Location: Sunflower Research
Project Number: 5442-21220-028-13
Start Date: Sep 01, 2012
End Date: Aug 31, 2014
Ten parental lines from five RIL populations that segregate for resistance to Sclerotinia were selected for metabolite analysis. Leaves from all 10 accessions will be simultaneously inoculated in a detached leaf assay, after which metabolites will be extracted at three timepoints. Metabolites will be detected and quantified using ultra performance liquid chromatography (UPLC-MS), GC-MS, and UPLC-MS/MS. This study consists of both a non-targeted (UPLC-MS, GC-MS) and targeted (LC-MS/MS) determination of metabolite content. This allows for both the discovery of novel metabolic processes, as well as a confirmation of metabolites previously shown to be involved in disease resistance. Metabolite variation will be assessed by quantitative differences between resistant and susceptible varieties at 0 (basal metabolite differences), 24, and 72 hours post-infection (induced metabolite differences). Metabolite variation will additionally be analyzed in the context of biochemical pathways to determine the relationship between resistance/susceptibility and host metabolism. Results will be shared with colleagues via progress reports, refereed publications, and meetings. Implications from this research should ilucidate metablolites that are associated with resistance and quantify the level of association.