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Outlier analyses and genome-wide association study identify glgC and ERD6-like 4 as candidate genes for foliar water-soluble carbohydrate accumulation in Trifolium repens

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posted on 2023-05-29, 21:36 authored by Sofie Pearson, Andrew GriffithsAndrew Griffiths, Paul MacleanPaul Maclean, Anna LarkingAnna Larking, Won HongWon Hong, Ruy JaureguiRuy Jauregui, Poppy Miller, Catherine McKenzie, Peter Lockhart, Jennifer Tate, John Ford, Marty FavilleMarty Faville

Increasing water-soluble carbohydrate (WSC) content in white clover is important for improving nutritional quality and reducing environmental impacts from pastoral agriculture. Elucidation of genes responsible for foliar WSC variation would enhance genetic improvement by enabling molecular breeding approaches. The aim of the present study was to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with variation in foliar WSC in white clover. A set of 935 white clover individuals, randomly sampled from five breeding pools selectively bred for divergent (low or high) WSC content, were assessed with 14,743 genotyping-by-sequencing SNPs, using three outlier detection methods: PCAdapt, BayeScan and KGD-FST. These analyses identified 33 SNPs as discriminating between high and low WSC populations and putatively under selection. One SNP was located in the intron of ERD6-like 4, a gene coding for a sugar transporter located on the vacuole membrane. A genome-wide association study using a subset of 605 white clover individuals and 5,757 SNPs, identified a further 12 SNPs, one of which was associated with a starch biosynthesis gene, glucose-1-phosphate adenylyltransferase, glgC. Our results provide insight into genomic regions underlying WSC accumulation in white clover, identify candidate genomic regions for further functional validation studies, and reveal valuable information for marker-assisted or genomic selection in white clover.


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