Journal article

Genetic diversity among wild and cultivated germplasm of the perennial pasture grass Phalaris aquatica, using DArTseq SNP marker analysis

Washington J Gapare, Andrzej Kilian, Alan Stewart, Kevin F Smith, Richard A Culvenor



Phalaris aquatica L. (phalaris) is a cool-season perennial grass originating from the Mediterranean Basin, north-west Africa and Middle Eastern regions that is used for livestock agriculture mainly in temperate areas with dry summers. It has been the subject of breeding programs in Australia, South America, New Zealand and the USA. Increased knowledge of relationships between wild and cultivated germplasm through use of molecular markers has the potential to facilitate future breeding gains. For this purpose, we conducted an analysis of P. aquatica by using 3905 polymorphic DArTseq SNP markers. Genetic diversity as measured by expected heterozygosity was similar for wild (HE = 0.14; n = 57) ..

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Awarded by Meat & Livestock Australia Pre-breeding in Phalaris Project

Awarded by CSIRO

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was funded by the Meat & Livestock Australia Pre-breeding in Phalaris Project No. B.PBE.0038 and CSIRO Project SIP 311. These supporting sources had no involvement in the preparation of the data or manuscript or the decision to submit for publication.