Lehmensiek, Anke and Eckermann, Paul and Verbyla, Arunas and Appels, Rudi and Sutherland, Mark W. and Daggard, Grant (2005) Curation of wheat maps to improve map accuracy and QTL detection. Crop and Pasture Science, 56 (12). pp. 1347-1354. ISSN 0004-9409
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Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1071/AR05126
Three Australian doubled haploid populations were used to illustrate the importance of map curation in order to improve the quality of linkage maps and quantative trait locus (QTL) detection. The maps were refined and improved by re-examining the order of markers, inspection of the genetic maps in relation to a consensus map, editing the marker data for double crossovers, and determining estimated recombination fractions for all pairs of markers. The re-ordering of markers and replacing genotypes at double crossovers with missing values resulted in an overall decrease in the length of the maps. Fewer apparent genotyping errors, associated with the presence of double recombinants, were identified with restriction fragment length polymorphisms (RFLPs) than with other types of markers used in this study. The complications that translocations may cause in the ordering of markers and subsequent QTL analysis were investigated. QTL analysis using both the original and revised maps indicated that QTL peaks were more sharply located or had improved log-likelihood (LOD) scores in the revised maps. An accurate indication of the QTL peak and a significant LOD score are both essential for the identification of markers suitable for marker-assisted selection. Recommendations are provided for the improvement of the quality of linkage maps.
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