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ISRN Genetics
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 718127, 6 pages
Research Article

Perspectives for the Use of Quantitative Genetics in Breeding of Autogamous Plants

Department of Biology, Genetics and Breeding of Plants Sector, Federal University of Lavras (UFLA), 37200-000 Lavras, MG, Brazil

Received 30 May 2012; Accepted 4 October 2012

Academic Editors: B. Chen, V. Mohler, and A. Yamamoto

Copyright © 2013 Magno Antonio Patto Ramalho et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


With the increased demand for food, the use of methods and alternatives that increase efficiency in selection of inbred lines is necessary. The use of quantitative genetics plays an important role in this respect, especially when the pedigree method is used in autogamous plants. This study proposes the inclusion of relationship information among progenies using the best linear unbiased predictor (BLUP) to obtain the breeding values of greater accuracy and, consequently, increase genetic gains from the selection. A strategy is proposed that aims to accelerate the program of obtaining perennial plant inbreds and use the greatest amount of information possible in selection so as to attain maximum accuracy. In that way, it would be possible to make inbreds available which are better than the existing ones, with greater frequency, meeting the agribusiness demand involved in production of perennial plants.