Combining QTL mapping and RNA-Seq Unravels candidate genes for Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) leaf development

Xueqian Jiang, Xijiang Yang, Fan Zhang, Tianhui Yang, Changfu Yang, Fei He, Ting Gao, Chuan Wang, Qingchuan Yang, Zhen Wang & Junmei Kang
Abstract Background Leaf size affects crop canopy morphology and photosynthetic efficiency, which can influence forage yield and quality. It is of great significance to mine the key genes controlling leaf development for breeding new alfalfa varieties. In this study, we mapped leaf length (LL), leaf width (LW), and leaf area (LA) in an F1 mapping population derived from a cultivar named ZhongmuNo.1 with larger leaf area and a landrace named Cangzhou with smaller leaf area....
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