SNP discovery and applications in Brassica napus

Alice Hayward, Annaliese S. Mason, Jessica Dalton-Morgan, Manuel Zander, Dave Edwards, Jacqueline Batley

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This review summarises the biology, discovery and applications of single nucleotide polymorphisms in complex polyploid crop genomes, with a focus on the important oilseed crop Brassica napus. Brassica napus is an allotetraploid species, and along with soybean and oil palm is one of the top three most important oilseed crops globally. Current efforts are well underway to de novo assemble the B. napus genome, following the release of the related B. rapa 'A' genome last year. The next generation of genome sequencing, SNP discovery and analysis pipelines, and the associated challenges for this work in B. napus, will be addressed. The biological applications of SNP technology for both evolutionary and molecular geneticists as well as plant breeders and industry are far-reaching, and will be invaluable to our understanding and advancement of the Brassica crop species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-61
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Plant Biotechnology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


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