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Mapping quantitative trait loci for flag leave senescence as a yield determinant in winter wheat under optimal and drought stressed environments

Verma, V. , Foulkes, M.J., Sylvester-Bradley, R., Caligari, P.D.S. and Snape, J.W. (2004) Mapping quantitative trait loci for flag leave senescence as a yield determinant in winter wheat under optimal and drought stressed environments. Euphytica, 135 (3). pp. 255-263. ISSN 0014-2336

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1023/B:EUPH.0000013255.31618.14

Abstract/Summary

The timing of flag leaf senescence (FLS) is an important determinant of yield under stress and optimal environments. A doubled haploid population derived from crossing the photo period-sensitive variety Beaver,with the photo period-insensitive variety Soissons, varied significantly for this trait, measured as the percent green flag leaf area remaining at 14 days and 35 days after anthesis. This trait also showed a significantly positive correlation with yield under variable environmental regimes. QTL analysis based on a genetic map derived from 48 doubled haploid lines using amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) and simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers, revealed the genetic control of this trait. The coincidence of QTL for senescence on chromosomes 2B and 2D under drought-stressed and optimal environments, respectively, indicate a complex genetic mechanism of this trait involving the re-mobilisation of resources from the source to the sink during senescence.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences
ID Code:10634
Uncontrolled Keywords:drought , QTL , senescence , wheat , yield

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