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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Location: Cereal Crops Research

2008 Annual Report

1a. Objectives (from AD-416)
Fusarium head blight (FHB) or scab,caused by the fungus Fusarium graminearum Schwabe, is a serious disease of wheat. The research objective is to develop genetic resistance to FHB in durum, or macaroni, wheat (Triticum turgidum L., 2n = 4x = 28; AABB genomes) by exploiting novel sources of resistance in the wild relatives. It has been difficult to identify effective sources of resistance in durum wheat cultivars. However, several wild grasses, including diploid wheatgrasses in the secondary or tertiary gene pool of wheat, are excellent sources of FHB resistance that may be incorporated into durum germplasm. Improved durum germplasm with reliable FHB resistance could then be used to incorporate resistance genes into durum and bread wheat cultivars. Specific subobjectives of this project are to: a. Develop alien addition lines involving chromosomes or chromatin, with FHB resistance from diploid wheatgrasses, Lophopyrum elongatum (Host) Á. Löve [= Agropyron elongatum (Host) Beauv.] and Thinopyrum bessarabicum (Savul. & Rayss) Á. Löve (= Agropyron bessarabicum Savul. & Rayss). b. Initiate new crosses with other potential donors such as Thinopyrum junceiforme (Löve & Löve) Löve, 2n = 4x = 28; J1J1J2J2 genomes) and Thinopyrum nodosum [= Lophopyrum nodosum (Nevski) Á. Löve] that may provide new sources of alien chromosomes with FHB resistance. c. Characterize the added alien chromosome(s) from the wild relatives that confer FHB resistance to durum wheat. d. Evaluate both FHB resistance and mycotoxin deoxynivalenol (DON) accumulation with the longer-term objective of releasing FHB-resistant germplasm. e. Assess the genomic relationships between wheat and related species in the intergeneric hybrids.

1b. Approach (from AD-416)
Alien gene transfer into durum wheat will be carried out by tools of classical and molecular cytogenetics. The cytogenetic techniques will involve sexual hybridization between durum cultivars and wild grasses,coupled with induction of pairing among chromosomes of parental species by manipulation of the pairing-control mechanism(Ph1). This approach will facilitate transfer of alien chromatin into the durum genome, which will then be characterized using fluorescent genomic in situ hybridization (fl-GISH) and chromosome-specific markers. Using this approach, alien addition lines involving diploid wheatgrass (Lophopyrum elongatum and Thinopyrum bessarabicum) chromosomes or chromatin with FHB resistance will be developed. In addition to using these two diploid wheatgrasses as donors of FHB resistance, we will initiate new crosses with other potential donors such as Thinopyrum junceiforme and Thinopyrum nodosum (= Lophopyrum nodosum) that may provide new sources of alien chromosomes with resistance. Fertile hybrid derivatives and stable alien addition lines will be screened for FHB resistance using the techniques we have already standardized.

3. Progress Report
This is a new project initiated in April 2008 for which milestones will be initiated in FY2009. See the former CRIS project 5442-21000-029-00D for FY2008 milestones. We are continuing work on durum disomic additions involving the diploid grass Thinopyrum bessarabicum chromosomes that were isolated previously. We are also developing new addition lines. Monosomic additions were selfed and the progeny are being studied. Disomic additions involving Th. bessarabicum were probed with 28 SSR primers. Chromosome specific markers for grass chromosomes are being isolated. To transfer desirable genes from chromosome 1E into Group 1 chromosomes of durum, we are trying to exploit the Ph system to induce homoeologous pairing and alien introgression. We made crosses between DGE-1 and ph1c ph1c Cappelli. The progeny is being studied. This work relates to NP 301 Component 2: Crop Informatics, Genomics, and Genetic Analyses, Problem Statement 2B: Structural Comparison and Analysis of Crop Genomes, and Component 3: Genetic Improvement of Crops, Problem Statements 3A: Genetic Theory and Methods of Crop Improvement and 3B: Capitalizing on Untapped Genetic Diversity.

4. Accomplishments
1. None. This is a new project initiated in April 2008. See the progress report for the previous CRIS project 5442-21000-029-00D for recent accomplishments related to this project.

5. Significant Activities that Support Special Target Populations

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