Nucleotide sequence diversity and linkage disequilibrium of four nuclear loci in foxtail millet (Setaria italica)

Shui Lian He, Yang Yang, Peter L. Morrell, Ting Shuang Yi

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Abstract

Foxtail millet (Setaria italica (L) Beauv) is one of the earliest domesticated grains, which has been cultivated in northern China by 8,700 years before present (YBP) and across Eurasia by 4,000 YBP. Owing to a small genome and diploid nature, foxtail millet is a tractable model crop for studying functional genomics of millets and bioenergy grasses. In this study, we examined nucleotide sequence diversity, geographic structure, and levels of linkage disequilibrium at four nuclear loci (ADH1, G3PDH, IGS1 and TPI1) in representative samples of 311 landrace accessions across its cultivated range. Higher levels of nucleotide sequence and haplotype diversity were observed in samples from China relative to other sampled regions. Genetic assignment analysis classified the accessions into seven clusters based on nucleotide sequence polymorphisms. Intralocus LD decayed rapidly to half the initial value within ∼1.2 kb or less.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0137088
JournalPloS one
Volume10
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

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