About PolyMarker

PolyMarker is an automated bioinformatics pipeline for SNP assay development which increases the probability of generating homoeologue-specific assays for polyploid species. PolyMarker generates a multiple alignment between the target SNP sequence and the selected reference genome (from the drop off menu in green below). It then generates a mask with informative polymorphic positions between homoeologs which are highlighted with respect to the target genome.

These positions include (see figure for example):

PolyMarker will generate KASP assays which are based on a three primer system. Two diagnostic primers incorporate the alternative varietal SNP at the 3' end, but are otherwise similar (black boxed primers in figure). The third common primer is preferentially selected to incorporate a genome-specific base at the 3' end (red boxed primer in figure), or a semi-specific base in the absence of an adequate genome specific position.

The code of the PolyMarker pipeline is available in github.

Using PolyMarker


Input file

The example input file contains three markers to design.


The input text box supports to have the table separated by TAB, so you can paste the three columns from excel.

Output: mask

The mask contains the details of the local alignment



PolyMarker jobs can be submitted via a REST API. To do this you need to submit a POST request to the url 'http://www.polymarker.info/snp_files.json'

The body of the request must follow the following structure:

        "reference":"RefSeq v1.0",

The response will contain the ID (XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX in the example) of the request and the URL with the link to the results as follow:


The valid reference values for this instance are:

    'Wheat cv Chinese Spring RefSeq v1.0'
    'Tetraploid wheat, based on Chinese Spring RefSeq v1.0'
    'Brassica napus cv Darmor-bzh v4.1'
    'Brassica rapa ssp. pekinensis line Chiifu 401-42'
    'Rye (Secale cereale L.) inbred line Lo7 v2'
    'Brassica oleracea kale-like type TO1000DH'
    'Durum wheat genome (cv. Svevo)'
    'Hordeum vulgare (barley)'
    'Triticum aestivum (cv. Paragon)'
    'Triticum aestivum (cv. Cadenza)'
    'Triticum aestivum (cv. Robigus)'
    'Triticum aestivum (cv. Claire)'
    'Triticum turgidum (cv. Kronos)'
    'Wheat cv Chinese Spring RefSeq v1.0 (Full sequence)'
    'Glycine max var. Williams 82'