Genetic analysis of yield and fiber quality traits in upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) cultivated in different ecological regions of China

Journal of Cotton Research

[Background] Cotton is an important fiber crop worldwide. The yield potential of current genotypes of cotton can be exploited through hybridization. However, to develop superior hybrids with high yield and fiber quality traits, information of genetic control of traits is prerequisite. Therefore, genetic analysis plays pivotal role in plant breeding.

[Results] In present study, North Carolina II mating design was used to cross 5 female parents with 6 male parents to produce 30 intraspecific F1 cotton hybrids. All plant materials were tested in three different ecological regions of China during the year of 2016–2017. Additive-dominance-environment (ADE) genetic model was used to estimate the genetic effects and genotypic and phenotypic correlation of yield and fiber quality traits. Results showed that yield traits except lint percentage were mainly controlled by genetic and environment interaction effects, whereas lint percentage and fiber quality traits were determined by main genetic effects. Moreover, dominant and additive-environment interaction effects had more influence on yield traits, whereas additive and dominance-environment interaction effects were found to be predominant for fiber traits. Broad-sense and its interaction heritability were significant for all yield and most of fiber quality traits. Narrow-sense and its interaction heritability were non-significant for boll number and seed cotton yield. Correlation analysis indicated that seed cotton yield had significant positive correlation with other yield attributes and non-significant with fiber quality traits. All fiber quality traits had significant positive correlation with each other except micronaire.

[Conclusions] Results of current study provide important information about genetic control of yield and fiber quality traits. Further, this study identified that parental lines, e.g., SJ48–1, ZB-1, 851–2, and DT-8 can be utilized to improve yield and fiber quality traits in cotton.

[Title] Genetic analysis of yield and fiber quality traits in upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) cultivated in different ecological regions of China

[Authors] SHAHZAD Kashif+, LI Xue+, QI Tingxiang, GUO Liping, TANG Huini, ZHANG Xuexian, WANG Hailin, ZHANG Meng, ZHANG Bingbing, QIAO Xiuqin, XING Chaozhu* & WU Jianyong*

Journal of Cotton Research. 2019, 2: 14

JCR-QTL mapping for fiber quality and yield-related traits across multiple generations in segregating population of CCRI 70

Journal of Cotton Reseach

[Background] Cotton is a significant economic crop that plays an indispensable role in many domains. Gossypium hirsutum L. is the most important fiber crop worldwide and contributes to more than 95% of global cotton production. Identifying stable quantitative trait locus (QTLs) controlling fiber quality and yield related traits are necessary prerequisites for marker-assisted selection (MAS).

[Results] A genetic linkage map was constructed with 312 simple sequence repeat (SSR) loci and 35 linkage groups using JoinMap 4.0; the map spanned 1 929.9 cM, with an average interval between two markers of 6.19 cM, and covered approximately 43.37% of the cotton genome. A total of 74 QTLs controlling fiber quality and 41 QTLs controlling yield-related traits were identified in 4 segregating generations. These QTLs were distributed across 20 chromosomes and collectively explained 1.01%~27.80% of the observed phenotypic variations. In particular, 35 stable QTLs could be identified in multiple generations, 25 common QTLs were consistent with those in previous studies, and 15 QTL clusters were found in 11 chromosome segments.

[Conclusion] These studies provide a theoretical basis for improving cotton yield and fiber quality for molecular marker-assisted selection.

[Title] QTL mapping for fiber quality and yield-related traits across multiple generations in segregating population of CCRI 70

[Authors] DENG Xiaoying, GONG Juwu, LIU Aiying, SHI Yuzhen, GONG Wankui, GE Qun, LI Junwen, SHANG Haihong, WU Yuxiang & YUAN Youlu

Journal of Cotton Research. 2019, 2:13

Genome-wide identification of OSCA gene family and their potential function in the regulation of dehydration and salt stress in Gossypium hirsutum

[Background] Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) provides the largest natural fiber for the textile manufacturing industries, but its production is on the decline due to the effects of salinity. Soil salt-alkalization leads to damage in cotton growth and a decrease in yields. Hyperosmolality-gated calcium-permeable channels (OSCA) have been found to be involved in the detection of extracellular changes which trigger an increase in cytosolic free calcium concentration. Hyperosmolality-induced calcium ion increases have been widely speculated to be playing a role in osmosensing in plants. However, the molecular nature of the corresponding calcium ion channels remains unclearly. In this research work, we describe the OSCAgenes and their putative function in osmosensing in plants by carrying out genome-wide identification, characterization and functional analysis of the significantly up-regulated OSCA gene, GhOSCA1.1 through reverse genetics.

