Salt Tolerance in Lycopersicon Species .3. Detection of Quantitative Trait Loci by Means of Molecular Markers
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A segregating population derived from a cross between L. esculentum cv Madrigal and a line of L. pimpinellifolium was used to identify genetic markers linked to QTLs involved in salinity tolerance in terms of yield, under a conductivity of 15 dS/m (l71.1 mM NaC1). Six markers resulted, associated with QTLs affecting average fruit weight, fruit number and total weight under salinity. One of them, Aco-1, behaves reversely to the expectation from parental means; this and other features make it a promising target to obtain salt-tolerant tomatoes. Epistatic interactions were also found, thus affecting the criteria for marker-assisted selection. Although only 41% of the loci assayed were polymorphic, a high efficiency in identifying QTLs was achieved, since 43% of the marker loci are linked to QTLs for the trait under study.