Molecular Breeding

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 553–563 | Cite as

Allelic variants of phytoene synthase 1 (Psy1) genes in Chinese and CIMMYT wheat cultivars and development of functional markers for flour colour



Phytoene synthase genes influence yellow pigment (YP) content in wheat grain, and are associated with the quality of end-use products. In the present study, a suite of 217 Chinese winter wheat cultivars and 342 CIMMYT spring wheat cultivars were used to search for phytoene synthase 1 gene variations and to detect and compare their genetic effects in different genetic backgrounds. An initial focus on the Chinese winter wheat cultivars revealed four allelic variants of this gene on chromosome 7B (Psy-B1), designated as Psy-B1a, Psy-B1b, Psy-B1c and Psy-B1d. The frequencies of these four alleles were 39.6, 43.8, 15.7 and 0.9%, respectively. A co-dominant marker YP7B-1 based on a 5-bp InDel of poly C in the fifth intron of Psy-B1 amplified a 151-bp PCR fragment in accessions with the medium YP content allele Psy-B1a, and a 156-bp fragment in lower YP content accessions with Psy-B1b. Two dominant markers YP7B-2 (428 bp) and YP7B-3 (884 bp) were designed for accessions with Psy-B1c and Psy-B1d, respectively. Allele Psy-B1c was associated with high YP content, but the phenotypic effect of Psy-B1d was not determined due to the limited number of accessions. In CIMMYT spring wheat cultivars, Psy-B1a, Psy-B1b, Psy-B1d and a further allelic variant, Psy-B1e, were detected with frequencies of 50.6, 29.2, 19.6 and 0.6%, respectively. Psy-B1c was not found in the CIMMYT germplasm. However, no significant differences were detected for mean YP content among CIMMYT wheat lines with different Psy-B1 genotypes. A new allelic variant of Psy-A1, designated Psy-A1c, was identified in three CIMMYT wheat lines, and this allele was associated with higher YP content.


Common wheat Yellow pigment content Phytoene synthase 1 gene 1B•1R translocation Allelic variation 



The authors are grateful to Prof. RA McIntosh and Prof. PD Chen for providing the Chinese Spring nulli-tetrasomic, ditelosomic, and monosomic 2A–tetrasomic 2B lines. This study was supported by the National Science Foundation of China (30771335), National Basic Research Program (2009CB118300), National 863 Program (2006AA10Z1A7 and 2006AA100102), and International Collaboration Project from the Ministry of Agriculture (2006-G2).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Crop Science, National Wheat Improvement Centre/The National Key Facility for Crop Gene Resources and Genetic ImprovementChinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS)BeijingChina
  2. 2.International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) China OfficeBeijingChina
  3. 3.Western Australia Department of Agriculture and Food, State Agriculture Biotechnology CenterMurdoch UniversityMurdochAustralia

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