Detection of quantitative trait loci for ear row number in F2 populations of maize
“Detection of quantitative trait loci for ear row number in F2 populations of maize”, vol. 14, pp. 14229-14238, 2015.,
Ear row number (ERN) is not only a key trait involved in maize (Zea mays L.) evolution but is also an important component that is directly related to grain yield. In this study, quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for ERN were detected across two F2 populations that were derived from a same cross between B73 with 16 rows (N = 233) and SICAU1212 with four rows (N = 231). As a result, 33 QTLs were associated with 12 agronomic traits: three plant traits, four ear-related traits, and five kernel-related traits.