, Volume 170, Issue 3, pp 355–364 | Cite as

Co-location of seed oil content, seed hull content and seed coat color QTL in three different environments in Brassica napus L.

  • X. Y. Yan
  • J. N. Li
  • F. Y. Fu
  • M. Y. Jin
  • L. Chen
  • L. Z. LiuEmail author


Increasing seed oil content is an important breeding goal for Brassica napus L. (B. napus). The identification of quantitative trait loci (QTL) for seed oil content and related traits is important for efficient selection of B. napus cultivars with high seed oil content. To get better knowledge on these traits, a molecular marker linkage map for B. napus was constructed with a recombinant inbred lines (RIL) population. The length of the map was 1,589 cM with 451 markers distributed over 25 linkage groups. QTL for seed oil content, seed hull content and seed coat color in three environments were detected by composite interval mapping (CIM) tests. Eleven QTL accounted for 5.19–13.57% of the variation for seed oil content. Twelve QTL associated with seed hull content were identified with contribution ranging from 5.80 to 22.71% and four QTL for seed coat color accounted for 5.23–15.99% of the variation. It is very interesting to found that co-localization between QTL for the three traits were found on N8. These results indicated the possibility to combine favorable alleles at different QTL to increase seed oil content, as well as to combine information about the relationship between seed oil content and other traits.


Brassica napus L. Quantitative trait loci (QTL) Seed oil content Seed hull content Seed coat color 



Quantitative trait loci


Recombinant inbred lines


Sequence related amplified polymorphism


Simple sequence repeat


Amplified fragment length polymorphism


Target region amplified polymorphism




Composite interval mapping


Polymerase chain reaction


Deoxyribonucleic acid


Cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide


Log likelihood ratio


Seed oil content


Seed hull content


Seed coat color



Financial support from the State “973” Project (2006CB101604) of China and a grant (30330400) from the Natural Science Foundation of China.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • X. Y. Yan
    • 1
  • J. N. Li
    • 1
  • F. Y. Fu
    • 1
  • M. Y. Jin
    • 1
  • L. Chen
    • 1
  • L. Z. Liu
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Chongqing Engineering Research Center for RapeseedCollege of Agronomy and Biotechnology, Southwest UniversityBeibei, ChongqingPeople’s Republic of China

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