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Author Guo Z., Yang W., Chang Y., Ma X., Tu H., Xiong F., Jiang N., Feng H., Huang C., Yang P., Zhao H., Chen G., Liu H., Luo L., Hu H., Liu Q., Xiong L.
Title Genome-Wide Association Studies of Image Traits Reveal Genetic Architecture of Drought Resistance in Rice.
Understanding how plants respond to drought can benefit drought resistance (DR) breeding. Using a non-destructive phenotyping facility, 51 image-based traits (i-traits) for 507 rice accessions were extracted. These i-traits can be used to monitor drought responses and evaluate DR. High heritability and large variation of these traits was observed under drought stress in the natural population. A genome-wide association study (GWAS) of i-traits and traditional DR traits identified 470 association loci, some containing known DR-related genes. Of these 470 loci, 443 loci (94%) were identified using i-traits, 437 loci (93%) co-localized with previously reported DR-related quantitative trait loci, and 313 loci (66.6%) were reproducibly identified by GWAS in different years. Association networks, established based on GWAS results, revealed hub i-traits and hub loci. This demonstrates the feasibility and necessity of dissecting the complex DR trait into heritable and simple i-traits. As proof of principle, we illustrated the power of this integrated approach to identify previously unreported DR-related genes. OsPP15 was associated with a hub i-trait, and its role in DR was confirmed by genetic transformation experiments. Furthermore, i-traits can be used for DR linkage analyses, and 69 i-trait locus associations were identified by both GWAS and linkage analysis of a recombinant inbred line population. Finally, we confirmed the relevance of i-traits to DR in the field. Our study provides a promising novel approach for the genetic dissection and discovery of causal genes for DR.
Journal Mol Plant
Country China
Volume 11(6)
Pages 789-805
Year 2018
PubMed ID 29614319
PubMed Central ID -
DOI 10.1016/j.molp.2018.03.018
Gene DREB2A WRKY13 _
Strain Wild Core Collection -
Induced Mutation Lines(NIG Collection) -
Sterile Seed Strain -
Lethal Embryo
Mutantion Strain
Stages in Each Organ
- Muant Lines (Gene)
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