, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 87-91
Date: 10 Mar 2004

Genetic analysis of phenotypic variation for ectomycorrhiza formation in an interspecific F1 poplar full-sib family

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A plant’s capability to develop ectomycorrhizal symbiosis is under the control of both genetic and environmental factors. In order to determine the roles played by these different factors, we have performed a quantitative genetic analysis of the ability of poplar trees to form ectomycorrhizas. Quantitative genetics were applied to an interspecific family of poplar for which the two parental genetic maps had already been described, and for which data analyses concerning fungal aggressors were obtained. Quantitative trait loci (QTL) related to ectomycorrhiza formation were identified and located in the genetic maps of the two parents. One QTL was located at a linkage group of the genetic map of Populus trichocarpa showing a high concentration of several QTL involved in the pathogenic interaction with the fungus Melampsora larici-populina, the causal agent of leaf rust.