Stem rinfectionust, caused by the fungus Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici (Pgt), is one of the most devastating fungal diseases of durum and common wheat worldwide. The identification of sources of resistance and the validation of QTLs identified through genome-wide association studies is of paramount importance for reducing the losses caused by this disease to wheat grain yield and quality. Four segregating populations whose parents showed contrasting reactions to some Pgt races were assessed in the present study, and 14 QTLs were identified on chromosomes 3A, 4A, 6A, and 6B, with some regions in common between different segregating populations. Several QTLs were mapped to chromosomal regions coincident with previously mapped stem rust resistance loci; however, their reaction to different Pgt races suggest that novel genes or alleles could be present on chromosomes 3A and 6B. Putative candidate genes with a disease-related functional annotation have been identified in the QTL regions based on information available from the reference genome of durum cv. ‘Svevo’.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This research was funded by MUR (Ministero dell’Università e della Ricerca), grant “CerealMed”—Enhancing diversity in Mediterranean cereal farming systems, in the frame of PRIMA Section 2—Multi-topic 2019.
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- resistance loci
- stem rust
- tetraploid wheat
PubMed: MeSH publication types
- Journal Article
- Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't