Gen dan QTL Pengendali Toleransi Tanaman terhadap Keracunan Aluminium dan Aplikasinya untuk Pemuliaan Tanaman di Indonesia

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Genetic knowledge of loci controlling Al toxicity tolerance is the key for a successful breeding program in developing Al
tolerant cultivars. Tolerance level of crop plants to Al toxicity is genetically controlled. The gene inheritance pattern is mainly
resulted from intensive studies of cereal crops, such as wheat, sorghum, maize, and rice. The trait can be controlled by a
single dominant gene, a single dominant gene with many alleles, a pair of dominant genes, or by many genes (QTL). The
majority of the Al tolerance genes identified so far belongs to two independent groups of gene families, i.e. aluminumactivated
malate transporter (ALMT) and multidrug and toxic compound extrusion (MATE), both encoding transport proteins
involved in Al-activated organic acid release, mainly citrate and malate. The variations in Al toxicity tolerance phenotypes are
strongly correlated with the expressions of such genes in the root apical cells. Many Al tolerance QTLs have been mapped in
the genomes of various crop species and were found to be colocated with the ALMT and MATE genes. The genetic maps of
the Al tolerance genes and QTLs facilitate breeding programs for developing Al-tolerant cultivars through marker-assisted
breeding methods. Al tolerance genes that have been isolated from genetically unrelated species can be used in genetic
transformation studies of crop genotypes sexually incompatible to the gene source genotypes. The application of these
molecular breeding methods expedites breeding programs to develop crop cultivars tolerance to Al toxicity and acid soils.
Genomic technologies by using next-generation sequencing and high-throughput genotyping system accelerate Al toxicity
tolerance gene and QTL discoveries of various crop species. The modern genomic technologies also facilitate more
comprehensive PGR characterization and utilization to accelerate identification and isolation of the Al tolerance genes and
QTLs to be used in a more comprehensive breeding program to support national food self sufficiency and food security


Aluminum toxicity; acid soil; gene inheritance pattern; Al tolerance gene and QTL.

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