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Molecular Mapping of the Leaf Rust Resistance Gene Rph6 in Barley and Its Linkage Relationships with Rph5 and Rph7

May 2003 , Volume 93 , Number  5
Pages  604 - 609

Shaobin Zhong , Roger J. Effertz , Yue Jin , Jerome D. Franckowiak , and Brian J. Steffenson

First and fifth authors: Department of Plant Pathology, University of Minnesota, St. Paul 55108; second author: Monsanto Company, 800 North Lindbergh Blvd., T3C, St. Louis, MO 63167; third author: Department of Plant Science, South Dakota State University, Brookings 57007; and fourth author: Department of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo 58105

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Accepted for publication 31 December 2002.

The barley cv. Bolivia carries two leaf rust (Puccinia hordei) resistance genes, Rph2 and Rph6, and is the only known source of the latter gene. A resistant line (Bolivia-Rph6) carrying Rph6 only was obtained in the F4 generation of a cross between cv. Bolivia and the susceptible cv. Bowman via progeny testing with differential isolates of the leaf rust pathogen. Genetic analyses and bulk segregant analysis using amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) and restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) markers localized Rph6 on the short arm of barley chromosome 3H at a distance of 4.4 centimorgans (cM) distal from RFLP marker MWG2021 and 1.2 cM proximal from RFLP marker BCD907. The allelic relationship of Rph6 to other leaf rust resistance genes mapping to this region of chromosome 3H (namely Rph5 and Rph7) were tested using crosses among cvs. Magnif 102 (carrying Rph5), Bolivia-Rph6 (Rph6), and Cebada Capa (Rph7). Segregation analyses indicated that Rph6 is allelic to Rph5 and closely linked to Rph7. The data generated from this study will facilitate breeding for leaf rust resistance via marker-assisted selection and provide a starting point for positional gene cloning.

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