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A quantitative trait locus for long photoperiod response mapped on chromosome 4H in barley

Ren, X., Li, C., Cakir, M., Zhang, W., Grime, C., Zhang, X-Q, Broughton, S, Sun, D. and Lance, R. (2012) A quantitative trait locus for long photoperiod response mapped on chromosome 4H in barley. Molecular Breeding, 30 (2). pp. 1121-1130.

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Photoperiod response is a key determinant for barley adaptation to diverse environments. A major quantitative trait locus (QTL) for response to long photoperiod was identified in Australia (Perth, 31A degrees 56'S) and China (Wuhan, 30A degrees 33'N) using 178 doubled haploid lines derived from a cross of an Australian barley, Baudin, and a Canadian barley, AC Metcalfe. The QTL was detected as a major QTL in the 18-h photoperiod glasshouse experiments and mapped to the Xp12m50B199-Xp13m47B399 interval on chromosome 4H with a LOD score of 57 in Australia and confirmed in China. The single QTL accounted for 77.48 and 37.81% of phenotypic variation for long photoperiod response in Australia and China, respectively. The same QTL also controlled heading date in Australia, under normal and extended photoperiod conditions, and in China, under extended photoperiod and late-sown conditions. The QTL advanced heading date by 27.8 days in Australia and 42.5 days in China under a 18-h photoperiod. In addition, QTL for heading date were identified on chromosomes 2H and 3H. The chromosome 3H QTL was associated with the denso gene and detected in all conditions, but the chromosome 2H QTL was only detected in Australia. The new photoperiod response QTL, Qhea.BM.4-13/Qpho.BM.4-13, on chromosome 4H and its associated markers will provide an alternative for plant breeders developing new varieties for different environments using marker-assisted selection.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Western Australian State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
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