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NIAB MAGIC population resources

Creation of the populations was funded by the BBSRC. Subsequent genotyping and phenotyping have been funded directly by NIAB.


This site contains information and files relevant to the NIAB MAGIC elite population. For further information contact

You are free to use the material available here in any way provided you acknowledge the source. In publications, please cite:

Mackay IJ, Bansept-Basler P, Barber T, Bentley AR, Cockram J, Gosman N,. Greenland AJ, Horsnell R, Howells R, O’Sullivan D, Rose GA, Howell P (2014) An eight-parent Multiparent Advanced Generation Inter-Cross population for winter-sown wheat: creation, properties and validation. G3: Genes| Genomes| Genetics under review

In addition, we would like any trait data you may collect to be returned for archiving on this site (with due acknowledgement and citation of its source). Over time, we hope the layering of phenotypic datasets will allow comparison of QTL actions and interactions simultaneously across multiple traits

For information on the BBSRC project 'MAGIC CARPeT', developing the NIAB Diverse MAGIC population, click here.

Seed availability

We cannot maintain large stocks of all the lines. We can supply ten seeds each of the 1091 RILs, currently at F7, subject to the cost of shipping (including any phytosanitary and other import charges) and a small charge for the cost of seed replacement. Contact for further information. We also ask that you download our Material Transfer Agreement, sign and date it, and return it to Ian Mackay at NIAB, either by fax (+44 (0)1223 277602), post or by email as a scanned document.

Files for downloading:

All Phenotype and marker data analysed in:
Scutari Marco, et al. (2014) Multiple quantitative trait analysis using bayesian networks. Genetics 198:129-137

All marker data:

Line means for awns, analysed in:
Mackay et al (2014) An eight-parent multiparent advanced generation inter-cross population for winter-sown wheat: creation, properties, and validation. G3: Genes| Genomes| Genetics 4:1603-1610.

Pedigree information on the MAGIC elite population:
MAGIC pedigree tables.xlsx

MAGIC genetic map published in:
Gardner, K.A., Wittern, L.M., Mackay, I.J. (2015) A highly recombined, high-density, eight-founder wheat MAGIC map reveals extensive segregation distortion and genomic locations of introgression segments. Plant Biotechnol. J., doi: 10.1111/pbi.12504