This is basic research. Demonstrating a regional basis for the quantitave induction of new mutations will guide future breeding programs, however.
impact statement issue
We need to know if areas of genomes that are subject to large amounts of crossing-over are places where new mutations might arise at high frequencies. This will affect the efficacy of selective breeding regimes.
impact statement response
We have set up an experimental system where we can select for the survival of recombinants and recover them in large numbers. We have also demonstrated and measured the rate of recombination within a repeated region of the gene we are using as a model system.
impact statement summary
We are investigating whether the process of genetic recombination induces or is associated with new mutations.