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Genetic diversity trend in Indian rice varieties: an analysis using SSR markers

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Genetics, September 2016
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Genetic diversity trend in Indian rice varieties: an analysis using SSR markers
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BMC Genetics, September 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12863-016-0437-7
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Nivedita Singh, Debjani Roy Choudhury, Gunjan Tiwari, Amit Kumar Singh, Sundeep Kumar, Kalyani Srinivasan, R. K. Tyagi, A. D. Sharma, N. K. Singh, Rakesh Singh


The knowledge of the extent and pattern of diversity in the crop species is a prerequisite for any crop improvement as it helps breeders in deciding suitable breeding strategies for their future improvement. Rice is the main staple crop in India with the large number of varieties released every year. Studies based on the small set of rice genotypes have reported a loss in genetic diversity especially after green revolution. However, a detailed study of the trend of diversity in Indian rice varieties is lacking. SSR markers have proven to be a marker of choice for studying the genetic diversity. Therefore, the present study was undertaken with the aim to characterize and assess trends of genetic diversity in a large set of Indian rice varieties (released between 1940-2013), conserved in the National Gene Bank of India using SSR markers. A set of 729 Indian rice varieties were genotyped using 36 HvSSR markers to assess the genetic diversity and genetic relationship. A total of 112 alleles was amplified with an average of 3.11 alleles per locus with mean Polymorphic Information Content (PIC) value of 0.29. Cluster analysis grouped these varieties into two clusters whereas the model based population structure divided them into three populations. AMOVA study based on hierarchical cluster and model based approach showed 3 % and 11 % variation between the populations, respectively. Decadal analysis for gene diversity and PIC showed increasing trend from 1940 to 2005, thereafter values for both the parameters showed decreasing trend between years 2006-2013. In contrast to this, allele number demonstrated increasing trend in these varieties released and notified between1940 to 1985, it remained nearly constant during 1986 to 2005 and again showed an increasing trend. Our results demonstrated that the Indian rice varieties harbors huge amount of genetic diversity. However, the trait based improvement program in the last decades forced breeders to rely on few parents, which resulted in loss of gene diversity during 2006 to 2013. The present study indicates the need for broadening the genetic base of Indian rice varieties through the use of diverse parents in the current breeding program.

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Country Count As %
Netherlands 1 2%
Benin 1 2%
Brazil 1 2%
Unknown 62 95%

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 17 26%
Researcher 14 22%
Student > Master 10 15%
Student > Postgraduate 4 6%
Student > Doctoral Student 4 6%
Other 9 14%
Unknown 7 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 36 55%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 9 14%
Computer Science 3 5%
Unspecified 1 2%
Business, Management and Accounting 1 2%
Other 4 6%
Unknown 11 17%

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