In this column, I will try to explain you one of the most important subject of “vegetative propagated business activity”, that is, “Paradigm maintenance.”
I personally perceive that this is a kind of eternal issue for “vegetative propagated company” like Japan Agribio, and in other words, if you can succeed to run this function you have already obtain “competitive advantages.”
I think this word “Paradigm maintenance” is quite familiar with people working in “seed breeding companies”, however, on the other hand, in “vegetative propagated business industry”, only few players well understand what it does mean.
As a matter of fact, there is quite useful English word “Breeders stock” in seed business and this has quite similar meaning with “Paradigm maintenance” in breeding operation.
However, on the other hand, it is quite difficult to find out any adequate English word in vegetative business operation, and then I am using the word of “Paradigm maintenance” which I do not think 100% fit.
Any way, the meaning of “Paradigm maintenance” would be
The product which you are dealing show “ideal and original characteristics and phenotype”.
Or, the system and process control under which you can be sure that you are keeping such ideal and original characteristics and phenotype.
Or, such individual or population which you can prove that they are showing ideal and original characteristics / phenotype.
Then, next question is how you can realize such “Paradigm maintenance” in your operation as vegetative propagated player.
I always reply towards such question above in the following way;
You have to avoid any virus / viroid contamination in such “Paradigm maintenance” individual and population.
And, once you detect any contamination you have to remove such contaminated individual and population immediately.
You have to continuously execute “individual and line selection” among your population at any generation in order to keep much more reliable “True type”.
In the business front of vegetative propagated industry, we often face some troubles possibly caused by “Epigenetic” reasons or “Natural mutation”.
It is much more frequent than the calculated theoretical prognosis in any textbooks of “Genetics”.
Then, I would like to emphasize that we, vegetative propagated players shall make much more effort to delete / throw away any suspicious individuals / populations.
With Best Regards,