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Molecular Genetics and Genomics

, Volume 290, Issue 3, pp 1003–1025 | Cite as

A comparative meta-analysis of QTL between intraspecific Gossypium hirsutum and interspecific G. hirsutum × G. barbadense populations

  • Joseph I. Said
  • Mingzhou Song
  • Hantao Wang
  • Zhongxu Lin
  • Xianlong Zhang
  • David D. Fang
  • Jinfa Zhang
Original Paper

Abstract

Key message

Based on 1075 and 1059 QTL from intraspecific Upland and interspecific Upland × Pima populations, respectively, the identification of QTL clusters and hotspots provides a useful resource for cotton breeding.

Abstract

Mapping of quantitative trait loci (QTL) is a pre-requisite of marker-assisted selection for crop yield and quality. Recent meta-analysis of QTL in tetraploid cotton (Gossypium spp.) has identified regions of the genome with high concentrations of QTL for various traits called clusters and specific trait QTL called hotspots or meta-QTL (mQTL). However, the meta-analysis included all population types of Gossypium mixing both intraspecific G. hirsutum and interspecific G. hirsutum × G. barbadense populations. This study used 1,075 QTL from 58 publications on intraspecific G. hirsutum and 1,059 QTL from 30 publications on G. hirsutum × G. barbadense populations to perform a comprehensive comparative analysis of QTL clusters and hotspots between the two populations for yield, fiber and seed quality, and biotic and abiotic stress tolerance. QTL hotspots were further analyzed for mQTL within the hotspots using Biomercator V3 software. The ratio of QTL between the two population types was proportional yet differences in hotspot type and placement were observed between the two population types. However, on some chromosomes QTL clusters and hotspots were similar between the two populations. This shows that there are some universal QTL regions in the cultivated tetraploid cotton which remain consistent and some regions which differ between population types. This study for the first time elucidates the similarities and differences in QTL clusters and hotspots between intraspecific and interspecific populations, providing an important resource to cotton breeding programs in marker-assisted selection .

Keywords

Cotton Gossypium hirsutum Gossypium barbadense Meta analysis Quantitative trait loci 

Notes

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph I. Said
    • 1
  • Mingzhou Song
    • 2
  • Hantao Wang
    • 3
  • Zhongxu Lin
    • 3
  • Xianlong Zhang
    • 3
  • David D. Fang
    • 4
  • Jinfa Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plant and Environmental SciencesNew Mexico State UniversityLas CrucesUSA
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceNew Mexico State UniversityLas CrucesUSA
  3. 3.National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement and National Centre of Plant Gene Research (Wuhan)Huazhong Agricultural UniversityWuhanChina
  4. 4.Cotton Fiber Bioscience Research UnitUSDA-ARS-SRRCNew OrleansUSA

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