, Volume 163, Issue 1, pp 113–122

QTLs for node of first fruiting branch in a cross of an upland cotton, Gossypium hirsutum L., cultivar with primitive accession Texas 701

  • Yufang Guo
  • Jack C. McCarty
  • Johnie N. Jenkins
  • Sukumar Saha


Primitive cottons (Gossypium spp.) represent resources for genetic improvement. Most primitive accessions are photoperiod sensitive; they do not flower under the long days of the U.S. cotton belt. Molecular markers were used to locate quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for node of first fruiting branch (NFB), a trait closely related to flowering time in cotton. An F2 population consisted of 251 plants from the cross of a day neutral cultivar Deltapine 61, and a photoperiod sensitive accession Texas 701, were used in this study. Segregation in the population revealed the complex characteristics of NFB. Interval mapping and multiple QTL mapping were used to determine QTLs contributing to NFB. Three significant QTLs were mapped to chromosome 16, 21, and 25; two suggestive QTLs were mapped to chromosome 15 and 16. Four markers associated with these QTLs accounted for 33% of the variation in NFB by single and multiple-marker regression analyses. Two pairs of epistasis interaction between markers were detected. Our results suggested that at least three chromosomes contain factors associated with flowering time for this population with epistasis interactions between chromosomes. This research represent the first flowering time QTL mapping in cotton. Makers associated with flowering time may have the potential to facilitate day neutral conversion of accessions.


Cotton Flowering time Primitive accession QTL 



Deltapine 61


Logarithm of odds


Multiple QTL mapping


Node of first fruiting branch


Texas accession 701


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yufang Guo
    • 1
  • Jack C. McCarty
    • 2
  • Johnie N. Jenkins
    • 2
  • Sukumar Saha
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Plant and Soil SciencesMississippi State UniversityMississippi StateUSA
  2. 2.USDA-ARSCrop Science Research LaboratoryMississippi StateUSA

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