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Type: Journal article
Title: A reference genetic linkage map of apomictic Hieracium species based on expressed markers derived from developing ovule transcripts
Author: Shirasawa, K.
Hand, M.
Henderson, S.
Okada, T.
Johnson, S.
Taylor, J.
Spriggs, A.
Siddons, H.
Hirakawa, H.
Isobe, S.
Tabata, S.
Koltunow, A.
Citation: Annals of Botany, 2015; 115(4):567-580
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 0305-7364
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Kenta Shirasawa, Melanie L. Hand, Steven T. Henderson, Takashi Okada, Susan D. Johnson, Jennifer M. Taylor, Andrew Spriggs, Hayley Siddons, Hideki Hirakawa, Sachiko Isobe, Satoshi Tabata, and Anna M.G. Koltunow
Abstract: Background and Aims: Apomixis in plants generates clonal progeny with a maternal genotype through asexual seed formation. Hieracium subgenus Pilosella (Asteraceae) contains polyploid, highly heterozygous apomictic and sexual species. Within apomictic Hieracium, dominant genetic loci independently regulate the qualitative developmental components of apomixis. In H. praealtum, LOSS OF APOMEIOSIS (LOA) enables formation of embryo sacs without meiosis and LOSS OF PARTHENOGENESIS (LOP) enables fertilization-independent seed formation. A locus required for fertilization-independent endosperm formation (AutE) has been identified in H. piloselloides. Additional quantitative loci appear to influence the penetrance of the qualitative loci, although the controlling genes remain unknown. This study aimed to develop the first genetic linkage maps for sexual and apomictic Hieracium species using simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers derived from expressed transcripts within the developing ovaries. Methods: RNA from microdissected Hieracium ovule cell types and ovaries was sequenced and SSRs were identified. Two different F1 mapping populations were created to overcome difficulties associated with genome complexity and asexual reproduction. SSR markers were analysed within each mapping population to generate draft linkage maps for apomictic and sexual Hieracium species. Key Results: A collection of 14 684 Hieracium expressed SSR markers were developed and linkage maps were constructed for Hieracium species using a subset of the SSR markers. Both the LOA and LOP loci were successfully assigned to linkage groups; however, AutE could not be mapped using the current populations. Comparisons with lettuce (Lactuca sativa) revealed partial macrosynteny between the two Asteraceae species. Conclusions: A collection of SSR markers and draft linkage maps were developed for two apomictic and one sexual Hieracium species. These maps will support cloning of controlling genes at LOA and LOP loci in Hieracium and should also assist with identification of quantitative loci that affect the expressivity of apomixis. Future work will focus on mapping AutE using alternative populations.
Keywords: Hieracium; Pilosella; apomixes; apospory; parthenogenesis; linkage map; molecular markers; SSR
Rights: © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Annals of Botany Company. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email:
DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcu249
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