The effect of heat stress on sugar beet recombination

Mikel Arrieta, Glenda Willems, Jérôme DePessemier, Isabelle Colas, Alexandra Burkholz, Aude Darracq, Sigrid Vanstraelen, Pieter Pacolet, Camille Barré, Paul Kempeneers, Robbie Waugh, Steve Barnes, Luke Ramsay (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Meiotic recombination plays a crucial role in plant breeding through the creation of new allelic combinations. Therefore, lack of recombination in some genomic regions constitutes a constraint for breeding programmes. In sugar beet, one of the major crops in Europe, recombination occurs mainly in the distal portions of the chromosomes, and so the development of simple approaches to change this pattern is of considerable interest for future breeding and genetics. In the present study, the effect of heat stress on recombination in sugar beet was studied by treating F1 plants at 28 °C/25 °C (day/night) and genotyping the progeny. F1 plants were reciprocally backcrossed allowing the study of male and female meiosis separately. Genotypic data indicated an overall increase in crossover frequency of approximately one extra crossover per meiosis, with an associated increase in pericentromeric recombination under heat treatment. Our data indicate that the changes were mainly induced by alterations in female meiosis only, showing that heterochiasmy in sugar beet is reduced under heat stress. Overall, despite the associated decrease in fertility, these data support the potential use of heat stress to foster recombination in sugar beet breeding programmes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-93
Number of pages13
JournalTheoretical and Applied Genetics
Early online date29 Sept 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Genetics


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