QTL Mapping in A-genome Diploid Asiatic Cotton and Their Congruence Analysis With AD-genome Tetraploid Cotton in Genus Gossypium

J Genet Genomics. 2008 Dec;35(12):751-62. doi: 10.1016/S1673-8527(08)60231-3.


Asiatic cotton (Gossypium arboreum L.) is an Old World cultivated cotton species. The sinense race was planted extensively in China. Due to the advances in spinning technology during the last century, the species was replaced by the New World allotetraploid cotton G. hirsutum L. Gossypium arboreum is still grown in India and Pakistan and also used as an elite in current cotton breeding programs. In addition, G. arboreum serves as a model for genomic research in Gossypium. In the present study, we generated an A-genome diploid cotton intraspecific genetic map including 264 SSR loci with three morphological markers mapped to 13 linkage groups. The map spans 2,508.71 cM with an average distance of 9.4 cM between adjacent loci. A population containing 176 F(2:3) families was used to perform quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping for 17 phenotypes using Multiple QTL Model (MQM) of MapQTL ver 5.0. Overall, 108 QTLs were detected on 13 chromosomes. Thirty-one QTLs for yield and its components were detected in the F2 population. Forty-one QTLs for yield and its components were detected in the F(2:3) families with a total of 43 QTLs for fiber qualities. Two QTLs for seed cotton weight/plant and lint index and three QTLs for seed index were consistently detected both in F2 and F(2:3). Most QTLs for fiber qualities and yields were located at the same interval or neighboring intervals. These results indicated that the negative correlation between fiber qualities and yield traits may result from either pleiotropic effect of one gene or linkage effects of multiple closely linked genes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Asia
  • Chromosome Mapping / methods*
  • Diploidy*
  • Evolution, Molecular
  • Genetic Variation
  • Genome, Plant / genetics*
  • Genomics
  • Gossypium / genetics*
  • Phenotype
  • Polyploidy*
  • Quantitative Trait Loci / genetics*