Genetic analysis of heterosis for yield and yield components in rapeseed (Brassica napus L.) by quantitative trait locus mapping

Genetics. 2008 Jul;179(3):1547-58. doi: 10.1534/genetics.108.089680. Epub 2008 Jun 18.


The main objective in this research was the genetic analysis of heterosis in rapeseed at the QTL level. A linkage map comprising 235 SSR and 144 AFLP markers covering 2045 cM was constructed in a doubled-haploid population from a cross between the cultivar "Express" and the resynthesized line "R53." In field experiments at four locations in Germany 250 doubled-haploid (DH) lines and their corresponding testcrosses with Express were evaluated for grain yield and three yield components. The heterosis ranged from 30% for grain yield to 0.7% for kernel weight. QTL were mapped using three different data sets, allowing the estimation of additive and dominance effects as well as digenic epistatic interactions. In total, 33 QTL were detected, of which 10 showed significant dominance effects. For grain yield, mainly complete dominance or overdominance was observed, whereas the other traits showed mainly partial dominance. A large number of epistatic interactions were detected. It was concluded that epistasis together with all levels of dominance from partial to overdominance is responsible for the expression of heterosis in rapeseed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Analysis of Variance
  • Brassica rapa / genetics*
  • Chromosome Mapping*
  • Crosses, Genetic
  • Databases, Genetic
  • Epistasis, Genetic
  • Genetic Markers
  • Genotype
  • Haploidy
  • Hybrid Vigor / genetics*
  • Inheritance Patterns / genetics
  • Quantitative Trait Loci / genetics*


  • Genetic Markers