Biotech training pays off – a success story from Turkey

February 11, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dr Salantur (left) at the CRIFC greenhouse, with Dr Mesut Keser, ICARDA Country Manager, Turkey

Dr Salantur (left) at the CRIFC greenhouse, with Dr Mesut Keser, ICARDA Country Manager, Turkey

Dr Ayten Salantur is a wheat scientist at the Central Research Institute for Field Crops (CRIFC) in Ankara, Turkey, and a good example of how capacity development programs can make a difference. Efforts at CRIFC to produce doubled haploids (DH) in wheat and barley were not very successful. Dr Salantur then underwent a two-week training program with Dr Michael Baum and his biotech team at ICARDA headquarters, sponsored by the International Winter Wheat Improvement Program. When she returned to Ankara, she and her team tried DH production on a small scale. They successfully produced 64 DH plants, of which 47 reached the heading stage, and 31 produced viable seeds.
“We are optimistic about the nest stage,” Dr Salantur says. “We now want to produce not hundreds but thousands of DHs.” That will provide CRIFC breeders with adequate material from which to select genotypes for further evaluation. “We were already experimenting with DH technology,” she added. “But the additional skills, especially the technical details that I learned at ICARDA, made the big difference.”

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