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Economic Impact Analysis of Marker-Assisted Breeding for Tolerance to Salinity and Phosphorous Deficiency in Rice


  • Vida-Lina Esperanza B. Alpuerto
  • George W. Norton
  • Jeffrey Alwang
  • Abdelbagi M. Ismail


The benefits of developing and releasing salinity-tolerant and phosphorous-deficiency-tolerant rice in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and the Philippines are estimated for marker-assisted breeding (MAB) and for conventional breeding (CB) using economic surplus analysis. Marker-assisted breeding is estimated to save at least 3-6 years in the breeding cycle and result in incremental economic benefits over 25 years in the range of $50 to $900 million compared to CB, depending on the country, stress, and time lags. Saline and phosphorus-deficient soils are difficult problems to address through CB because of undesirable traits that accompany desirable ones during the breeding process. Marker-assisted breeding, enabled by advances in genomics and molecular mapping is more precise and time-saving. Costs are estimated at $3.4 million for MAB and $2.5 million for CB, and hence the additional net benefits of MAB in rice far exceed those for CB. Copyright 2009 Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

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  • Vida-Lina Esperanza B. Alpuerto & George W. Norton & Jeffrey Alwang & Abdelbagi M. Ismail, 2009. "Economic Impact Analysis of Marker-Assisted Breeding for Tolerance to Salinity and Phosphorous Deficiency in Rice," Review of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 31(4), pages 779-792, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:revage:v:31:y:2009:i:4:p:779-792

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