Molecular Characterization of Selected Maize (zea mays l.) Inbred Lines  

Liliane Ngoune Tandzi , Eddy Lonard Ngonkeu
University of Ghana, Institute of Agricultural Research for Development, Irad
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Maize Genomics and Genetics, 2015, Vol. 6, No. 2   doi: 10.5376/mgg.2015.06.0002
Received: 03 Oct., 2015    Accepted: 22 Oct., 2015    Published: 30 Oct., 2015
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Tandzi L.N. and Ngonkeu E.L., 2015, Molecular Characterization of Selected Maize (Zea mays L.) Inbred Lines, Maize Genomics and Genetics, Vol.6, No.2, 1-5 (doi: 10.5376/mgg.2015.06.0002)


Genetic knowledge of germplasm diversity among parental inbred lines has significant impact in the development of improved maize hybrids in the breeding program. The aim of our study was to assess maize inbred lines for variability in molecular traits and to estimate genetic distance among different parental lines. Maize inbred lines were genotyped through 200 SNPs markers. The results revealed low levels of variability across the lines. Two major clusters of lines were observed where the first major group was made of 16 sub-groups of 28 lines. The genetic distance between the studied lines was low. Therefore, the prediction of the heterosis effect of the crosses between the maize parental lines would have been in the negative way.

Inbred line; SNP marker; Variability; Genetic distance
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