• P. L. Kulwal

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    • Mapping of shoot fly tolerance loci in sorghum using SSR markers

      D. B. Apotikar D. Venkateswarlu R. B. Ghorade R. M. Wadaskar J. V. Patil P. L. Kulwal

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      Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench) is one of the most important crops in the semiarid regions of the world. One of the important biotic constraints to sorghum production in India is the shoot fly which attacks sorghum at the seedling stage. Identification of the genomic regions containing quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for resistance to shoot fly and the linked markers can facilitate sorghum improvement programmes through marker-assisted selection. A simple sequence repeat (SSR) marker-based skeleton linkage map of two linkage groups of sorghum was constructed in a population of 135 recombinant inbred lines (RIL) derived from a cross between IS18551 (resistant to shoot fly) and 296B (susceptible to shoot fly). A total of 14 SSR markers, seven each on linkage groups A and C were mapped. Using data of different shoot fly resistance component traits, one QTL which is common for glossiness, oviposition and dead hearts was detected following composite interval mapping (CIM) on linkage group A. The phenotypic variation explained by this QTL ranged from 3.8%–6.3%. Besides the QTL detected by CIM, two more QTLs were detected following multi-trait composite interval mapping (MCIM), one each on linkage groups A and C for the combinations of traits which were correlated with each other. Results of the present study are novel as we could find out the QTLs governing more than one trait (pleiotropic QTLs). The identification of pleiotropic QTLs will help in improvement of more than one trait at a time with the help of the same linked markers. For all the QTLs, the resistant parent IS18551 contributed resistant alleles.

    • Inheritance of blast resistance and identification of SSR marker associated with it in rice cultivar RDN 98-2

      S. D. Kumbhar P. L. Kulwal J. V. Patil A. P. Gaikwad A. S. Jadhav

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    • Marker-trait association study for protein content in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.)

      A. A. Jadhav S. J. Rayate L. B. Mhase M. Thudi A. Chitikineni P. N. Harer A. S. Jadhav R. K. Varshney P. L. Kulwal

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      Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) is the second most important cool season food legume cultivated in arid and semiarid regions of the world. The objective of the present study was to study variation for protein content in chickpea germplasm, and to find markers associated with it. A set of 187 genotypes comprising both international and exotic collections, and representing both desi and kabuli types with protein content ranging from 13.25% to 26.77% was used. Twenty-three SSR markers representing all eight linkage groups (LG) amplifying 153 loci were used for the analysis. Population structure analysis identified three subpopulations, and corresponding $Q$ values of principal components were used to take care of population structure in the analysis which was performed using general linear and mixed linear models. Marker-trait association (MTA) analysis identified nine significant associations representing four QTLs in the entire population. Subpopulation analyses identified ten significant MTAs representing five QTLs, four of which were common with that of the entire population. Two most significant QTLs linked with markers TR26.205 and CaM1068.195 were present on LG3 and LG5. Gene ontology search identified 29 candidate genes in the region of significant MTAs on LG3. The present study will be helpful in concentrating on LG3 and LG5 for identification of closely linked markers for protein content in chickpea and for their use in molecular breeding programme for nutritional quality improvement.

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