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Research Project: Discovery and Improvement of Traits to Enhance Sorghum as a Multiple Purpose Crop

Location: Plant Stress and Germplasm Development Research

Title: EMS-induced mutant library as a tool for fast trait discovery

item Xin, Zhanguo
item Burow, Gloria
item Hayes, Chad
item Emendack, Yves
item Chen, Junping
item Ware, Doreen

Submitted to: ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/29/2019
Publication Date: 11/10/2019
Citation: Xin, Z., Burow, G.B., Hayes, C.M., Emendack, Y., Chen, J., Ware, D. 2019. EMS-induced mutant library as a tool for fast trait discovery. ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting Abstracts. online.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Induced mutagenesis is a powerful approach to generate variations for elucidation of gene function and create new traits for breeding. We have developed a pedigreed mutant library through chemical mutagenesis with ethylmethane sulfonate (EMS) treated seeds in sorghum, sequenced 256 randomly selected lines, and developed fast forward genetic pipeline to efficiently identify causal mutations for traits of interest. The mutant library displayed many traits of significant agronomic value. Fast causal gene discovery from mutant libraries combined with efficient genome editing techniques will accelerate incorporation of new traits and revolutionize crop breeding.