DOI: 10.1101/519264Jan 18, 2019Paper

Sequence based mapping identifies AWNS1, a candidate transcription repressor underlying awn suppression at the B1 locus in wheat

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Noah DeWittG L Brown-Guedira


Awns are stiff, hair-like structures that grow from the spikelets of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) and other grasses. In wild wheat relatives, awns play a role in seed dispersal. Awn suppression in domesticated wheat, where awns are shortened or even eliminated entirely, is variably adaptive with both awned and awnless types under widespread cultivation. Although the B1 locus on the long arm of chromosome 5A is a major determinant of awn suppression, no underlying gene or mechanism of action has been identified. Using association mapping, we identified a SNP marker located on the distal end of 5AL (5A28417) predictive of awn status in a panel of 640 U.S. winter wheat breeding lines, indicating that B1 was the determinant of awn suppression in this germplasm. Analysis of historical data available for the panel determined 5A28417 was also significantly associated with grain test weight. Evaluation of spike morphology and kernel traits was undertaken in a 341 RIL population developed from a cross between awned soft winter wheat cultivar LA95135 and awnless cultivar SS-MPV57. Awn suppression in the population co-segregated with 5A28417 and was co-located with QTL for number of spikelets per spike, kernel weight and kernel length. Fi...Continue Reading

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