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Identification of Pathotypes of Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. manihotis in Africa and Detection of Quantitative Trait Loci and Markers for Resistance to Bacterial Blight of Cassava

October 2004 , Volume 94 , Number  10
Pages  1,084 - 1,093

K. Wydra , V. Zinsou , V. Jorge , and V. Verdier

First and second authors: Institute of Plant Diseases and Plant Protection, University of Hannover, Herrenhäuser Str. 2, 30419, Germany; second author: Faculté des Sciences Agronomique, Université Nationale du Bénin, Cotonou, Benin; and third and fourth authors: Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT), Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), Apartado Areo 6713, Cali, Colombia

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Accepted for publication 8 June 2004.

Cassava suffers from bacterial blight attack in all growing regions. Control by resistance is unstable due to high genotype-environment interactions. Identifying genes for resistance to African strains of Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. manihotis can support breeding efforts. Five F1 cassava genotypes deriving from the male parent ‘CM2177-2’ and the female parent ‘TMS30572’ were used to produce 111 individuals by backcrossing to the female parent. In all, 16 genotypes among the mapping population were resistant to stem inoculation by four strains of X. axonopodis pv. manihotis from different locations in Africa, and 19 groups with differential reactions to the four strains were identified, suggesting that the strains represent different pathotypes. Four genotypes were resistant to leaf inoculation, and three were resistant to both stem and leaf inoculations. Genotypes with susceptible, moderately resistant, and resistant reactions after leaf and stem inoculation partly differed in their reactions on leaves and stems. Based on the genetic map of cassava, single-markeranalysis of disease severity after stem-puncture inoculation was performed. Eleven markers were identified, explaining between 16 and 33.3% of phenotypic variance of area under disease progress curve. Five markers on three and one linkage groups from the female- and male-derived framework of family CM8820, respectively, seem to be weakly associated with resistance to four strains of X. axonopodis pv. manihotis. Based on the segregation of alleles from the female of family CM8873, one marker was significantly associated with resistance to two X. axonopodis pv. manihotis strains, GSPB2506 and GSPB2511, whereas five markers were not linked to any linkage group. The quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping results also suggest that the four African strains belong to four different pathotypes. The identified pathotypes should be useful for screening for resistance, and the QTL and markers will support breeding for resistance.

Additional keyword: molecular markers.

The American Phytopathological Society, 2004