Submitted to: American Society of Agronomy Meetings
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/28/1998
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Interest in single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) has been growing as a result of the Human Genome Project. SNPs are the most abundant type of DNA polymorphism in a number of species, including humans. As a result of their abundance and their enormous potential for automation, SNPs have become an important source of markers that contain a wealth of genetic information. In contrast to the large amount of information available on SNPs in humans and other mammalian species, very limited data are available for plant species. Therefore, we initiated studies to determine if there are sufficient SNPs in soybean to be useful for genetic map development and applications in plant improvement. Eighteen soybean cultivars were chosen to be sequenced for SNP discovery on the basis of their contribution to North American soybean germplasm. In this paper, the results of three approaches used to assay the level of SNPs in soybean will be discussed.