[Results] A total of 35, 21 and 22 OSCA genes were identified in G. hirsutum, G. arboreum, and G. raimondii genomes, respectively, and were classified into four different clades according to their gene structure and phylogenetic relationship. Gene and protein structure analysis indicated that 35 GhOSCA genes contained a conserved RSN1_7TM (PF02714) domain. Moreover, the cis-regulatory element analysis indicated that the OSCA genes were involved in response to abiotic stress. Furthermore, the knockdown of one of the highly up-regulated genes, Gh_OSCA1.1showed that the virus-induced gene silenced (VIGS) plants were highly sensitive to dehydration and salinity stresses compared with the none VIGS plants as evident with higher concentration levels of oxidant enzymes compared with the antioxidant enzymes on the leaves of the stressed plants.

[Conclusions] This study provides the first systematic analysis of the OSCA gene family and will be important for understanding the putative functions of the proteins encoded by the OSCA genes in cotton. These results provide a new insight of defense responses in general and lay the foundation for further investigation of the molecular role played by the OSCA genes, thereby providing suitable approaches to improve crop performance under salinity and drought stress conditions.

[Title] Genome-wide identification of OSCA gene family and their potential function in the regulation of dehydration and salt stress in Gossypium hirsutum 

[Authors] Xiu YANG, Yanchao XU, Fangfang YANG, Richard Odongo MAGWANGA, Xiaoyan CAI, Xingxing WANG, Yuhong WANG, Yuqing HOU, Kunbo WANG, Fang LIU & Zhongli ZHOU

Journal of Cotton Research. 2019; 2:11

Amino acids application enhances flowers insecticidal protein content in Bt cotton

[Background] Low insecticidal protein expression at reproductive organs affect insect resistance in Bt transgenic cotton. In order to enhance flower insecticidal protein expression, the conventional cultivar Sikang1 (S1) and the hybrid cultivar Sikang3 (S3) were used as experimental materials; the applications of selected 5 types of amino acids and 21 types of amino acids were sprayed on the flowers in 2016 and 2017 cotton growing seasons.

[Results] The flower Bt protein contents increased significantly under the two amino acid treatments in both cultivars, the Bt protein concentration increased by 15.2 to 25.8% compared with the control. However, no significant differences were detected between the two treatments of amino acid application. Increased amino acid and soluble protein contents, enhanced GPT, GOT, protease,and peptidase activities were observed under the amino acid application at the flowering stage.

[Conclusions] These results suggest that exterior application of the amino acids treatments could bolster the flower insecticidal protein expression.

[Authors] TAMBEL Leila. I. M., ZHOU Mingyuan, CHEN Yuan, ZHANG Xiang, CHEN Yuan  and CHEN Dehua

Journal of Cotton Research. 2019; 2:7

Use of Male Sterility in Cotton and Molecular markers for Fertility Restoration in CGMS of G.hirstum Cotton

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I.S. Katageri, *Rashmi Ranjan Toppo, and B.M. Khadi

 *Department of Biotechnology, College of Agriculture University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad – 580 005, India



