Theoretical and Applied Genetics

, Volume 121, Issue 7, pp 1339–1356

Location of major effect genes in sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench)

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00122-010-1392-8

Cite this article as:
Mace, E.S. & Jordan, D.R. Theor Appl Genet (2010) 121: 1339. doi:10.1007/s00122-010-1392-8


Major effect genes are often used for germplasm identification, for diversity analyses and as selection targets in breeding. To date, only a few morphological characters have been mapped as major effect genes across a range of genetic linkage maps based on different types of molecular markers in sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench). This study aims to integrate all available previously mapped major effect genes onto a complete genome map, linked to the whole genome sequence, allowing sorghum breeders and researchers to link this information to QTL studies and to be aware of the consequences of selection for major genes. This provides new opportunities for breeders to take advantage of readily scorable morphological traits and to develop more effective breeding strategies. We also provide examples of the impact of selection for major effect genes on quantitative traits in sorghum. The concepts described in this paper have particular application to breeding programmes in developing countries where molecular markers are expensive or impossible to access.

Supplementary material

122_2010_1392_MOESM1_ESM.doc (4.2 mb)
Locus positions in the consensus map. Table containing a list of all consensus map loci and their features; data include the chromosome and position of each locus and multicopy marker details. (DOC 4302 kb)

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Employment, Economic Development and InnovationHermitage Research StationWarwickAustralia

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