Characterization of Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici isolates derived from an unusual wheat stem rust outbreak in Germany in 2013

Pablo D Olivera Firpo, M. Newcomb, K. Flath, N. Sommerfeldt-Impe, L. J. Szabo, M. Carter, D. G. Luster, Y. Jin

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An unusual stem rust infestation occurred in German wheat fields in summer 2013. This study analysed 48 isolates derived from 17 Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici (Pgt) samples and six races were identified: TKTTF, TKKTF, TKPTF, TKKTP, PKPTF and MMMTF. Infection type and genotypic data confirmed that none of these races belonged to the TTKS (Ug99) race group. German isolates of race TKTTF are phenotypically different to the ones responsible for the stem rust epidemic in Ethiopia in 2013–2014. Forty isolates were genotyped using a custom SNP array. Phylogenetic analysis showed that these 40 isolates represented two distinct lineages (clade IV and clade V). Thirty-eight isolates clustered into clade IV, which previously was defined by Ethiopian isolates of race TKTTF. Race TKKTP is of special concern due to its combined virulence to stem rust resistance genes Sr24, SrTmp and Sr1RSA migo. The vulnerability to race TKKTP in US and international winter wheat was confirmed as 55% of North American and international cultivars and breeding lines resistant to race TTKSK (Ug99) became susceptible to TKKTP. Races identified in Germany in 2013 confirmed the presence of virulence to important resistance genes that are effective against race TTKSK. This information should be useful for breeders to select diverse and effective resistance genes in order to provide more durable stem rust resistance and reduce the use of fungicides.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1258-1266
Number of pages9
JournalPlant Pathology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Oct 2017

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Funding Information:
This research was funded by USDA-ARS, and the ‘Durable rust resistance in wheat’ project administrated by Cornell University and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK Department for International Development. The authors thank Jerry Johnson and Samuel Gale, USDA-ARS Cereal Disease Laboratory for their technical assistance. Mention of trade names or commercial products in this publication is solely for the purpose of providing specific information and does not imply recommendation or endorsement by the US Department of Agriculture. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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© 2017 British Society for Plant Pathology


  • genotyping
  • race typing
  • surveillance
  • wheat stem rust


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