Towards an integrated linkage map of common bean. 4. Development of a core linkage map and alignment of RFLP maps
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Three RFLP maps, as well as several RAPD maps have been developed in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). In order to align these maps, a core linkage map was established in the recombinant inbred population BAT93×Jalo EEP558 (BJ). This map has a total length of 1226 cM and comprises 563 markers, including some 120 RFLP and 430 RAPD markers, in addition to a few isozyme and phenotypic marker loci. Among the RFLPs mapped were markers from the University of California, Davis (established in the F2 of the BJ cross), University of Paris-Orsay, and University of Florida maps. These shared markers allowed us to establish a correspondence between the linkage groups of these three RFLP linkage maps. In total, the general map location (i.e., the linkage group membership and approximate location within linkage groups) has been determined for some 1070 markers. Approaches to align this core map with other current or future maps are discussed.
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