Submitted to: International Cotton Genome Initiative Workshop
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: June 21, 2010
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: The integration of multiple genomic maps provides a higher density of markers and greater genome coverage, which not only facilitates the identification and positioning of QTLs and candidate genes, but also provides a basic structure for the genome sequence assembly. However, the diversity in markers and populations used in individual mapping studies limits the ability to fully integrate the available data. By concentrating on marker orders rather than marker distances, published map data could be used to produce a comprehensive reference map (CRM) that includes a majority of known markers with optimally estimated order of those markers across the genome. In this study, a tetraploid cotton genome-wide CRM was constructed from 28 public cotton genetic maps. The initial CRM contained 7,424 markers and represented over 93% of the combined mapping information from the 28 individual maps. Further, the CRM is improved through the comparison with cotton FPC contigs and other physical mapping or sequence information.