Start Date: Feb 27, 2008
End Date: Nov 30, 2012
Objective 1. We will apply association analysis to a population of elite oat lines tested in the USDA UOPN since 1996. The b-glucan content of lines is known. We will genotype lines using DArT markers. We will apply both mixed-model association analysis controlling for kinship using pedigree information and whole genome analysis. Results will feed into two cycles of MAS using both analyses. Conversion of UOPN data files on GrainGenes to a relational database that will also hold genotypic data will provide informatic support and a future resource for the oat community. Objective 2. The GRIN system contains b-glucan content observations on 5382 oat accessions. We will pick 250 lines from each tail of the distribution to genotype. Objective 2 will either confirm loci identified in Objective 1, or to identify new loci. For loci mapped in Objectives 2 but not 1, we will determine whether the elite population carries the allele conferring higher b-glucan content as shown by analysis of the NPGS population. Objective 3. We will develop an interactive distance short course entitled “Association analysis and its application to plant breeding.” The course syllabus and content will emerge from the research proposed here and from the Barley CAP. The target audience will be plant breeding professionals and upper-level graduate students in plant breeding nationwide. Two educational activities will help draw new students to plant breeding. First, a one-hour presentation oriented toward high-school students will be used at recruitment venues organized by ISU. Second, a week-long teaching module on biotechnology and computational biology in plant breeding will be introduced into two lower-level Agronomy courses and one upper-level Food Science course.