertheless, the estimation of genetic parameters using traditional selection is generally limited by the accuracy and completeness of the available pedigree information. Genomic prediction which using information from genome-wide DNA-markers make it possible to derive the genetic parameters without pedigree information. So far, no reports on genomic selection in insects, or other biocontrol agents, are available.

Author: Shuwen Xia, MSc.