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Yield Effects of Barley yellow dwarf virus in Soft Red Winter Wheat

September 2000 , Volume 90 , Number  9
Pages  1,043 - 1,048

Keith L. Perry , Frederic L. Kolb , Bernard Sammons , Clifford Lawson , Gordon Cisar , and Herbert Ohm

First author: Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907; second author: Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana 61801; third and fourth authors: Monsanto Company, 700 Chesterfield Parkway North, St. Louis, MO 63198; fifth author: Hybritech Seed International, Lafayette, IN 47905; and sixth author: Department of Agronomy, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907

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Accepted for publication 11 May 2000.

Three cultivars of soft red winter wheat were evaluated to determine the relationship between the incidence and time of infection by Barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) and yield. Wheat was planted in 1995, 1996, and 1997 in a split-plot design with six replicates at sites in Indiana and Illinois. Yield plots were infested with different amounts of viruliferous aphids, and the incidence of BYDV in each plot was measured. In a 2-year study in Illinois with cv. Clark and the PAV-IL isolate of BYDV, yields were assessed following aphid infestation in fall, early spring, and late spring. Early spring infections resulted in larger yield reductions than late spring infections in both years and larger than fall infections in one year. Regression analyses to relate incidence of infection and yield with data from fall and early spring infections provided R2 values of 0.89 and 0.51 for the 1996 to 1997 and 1997 to 1998 seasons, respectively. An additional study at the same site in the 1996 to 1997 season compared the yield responses of cvs. Clark, Y88-3e, and PT8935b. Increases in the incidence of BYDV correlated with decreases in yield, with R2 values of 0.80, 0.78, and 0.90 for the three cultivars, respectively. Estimated yield losses in both studies and all cultivars ranged from 27 to 45 kg/ha or 0.34 to 0.55% for each percent increase in virus infection. In a third study over a 2-year period in Indiana with the same three wheat genot ypes and a second BYDV isolate (PAV-P), BYDV treatments resulted in significant reductions in yield, but yield loss and the incidence of BYDV were not linearly correlated. Given the differences in yield reductions caused by the two BYDV isolates, PAV-P may be an attenuated strain of BYDV and may cross-protect plants from naturally occurring strains of the virus.

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