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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Corn Seed Chipping for Rapid DNA Extraction

Location: Plant Science Research

2011 Annual Report


1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
Identify recombinant progeny for fine-mapping of genome regions for identifying flowering time genes.


1b.Approach (from AD-416)
Transfer kernel samples from 200 ears of ARS corn lines NIL-0028 x E73 F2 to cooperator for kernel chipping utilizing specialized equipment for automated seed chipping. Cooperator will provide resulting chipped kernels and seed chips back to ARS for extracting DNA, genotyping with SNP markers and identifying recombinant progeny.


3.Progress Report

Related to inhouse objective 1A: Identifying genome regions and specific genes controlling the response to photoperiod in multiple tropical maize inbreds.

The objective of this experiment is to obtain small seed chips from many corn kernels arrayed in a plate suitable for rapid deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) extraction along with the remaining parental seeds arrayed in a separate plate in the same order. We will use the seed chips to extract DNA, genotype the DNA samples with DNA markers, identify seeds with genotypes of interest, and select the appropriate seeds for planting. To date, 20 ears were chipped and seeds were genotyped to permit selection for desired genetic groups for planting.

The project was monitored by progress updates exchanged by email and telephone calls between Pioneer Hi-Bred scientists and ARS scientists.


Last Modified: 9/29/2014
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