KASP<sup>TM</sup> genotyping technology and its use in gene­tic-breeding programs (a study of maize)


  • Н. Е. Волкова Plant Breeding and Genetics Institute – National Center of Seed and Cultivar Investigation http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9333-4872
  • В. М. Соколов lant Breeding and Genetics Institute – National Center of Seed and Cultivar Investigation




single nucleotide polymorphism, KASP<sup>TM</sup> technology, genotyping, maize, molecular marker


Purpose. To review publications relating to the key point of the genotyping technology that is competitive allele-specific polymerase chain reaction (which is called now Kompetitive Allele Specific PCR, KASPTM) and its use in various genetic-breeding researching (a study of maize).

Results. The essence of KASP-genotyping, its advantages are highlighted. The requirements for matrix DNA are presented, since the success of the KASP-analysis depends on its qua­lity and quantity. Examples of global projects of plant breeding for increasing crop yields using the KASP genoty­ping technology are given. The results of KASP genotyping and their introduction into breeding and seed production, in particular, for determining genetic identity, genetic purity, origin check, marker-assisted selection, etc. are presented using maize as an example. It is demonstrated how geno­mic selection according to KASP genotyping technology can lead to rapid genetic enhancement of drought resistance in maize. Comparison of the effectiveness of creating lines with certain traits (for example, combination of high grain yield and drought resistance) using traditional breeding approaches (phenotype selection) and molecular genetic methods (selection by markers) was proved that it takes four seasons (two years in case of greenhouses) in order to unlock the potential of the plant genotype using traditional self-pollination, test-crossing and definitions), while using markers, the population was enriched with target alleles during one season. At the same time, there was no need for a stress factor.

Conclusions. KASP genotyping technology is a high-precision and effective tool for modern genetics and breeding, which is successfully used to study genetic diversity, genetic relationship, population structure, gene­tic identity, genetic purity, origin check, quantitative locus mapping, allele mapping, marker-assisted selection, marker-assisted breeding. It is expedient and timely to introduce KASP genotyping technology in our country to solve a wide range of modern genetics, breeding, seed production tasks.

Author Biographies

Н. Е. Волкова, Plant Breeding and Genetics Institute – National Center of Seed and Cultivar Investigation

Volkova, N. E.

В. М. Соколов, lant Breeding and Genetics Institute – National Center of Seed and Cultivar Investigation

Sokolov, V. M.


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How to Cite

Волкова, Н. Е., & Соколов, В. М. (2017). KASP&lt;sup&gt;TM&lt;/sup&gt; genotyping technology and its use in gene­tic-breeding programs (a study of maize). Plant Varieties Studying and Protection, 13(2), 131–140. https://doi.org/10.21498/2518-1017.13.2.2017.105394