Molecular Breeding

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 629–648 | Cite as

An integrated DArT-SSR linkage map of durum wheat

  • Paola Mantovani
  • Marco Maccaferri
  • Maria Corinna Sanguineti
  • Roberto Tuberosa
  • Ilaria Catizone
  • Peter Wenzl
  • Brent Thomson
  • Jason Carling
  • Eric Huttner
  • Enzo DeAmbrogio
  • Andrzej KilianEmail author


Genetic mapping in durum wheat (Triticum durum Desf.) is constrained by its large genome and allopolyploid nature. We developed a Diversity Arrays Technology (DArT) platform for durum wheat to enable efficient and cost-effective mapping and molecular breeding applications. Genomic representations from 56 durum accessions were used to assemble a DArT genotyping microarray. Microsatellite (SSR) and DArT markers were mapped on a durum wheat recombinant inbred population (176 lines). The integrated DArT-SSR map included 554 loci (162 SSRs and 392 DArT markers) and spanned 2022 cM (5 cM/marker on average). The DArT markers from durum wheat were positioned in respect to anchor SSRs and hexaploid wheat DArT markers. DArT markers compared favourably to SSRs to evaluate genetic relationships among the durum panel, with 1315 DArT polymorphisms found across the accessions. Combining DArT and SSR platforms provides an efficient and rapid method of generating linkage maps in durum wheat.


DArT Durum wheat Linkage map SSR 



Diversity arrays technology





‘C × L’

Colosseo × Lloyd

ITMI map

Ta-Synthetic/Opata-BARC map (Song et al. 2005)

‘K × S’

Kofa × Svevo


Polymerase chain reaction


Recombinant inbred line


Simple sequence repeat or microsatellite marker



Major financial support for this project was provided by Australian Grains R&D Corporation (GRDC), Regione Emilia Romagna (Italy), progetto PRITT, Misura 3.4-A CEREALAB and the European Union BIOEXPLOIT Integrated Project, contract no. 513959. We would like to acknowledge technical help from a number of colleagues from Diversity Arrays Technology Pty Ltd/Triticarte Pty Ltd (Grzegorz Uszynski, Jason Carling, Vanessa Caig, Ling Xia, Damian Jaccoud, Kasia Heller-Uszynska, Gosia Aschenbrenner-Kilian) and from DiSTA, University of Bologna (Sandra Stefanelli).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paola Mantovani
    • 1
  • Marco Maccaferri
    • 1
  • Maria Corinna Sanguineti
    • 1
  • Roberto Tuberosa
    • 1
  • Ilaria Catizone
    • 1
    • 2
  • Peter Wenzl
    • 2
  • Brent Thomson
    • 2
  • Jason Carling
    • 2
  • Eric Huttner
    • 2
  • Enzo DeAmbrogio
    • 3
  • Andrzej Kilian
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Agroenvironmental Sciences and TechnologyUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly
  2. 2.Diversity Arrays Technology P/L and Triticarte Pty LtdCanberraAustralia
  3. 3.Società Produttori Sementi Bologna, Research DivisionArgelatoItaly

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