Cotton is one among the few often cross-pollinated crops, where the achievement of commercial exploitation of heterosis is comparable to even that of cross-pollinated crops like  maize.  The main bottleneck in exploitation of hybrid vigour in cotton is the complicated technique of seed production, which involves hand emasculation and pollination that makes hybrid cotton seed more costly. To improve the remunerative value of hybrid seed production and commercial cultivation of hybrid it is necessary to develop productive male sterile based hybrids. Although Cytoplasmic Genetic Male Sterility is available, the identification of restorer for 100 percent fertility restoration was problematic. Molecular markers are coming handy in identifying such plants. The present study, therefore, comprised 413 individual plants comprising of 164 A-line and B-line, 124 IPS of R-line, 13 hybrids, 3 cultivars, 4 wild species, 24 G. hirsutum germplasm lines, 80 RILs and 1 GMS line were studied during 2012-13 and 2013-14 at ARS, Dharwad farm. Twenty four molecular markers known to be associated with fertility restoration (10 RAPD, 7 SSR, 6 STS, and 1 TRAP) were studied. Out of these, 3 STS markers (Y1107, UBC 147 and UBC 607) were able to amplify only in 44 plants out of 124 belong to DR-7 (known for fertility restoration). No amplification was observed in diverse genetic background of A-lines and their respective B-lines, wild species, G. barbadense var. SBYF 425, G. arboreum var. DLSa 17, G. herbaceum var. Jayadhar, G. hirsutum germplasm lines and Abadhita GMS line (sterile and its maintainer line). However amplification by these three markers was recorded in 6 out of 80 RILs of DCH-32 hybrids. Co-segregation for 98-100 percent fertility restoration and molecular markers associated was observed in F2 of cross between A line and fertility restorer carrying three molecular markers.

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Comparative chloroplast genome sequence analyses of gossypium thurberi with two cultivated allotetraploid gossypium species

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Farshid Talat

West Azerbaijan Agricultural and Natural Resources Research Center, AREEO, Urmia, Iran


The chloroplast is the sole site for photosynthetic activities in green plants and contains the whole enzymatic machinery needed for this purpose. Gossypium thurberi is a wild diploid species and also one of the most important taxa in the genus which widely has been used to improve cultivated allotetraploid cotton with its great potential of genetic resources. Present study was conducted in order to analyse sequence of its chloroplast. The thurberi chloroplast  (cp) genome  is 160264 bp  in length which has conserved quadripartite structure. Single copy region of cp genome is separated by the two inverted regions. The large single copy region is 88,737 bp, and the small single copy region is 20,271 bp whereas the inverted repeat 25,628 bp each. The genome has 113 single genes and 20 duplicated genes. These single genes comprised of 79 protein coded genes, 4 ribosomal RNA genes and 30 transfer RNA genes. Out of all the genes, 18 genes have 1 or 2 introns. As Compared to cpDNA from the two cultivated allotetraploid Gossypium species, rps18 was duplicated only in thurberi.

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Effects of interspecific hybridization on cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.*Gossypium Barbadense L.)

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Mehmet ÇOBAN1, Aydın ÜNAY2, Hakan ÇİFCİ3,Birnur İLHAN4

1Cotton Research Institute, 09800 Nazilli, Turkey

2Department of Crop Science, Adnan Menderes University, 09100 Aydin, Turkey

3Sheep Breeding Research Institute, 10200 Bandırma, Turkey

4General Directorate of Agricultural Research and Policies, 06171 Ankara, Turkey


The experimental material Claudia, Candia, Şahin 2000, BA 308, Naz 07 and Fantom (Gossypium hirsutum L.) were used as a female parents and Giza 45 and Avesto (Gossypium barbadense L.) used as a male parents. The selected cotton genotypes were crossed by line tester method. An experiment was carried out in randomized complete block design with four replications to assess hereditary and heterotic effects on yield components and fiber quality traits. The research was carried outat Cotton Research Station Nazilli during the year 2011. Positive heterosis percentage was obtained from all hybrids for fiber length and fiber strength. Standard heterosis values were positive and significant for fiber length, fiber strength and micronaire.The performance of all combinations for yield and fiber quality traits at F1 generations showed that Claudia x Giza 45, Candia x Giza 45, Şahin 2000 x Giza 45, BA 308 x Avesto, Naz 07 x Giza 45 and Fantom x Avesto hybrid populations would be used for improve cotton lines having enhanced for fiber length with acceptable yield potentials.

