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Research Project: Improvement of Biotic Stress Resistance in Durum and Hard Red Spring Wheat Using Genetics and Genomics

Location: Cereal Crops Research

Title: Molecular and cytogenetic characterization of six wheat-Aegilops markgrafii disomic addition lines and their resistance to rusts and powdery mildew

item Niu, Zhixia
item Chao, Shiaoman
item CAI, XIWEN - North Dakota State University
item Whetten, Rebecca
item BREILAND, MATTHEW - North Dakota State University
item Cowger, Christina
item Chen, Xianming
item FRIEBE, BERND - Kansas State University
item GILL, BIKRAM - Kansas State University
item RASMUSSEN, JACK - North Dakota State University
item Klindworth, Daryl
item Xu, Steven

Submitted to: Frontiers in Plant Science
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/18/2018
Publication Date: 11/8/2018
Citation: Niu, Z., Chao, S., Cai, X., Whetten, R.B., Breiland, M., Cowger, C., Chen, X., Friebe, B., Gill, B.S., Rasmussen, J.B., Klindworth, D.L., Xu, S.S. 2018. Molecular and cytogenetic characterization of six wheat-Aegilops markgrafii disomic addition lines and their resistance to rusts and powdery mildew. Frontiers in Plant Science.

Interpretive Summary: The major diseases of wheat include stem rust, leaf rust, stripe rust, and powdery mildew. Finding new genes that control these diseases is a major goal of plant breeders. Wild relatives of wheat, including a goatgrass species called Aegilops markgrafii (Ae. markgrafii), are good sources of new genes. A set of six wheat lines, each carrying a single additional chromosome from Ae. markgrafii designated as B thru G, was previously produced. We studied these lines to determine which of the Ae. markgrafii chromosomes carry genes for disease resistance, to determine the relationship of the Ae. markgrafii chromosome to the wheat chromosomes, and to discover molecular markers associated with each Ae. markgrafii chromosome. We found leaf rust resistance was associated with chromosome B, and powdery mildew resistance was associated with chromosomes D, E, F, and G. We found no resistance to stripe rust associated with any Ae. markgrafii chromosome. A prior study had found stem rust resistance associated with chromosomes C and D. Thus, each Ae. markgrafii chromosome conferred resistance to at least one disease. We found 132 molecular markers that were associated with one or more Ae. markgrafii chromosomes. These markers were used to establish the relationship of the Ae. markgrafii chromosomes to the wheat chromosome groups. We determined that chromosomes B, C, D, E, F, and G were related to wheat chromosome groups 2, 5, 6, 7, 3, and 4, respectively. The disease data, molecular markers, and chromosome groupings will allow for transfer of Ae. markgrafii genes to wheat.

Technical Abstract: TAegilops markgrafii (Greuter) Hammer is an important source of genes for resistance to abiotic stresses and diseases in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). A series of six wheat ‘Alcedo’-Ae. markgrafii chromosome disomic addition lines, designated as AI(B), AII(C), AIII(D), AV(E), AIV(F) and AVIII(G) carrying the Ae. markgrafii chromosomes B, C, D, E, F and G, respectively, were tested with SSR markers to establish homoeologous relationships to wheat and identify markers useful in chromosome engineering. The addition lines were evaluated for resistance to rust and powdery mildew diseases. The parents Alcedo and Ae. markgrafii accession ‘S740-69’ were tested with 1500 SSR primer pairs and 935 polymorphic primers were identified. After selecting for robust primers and confirming the polymorphisms on the addition lines, 132 primers were considered useful for engineering and establishing homoeologous relationships. Based on the marker analysis, we concluded that the chromosomes B, C, D, E, F, and G belong to wheat homoeologous groups 2, 5, 6, 7, 3, and 4, respectively. Also, we observed chromosomal rearrangements in several addition lines. When tested with 20 isolates of powdery mildew pathogen (Blumeria graminis f. sp. tritici) from five geographic regions of the U.S., four addition lines (AIII(D), AV(E), AIV(F), and AVIII(G)) showed resistance to some isolates, with addition line AV(E) being resistant to 19 of 20 isolates. The addition lines were tested with two races (TDBJ and TNBJ) of the leaf rust pathogen (Puccinia triticina), and only addition line AI(B) exhibited resistance at a level comparable to the Ae. markgrafii parent. Addition lines AII(C) and AIII(D) had been previously identified as resistant to the Ug99 race group of the stem rust pathogen (Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici). The addition lines were also tested for resistance to six U.S. races (PSTv-4, PSTv-14, PSTv-37, PSTv-40, PSTv-51, and PSTv-198) of the stripe rust pathogen (Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici); we found no resistance either in Alcedo or any of the addition lines. The homoeologous relationships of the chromosomes in the addition lines, molecular markers located on each chromosome, and disease resistance associated with each chromosome will allow for chromosome engineering of the resistance genes.