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Identification of Two New Genes Conferring Resistance to Colletotrichum acutatum in Capsicum baccatum

September 2009 , Volume 99 , Number  9
Pages  1,100 - 1,104

P. Mahasuk, P. W. J. Taylor, and O. Mongkolporn

First author: Center for Agricultural Biotechnology, Kasetsart University, Kamphaeng Saen Campus, Nakhon Pathom 73140 Thailand; second author: BioMarka/Center for Plant Health, Faculty of Land and Food Resources, The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010 Australia; third author: Center for Agricultural Biotechnology and Department of Horticulture, Kasetsart University, Kamphaeng Saen Campus, Nakhon Pathom 73140 Thailand.

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Accepted for publication 28 April 2009.

Resistance to anthracnose, caused by Colletotrichum capsici and C. acutatum, was investigated in Capsicum baccatum PBC80 and PBC1422 and C. chinense PBC932. Mature green and ripe fruit were inoculated with 13 isolates of the two Colletotrichum species PBC80 contained the broadest spectrum of resistance to both Colletotrichum species because none of the isolates were able to infect the genotype. At both fruit maturity stages, PBC1422 was infected by only Colletotrichum acutatum. PBC932 at ripe fruit stage was infected by both C. capsici and C. acutatum, except for one isolate, 158ci, that did not infect PBC932. PBC932 at the mature green fruit stage was infected by only C. acutatum. An intraspecific cross between PBC80 and PBC1422 was developed to determine inheritance of resistance to C. acutatum. Anthracnose resistance was assessed at mature green and ripe fruit stages using 0 to 9 disease severity scores. Frequency distribution of the disease scores in the F2 and BC1 populations suggested a single recessive gene responsible for the resistance at mature green fruit stage and a single dominant gene for the resistance at ripe fruit stage. Linkage analysis between the two genes identified in both fruit maturity stages showed the genes to be independent. Based on phenotypic data, the two newly identified genes, co4 and Co5, from PBC80 appeared to be different loci from the co1 and co2 previously identified from PBC932 and will be valuable sources of resistance to anthracnose in chili breeding programs.

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