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Document Type Doctoral Thesis
Author Lezar, Sabine
URN etd-02062006-161839
Document Title Assessment and development of microarray-based DNA fingerprinting in Eucalyptus grandis and related species
Degree PhD (Genetics)
Department Genetics
Advisor Name Title
Prof B D Wingfield Committee Chair
Dr A A Myburg Committee Co-Chair
Dr D V Berger Committee Co-Chair
  • putative markers
  • Eucalyptus
Date 2005-04-08
Availability unrestricted
DNA micro-array technology is a new and powerful technology that could substantially increase the speed of forest tree breeding programmes. This thesis represents a compilation of investigations that focus on the exploitation of DNA micro-array technology for genetic marker analysis of Eucalyptus trees. The major focus of the studies presented in this thesis was on the assessment and development of micro-array-based DNA fingerprinting in Eucalyptus.

A DNA chip for Eucalyptus was not available at start of the study. As a result of this study a 384-prototype chip was developed to evaluate the potential of micro-arrays for fingerprinting closely related Eucalyptus clones, species and hybrids. These studies show that micro-arrays are an efficient DNA marker technology for genome-wide fingerprinting of complex organisms for which no sequence data exist. However, cross-hybridisation and the lack of dedicated software products remain a challenge.

The 384-probe array developed in this study was subsequently employed for the detection of putative markers associated with tolerance to Chrysoporthe austroafricana in Eucalyptus grandis. Putative tolerance-associated markers were identified by bulk segregant analysis (BSA) and converted to cleaved amplified polymorphic sequence markers for further characterization in segregating Eucalyptus populations. BSA revealed a total of 109 scorable, polymorphic loci, of which nine appeared to be associated with tolerance or susceptibility. Two DArT markers were converted to cleaved amplified polymorphic sequence (CAPS) markers, which discriminate susceptible and tolerant individuals. These PCR markers can be used for the rapid screening for disease tolerance in Eucalyptus planting and breeding stock.

The collection of studies included in this thesis demonstrated that DArT is an efficient DNA marker technology for genome-wide genotyping, particularly for application in less-studies plant genomes. Whole-genome profiling using DArT raises significant opportunities for tree breeding programmes and for future genome analysis of Eucalyptus.

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Lezar, S 2005, Assessment and development of microarray-based DNA fingerprinting in Eucalyptus grandis and related species, PhD thesis, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-02062006-161839/ >


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