As the second most widely cultivated cotton, Gossypium barbadense is well known for its superior fiber properties and its high levels of resistance to Fusarium and Verticillium wilts. To enhance our ability to exploit these properties in breeding programs, we constructed the first bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) library for this species. The library contains 167 424 clones (49 920 BamHI and 117 504 Hindlil clones), with an estimated average insert size of 130 kb. About 94.0% of the clones had inserts over 100 kb, and the empty clones accounted for less than 4.0%. Contamination of the library with chloroplast clones was very low (0.2%). Screening the library with locus-specific probes showed that BAC clones represent 6.5-fold genome equivalents. This high-quality library provides an additional asset with which to exploit genetic variation for cotton improvement.
Wang, X. F., Ma, J., Wang, W. S., Zheng, Y. M., Zhang, G. Y., Liu, C., & Ma, Z. Y. (2006). Construction and characterization of the first bacterial artificial chromosome library for the cotton species Gossypium barbadense L. Genome, 49(11), 1393-1398. https://doi.org/10.1139/G06-113