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Barcelona, Spain

Semillas Fito | Date: 2002-08-27

Plant Seeds, agricultural seeds, and flower seeds.

Martinez A.K.,University of Bologna | Soriano J.M.,University of Bologna | Soriano J.M.,IRTA - Institute of Agricultural-Alimentary Research and Technology | Tuberosa R.,University of Bologna | And 3 more authors.
Plant Science | Year: 2016

The genetic control of yield and related traits in maize has been addressed by many quantitative trait locus (QTL) studies, which have produced a wealth of QTL information, also known as QTLome. In this study, we assembled a yield QTLome database and carried out QTL meta-analysis based on 44 published studies, representing 32 independent mapping populations and 49 parental lines. A total of 808 unique QTLs were condensed to 84 meta-QTLs and were projected on the 10 maize chromosomes. Seventy-four percent of QTLs showed a proportion of phenotypic variance explained (PVE) smaller than 10% confirming the high genetic complexity of grain yield. Yield QTLome projection on the genetic map suggested pericentromeric enrichment of QTLs. Conversely, pericentromeric depletion of QTLs was observed when the physical map was considered, suggesting gene density as the main driver of yield QTL distribution on chromosomes. Dominant and overdominant yield QTLs did not distribute differently from additive effect QTLs. © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.

Aflitos S.,Plant Research International | Aflitos S.,Wageningen University | Schijlen E.,Plant Research International | De Jong H.,Wageningen University | And 55 more authors.
Plant Journal | Year: 2014

We explored genetic variation by sequencing a selection of 84 tomato accessions and related wild species representative of the Lycopersicon, Arcanum, Eriopersicon and Neolycopersicon groups, which has yielded a huge amount of precious data on sequence diversity in the tomato clade. Three new reference genomes were reconstructed to support our comparative genome analyses. Comparative sequence alignment revealed group-, species- and accession-specific polymorphisms, explaining characteristic fruit traits and growth habits in the various cultivars. Using gene models from the annotated Heinz 1706 reference genome, we observed differences in the ratio between non-synonymous and synonymous SNPs (dN/dS) in fruit diversification and plant growth genes compared to a random set of genes, indicating positive selection and differences in selection pressure between crop accessions and wild species. In wild species, the number of single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) exceeds 10 million, i.e. 20-fold higher than found in most of the crop accessions, indicating dramatic genetic erosion of crop and heirloom tomatoes. In addition, the highest levels of heterozygosity were found for allogamous self-incompatible wild species, while facultative and autogamous self-compatible species display a lower heterozygosity level. Using whole-genome SNP information for maximum-likelihood analysis, we achieved complete tree resolution, whereas maximum-likelihood trees based on SNPs from ten fruit and growth genes show incomplete resolution for the crop accessions, partly due to the effect of heterozygous SNPs. Finally, results suggest that phylogenetic relationships are correlated with habitat, indicating the occurrence of geographical races within these groups, which is of practical importance for Solanum genome evolution studies. © 2014 The Authors.

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