Molecular mapping of the rf1 gene for pollen fertility restoration in sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L.)

R. R. Klein, P. E. Klein, A. K. Chhabra, J. Dong, S. Pammi, K. L. Childs, J. E. Mullet, W. L. Rooney, K. F. Schertz

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We report the molecular mapping of a gene for pollen fertility in A1 (milo) type cytoplasm of sorghum using AFLP and SSR marker analysis. DNA from an F2 population comprised of 84 individuals was screened with AFLP genetic markers to detect polymorphic DNAs linked to fertility restoration. Fifteen AFLP markers were linked to fertility restoration from the initial screening with 49 unique AFLP primer combinations (+3/+3 selective bases). As many of these AFLP markers had been previously mapped to a high-density genetic map of sorghum, the target gene (rf1) could be mapped to linkage group H. Confirmation of the map location of rf1 was obtained by demonstrating that additional linkage group-H markers (SSR, STS, AFLP) were linked to fertility restoration. The closest marker, AFLP Xtxa2582, mapped within 2.4 cM of the target loci while two SSRs, Xtxp18 and Xtxp250, flanked the rf1 locus at 12 cM and 10.8 cM, respectively. The availability of molecular markers will facilitate the selection of pollen fertility restoration in sorghum inbred-line development and provide the foundation for map-based gene isolation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1206-1212
Number of pages7
JournalTheoretical And Applied Genetics
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • AFLP
  • Fertility restoration
  • Microsatellite
  • Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L.)


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