Theoretical and Applied Genetics

, Volume 118, Issue 6, pp 1143–1155 | Cite as

Mapping QTLs for developmental traits in raspberry from bud break to ripe fruit

  • Julie Graham
  • Christine A. Hackett
  • Kay Smith
  • Mary Woodhead
  • Ingo Hein
  • Susan McCallum
Original Paper


Protected cropping systems have been adopted by the UK industry to improve fruit quality and extend the current season. Further manipulation of season, alongside consideration of climate change scenarios, requires an understanding of the processes controlling fruit ripening. Ripening stages were scored from May to July across different years and environments from a raspberry mapping population. Here the interest was in identifying QTLs for the overall ripening process as well as for the time to reach each stage, and principal coordinate analysis was used to summarise the ripening process. Linear interpolation was also used to estimate the time (in days) taken for each plot to reach each of the stages assessed. QTLs were identified across four chromosomes for ripening and the time to reach each stage. A MADS-box gene, Gene H and several raspberry ESTs were associated with the QTLs and markers associated with plant height have also been identified, paving the way for marker assisted selection in Rubus idaeus.


Cane Ripening Stage Ripening Process Open Flower Green Fruit 
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This work was funded by The Scottish Government and HortLINK. The authors thank the SCRI sequencing and genotyping service and John Bradshaw for critical reading of the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julie Graham
    • 1
  • Christine A. Hackett
    • 2
  • Kay Smith
    • 1
  • Mary Woodhead
    • 1
  • Ingo Hein
    • 1
  • Susan McCallum
    • 1
  1. 1.SCRIDundeeScotland, UK
  2. 2.BioSSDundeeScotland, UK

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