The advancement of next-generation sequencing technologies in conjunction with new bioinformatics tools enabled fine-tuning of sequence-based, high-resolution mapping strategies for complex genomes. Although genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) provides a large number of markers, its application for association mapping and genomics-assisted breeding is limited by a large proportion of missing data per marker. For species with a reference genomic sequence, markers can be ordered on the physical map. However, in the absence of reference marker order, the use and imputation of GBS markers is challenging. Here, we demonstrate how the population sequencing (POPSEQ) approach can be used to provide marker context for GBS in wheat. The utility of a POPSEQ-based genetic map as a reference map to create genetically ordered markers on a chromosome for hexaploid wheat was validated by constructing an independent de novo linkage map of GBS markers from a Synthetic W7984 * Opata M85 recombinant inbred line (SynOpRIL) population. The results indicated that there is strong agreement between the independent de novo linkage map and the POPSEQ mapping approach in mapping and ordering GBS markers for hexaploid wheat. After ordering, a large number of GBS markers were imputed, thus providing a high-quality reference map that can be used for QTL mapping for different traits. The POPSEQ-based reference map and whole-genome sequence assemblies are valuable resources that can be used to order GBS markers and enable the application of highly accurate imputation methods to leverage the application GBS markers in wheat.
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