Identification of QTLs Associated with Nitrogen Use Efficiency and Related Traits in a Diploid Potato Population

Baye Getahun*, Richard G.F. Visser, Gerard van der Linden

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Developing N use efficient potato varieties requires exploring the genetic basis of nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) and associated agronomic and physiological traits. In order to identify QTLs for NUE and NUE-related traits, and to determine the relationships between the traits and QTLs in potato, a diploid potato mapping population (CxE) was evaluated in the field in Ethiopia under low and high N fertilizer levels. QTL detection was performed using interval mapping and multiple QTL mapping (MQM). A total of 52 putative QTLs were identified for ten traits, of which 28 QTLs were detected under low N availability while the remaining 24 QTLs were detected under high N conditions. Several QTLs were location and N level specific, suggesting the presence of QTL x environment interaction. A region on linkage group V (21-38 cM) accumulated the largest number of QTLs. This region coincides with the earliness locus encoded by the CDF1 gene, suggesting that earliness has a profound influence on NUE. A putative second QTL region on linkage group V located 20 cM from the earliness locus (38-56 cM) and a region on linkage group IV (60-72 cM) might be useful other regions to focus on, for NUE improvement in potato. To verify the stability of the identified QTLs and to use these for the detection of possible candidate genes, further multi-environment trials with larger population size may be required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-201
JournalAmerican Journal of Potato Research
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2020


  • Diploid potato
  • Nitrogen
  • Nitrogen use efficiency
  • Quantitative trait loci

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