Measuring the frequency and distribution of meiotic crossovers in homozygous barley inbred lines

Miriam Schreiber, Yun-Yu Chen, Luke Ramsay, Robbie Waugh (Lead / Corresponding author)

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We report a novel approach for establishing the number and position of CO events in individual homozygous inbred plants by combining low level EMS mutagenesis, speed breeding, whole genome shotgun sequencing and sliding window analysis of the induced molecular variant data. We demonstrate the approach by exploring CO frequency and distribution in self-fertilised progeny of the inbred barley cultivar Bowman and compare these observations to similar data obtained from a Bowman nearly isogenic line (BW230 Hvmlh3) containing a mutation in the DNA mismatch repair gene HvMLH3. We have previously shown that Hvmlh3 decreases both plant fertility and recombination by ~50%. We compare our results to those from previously published traditional genetic analysis of F3 families derived from multiple F2 lines containing WT or mutant alleles of HvMLH3, revealing a high level of correspondence between analyses. We discuss possible applications of the approach in streamlining the assessment of recombination in plant meiosis research.

Original languageEnglish
Article number965217
Number of pages11
JournalFrontiers in Plant Science
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2022


  • Barley
  • recombination
  • Ethyl methanesulfonate
  • (EMS)
  • homozygous lines
  • whole genome shotgun (WGS)
  • whole genome shotgun
  • ethyl methanesulfonate
  • barley
  • homozygous lines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science


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