Development and genetic mapping of SSR markers in foxtail millet [Setaria italica (L.) P. Beauv.]

Theor Appl Genet. 2009 Feb;118(4):821-9. doi: 10.1007/s00122-008-0942-9. Epub 2009 Jan 13.


SSR markers are desirable markers in analysis of genetic diversity, quantitative trait loci mapping and gene locating. In this study, SSR markers were developed from two genomic libraries enriched for (GA)n and (CA)n of foxtail millet [Setaria italica (L.) P. Beauv.], a crop of historical importance in China. A total of 100 SSR markers among the 193 primer pairs detected polymorphism between two mapping parents of an F(2) population, i.e. "B100" of cultivated S. italica and "A10" of wild S. viridis. Excluding 14 markers with unclear amplifications, and five markers unlinked with any linkage group, a foxtail millet SSR linkage map was constructed by integrating 81 new developed SSR markers with 20 RFLP anchored markers. The 81 SSRs covered nine chromosomes of foxtail millet. The length of the map was 1,654 cM, with an average interval distance between markers of 16.4 cM. The 81 SSR markers were not evenly distributed throughout the nine chromosomes, with Ch.8 harbouring the least (3 markers) and Ch.9 harbouring the most (18 markers). To verify the usefulness of the SSR markers developed, 37 SSR markers were randomly chosen to analyze genetic diversity of 40 foxtail millet accessions. Totally 228 alleles were detected, with an average 6.16 alleles per locus. Polymorphism information content (PIC) value for each locus ranged from 0.413 to 0.847, with an average of 0.697. A positive correlation between PIC and number of alleles and between PIC and number of repeat unit were found [0.802 and 0.429, respectively (P < 0.01)]. UPGMA analysis revealed that the 40 foxtail millet cultivars could be grouped into five clusters in which the landraces' grouping was largely consistent with ecotypes while the breeding varieties from different provinces in China tended to be grouped together.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • China
  • Chromosome Mapping*
  • Cluster Analysis
  • DNA Primers / genetics
  • Gene Library
  • Genetic Markers / genetics*
  • Minisatellite Repeats / genetics*
  • Polymorphism, Genetic*
  • Polymorphism, Restriction Fragment Length
  • Setaria Plant / genetics*


  • DNA Primers
  • Genetic Markers