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Research article2006Peer reviewed

Quantitative trait loci for resistance to herbivores in willow: field experiments with varying soils and climates

Ronnberg-Wastljung AC, Ahman I, Glynn C, Widenfalk O


As a basis for genetic improvement of willow (Salix spp.) for use in wood biomass production, quantitative trait loci (QTLs) responsible for resistance to herbivores have been identified in a tetraploid hybrid F-2 population originating from a cross between Salix dasyclados (Wimm.) and Salix viminalis (L.) (Salicaceae). Symptoms of herbivory, caused by various insects and game, and, in addition, leaf rust, were assessed in three field locations with varying soils and climates. Eleven damage traits (lost leaf area, leaf discoloration, leaf blisters, leaf-mite symptoms, leaf-margin cuts, and various estimates of shoot-tip damage by a gall midge, game, and lepidopterans) were submitted to QTL analysis. A composite interval mapping approach was used to estimate the number of QTLs, the magnitude of the QTLs, and their position on genetic linkage maps. Most of the identified QTLs were specific for each trait and location, but a few QTLs common across the locations were also detected. Each QTL explained between 8 and 24% of the phenotypic variation, depending on damage trait and field location. Clusters of QTLs for different traits were found at several linkage groups, indicating either a common genetic base or tightly linked QTL. Our results emphasize the need for verification of QTL studies over different environments

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Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata
2006, Volume: 118, number: 2, pages: 163-174

      SLU Authors

      • Åhman, Inger

        • Department of Crop Science, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
        • Glynn, Carolyn

          • Department of Entomology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

        UKÄ Subject classification

        Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
        Forest Science
        Renewable Bioenergy Research

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