Molecular marker-assisted selection for enhanced yield in malting barley

Deric A. Schmierer, Nejdet Kandemir, David A. Kudrna, Berne L. Jones, Steven E. Ullrich, Andris Kleinhofs

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Brewers are reluctant to change malting barley (Hordeum vulgare ssp. vulgare L.) cultivars due to concerns of altered flavor and brewing procedures. The U.S. Pacific Northwest is capable of producing high yielding, high quality malting barley but lacks adapted cultivars with desirable malting characteristics. Our goal was to develop high yielding near isogenic lines that maintain traditional malting quality characteristics by transferring quantitative trait loci (QTL) associated with yield, via molecular marker-assisted backcrossing, from the high yielding cv. Baronesse to the North American two-row malting barley industry standard cv. Harrington. For transfer, we targeted Baronesse chromosome 2HL and 3HL fragments presumed to contain QTL that affect yield. Analysis of genotype and yield data suggests that QTL reside at two regions, one on 2HL (ABG461C-MWG699) and one on 3HL (MWG571A-MWG961). Genotype and yield data indicate that additional Baronesse genome regions are probably involved, but need to be more precisely defined. Based on yield trials conducted over 22 environments and malting analyses from 6 environments, we selected one isogenic line (00-170) that has consistently produced yields equal to Baronesse while maintaining a Harrington-like malting quality profile. We conclude there is sufficient data to warrant experiments testing whether the 2HL and 3HL Baronesse QTL would be effective in increasing the yield of other low yielding barley cultivars.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)463-473
Number of pages11
JournalMolecular Breeding
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 2005


  • Grain yield
  • Malting barley
  • Marker-assisted selection
  • QTL
  • RFLP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Genetics
  • Plant Science


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