Exploiting sequence variations in C. annuum for integrative mapping

Pepper is an economically important crop whose agronomically important phenotypes have been characterized primarily through the use of genetic linkage maps and Quantitavie Trait Loci (QTL) analysis. With the large number of linkage maps available, many reporting QTLs for multiple phenotypes, aggregation of data is an important, but difficult task. In order to aggregate all maps, the development and placement of homologous loci shared between multiple maps is required. This study aims to convert the RFLP markers, whose use has been historically challenging, into markers whose use is technically trivial in order to facilitate integration. Also presented are computational tools to aid in the development of polymorphic markers and the mathematical integration of genetic linkage maps.