Apr 6, 2019

Genetic Loci Associated with Salt Tolerance in Advanced Breeding Populations of Tetraploid Alfalfa Using Genome-Wide Association Studies

The Plant Genome
Xiang-Ping LiuLong-Xi Yu


Many agricultural lands in the western United States consist of soil with high concentrations of salt, which is detrimental to alfalfa ( L.) growth and production, especially in the region where water resource is limited. Developing alfalfa varieties with salt tolerance is imperative for sustainable production under increasing soil salinity. In the present study, we used advanced alfalfa breeding populations and evaluated five traits related to salt tolerance including biomass dry weight (DW) and fresh weight (FW), plant height (PH), leaf relative water content (RWC), and stomatal conductance (SC) under control and salt stress. Stress susceptibility index (SSI) of each trait and single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers generated by genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) were used for genome-wide association studies (GWAS) to identify loci associated with salt tolerance. A total of 53 significant SNPs associated with salt tolerance were identified and they were located at 49 loci through eight chromosomes. A Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST) search of the regions surrounding the SNPs revealed 21 putative candidate genes associated with salt tolerance. The genetic architecture for traits related to salt tolerance characterize...Continue Reading

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Biological Markers
Genome-Wide Association Study
Basic Local Alignment Search Tool
Plant Breeding
Candidate Disease Gene
Protea repens
Genetic Markers
Disease Susceptibility

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