From the grapevine: the Philippine Rice Research Institute is going to launch the use of molecular biology technology to identify whether released rice varieties are hybrids or not based on their genetic profiles. The idea of using genetic markers is not new, having been used in forensic sciences and in quality assurance (particularly in the food industry). It has also seen a lot of action in agricultural research. This time, it will help ensure the quality of seed material for farmers.
Manila Bulletin writer, Marvyn Benaning, went over to PhilRice to cover the story.
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