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Quinoa, saponins, genetic mapping, saponin production
Chenopodium quinoa (quinoa) is a high protein grain crop originating in the Andes. Quinoa’s ability to grow in drought and high salt conditions and its protein profile make it a highly sought after crop for world food security. Varieties of quinoa may be bitter or sweet, depending on the whether the variety produces saponins or not. Saponins are soap-like molecules that are believed to protect the plant from birds, fungi and other micro-organisms. The anti-nutritional effects of saponins on human means that they must be removed prior to human consumption. The process of desaponization is time consuming and requires specialized equipment. The goal of this project was to find a genetic marker linked to the bitter saponin production (BSP) gene to accelerate the breeding of improved sweet quinoa varieties using marker assisted selection.
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BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Rupper, Ryan; Maughan, P Jeff; and Jellen, Eric N., "Genetic Mapping of a Bitter Saponin Gene in Quinoa" (2017). Library Undergraduate Poster Competition 2017. 3.
Plant and Wildlife Sciences
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