Development of orange-fleshed sweetpotatoes (OFSP) is desired for the improvement of the food supply and nutritional status of millions of people in developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. However, sweetpotato [Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam] breeding is challenging due to its genetic complexity, and marker-assisted breeding tools are needed to facilitate crop improvement. We identified quantitative trait loci (QTL) for dry-matter, starch, and β-carotene content in a hexaploid sweetpotato mapping population derived from a cross between Tanzania, a white-fleshed, high dry-matter African landrace, and Beauregard, an orange-fleshed, low dry-matter sweetpotato cultivar popular in the USA. Two parental maps were constructed using a population of 240 clones. Strong correlations were observed between starch and dry-matter content (r > 0.8, P < 0.0001) in the storage roots, while moderate correlations (r = -0.6, P < 0. 0001) were observed for β-carotene and starch content. In both parental maps, QTL analysis revealed the presence of 13 QTL for storage root dry-matter content, 12 QTL for starch content, and 8 QTL for β-carotene content. Multiple QTL regression models developed for segregation of alleles in each parent explained 15-24% of the variation in dry-matter content, 17-30% of the starch content, and 17-35% of β-carotene content. To the best of our knowledge, this research presents the only QTL mapping study published to date for dry-matter, starch, and β-carotene content in sweetpotato. This work improves our understanding of the inheritance of these important traits in sweetpotato, and represents a first step toward the long-term goal of developing marker-assisted breeding tools to facilitate sweetpotato breeding efforts. © 2010 US Government.
Identification of quantitative trait loci for dry-matter, starch, and β-carotene content in sweetpotato
Cervantes-Flores, J. C., Sosinski, B., Pecota, K. V., Mwanga, R. O. M., Catignani, G. L., Truong, V. D., Watkins, R. H., Ulmer, M. R., & Yencho, G. C. (2011). Identification of quantitative trait loci for dry-matter, starch, and β-carotene content in sweetpotato. Molecular Breeding, 28(2), 201-216. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11032-010-9474-5