2013 Student Research Conference:
26th Annual Student Research Conference

Creating Databases and Phylogenetic Tree Browsers to Assist in Marker-Assisted Gene Selection Studies
Jillian T. Burke* and Deborah Bodoecker
Dr. Mark Campbell and Dr. Jon Beck, Faculty Mentors

The aim of this project is to compile the data collected by the laboratory of Dr. Mark Campbell into a database and use this as the basis of a computerized phylogenetic tree browser. Dr. Campbell and associates have bred a high-amylose maize line, GEMS-0067, containing genetic material from a Guatemalan maize line as well as common, commercial inbred lines. The high amylose phenotype is a value-added characteristic that demonstrates the importance of the naturally occurring biodiversity. The computerized system will allow for cross-generational comparison of data on several maize lines as well as comparison of both phenotypic and genotypic data, quickly and efficiently. Principle functions of the browser will be to confirm the predictions made from the GEMS-0067 pedigree, assist in the creation of further studies of GEMS-0067 through marker-assisted selection, and determine previously-undetected patterns in the inheritance of the high-amylose phenotype in GEMS-0067.

Keywords: marker-assisted gene selection, resistant starch (amylose), phylogentic tree browser, databases, biodiversity

Computer Science
Agricultural Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 310-3
Location: MG 2001
Time: 1:30

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