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Theoretical and Applied Genetics

, Volume 105, Issue 5, pp 745–753 | Cite as

Molecular dissection of seedling-vigor and associated physiological traits in rice

  •  K. Cui
  •  S. Peng
  •  Y. Xing
  •  C. Xu
  •  S. Yu
  •  Q. Zhang

Abstract.

seedling-vigor is important for crop establishment. There have been reported quantitative trait locus (QTL) analyses on seedling-vigor related morphological traits. However, physiological understanding of these detected QTLs is rather limited. In this study, we employed a recombinant inbred population to detect QTLs for seedling-vigor traits and physiological traits related to seedling-vigor. Germination rate and seedling growth were measured to quantify seedling-vigor. Total amylase activity, α-amylase activity, reducing sugar content, root activity and seed weight were determined. Correlations were observed between the seedling-vigor and physiological traits. QTL analysis reveals that the intervals of RG393-C1087-RZ403 on chromosome 3, C246-RM26-C1447 and R830-R3166-RG360-C734b on chromosome 5, and the interval of Waxy on chromosome 6 are the four main chromosomal regions controlling seedling-vigor. Several QTLs for amylase activities, reducing sugar content and root activity were localized in the similar regions as the QTLs for seedling-vigor. The results suggest that these traits were under the control of pleiotropic and/or closely linked QTLs. The implications of the results in the understanding of the physiological basis of seedling-vigor were discussed.

Oryza sativa L. Seedling vigor Physiological traits Molecular marker Quantitative trait locus (QTL) 

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© Springer-Verlag 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  •  K. Cui
    • 1
  •  S. Peng
    • 2
  •  Y. Xing
    • 1
  •  C. Xu
    • 1
  •  S. Yu
    • 1
  •  Q. Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China
  2. 2.Agronomy, Plant Physiology and Agroecology Division, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), P.O. Box 3127, MCPO, 1271 Makati City, The Philippines

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