Breeding new varieties of barley or other cereal crops usually takes between 12 and 15 years. five years of that time may be needed to stabalise the new varieties so that they breed trueto type, but anther culture can reduce this delay to only eight months. This technology will allow the Department of Agriculture's barley breeding programme to respond more rapidly to changes in goals set by industry and to meet market demands.
Broughton, Sue and Priest, Penny
"Fast tracking barley varieties using anther culture,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 35
, Article 6.
Available at: http://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol35/iss3/6