Marker-assisted selection for complex trait in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) using QTL-based index

Bunyamin Tar'An, Thomas E. Michaels, K. Peter Pauls

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A procedure was developed for marker-assisted selection of complex traits for common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) using an index based on QTL-linked markers and ultrametric genetic distances between lines and a target parent. A comparison of the mean seed yields of the top five lines selected by different schemes demonstrated that the highest yielding group was selected on the basis of a combination of phenotypic performance and a high QTL-based index, followed by groups identified by a high QTL-based-index, conventional selection, and a low QTL-based-index. This study demonstrated a simple way to use information obtained from QTL studies to make selection decisions. The study also showed that the use of the QTL-based-index in conjunction with the ultrametric genetic distance to the target parent would enable a plant breeder to select lines that retain important QTL in a desirable genetic background. Therefore, this type of MAS would be expected to be superior to the phenotypic selection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-432
Number of pages10
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 15 2003


  • Common bean
  • Genetic distance
  • Marker-assisted selection
  • Quantitative trait loci

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