Grain protein content and thousand kernel weight QTLs identified in a durum × wild emmer wheat mapping population tested in five environments

Andrii Fatiukha, Naveh Filler, Itamar Lupo, Gabriel Lidzbarsky, Valentyna Klymiuk, Abraham B. Korol, Curtis Pozniak, Tzion Fahima, Tamar Krugman

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Key message: Genetic dissection of GPC and TKW in tetraploid durum × WEW RIL population, based on high-density SNP genetic map, revealed 12 GPC QTLs and 11 TKW QTLs, with favorable alleles for 11 and 5 QTLs, respectively, derived from WEW. Abstract: Wild emmer wheat (Triticum turgidum ssp. dicoccoides, WEW) was shown to exhibit high grain protein content (GPC) and therefore possess a great potential for improvement of cultivated wheat nutritional value. Genetic dissection of thousand kernel weight (TKW) and grain protein content (GPC) was performed using a high-density genetic map constructed based on a recombinant inbred line (RIL) population derived from a cross between T. durum var. Svevo and WEW acc. Y12-3. Genotyping of 208 F6 RILs with a 15 K wheat single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) array yielded 4166 polymorphic SNP markers, of which 1510 were designated as skeleton markers. A total map length of 2169 cM was obtained with an average distance of 1.5 cM between SNPs. A total of 12 GPC QTLs and 11 TKW QTLs were found under five different environments. No significant correlations were found between GPC and TKW across all environments. Four major GPC QTLs with favorable alleles from WEW were found on chromosomes 4BS, 5AS, 6BS and 7BL. The 6BS GPC QTL coincided with the physical position of the NAC transcription factor TtNAM-B1, underlying the cloned QTL, Gpc-B1. Comparisons of the physical intervals of the GPC QTLs described here with the results previously reported in other durum × WEW RIL population led to the discovery of seven novel GPC QTLs. Therefore, our research emphasizes the importance of GPC QTL dissection in diverse WEW accessions as a source of novel alleles for improvement of GPC in cultivated wheat.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-131
Number of pages13
JournalTheoretical And Applied Genetics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020

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  • Gpc-B1
  • Grain protein content
  • High-density genetic map
  • Homoeologous QTLs
  • QTL analysis
  • Wild emmer wheat
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Triticum/genetics
  • Lod Score
  • Chromosomes, Plant/genetics
  • Quantitative Trait Loci/genetics
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Grain Proteins/metabolism
  • Environment
  • Inbreeding
  • Seeds/genetics
  • Crosses, Genetic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Biotechnology


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