Use of Genetic Data in Testing for Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability (DUS) under UPOV
The Convention of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) provides a legal framework for Distinctness, Uniformity, and Stability (DUS) testing for the intellectual property (IP) protection of plant varieties. The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) supports the use of genetic data in testing for DUS when its use is technically robust and when it maintains or enhances current levels of IP protection afforded by Plant Variety Protection (PVP). Genetic data complement morphology variety characterizations by providing more efficiency, precision, and accuracy for DUS determinations.
Please find links below to the ASTA Position Statement, Background Paper, peer-reviewed soybean molecular marker paper, and Seed World and Germination articles.