Genomics and Breeding of Vegetable Crops

Syllabus and Lecture Index



 Instructor: C.F. Quiros

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Introduction, course organization 

Solanaceae: Tomato 
History of cytogenetics research: mutants, chromosomes, plant exploration.
Chromosome identification: pachytene analysis, variation in chromosome number: trisomics and monosomics.

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Trisomic analysis, centromere mapping, maximum equational segregation, double reduction
Use of chromosomal aberrations in mapping: deficiencies and translocation.

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F2 linkage analysis: from the Immer tables to Mapmaker 
Genome organization, basics of QTLs

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Wild species, wide hybridization and breeding, evolution. Self and unilateral incompatibility

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Potato: Domestication, cultivated species, Andean potatoes and polyploidy, origin of European and North American potato. Cytoplasmic interactions and sterility

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Interspecific hybridization and EBN number2n gametes, FDR, SDR, centromere mapping by tetrad analysis.

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2n gamete breeding schemes, scaling down ploidy, dihaploids and monoploids

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Useful aneuploids, mapping, markers, gene tagging, QTLs and other applications.

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Pepper: Cultivated species their distribution and domestication. Cytogenetic stocks: haploids and trisomics. Mapping, applications to breeding

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Crucifers: Brassica crops. Cultivated species, polyploidy: diploids and allotetraploids, U triangle 
Molecular markers and comparative mapping: Genome structure and evolution

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Interspecific hybridization, cytogenetic stocks: alien addition lines, inter and intra-genomic recombination

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Breeding: CMS and self incompatibility. Arabidopsis as a Brassica resource of genes and sequences

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Cucurbitaceae: Cucumis: Muskmelon and cucumber 
Domestication, evolution, genetics, sex expression, markers

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Citrullus: Watermelon: Domestication, evolution, seedless watermelons, markers 

Cucurbita: squashes and pumpkinks: Cultivated species, domestication and evolution. Interspecific hybrids. Markers 

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Liliacea: Allium: Onions and their allies: Cultivated species, domestication, interspecific crosses, cytogenetics, breeding, cms 

Garlic: Evolution and domestication. True botanical seed.

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Asparagus: Domestication, evolution. Cytogenetics. Sex-expression. All-male hybrids. Markers.

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Apiaceae: Celery. Domestication, evolution, related species. Interspecific crosses, cytogenetics and breeding. Carrot. Domestication, evolution, related species. Markers and breeding. 

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Compositae: Lettuce . Domestication, related species, breeding and genetics. Markers and mapping. 

Artichoke. Domestication, related species, inheritance of important traits, breeding, annual types.

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Last modified: April 2008
Carlos F Quiros, 1998