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Leaf reddening index as an indicator of leaf reddening malady in bt cotton hybrids: causes and remedies

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Y. Rakshitha1, B. S. Janagoudar* and A. Amaregouda2

1 Postgraduate scholar, 2 Professor of Crop Physiology

*        Correspondence : Dr. B. S. Janagoudar, Dean (Agri), College of Agriculture,

University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad – 580 005, Karnataka, India e-mail :,


In the recent past, leaf reddening has been a major problem in Bt-cotton and this is an outcome of interaction of location, variety, environmental condition and nutrients. In general, inter and intra specific tetraploid Bt hybrids are more sensitive and vulnerable to this malady may be because of Bt gene interaction. Leaf reddening may occur at any growth stage of the crop. At grand growth  phase (flowering and boll development) any hindrance in the assimilate production, translocation and distribution intensifies the leaf reddening effect and symptoms are prolific in nature under extreme stress situations (Poongothai et  al., 2010).

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Molecular breeding: cotton transcriptome analysis, characterisation and validation of fibre strength genes assistive in marker assisted selection

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B.R.Patil,I.S. Katageri,B.M Khadi, G. Balasubramani, K.P.Raghvendra, J.Amudha, S.K.Deshpande


The relative gene expression of GhcesA1, GhcesA2, and GhcesA7 orthologus of AtcesA8, AtcesA4, and AtcesA7 respectively, Ghcobl4, Ghfla3 and GhMT1genes using Recombinant Inbred Lines mapping population was studied through q PCR. The results showed that GhcesA1, GhcesA2, Ghfla3 and Ghcobl4 were strongly associated with secondary wall synthesis and hence the plan is to prepare the gene construct with an appropriate fibre specific promoter to transform a suitable genotype. To validate the q PCR analysis, Scanning Electron Microscope study was conducted to confirm that cellulose is a key entity for conferring high fibre strength. The high fiber strength line HBS144 (28.0 g/tex) and low fiber strength line, HBS 187 (20.0 g/tex ) fiber’s micrograph showed that HBS 144 had strong series of fibrillar structure which was found less in HBS 187.A fibre diameter of 17µm was observed in HBS144 while ,a 10 µm fiber diameter was recorded in HBS 187.The fibrils which relate to deposition of cellulose had a diameter of 0.2 µm for HBS 144 and 0.1 µm for HBS 187 respectively. The RNA sequence analysis of HBS 144 and 187 revealed 74.6 million and 53.4 million raw reads respectively through Illumina. The number of unigenes expressed for genotype HBS-144 were 11328 while , 6866 unigenes were observed for HBS-187. A total of 14828 unigenes were up regulated while, a total of 13468 unigenes were down regulated in both genotypes employed for the study.The total number of identified SSR’s for HBS 144 were 29868 while, 21680 SSR’s were identified for HBS 187.The total number of variants (SNP) were 90857 for HBS 144 while, 74161 variants were observed for HBS 187.The plan is to utilize these SSR’ s and SNP ‘s for Marker assisted selection after validation by Gold standard linkage map.

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JCR-Role of SNPs in determining QTLs for major traits in cotton

Abstract: A single nucleotide polymorphism is the simplest form of genetic variation among individuals and can induce minor changes in phenotypic, physiological and biochemical characteristics. This polymorphism induces various mutations that alter the sequence of a gene which can lead to observed changes in amino acids. Several assays have been developed for identification and validation of these markers. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages but genotyping by sequencing is the most common and most widely used assay. These markers are also associated with several desirable traits like yield, fibre quality, boll size and genes respond to biotic and abiotic stresses in cotton. Changes in yield related traits are of interest to plant breeders. Numerous quantitative trait loci with novel functions have been identified in cotton by using these markers. This information can be used for crop improvement through molecular breeding approaches. In this review, we discuss the identification of these markers and their effects on gene function of economically important traits in cotton.

Keywords: Abiotic stresses, Biotic stresses, Cotton, Earliness, Genotyping by sequencing


Role of SNPs in determining QTLs for major traits in cotton

MAJEED Sajid, RANA Iqrar Ahmad, ATIF Rana Muhammad, ALI Zulfiqar, HINZE Lori  and AZHAR Muhammad Tehseen

Journal of Cotton Research. 2019; 2:5