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Determining CMS using PCR

The cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) occurs naturally in Japanese radish or sunflowers. The Institut Kirchhoff Berlin has developed a sensitive method of determining CMS gene segments using PCR.

Determining CMS using PCR

Due to cell fusion techniques, the characteristic of sterility is transferred to other plants (eg cabbages), which leads to similarity in appearance, new resistance to plant diseases and higher yields. According to Release Directive (2001/18/EC), CMS cultivation cannot be regarded as genetic engineering, meaning that there is NO legal obligation for labelling products cultivated using this method. However, distributers of organic products and manufacturers of baby food have nevertheless deciced to use CMS-free products. The Institut Kirchhoff Berlin has developed a sensitive method of determining CMS gene segments using PCR.

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