A QTL analysis of zinc hyperaccumulation in Arabidopsis halleri

V Filatov, J Dowdle, N Smirnoff, Brian Ford-Lloyd, Henry Newbury, MR Macnair

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The mechanisms of metal hyperaccumulation are still not understood, so we conducted a quantitative trait locus (QTL) analysis of zinc (Zn) hyperaccumulation in Arabidopsis halleri, in a cross between this and its sister species, A. petraea, in order to determine the number and approximate location of the genomic regions significantly contributing to this adaptation. An F2 cross between the two species was made, and the leaf Zn concentration of 92 individuals was measured at both low (10 microm) and high (100 microm) Zn concentrations. Twenty-five markers were established that were distributed on all of the eight chromosomes. Mapping of the markers established that they were essentially collinear with previous studies. QTLs exceeding a logarithm to the base 10 of the odds (LOD) value of 3 were found on chromosomes 4 (low Zn), 6 (high Zn) and 7 (both high and low Zn). Evidence for a QTL on chromosome 3 (low Zn) was also found. This analysis validates a previously used method of QTL analysis, based on microarray analysis of segregating families. Genes that have altered during the evolution of this character should also be QTL: this analysis calls into question a number of candidate genes from consideration as such primary genes because they do not appear to be associated with QTLs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)580-590
Number of pages11
JournalNew Phytologist
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2007


  • quantitative trait locus (QTL)
  • zinc (Zn)
  • Arabidopsis petraea
  • Arabidopsis lyrata
  • Arabidopsis halleri
  • hyperaccumulation


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