Genomic Distribution of Quantitative Trait Loci for Yield and Yield-related Traits in Common Wheat

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  • Li-Yi Zhang,

    1. The State Key Laboratory of Plant Cell and Chromosome Engineering, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
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  • Dong-Cheng Liu,

    1. The State Key Laboratory of Plant Cell and Chromosome Engineering, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
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  • Xiao-Li Guo,

    1. Biological College, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193, China
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  • Wen-Long Yang,

    1. The State Key Laboratory of Plant Cell and Chromosome Engineering, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
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  • Jia-Zhu Sun,

    1. The State Key Laboratory of Plant Cell and Chromosome Engineering, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
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  • Dao-Wen Wang,

    1. The State Key Laboratory of Plant Cell and Chromosome Engineering, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
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  • Aimin Zhang

    Corresponding author
    1. The State Key Laboratory of Plant Cell and Chromosome Engineering, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
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Abstract

A major objective of quantitative trait locus (QTL) studies is to find genes/markers that can be used in breeding programs via marker assisted selection (MAS). We surveyed the QTLs for yield and yield-related traits and their genomic distributions in common wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) in the available published reports. We then carried out a meta-QTL (MQTL) analysis to identify the major and consistent QTLs for these traits. In total, 55 MQTLs were identified, of which 12 significant MQTLs were located on wheat chromosomes 1A, 1B, 2A, 2D, 3B, 4A, 4B, 4D and 5A. Our study showed that the genetic control of yield and its components in common wheat involved the important genes such as Rht and Vrn. Furthermore, several significant MQTLs were found in the chromosomal regions corresponding to several rice genomic locations containing important QTLs for yield related traits. Our results demonstrate that meta-QTL analysis is a powerful tool for confirming the major and stable QTLs and refining their chromosomal positions in common wheat, which may be useful for improving the MAS efficiency of yield related traits.

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