Jul 19, 2014, 6:13 PM
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Genetic analysis of Iranian saffron

Tehran, July 19, IRNA -- Morphological and genetic analysis of clone of Iranian saffron will be conducted by the Research Center for Agriculture and Natural Resource of Khorasan Razavi province within the next two years, an official said.

Sunday edition of the English language newspaper Iran Daily quotes Mojtaba Eskandari, deputy director of the center's research and technology department, as saying that the study will be conducted in association with the Presidential Office's Department of Science and Technology and Tehran's Seed and Plant Certification and Registration Institute.

He explained that saffron crocus bulbs will be taken from Gonabad, Qaen Birjand, Ferdows, Torbat Heydarieh, Estahban, Khaf, Hamedan and research centers in Mashhad, Toroq and Gonabad.

Eskandari said the DNA of the bulbs will be extracted by Seed and Plant Certification and Registration Institute.