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      The genetic architecture of phosphorus efficiency in sorghum involves pleiotropic QTL for root morphology and grain yield under low phosphorus availability in the soil


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          Phosphorus (P) fixation on aluminum (Al) and iron (Fe) oxides in soil clays restricts P availability for crops cultivated on highly weathered tropical soils, which are common in developing countries. Hence, P deficiency becomes a major obstacle for global food security. We used multi-trait quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping to study the genetic architecture of P efficiency and to explore the importance of root traits on sorghum grain yield on a tropical low-P soil.


          P acquisition efficiency was the most important component of P efficiency, and both traits were highly correlated with grain yield under low P availability. Root surface area was positively associated with grain yield. The guinea parent, SC283, contributed 58% of all favorable alleles detected by single-trait mapping. Multi-trait mapping detected 14 grain yield and/or root morphology QTLs. Tightly linked or pleiotropic QTL underlying the surface area of fine roots (1–2 mm in diameter) and grain yield were detected at positions 1–7 megabase pairs (Mb) and 71 Mb on chromosome 3, respectively, and a root diameter/grain yield QTL was detected at 7 Mb on chromosome 7. All these QTLs were near sorghum homologs of the rice serine/threonine kinase, OsPSTOL1. The SbPSTOL1 genes on chromosome 3, Sb03g006765 at 7 Mb and Sb03g031690 at 60 Mb were more highly expressed in SC283, which donated the favorable alleles at all QTLs found nearby SbPSTOL1 genes. The Al tolerance gene, SbMATE, may also influence a grain yield QTL on chromosome 3. Another PSTOL1-like gene , Sb07g02840, appears to enhance grain yield via small increases in root diameter. Co-localization analyses suggested a role for other genes, such as a sorghum homolog of the Arabidopsis ubiquitin-conjugating E2 enzyme, phosphate 2 ( PHO2), on grain yield advantage conferred by the elite parent, BR007 allele.


          Genetic determinants conferring higher root surface area and slight increases in fine root diameter may favor P uptake, thereby enhancing grain yield under low-P availability in the soil. Molecular markers for SbPSTOL1 genes and for QTL increasing grain yield by non-root morphology-based mechanisms hold promise in breeding strategies aimed at developing sorghum cultivars adapted to low-P soils.

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                karinecosta23@gmail.com , karine.bernardino@ufv.br
                BMC Plant Biol
                BMC Plant Biol
                BMC Plant Biology
                BioMed Central (London )
                28 February 2019
                28 February 2019
                : 19
                [1 ]ISNI 0000 0004 0541 873X, GRID grid.460200.0, Embrapa Milho e Sorgo, ; Rodovia MG 424, km 65, Caixa Postal 151, Sete Lagoas, MG 35701-970 Brazil
                [2 ]ISNI 0000 0000 8338 6359, GRID grid.12799.34, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, ; Avenida Peter Henry Rolfs, s/n, Viçosa, MG 36570-900 Brazil
                [3 ]ISNI 0000 0001 2181 4888, GRID grid.8430.f, Departamento de Biologia Geral, , Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, ; Avenida Presidente Antônio Carlos, 6627, Belo Horizonte, MG 31270-901 Brazil
                [4 ]ISNI 0000 0001 2154 235X, GRID grid.25152.31, Global Institute for Food Security, University of Saskatchewan, ; Saskatoon, SK S7N 4J8 Canada
                [5 ]Present Address: Helix Sementes, Rua Arnaldo Luiz de Oliveira, 75, Setor D, Bela Vista, Patos de Minas, MG 38703-240 Brazil
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                Funded by: Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais (BR)
                Award ID: RED-00053-16 and APQ-02449-16
                Funded by: FundRef http://dx.doi.org/10.13039/501100003593, Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico;
                Award ID: PQ
                Funded by: Embrapa Macroprogram
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                Plant science & Botany
                phosphorus deficiency,phosphorus stress,acid soils,root system architecture


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