Sweet and Sour Cherries: Linkage Maps, QTL Detection and Marker Assisted Selection

Part of the Plant Genetics and Genomics: Crops and Models book series (PGG, volume 6)

The cherry is one of the most popular temperate fruit crops despite its relatively high price. The fruits are attractive in appearance because of their bright shiny skin color, their subtle flavor and sweetness are appreciated by most consumers. Compared to other temperate fruits, such as apple and peach, breeding improvements for cherries have been slow. The long generation time and the large plant size of cherry trees severely limit classical breeding. Thus, the integration of molecular markers in breeding programs should be a powerful tool to hasten cultivar development. Only a few genetic linkage maps are available for sweet or sour cherry and quantitative trait loci (QTLs) have been reported only for sour cherry. Until now, most of the efforts have concentrated on the use of molecular markers in order to (i) identify the S-alleles controlling gametophytic self-incompatibility, (ii) characterize cultivars, and (iii) assess genetic diversity.


Linkage Group Sweet Cherry Sour Cherry Cherry Tree Late Bloom 
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  1. 1.Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Centre de Bordeaux, Unité de Recherches sur les Espèces Fruitières et la VigneVillenave d’Ornon CedexFrance

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