Pingzhi Zhang

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It has been claimed that plant breeding reduces genetic diversity in elite germplasm which could seriously jeopardize the continued ability to improve crops. The main objective of this study was to examine the loss of genetic diversity in spring bread wheat during (1) its domestication, (2) the change from traditional landrace cultivars (LCs) to modern(More)
The dangers of a narrow genetic base of the world's major domesticated food crops have become a great global concern in recent decades. The efforts of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) to breed common wheat cultivars for resource poor farmers in the developing world (known as the Green Revolution wheats) has met with notable(More)
Little is known about genetic diversity and geographic origin of wheat landraces from Oman, an ancient area of wheat cultivation. The objectives of this study were to investigate the genetic relationships and levels of diversity of six wheat landraces collected in Oman with a set of 30 evenly distributed SSR markers. The total gene diversity, (H T),(More)
Development of hybrids is considered to be a promising avenue to enhance the yield potential of crops. We investigated (i) the amount of heterosis observed in hybrid progeny, (ii) relative importance of general (GCA) versus specific (SCA) combining ability, and (iii) the relationship between heterosis and genetic distance measures in four agronomic traits(More)
Synthetic hexaploid wheats (SHWs) and synthetic backcross-derived lines (SBLs) obtained from them are novel sources of useful traits for broadening the diversity in breeding germplasm of hexaploid bread wheat (Triticum aestivum). Fifty-one EST-derived and 39 genomic-derived microsatellite markers (SSRs) covering the A, B, and D genomes were used to assess(More)
Black point is a serious threat to wheat production and can be managed by host resistance. Marker-assisted selection (MAS) has the potential to accelerate genetic improvement of black point resistance in wheat breeding. We performed a genome-wide association study (GWAS) using the high-density wheat 90 K and 660 K single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) assays(More)
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