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Genetic dissection of grain elements predicted by hyperspectral imaging associated with yield-related traits in a wild barley NAM population

: Herzig, Paul; Backhaus, Andreas; Seiffert, Udo; Wirén, Nicolaus von; Pillen, Klaus; Maurer, Andreas

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Plant science 285 (2019), S.151-164
ISSN: 0168-9452
ISSN: 1873-2259
Zeitschriftenaufsatz, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer IFF ()

Enhancing the accumulation of essential mineral elements in cereal grains is of prime importance for combating human malnutrition. Biofortification by breeding holds great potential for improving nutrient accumulation in grains. However, conventional breeding approaches require element analysis of many grain samples, which causes high costs. Here we applied hyperspectral imaging to estimate the concentration of 15 grain elements (C, B, Ca, Cd, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Mo, N, Na, P, S, Zn) in high-throughput in the wild barley nested association mapping (NAM) population HEB-25, comprising 1,420 BC1S3 lines derived from crossing 25 wild barley accessions with the cultivar ‘Barke’. Nutrient concentrations varied largely with a multitude of lines having higher micronutrient concentration than ‘Barke’. In a genome-wide association study (GWAS), we located 75 quantitative trait locus (QTL) hotspots, whereof many could be explained by major genes such as NO APICAL MERISTEM-1 (NAM-1) and PHOTOPERIOD 1 (Ppd-H1). The GWAS approach revealed exotic alleles that were able to increase grain element concentrations. Remarkably, a QTL linked to GIBBERELLIN 20 OXIDASE 2 (HvGA20ox2) significantly increased several grain elements without yield loss. We conclude that introgressing promising exotic alleles into elite breeding material can assist in improving the nutritional value of barley grains.