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Genetic variation for maize root architecture in response to drought stress at the seedling stage.

Li R, Zeng Y, Xu J, Wang Q, Wu F, Cao M, Lan H, Liu Y, Lu Y - Breed. Sci. (2015)

Bottom Line: Significant genetic variation, with medium to high heritability and significant correlations, was observed for root traits.Of the tested lines, 7, 42, 45, and 9 were classified as drought sensitive, moderately sensitive, moderately drought tolerant, and highly drought tolerant, respectively.Seven of the 9 extremely drought tolerant lines were from the TST group, suggesting that TST germplasms harbor valuable genetic resources for drought tolerance that could be used in breeding to improve abiotic stress tolerance in maize.

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Affiliation: Maize Research Institute, Sichuan Agricultural University , Wenjiang 611130, Sichuan , China ; China Key Laboratory of Biology and Genetic Improvement of Maize in Southwest Region, Ministry of Agriculture , China ; Agronomy College, Sichuan Agricultural University , Wenjiang 611130, Sichuan , China.

ABSTRACT
Although the root system is indispensable for absorption of nutrients and water, it is poorly studied in maize owing to the difficulties of direct measurement of roots. Here, 103 maize lines were used to compare root architectures under well-watered and water-stressed conditions. Significant genetic variation, with medium to high heritability and significant correlations, was observed for root traits. Total root length (TRL) and total root surface area (TSA) had high phenotypical diversity, and TRL was positively correlated with TSA, root volume, and root forks. The first two principal components explained 94.01% and 91.15% of total root variation in well-watered and water-stressed conditions, respectively. Thus, TRL and TSA, major contributors to root variation, can be used as favorable selection criteria at the seedling stage. We found that stiff stalk and non-stiff stalk groups (temperate backgrounds) showed relatively higher mean values for root morphological diversity than the TST group (tropical/subtropical background). Of the tested lines, 7, 42, 45, and 9 were classified as drought sensitive, moderately sensitive, moderately drought tolerant, and highly drought tolerant, respectively. Seven of the 9 extremely drought tolerant lines were from the TST group, suggesting that TST germplasms harbor valuable genetic resources for drought tolerance that could be used in breeding to improve abiotic stress tolerance in maize.

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Principal component analysis of four traits under WW (a) and WS (b) condition. TRL: total root length; TSA: total root surface area; RAD: root average diameter; TRT: total root tips; TRV: total root volume; RF: root forks. WW: well-watered condition; WS: water-stressed condition.
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f3-65_298: Principal component analysis of four traits under WW (a) and WS (b) condition. TRL: total root length; TSA: total root surface area; RAD: root average diameter; TRT: total root tips; TRV: total root volume; RF: root forks. WW: well-watered condition; WS: water-stressed condition.

Mentions: Based on the genetic correlations among different root traits, two traits with correlation coefficients higher than 0.9 were combined in our principal components analysis. The first two principal components (PCs) explained about 94.01% and 91.15% of the total variation among the maize lines under WW and WS conditions, respectively (Fig. 3a, 3b). The first PC, which explained more than 61% of the total variation, revealed that TSA and TRL, and their highly correlated traits TRV and RF, were the most important contributing traits. The most important trait in the second principal component, which contributed nearly 30% of the total variation, was RAD.


Genetic variation for maize root architecture in response to drought stress at the seedling stage.

Li R, Zeng Y, Xu J, Wang Q, Wu F, Cao M, Lan H, Liu Y, Lu Y - Breed. Sci. (2015)

Principal component analysis of four traits under WW (a) and WS (b) condition. TRL: total root length; TSA: total root surface area; RAD: root average diameter; TRT: total root tips; TRV: total root volume; RF: root forks. WW: well-watered condition; WS: water-stressed condition.
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f3-65_298: Principal component analysis of four traits under WW (a) and WS (b) condition. TRL: total root length; TSA: total root surface area; RAD: root average diameter; TRT: total root tips; TRV: total root volume; RF: root forks. WW: well-watered condition; WS: water-stressed condition.
Mentions: Based on the genetic correlations among different root traits, two traits with correlation coefficients higher than 0.9 were combined in our principal components analysis. The first two principal components (PCs) explained about 94.01% and 91.15% of the total variation among the maize lines under WW and WS conditions, respectively (Fig. 3a, 3b). The first PC, which explained more than 61% of the total variation, revealed that TSA and TRL, and their highly correlated traits TRV and RF, were the most important contributing traits. The most important trait in the second principal component, which contributed nearly 30% of the total variation, was RAD.

Bottom Line: Significant genetic variation, with medium to high heritability and significant correlations, was observed for root traits.Of the tested lines, 7, 42, 45, and 9 were classified as drought sensitive, moderately sensitive, moderately drought tolerant, and highly drought tolerant, respectively.Seven of the 9 extremely drought tolerant lines were from the TST group, suggesting that TST germplasms harbor valuable genetic resources for drought tolerance that could be used in breeding to improve abiotic stress tolerance in maize.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Maize Research Institute, Sichuan Agricultural University , Wenjiang 611130, Sichuan , China ; China Key Laboratory of Biology and Genetic Improvement of Maize in Southwest Region, Ministry of Agriculture , China ; Agronomy College, Sichuan Agricultural University , Wenjiang 611130, Sichuan , China.

ABSTRACT
Although the root system is indispensable for absorption of nutrients and water, it is poorly studied in maize owing to the difficulties of direct measurement of roots. Here, 103 maize lines were used to compare root architectures under well-watered and water-stressed conditions. Significant genetic variation, with medium to high heritability and significant correlations, was observed for root traits. Total root length (TRL) and total root surface area (TSA) had high phenotypical diversity, and TRL was positively correlated with TSA, root volume, and root forks. The first two principal components explained 94.01% and 91.15% of total root variation in well-watered and water-stressed conditions, respectively. Thus, TRL and TSA, major contributors to root variation, can be used as favorable selection criteria at the seedling stage. We found that stiff stalk and non-stiff stalk groups (temperate backgrounds) showed relatively higher mean values for root morphological diversity than the TST group (tropical/subtropical background). Of the tested lines, 7, 42, 45, and 9 were classified as drought sensitive, moderately sensitive, moderately drought tolerant, and highly drought tolerant, respectively. Seven of the 9 extremely drought tolerant lines were from the TST group, suggesting that TST germplasms harbor valuable genetic resources for drought tolerance that could be used in breeding to improve abiotic stress tolerance in maize.

No MeSH data available.


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