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Quantitative Trait Loci Mapping for Adult-Plant Resistance to Powdery Mildew in Chinese Wheat Cultivar Bainong 64

October 2009 , Volume 99 , Number  10
Pages  1,121 - 1,126

Caixia Lan, Shanshan Liang, Zhulin Wang, Jun Yan, Yong Zhang, Xianchun Xia, and Zhonghu He

First, second, fifth, sixth, and seventh authors: Institute of Crop Science, National Wheat Improvement Center/The National Key Facility for Crop Gene Resources and Genetic Improvement, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), 12 Zhongguancun South Street, Beijing 100081, China; second author: Department of Primary Industries, Victorian AgriBiosciences Center, La Trobe R&D Park, 1 Park Drive, Bundoora, Vic 3083, Australia; third author: College of Agronomy, Northwest Sci-Tech University of Agriculture and Forestry, Yangling, Shaanxi 712100, China; fourth author: Cotton Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), Huanghedadao, Anyang, Henan 455000, China; and seventh author: International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) China Office, c/o CAAS, 12 Zhongguancun South Street, Beijing 100081, China.

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Accepted for publication 28 May 2009.

Adult-plant resistance (APR) is an effective means of controlling powdery mildew in wheat. In the present study, 406 simple-sequence repeat markers were used to map quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for APR to powdery mildew in a doubled-haploid (DH) population of 181 lines derived from the cross Bainong 64 × Jingshuang 16. The DH lines were planted in a randomized complete block design with three replicates in Beijing and Anyang during the 2005--06 and 2007--08 cropping seasons. Artificial inoculations were carried out in Beijing using the highly virulent Blumeria graminis f. sp. tritici isolate E20. Disease severities on penultimate leaves were scored twice in Beijing whereas, at Anyang, maximum disease severities (MDS) were recorded following natural infection. Broad-sense heritabilities of MDS and areas under the disease progress curve were 0.89 and 0.77, respectively, based on the mean values averaged across environments. Composite interval mapping detected four QTLs for APR to powdery mildew on chromosomes 1A, 4DL, 6BS, and 7A; these were designated QPm.caas-1A, QPm.caas-4DL, QPm.caas-6BS, and QPm.caas-7A, respectively, and explained 6.3 to 22.7% of the phenotypic variance. QTLs QPm.caas-4DL and QPm.caas-6BS were stable across environments with high genetic effects on powdery mildew response, accounting for 15.2 to 22.7% and 9.0 to 13.2% of the phenotypic variance, respectively. These results should be useful for the future improvement of powdery mildew resistance in wheat.

Additional keywords:Triticum aestivum.

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