Genetic and molecular characterization of leaf rust resistance in two durum wheat landraces

Naeela Qureshi, Harbans Bariana, James A. Kolmer, Hanif Miah, Urmil Bansal

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Leaf rust, caused by Puccinia triticina, is a constraint to durum wheat (Triticum turgidum subsp. durum) production, and landraces are reported to be an important source of resistance. Two Portuguese landraces (Aus26582 and Aus26579) showed resistance against durum-specific P. triticina races and were crossed with a susceptible landrace (Bansi) to develop recombinant inbred line (RIL) populations. Monogenic segregation for leaf rust resistance was observed among both RIL populations. The underlying locus, temporarily named LrAW2, was mapped to the short arm of chromosome 6B in the Aus26582/Bansi population and five DArTseq markers cosegregated with LrAW2. Simple sequence repeat markers sun683 and sun684, developed from the chromosome survey sequence (CSS) contig 6BS_2963854, identified through BlastN search of cosegregating DArTseq markers in the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium database, cosegregated with LrAW2. Comparison of the CSS contig 6BS_2963854-based sequences amplified from parental genotypes led to the development of marker sunKASP_60, which also showed close linkage with LrAW2. Markers sun684 and sunKASP_60 showed close association with LrAW2 in both RIL populations. The amplification of LrAW2-specific products by linked markers in Aus26582, Aus26579, and Guayacan (Lr61) indicated that LrAW2 may be Lr61. The alternate amplicon or haplotype produced with LrAW2-linked markers in Australian durum cultivars demonstrated their effectiveness in marker-assisted selection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1381-1387
Number of pages7
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2017

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