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Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2014 Apr;18:103-9. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2014.02.011. Epub 2014 Mar 20.

Genetic resources for quantitative trait analysis: novelty and efficiency in design from an Arabidopsis perspective.

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1
Laboratory of Genetics, Wageningen University, Droevendaalsesteeg 1, Wageningen 6708 PB, The Netherlands.
2
Laboratory of Genetics, Wageningen University, Droevendaalsesteeg 1, Wageningen 6708 PB, The Netherlands; Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, University of Amsterdam, Sciencepark 904, Amsterdam 1098 XH, The Netherlands. Electronic address: Joost.Keurentjes@wur.nl.

Abstract

The use of genetic resources for the analysis of quantitative traits finds its roots in crop breeding but has seen a rejuvenation in Arabidopsis thaliana thanks to specific tools and genomic approaches. Although widely used in numerous crop and natural species, many approaches were first developed in this reference plant. We will discuss the scientific background and historical use of mapping populations in Arabidopsis and highlight the technological innovations that drove the development of novel strategies. We will especially lay emphasis on the methodologies used to generate the diverse population types and designate possible applications. Finally we highlight some of the most recent developments in generating genetic mapping resources and suggest specific usage for these novel tools and concepts.

PMID:
24657834
DOI:
10.1016/j.pbi.2014.02.011
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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