Quantitative trait loci for leaf length in perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.)

B. Julier, Lesley B. Turner, F. Gastal, L. Moreau, Marc Ghesquiere, F. Mi, Philippe Barre

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Leaf length is an important trait for forage grasses. Molecular marker development offers the opportunity to identify Quantitative Trait Loci (QTLs) and to begin to dissect the genetic regulation of complex traits. The objective of this study was to look for QTLs for leaf length and related traits (plant height, lamina and sheath lengths, leaf elongation rate and leaf elongation duration) in the progeny of a cross between two genotypes of Lolium perenne L. with contrasting leaf length. Measurements were performed in a plant nursery in autumn and spring, and in a heated greenhouse in winter. A high level of variability and heritability was observed for all traits. Lamina lengths at different dates were moderately but significantly correlated. For all traits, QTLs were found and explained between 0·08 and 0·44 of phenotypic variance. Although different leaf length QTLs were found at different dates, linkage groups two, four and seven were particularly important.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310-321
Number of pages12
JournalGrass and Forage Science
Issue number3
Early online date06 Aug 2009
Publication statusPublished - 01 Sept 2009


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