First and third authors: Department of Plant Pathology; and second author: Department of Agronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison 53706
A gene-for-gene interaction was previously suggested by mapping of a single major locus (LEM 1) controlling cotyledon resistance to Leptosphaeria maculans isolate PHW1245 in Brassica napus cv. Major. In this study, we obtained further evidence of a gene-for-gene interaction by studying the inheritance of the corresponding avirulence gene in L. maculans isolate PHW1245. The analysis of segregating F1 progenies and 14 test crosses suggested that a single major gene is involved in the interaction. This putative avirulence gene was designated alm1 after the resistance locus identified in B. napus. Amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) markers were used to generate a rudimentary genetic linkage map of the L. maculans genome and to locate markers linked to the putative avirulence locus. Two flanking AFLP markers, AC/TCC-1 and AC/CAG-5, were linked to alm1 at 3.1 and 8.1 cM, respectively. Identification of markers linked to the avirulence gene indicated that the differential interaction is controlled by a single gene difference between parental isolates and provides further support for the gene-for-gene relationship in the Leptosphaeria-Brassica system.