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Research Project: Genetic Analysis of Complex Traits in Maize

Location: Plant Science Research

Title: Quantitative disease resistance: dissection and adoption in maize

item YANG, QIN - North Carolina State University
item Balint-Kurti, Peter
item XU, MINGLINAG - China Agricultural University

Submitted to: Molecular Plant Pathology
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/1/2017
Publication Date: 3/6/2017
Citation: Yang, Q., Balint Kurti, P.J., Xu, M. 2017. Quantitative disease resistance: dissection and adoption in maize. Molecular Plant Pathology.

Interpretive Summary: This manuscript reviews our knowledge of the genetic mechanisms controlling disease resistance in maize and how to exploit them.

Technical Abstract: Maize is the world’s most widely cultivated crop, providing food, feed, and biofuel. Maize production is constantly threatened by the presence of devastating pathogens worldwide. Characterization of the genetic components underlying disease resistance is a major research area in maize which is highly relevant for resistance breeding programs. Quantitative disease resistance (QDR) is the most widely used type of resistance by maize breeders. The past decade has witnessed the significant progress in fine mapping of genes controlling QDR. The molecular mechanisms underlying QDR remain poorly understood and exploited. In this review we discuss recent advances in maize QDR research and strategy for resistance breeding.