Using a computationally intensive in silico approaches, we mined and catalog the 145 K short tandem repeats (STR) markers and built the first whole genome based STR database. With the marker information present in the SBMDb, the linkage map’s marker density can be increased which will facilitate in QTL and gene mapping. In order to facilitate the use of these markers in various molecular breeding and QTL programs, we have implemented several plug-in to generate primers at user defined chromosomal locations, which can be directly exported for genotyping assays. SBMDb presents wide source of potential markers for developing and implementing new approaches for molecular breeding required to accelerate industrious use of this crop, especially for sugar, health care products, medicines and color dye. Identified markers will also help in improvement of bioenergy trait of bioethanol and biogas production along with reaping advantage of crop efficiency in terms of low water and carbon footprint especially in era of climate change.
Centre for Agricultural Bioinformatics, Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute, PUSA, New Delhi, India; Biotechnology Unit, Department of Botany, Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur, India; Plant Functional Biology and Climate Change Cluster (C3), University of Technology, Sydney, Australia; National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Microorganisms, Kusmaur, Mau NathBhanjan, Uttar Pradesh, India; Institute of Life Sciences, Nalco Square, Bhubaneswar, India
SBMDb funding source(s)
Financial assistance received by National Agricultural Innovation Project, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi entitled ‘Establishment of National Agriculture Bioinformatics Grid in ICAR’ is gratefully acknowledged.