Plant Genetic Resources Unit

Geneva, NY, United States

Plant Genetic Resources Unit

Geneva, NY, United States
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Labate J.A.,Plant Genetic Resources Unit | Robertson L.D.,Plant Genetic Resources Unit
Molecular Breeding | Year: 2015

To help support utilization of germplasm resources for tomatillo (Physalis philadelphica) crop improvement, we characterized genetic diversity in the National Plant Germplasm System collection. Genotyping by sequencing, a method of high-throughput DNA sequencing of reduced representation genomic libraries, was performed on 190 plant samples. This yielded 77,340 high-quality filtered single nucleotide polymorphisms from 179 plants sampled from 125 accessions. Geographical information systems data on geospatial references were verified using web- and PC-based software tools. We found that multiple plants sampled per accession were closely related to each other, but there was no apparent pattern related to original sampling location with respect to state in Mexico. There was no evidence for isolation by distance in a 15-accession, 53 plant geodiversity panel. Average proportion of heterozygous sites was halved in samples from nine inbred lines relative to samples from open-pollinated accessions (0.04 vs. 0.08). The genetic characterization of these accessions can help end users choose germplasm to support increased production of fresh and processed tomatillo products for expanding niche markets. © 2015, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht (outside the USA).

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