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2013 Annual Report

1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
The goals of this project are to i) identify and validate white mold (WM) resistance QTL from P. coccineus and transfer them into common bean, ii) examine phenotypic interaction among major QTL conferring partial resistance to WM in common bean, and iii) use Phaseolus-Glycine synteny and gene expression studies to leverage the soybean whole genome sequence (and the soon to be available Phaseolus whole genome sequence) for fine-mapping WM resistance QTL and candidate gene discovery.

1b.Approach (from AD-416):
For QTL discovery (Objective 1), three recombinant inbred backcross line populations from P. vulgaris /P. vulgaris x P. coccineus crosses will be used to identify QTL associated with WM resistance as measured in the field and by the straw test. Among the mapped markers will be a set of candidate genes to determine if any co-segregate with QTL. The indentified QTL will be validated in separate populations and environments by comparing among populations to determine if QTL map to the same location, and comparing to existing maps of common bean and soybean. Lines with the QTL will be tested in different field environments and with the straw test to determine if expression is environment-specific. Lastly, the QTL from P. coccineus will be transferred into advanced common bean breeding lines (both snap and dry beans) with stable fertility traits and adequate agronomic performance. Existing and novel QTL (from this study) will be pyramided into various genetic combinations to examine QTL interactions (Objective 2). This will be accomplished by developing inbred line populations from bi-parental crosses designed to combine two or more QTL. The lines will be tested for WM reaction in replicated field and greenhouse environments and assayed for presence absence of QTL-linked markers. Phenotypic effects and interactions among the QTL will be examined by statistical regression of disease reaction on presence/absence of linked QTL markers. Fine-structure mapping and candidate gene discovery (Objective.
3)will focus on major WM resistance QTL on chromosomes Pv2, Pv7, and Pv8. The mapping approach will leverage genomic synteny demonstrated between common bean and soybean. Common bean markers linked with the QTL will be located on the soybean whole genome sequence scaffold. Common bean EST contig and singletons (which represent expressed genes) located in the same region of the QTL-linked markers in soybean will be converted to CAPs markers. The development of a minimum set of 25 new EST based CAPS markers will be targeted for each QTL region for high density fine mapping of the QTL intervals in common bean RIL populations segregating for the QTL. Next generation sequencing (Roche 454 or Solexa), will be used to identify genes differentially expressed between resistant and susceptible near-isogenic lines (NILs) for the major Pv 7 and Pv 8 QTL. Inbred lines will be used to examine gene expression for the Pv2 QTL for now because NILs do not exist yet. mRNA will be isolated from stem tissue from infected (24 and 48 h after inoculation) and mock-inoculated resistant and susceptible NILs. mRNA will be sequenced, and the sequence data aligned to determine which genes are differentially expressed. These genes will be mapped in the common bean genome and associations with the target QTL and other WM resistance QTL determined. Genes not located near QTL may be responsible for regulating resistance response. Differential gene expression will be confirmed by quantitative rt PCR.

3.Progress Report:

This project was initiated on July 1, 2010, and research is ongoing. The overall objective is to develop white mold resistant dry and snap beans using highly resistant accessions of Phaseoluscoccineus as a source.

Our primary objective has been to identify and validate white mold (WM) resistance QTL from P. coccineus and transfer them into common bean. For QTL discovery, three recombinant inbred backcross line populations from P. vulgaris /P. vulgaris x P. coccineus crosses have been used to identify QTL associated with WM resistance as measured in the field and by the straw test. For the two populations using the PI433251 P. coccineus donor parent, we have also selected lines on the basis of a large number of significant markers as determined by single factor analysis, as well as significant markers for putative resistance factors on Pv10. The selected lines are for the 91G/PI255956 backcross inbred (BCIB) population: WMG762, WMG 836, WMG853, WMG861, WMG897, WMG903, and WMG904; for the MO162/PI433251 BCIB population: WMM 619 and WMM688; and for the 91G/PI433251 BCIB population: WMG 308, WMG327, WMG377, and WMG388. Eighteen of these lines were grown in the field in 2012 and evaluated for uniformity and morphology. We had observed a number of seed color variants in these materials and production of these sublines revealed that they were the product of outcrossing. It appears that a trait transmitted from the P. coccineus parent is increased propensity to outcross. An examination of floral morphology failed to reveal structural variation that would favor outcrossing over self-pollination. This finding makes it more difficult to maintain these lines in field situations where pollinators are present, but is in and of itself an interesting finding that may have implications about breeding systems in common bean. We also advance 26 RI populations of crosses between the P. coccineus derived experimental lines and two susceptible common bean parents (Spinel and OSU 5613). One BCIB line (WMG904) has already been crossed to P. vulgaris G122 and NY6020, and was advanced to the F5 by single seed descent (SSD) in 2012. These populations have been planted in 2013 field for generation advance. The Two F5 RI populations will be developed as single plant families this season.

A second objective has been to initiate association mapping for identification of QTL using new SNP platform. In FY13, we evaluated a subset of 134 cultivars in the Bean CAP snap bean panel in the field for white mold resistance. The materials were replicated three times, and we collected data on white mold incidence and severity, plant architecture and a set of white mold avoidance traits. The geometric mean of incidence and severity ranged from 0 to 75% with a number of accessions showing levels of disease similar to the partially resistant checks. Some probably had avoidance traits (determinate habit, open canopy, late maturity) but others had type III habit and would normally be expected to have high levels of disease. Both Andean and Mesoamerican snap beans were found in the low disease group. The snap bean panel had previously been genotyped using the 6K SNP Illumina beadchip developed by the Bean CAP. The genotypic and phenotypic data were subjected to a genome wide association study (GWAS). Three regions on separate chromosomes (Pv02, Pv09, and Pv10) showed significant association with white mold incidence and severity. The panel needs to be tested again in the field and evaluated by the straw test. Based on this preliminary analysis, the snap bean panel may possess novel sources of white mold resistance, which may be useful in breeding dry beans resistant to white mold.

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