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Variable Number of Tandem Repeats

(VNTR) A synonym of minisatellites


A recognized division of a species, next in rank below subspecies; it is distinguishable by characteristics such as flower colour, leaf colour and size of mature plant. The term is considered to be synonymous with "cultivar".

Viability test

A test on a sample of seeds from an accession that is designed to estimate the viability of the entire accession.


N.I. Vavilov Institute of Plant Industry, Russia (website)

Sources for this glossary: IPGRI Tech. Bulletin 10: Molecular markers for genebank management and Seed handling in genebanks training course
Glossary open source software by M. Brampton

International Agricultural Research Centres who worked together to make this site possible:
Africa Rice Center | Bioversity International | CIAT | CIMMYT | CIP | ICARDA | ICRISAT | IFPRI | IITA | ILRI | IRRI |

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