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Plant breeding can be made more efficient by having fewer, better crosses

John R Witcombe1*, Sanjaya Gyawali25, Madhu Subedi36, Daljit S Virk1 and Krishna D Joshi4

Author Affiliations

1 Centre for Advanced Research in International Agricultural Development (CARIAD), Bangor University, Bangor, Gwynedd, United Kingdom

2 Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD), P.O. Box 324, Pokhara, Nepal

3 LI-BIRD, P.O. Box 324, Pokhara, Nepal

4 CARIAD, Bangor University, c/o CIMMYT South Asia Regional Office, P.O. Box 5186, Kathmandu, Nepal

5 Present address: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 107 Science Place, SK S7N0X2, Saskatoon, Canada

6 Present address: The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, UK

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BMC Plant Biology 2013, 13:22  doi:10.1186/1471-2229-13-22

Published: 7 February 2013

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A proposal for the release of rice variety Barkhe 3004 (a rice variety developed using client-oriented breeding [COB]) approaches. Pokhara, Nepal: LI-BIRD; Hardinath, Nepal: NRRP; Chitwan, Nepal: Jaskelo Youth Club; Bangor, UK: CAZS-NR, University of Wales; 2006.

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A proposal for the release of an aromatic rice variety Suanulo Sugandha. Application to be made for approval and release of crop varieties to Government of Nepal. Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, National Seed Board; 2008.

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Impact of New Upland Rice Varieties in Eastern India from Client-Oriented Breeding: Evidence from Whole Village Surveys. Bangor, UK: Centre for Arid Zone Studies (CAZS), University of Wales; 2004.

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The impact of new maize and rice varieties on the livelihoods of poor farmers in marginal agricultural areas of western India. In Livelihoods Summit. Udaipur, Rajasthan: Department for International Development (DFID) and Indian Farm Forestry Development Corporation (IFFDC) 27th-30th September; 2005.

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New Upland Rice Varieties for India. Rainfed Agriculture Impact Study No. 1. Monitoring Impact Assessment and Learning Component (MIL) of the Research into Use Programme (RiU); 2008.

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New Rice Varieties for Nepal. Rainfed Agriculture Impact Assessment Study No. 2. Monitoring Impact Assessment and Learning Component (MIL) of the Research into Use Programme (RiU); 2008.

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New Rice Varieties for Bangladesh from Client-Oriented Breeding. Rainfed Agriculture Impact Assessment Study No.3. Monitoring Impact and Learning (MIL) Component of the Research into Use (RiU) Programme; 2008.

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