High-density lupin map completed
The first high-density genetic map for lupins has been completed by researchers from the Australian Murdoch University (Perth) and the Australian Department of Agriculture and Food. The availability of the map will help fast-track the development of new varieties with improved disease resistance, drought tolerance or yields. The new map is significantly more detailed than any wheat or barley genetic map available globally and will ensure that the Australian lupin industry remains internationally competitive, the researchers point out. It tags around 9,000 locations on the lupin genome, increasing marker density by up to 20 times. Using the new map, researchers have already identified an anthracnose resistance gene in Tanjil lupins. This means future that lupin varieties could consistently meet the same resistance levels and become an industry benchmark.