Untangling and unifying adaptive and productivity traits in canola

Harsh Raman1, Rosy Raman1, Yu Qiu1, Brett McVittie1, Simon Diffey2, David Tabah3, and Andrew Easton3,4

 1NSW Department of Primary Industries, Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute, Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650, Australia, https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/, harsh.raman@dpi.nsw.gov.au

2National Institute for Applied Statistics Research Australia (NIASRA) University of Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia

3Advanta Seeds Pty Ltd, Toowoomba, QLD, Australia, 4Present address: Technigro Pty Ltd, Yatala, Queensland, Australia 


Understanding and manipulating the variation for various traits involved in adaptation is essential for sustainable production of canola in diverse environments. We investigated the naturally-occurring variation in flowering time, resistance to blackleg and pod shattering, tolerance to manganese, fractional ground cover, carbon isotope discrimination, water soluble carbohydrate accumulation, and grain yield across diverse growing environments to gain insight of the genetic architecture for these traits. Through extensive phenotyping and genetic analysis, we have untangled genomic regions associated with these traits. We are now developing improved pre-breeding germplasm by combining different genomic regions for stable canola production.


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