, Volume 155, Issue 3, pp 371–380 | Cite as

Genetic mapping of quantitative trait loci for fiber quality and yield trait by RIL approach in Upland cotton

  • Xinlian Shen
  • Wangzhen Guo
  • Qiongxian Lu
  • Xiefei Zhu
  • Youlu Yuan
  • Tianzhen Zhang


The improvement of cotton fiber quality has become more important because of changes in spinning technology. Stable quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for fiber quality will enable molecular marker-assisted selection to improve fiber quality of future cotton cultivars. A simple sequence repeat (SSR) genetic linkage map consisting of 156 loci covering 1,024.4 cM was constructed using a series of recombinant inbred lines (RIL) developed from an F2 population of an Upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) cross 7235 × TM-1. Phenotypic data were collected at Nanjing and Guanyun County in 2002 and 2003 for 5 fiber quality and 6 yield traits. We found 25 major QTLs (LOD ≥ 3.0) and 28 putative QTLs (2.0 < LOD < 3.0) for fiber quality and yield components in two or four environments independently. Among the 25 QTLs with LOD ≥ 3, we found 4 QTLs with large effects on fiber quality and 7 QTLs with large effects on yield components. The most important chromosome D8 in the present study was densely populated with markers and QTLs, in which 36 SSR loci within a chromosomal region of 72.7 cM and 9 QTLs for 8 traits were detected.


Gossypium hirsutum RIL QTL Fiber quality Yield Molecular mapping 



We thank Dr. Lloyd May (Delta and Pine Land Company, USA) and Ed Lubbers (University of Georgia, USA) for their constructive comments and suggestions. This program was financially supported by the Program for Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in University, the Key Project of Chinese Ministry of Education (10418) and Jiangsu High-tech Project (BG2002306) and IAEA (12846).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xinlian Shen
    • 1
  • Wangzhen Guo
    • 1
  • Qiongxian Lu
    • 1
  • Xiefei Zhu
    • 1
  • Youlu Yuan
    • 1
  • Tianzhen Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetics and Germplasm EnhancementNanjing Agricultural UniversityNanjingP.R. China

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