Quantitative Trait Loci (QTLs) for Analysis of Physiological and Biochemical Responses to Abiotic Stress

  • Jean-Louis Prioul
  • Claudine Thévenot
Part of the Springer Handbook Series of Plant Ecophysiology book series (KLEC, volume 1)


Quantitative geneticists and plant physiologists have to deal with plant variability however approaches diverse since the geneticists are interested in explaining and in using the genetic variance when the physiologists usually tend to minimise the genetic component in order to concentrate on the environmental variability. Heritability, which estimates the genetic part of the total variance, is used by the geneticist to decide if a trait is valuable for further study (i.e. genetically variable enough) and especially to map loci. When dealing with complex or quantitative traits, several loci are expected for one trait. The availability of molecular markers has allowed mapping of these quantitative trait loci, i.e. QTLs (Paterson et al., 1988).


Quantitative Trait Locus Water Stress Drought Tolerance Relative Water Content Recombinant Inbred Line 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Louis Prioul
    • 1
  • Claudine Thévenot
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut de Biotechnologie des PlantesUniversité de Paris-SudOrsay CedexFrance

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