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Theor Appl Genet. 2011 Apr;122(6):1179-87. doi: 10.1007/s00122-010-1522-3. Epub 2011 Jan 19.

Selection of a core set of RILs from Forrest x Williams 82 to develop a framework map in soybean.

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Division of Plant Sciences, National Center for Soybean Biotechnology, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, USA.


Soybean BAC-based physical maps provide a useful platform for gene and QTL map-based cloning, EST mapping, marker development, genome sequencing, and comparative genomic research. Soybean physical maps for "Forrest" and "Williams 82" representing the southern and northern US soybean germplasm base, respectively, have been constructed with different fingerprinting methods. These physical maps are complementary for coverage of gaps on the 20 soybean linkage groups. More than 5,000 genetic markers have been anchored onto the Williams 82 physical map, but only a limited number of markers have been anchored to the Forrest physical map. A mapping population of Forrest × Williams 82 made up of 1,025 F(8) recombinant inbred lines (RILs) was used to construct a reference genetic map. A framework map with almost 1,000 genetic markers was constructed using a core set of these RILs. The core set of the population was evaluated with the theoretical population using equality, symmetry and representativeness tests. A high-resolution genetic map will allow integration and utilization of the physical maps to target QTL regions of interest, and to place a larger number of markers into a map in a more efficient way using a core set of RILs.

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