The present study is part of a EU project that aims to demonstrate the technical viability of STMS markers for variety identification. As examples two important European crop species, tomato and wheat were chosen. Initially, about 30-40 STMS markers were used to identify a set of 20 good markers per crop and to standardise the methodology and the interpretation of the results in different laboratories. Several systems were used for the detection of STMS polymorphisms. The selected STMS markers are being tested on 500 varieties of each species and databases are being constructed. The first comparisons of data generated by the different laboratories revealed a high degree of agreement. The causes of discrepancies between duplicate samples analysed in different laboratories and precautions to prevent them, are discussed.
Vosman, B., Cooke, R., Ganal, M., Peeters, R., Isaac, P., & Bredemeijer, G. (2001). Standardization and application of microsatellite markers for variety identification in tomato and wheat. Acta Horticulturae, 546, 307-316. https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2001.546.38