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Mapping quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for sugar yield and related traits will provide essential information for sugarcane improvement through marker-assisted selection. Two sugarcane segregating populations derived from interspecific crosses between Saccharum offinarum and Saccharum spontaneum with 264 and 239 individuals, respectively, were evaluated in(More)
Comparative genomics, the study of the similarities and differences in structure and function of hereditary information across taxa, uses molecular tools to investigate many notions that long preceded identification of DNA as the hereditary molecule. Vavilov’s (1922) law of homologous series in variation was an early suggestion of the similarities in the(More)
Abiotic stresses increasingly curtail crop yield as a result of global climate change and scarcity of water and nutrients. One way to minimize the negative impact of these factors on yield is to manipulate root system architecture (RSA) towards a distribution of roots in the soil that optimizes water and nutrient uptake. It is now established that most of(More)
We report a genetic recombination map for Sorghum of 2512 loci spaced at average 0.4 cM ( approximately 300 kb) intervals based on 2050 RFLP probes, including 865 heterologous probes that foster comparative genomics of Saccharum (sugarcane), Zea (maize), Oryza (rice), Pennisetum (millet, buffelgrass), the Triticeae (wheat, barley, oat, rye), and(More)
QTL mapping experiments yield heterogeneous results due to the use of different genotypes, environments, and sampling variation. Compilation of QTL mapping results yields a more complete picture of the genetic control of a trait and reveals patterns in organization of trait variation. A total of 432 QTL mapped in one diploid and 10 tetraploid interspecific(More)
Experimental advanced-generation backcross populations contain individuals with genomic compositions similar to those resulting from interspecific hybridization in nature. By applying a detailed restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) map to 3662 BC3F2 plants derived from 24 different BC1 individuals of a cross between Gossypium hirsutum and G.(More)
We present in this paper a novel, semiautomated image-analysis software to streamline the quantitative analysis of root growth and architecture of complex root systems. The software combines a vectorial representation of root objects with a powerful tracing algorithm that accommodates a wide range of image sources and quality. The root system is treated as(More)
A backcross-self population from a cross between Gossypium hirsutum and G. barbadense was used to dissect the molecular basis of genetic variation governing 15 parameters that reflect fiber length. Applying a detailed restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) map to 3,662 BC3F2 plants from 24 independently derived BC3 families, we detected 28, nine,(More)
Leaves are key organs for evaporation and photosynthesis and play a crucial role in plant growth and development. In order to function properly, they need to maintain a balanced water content. Water movement through a leaf occurs by a combination of different pathways: water can follow an apoplastic route through the cell wall or a cell-to-cell route via(More)