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Type: Journal article
Title: Mapping dynamic QTL for plant height in triticale
Author: Würschum, T.
Liu, W.
Busemeyer, L.
Tucker, M.
Reif, J.
Weissmann, E.
Hahn, V.
Ruckelshausen, A.
Maurer, H.
Citation: BMC Genetics, 2014; 15(1):59-1-59-8
Publisher: BioMed Central
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1471-2156
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Tobias Würschum, Wenxin Liu, Lucas Busemeyer, Matthew R Tucker, Jochen C Reif, Elmar A Weissmann, Volker Hahn, Arno Ruckelshausen, and Hans Peter Maurer
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Plant height is a prime example of a dynamic trait that changes constantly throughout adult development. In this study we utilised a large triticale mapping population, comprising 647 doubled haploid lines derived from 4 families, to phenotype for plant height by a precision phenotyping platform at multiple time points. RESULTS: Using multiple-line cross QTL mapping we identified main effect and epistatic QTL for plant height for each of the time points. Interestingly, some QTL were detected at all time points whereas others were specific to particular developmental stages. Furthermore, the contribution of the QTL to the genotypic variance of plant height also varied with time as exemplified by a major QTL identified on chromosome 6A. CONCLUSIONS: Taken together, our results in the small grain cereal triticale reveal the importance of considering temporal genetic patterns in the regulation of complex traits such as plant height.
Keywords: Cereals; Chromosome Mapping; Epistasis, Genetic; Genotype; Phenotype; Quantitative Trait Loci
Rights: © 2014 Würschum et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver ( applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
RMID: 0030015653
DOI: 10.1186/1471-2156-15-59
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