Multi-Trait Genomic Prediction of Yield-Related Traits in US Soft Wheat under Variable Water Regimes. Academic Article uri icon


  • The performance of genomic prediction (GP) on genetically correlated traits can be improved through an interdependence multi-trait model under a multi-environment context. In this study, a panel of 237 soft facultative wheat (Triticumaestivum L.) lines was evaluated to compare single- and multi-trait models for predicting grain yield (GY), harvest index (HI), spike fertility (SF), and thousand grain weight (TGW). The panel was phenotyped in two locations and two years in Florida under drought and moderately drought stress conditions, while the genotyping was performed using 27,957 genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) makers. Five predictive models including Multi-environment Genomic Best Linear Unbiased Predictor (MGBLUP), Bayesian Multi-trait Multi-environment (BMTME), Bayesian Multi-output Regressor Stacking (BMORS), Single-trait Multi-environment Deep Learning (SMDL), and Multi-trait Multi-environment Deep Learning (MMDL) were compared. Across environments, the multi-trait statistical model (BMTME) was superior to the multi-trait DL model for prediction accuracy in most scenarios, but the DL models were comparable to the statistical models for response to selection. The multi-trait model also showed 5 to 22% more genetic gain compared to the single-trait model across environment reflected by the response to selection. Overall, these results suggest that multi-trait genomic prediction can be an efficient strategy for economically important yield component related traits in soft wheat.

published proceedings

  • Genes (Basel)

altmetric score

  • 1.85

author list (cited authors)

  • Guo, J., Khan, J., Pradhan, S., Shahi, D., Khan, N., Avci, M., ... Babar, M. A.

citation count

  • 23

complete list of authors

  • Guo, Jia||Khan, Jahangir||Pradhan, Sumit||Shahi, Dipendra||Khan, Naeem||Avci, Muhsin||Mcbreen, Jordan||Harrison, Stephen||Brown-Guedira, Gina||Murphy, J Paul||Johnson, Jerry||Mergoum, Mohamed||Esten Mason, Richanrd||Ibrahim, Amir MH||Sutton, Russel||Griffey, Carl||Babar, MA

publication date

  • October 2020


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