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Open Access Research article

Genomic rearrangements and signatures of breeding in the allo-octoploid strawberry as revealed through an allele dose based SSR linkage map

Thijs van Dijk12, Giulia Pagliarani13, Anna Pikunova14, Yolanda Noordijk1, Hulya Yilmaz-Temel15, Bert Meulenbroek6, Richard GF Visser1 and Eric van de Weg1*

Author Affiliations

1 Wageningen-UR Plant Breeding, Wageningen University and Research Centre, P.O. Box 16, 6700 AA Wageningen, The Netherlands

2 Graduate School Experimental Plant Sciences, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands

3 Department of Agricultural Science, University of Bologna, Viale Fanin 46, 40127 Bologna, Italy

4 The All-Russian Research Institute of Horticultural Breeding (VNIISPK), p/o Zhilina, Orel, Russia

5 Department of Bioengineering, Ege University, 35100 Izmir, Bornova, Turkey

6 Fresh Forward Breeding B.V, Wielseweg 38a, Eck en Wiel, The Netherlands

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BMC Plant Biology 2014, 14:55  doi:10.1186/1471-2229-14-55

Published: 1 March 2014

Abstract

Background

Breeders in the allo-octoploid strawberry currently make little use of molecular marker tools. As a first step of a QTL discovery project on fruit quality traits and resistance to soil-borne pathogens such as Phytophthora cactorum and Verticillium we built a genome-wide SSR linkage map for the cross Holiday x Korona. We used the previously published MADCE method to obtain full haplotype information for both of the parental cultivars, facilitating in-depth studies on their genomic organisation.

Results

The linkage map incorporates 508 segregating loci and represents each of the 28 chromosome pairs of octoploid strawberry, spanning an estimated length of 2050 cM. The sub-genomes are denoted according to their sequence divergence from F. vesca as revealed by marker performance. The map revealed high overall synteny between the sub-genomes, but also revealed two large inversions on LG2C and LG2D, of which the latter was confirmed using a separate mapping population. We discovered interesting breeding features within the parental cultivars by in-depth analysis of our haplotype data. The linkage map-derived homozygosity level of Holiday was similar to the pedigree-derived inbreeding level (33% and 29%, respectively). For Korona we found that the observed homozygosity level was over three times higher than expected from the pedigree (13% versus 3.6%). This could indicate selection pressure on genes that have favourable effects in homozygous states. The level of kinship between Holiday and Korona derived from our linkage map was 2.5 times higher than the pedigree-derived value. This large difference could be evidence of selection pressure enacted by strawberry breeders towards specific haplotypes.

Conclusion

The obtained SSR linkage map provides a good base for QTL discovery. It also provides the first biologically relevant basis for the discernment and notation of sub-genomes. For the first time, we revealed genomic rearrangements that were verified in a separate mapping population. We believe that haplotype information will become increasingly important in identifying marker-trait relationships and regions that are under selection pressure within breeding material. Our attempt at providing a biological basis for the discernment of sub-genomes warrants follow-up studies to streamline the naming of the sub-genomes among different octoploid strawberry maps.

Keywords:
Genomic rearrangement; Inversion; Fragaria; Polyploid; Haplotype; Homozygosity; MAS; Selection; Breeding signature