Mapping oligogenic resistance to powdery mildew in mungbean with RFLPs

N. D. Young, D. Danesh, D. Menancio-Hautea, L. Kumar

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We have used restriction fragment length polymorphisms (RFLPs) to map genes in mungbean (Vigna radiata) that confer partial resistance to the powdery mildew fungus, Erysiphe polygoni. DNA genotypes for 145 RFLP loci spanning 1570 centimorgans of the mungbean genome were assayed in a population of 58 F2 plants. This population was derived from a cross between a moderately powdery mildew resistant (“VC3980A”) and a susceptible (“TC1966”) mungbean parent. F3 lines derived from the F2 plants were assayed in the field for powdery mildew response and the results were compared to the RFLP genotype data, thereby identifying loci associated with powdery mildew response. A total of three genomic regions were found to have an effect on powdery mildew response, together explaining 58% of the total variation. At 65 days after planting, two genomic regions were significantly associated with powdery mildew resistance. For both loci, the allele from “VC3890A” was associated with increased resistance. At 85 days, a third genomic region was also associated with powdery mildew response. For this locus, the allele from the susceptible parent (“TC1966”) was the one associated with higher levels of powdery mildew resistance. These results indicate that putative partial resistance loci for powdery mildew in mungbean can be identified with DNA markers, even in a population of modest size analyzed at a single location in a single year.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-249
Number of pages7
JournalTheoretical and Applied Genetics: International Journal of Plant Breeding Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 1993


  • Molecular markers
  • Polygenic
  • Quantitative trait loci (QTL)


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