Tea (Camellia sinensis) is a beverage crop native to southeast Asia. Because the harvest of tea is confined to the terminal two leaves and a bud, current breeding strategies are for quantitative trait loci affecting leaf characteristics. These traits require years to develop and are not amenable to early selection. Work in other crops has shown that identifying molecular markers linked to the quantitative trait locus can shorten the breeding cycle. Thus the need for a genetic map built with molecular markers.
A single genetic map is available in Map Viewer. Detailed information is available at the BioProject database.