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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Low Gossypol Doesn't Always Mean Low Yield and Low Quality

Authors
item SCHEFFLER, JODI
item DOWD, MICHAEL
item Romano, Gabriela

Submitted to: National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conference
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: January 12, 2007
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: Abstract only

Technical Abstract: Cultivated cotton and its wild relatives typically have glands on both the reproductive and vegetative parts of the plant. These glands contain compounds that are toxic to many pests and help protect the plant from tobacco budworms, bollworms, plant bugs and possibly some diseases. Unfortunately these same compounds are detrimental to humans and non-ruminant animals. Cotton seed would be an even more valuable source of high quality protein if one of these substances, called gossypol, could be reduced. The focus of our research is to decrease the levels of gossypol in the seed while maintaining a high enough concentration in vegetative parts of the plant to offer protection from pests. Work done by ourselves and others showed that crosses between cotton varieties with different gland densities and distributions produced a range of types. By selecting within the resulting progeny, we have identified and advanced to the F7 generation genotypes that have total gossypol amounts with less than 0.30% total gossypol in the de-hulled seed, while still possessing glands at critical locations on the vegetative plant parts. Fiber quality analyses indicated that fiber properties have been maintained or improved compared to the parental lines. In 2006, four of these lines were tested in replicated yield trials. The resulting elite lines will be a valuable source of germplasm for developing low seed gossypol cultivars.

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