Theoretical and Applied Genetics

, Volume 120, Issue 6, pp 1193–1205 | Cite as

Genetic dissection of chromosome substitution lines of cotton to discover novel Gossypium barbadense L. alleles for improvement of agronomic traits

  • Sukumar SahaEmail author
  • Jixiang Wu
  • Johnie N. Jenkins
  • Jack C. McCarty
  • Russell Hayes
  • David M. Stelly
Original Paper


We recently released a set of 17 chromosome substitution (CS-B) lines (2n = 52) that contain Gossypium barbadense L. doubled-haploid line ‘3-79’ germplasm systematically introgressed into the Upland inbred ‘TM-1’ of G. hirsutum (L.). TM-1 yields much more than 3-79, but cotton from the latter has superior fiber properties. To explore the use of these quasi-isogenic lines in studying gene interactions, we created a partial diallel among six CS-B lines and the inbred TM-1, and characterized their descendents for lint percentage, boll weight, seedcotton yield and lint yield across four environments. Phenotypic data on the traits were analyzed according to the ADAA genetic model to detect significant additive, dominance, and additive-by-additive epistasis effects at the chromosome and chromosome-by-chromosome levels of CS-B lines. For example, line 3-79 had the lowest boll weight, seedcotton yield and lint yield, but CS-B22Lo homozygous dominance genetic effects on seedcotton and lint yield were nearly four times those of TM-1, and its hybrids with TM-1 had the highest additive-by-additive epistatic effects on seedcotton and lint yield. CS-B14sh, 17, 22Lo and 25 produced positive homozygous dominance effects on lint yield, whereas doubly heterozygous combinations of CS-B14sh with CS-B17, 22Lo and 25 produced negative dominance effects, suggesting that epistatic effects between genes in these chromosomes strongly affect lint yield. The results underscore the opportunities to systematically identify genomic regions harboring genes that impart agronomically significant effects via epistatic interactions. The chromosome-by-chromosome approach significantly complements other strategies to detect and quantify epistatic interaction effects, and the quasi-isogenic nature of families and lines from CS-B intermatings will facilitate high-resolution localization, development of markers for selection and map-assisted identification of genes involved in strong epistatic effects.


Dominance Effect Specific Combine Ability Epistatic Effect Upland Cotton Lint Yield 
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We gratefully acknowledge coordinated research support by Texas AgriLife Research, Cotton Inc., Texas State Support Committee and Texas Department of Agriculture Food and Fiber Research Grant Program and long term technical assistance of Mr. Dwaine A. Raska in synthesis of the CS lines. We thank Dr. Ted Wallace, Mississippi State University, Dr. David Fang, USDA/ARS, Stoneville, MS and Dr. H. Sakhanokho, USDA/ARS, Poplarville, MS for reviewing and providing valuable suggestions to improve this manuscript. We also thank Ms. L. Hendrix, USDA/ARS, Mississippi State, MS for her help in this research. This paper was approved for publication as Journal Article No. J-11463 of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Mississippi State University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sukumar Saha
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jixiang Wu
    • 2
    • 4
  • Johnie N. Jenkins
    • 1
  • Jack C. McCarty
    • 1
  • Russell Hayes
    • 1
  • David M. Stelly
    • 3
  1. 1.Crop Science Research LaboratoryUSDA-ARSMississippi StateUSA
  2. 2.Department of Plant and Soil SciencesMississippi State UniversityMississippi StateUSA
  3. 3.Department of Soil and Crop SciencesTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  4. 4.Plant Science DepartmentSouth Dakota UniversityBrookingsUSA

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