An “implementable marker” applicable in practical plant breeding must meet the four requirements:
(1) it is linked to a gene of industry significance.
(2) it is simple and reliable.
(3) it is cost-efficient and,
(4) it is amenable to larger numbers of samples.
CLIMA and its alliance scientists at the Department of Agriculture in Western Australia have been developing and implementing molecular markers in practical lupin breeding. During the 2005 winter season, over 16,000 plants from the Australian lupin breeding program were screened with molecular markers for disease resistance selection.