Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS) of Quinoa for Agronomic and Biochemical Traits

Project/Experiment Duration: 2020-2021

Research Innovation Themes: Crop Improvement and Sustainable Production

Project/Experiment Team: Dr. Hifzur Rahman Dr. Dionysia Angeliki Lyra Dr. Kennia Brum Doncato Mr. Balagurusamy Santhanakrishnan Mr. Muhammad Amir Mustafa Mr. Velmurugan Arumugam


  1. Evaluation of GWAS panel for yield and yield attributing traits under stress environment.
  2. QTL mapping for the major traits of interest in quinoa.
  3. Identification of robust and closely linked markers to the ‘traits of interest’.
  4. Identify the donors for the ‘traits of interest’ to be utilised in breeding program.

Date of Sowing: 1 November 2020 Experimental design: Augmented RCBD with 5 blocks Treatments/Variables: Genotypes: 190  test genotypes and 6 checks. Stress conditions: Three levels of salinity (ECiw) treatments (control, 10dS/m, 20dS/m) and one water deficit condition (50% ET-based irrigation).