The use of plant tissue culture to produce special lines called doubled haploids is reducing the time taken to breed new varieties of cereal crops by up to three years. Sue Broughton outlines what doubled haploids are, how they are produced, and why they have been able to short circuit the usual lengthy breeding process.
"Accelerating variety release with double haploids,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 40
, Article 11.
Available at: http://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol40/iss1/11