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Research Project: Potato Genetic Improvement for Enhanced Tuber Quality and Greater Productivity and Sustainability in Western U.S. Production

Location: Small Grains and Potato Germplasm Research

Title: Potato psyllid (Hemiptera: Triozidae) behavior on three potato genotypes with tolerance to ‘candidatus liberibacter solanacearum’

item FIFE, AUSTIN - University Of Idaho
item CRUZADO, KARIN - University Of Idaho
item RASHED, ARASH - University Of Idaho
item Novy, Richard - Rich
item WENNINGER, ERIK - University Of Idaho

Submitted to: Journal of Insect Science
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/1/2020
Publication Date: 4/21/2020
Citation: Fife, A.N., Cruzado, K., Rashed, A., Novy, R.G., Wenninger, E.J. 2020. Potato psyllid (Hemiptera: Triozidae) behavior on three potato genotypes with tolerance to ‘candidatus liberibacter solanacearum’. Journal of Insect Science. 20(2).

Interpretive Summary: Zebra chip disease of potato is caused by a bacteria that is transmitted by an insect (potato psyllid). The disease can cause significant losses in potato quality and yield. Identification of potatoes having resistance or tolerance to the disease would aid in reducing the impact of this disease. Potato clones displaying tolerance to zebra chip were evaluated for whether the tolerance was due to an impact of potato clones on potato psyllid behavior which subsequently reduced transmission of the bacteria. Potato psyllid behavior evaluated included frequency of plant probing and walking duration; laying of eggs, and their fertility were also evaluated. Results suggested that tolerance to zebra chip was not due to an impact of the plant on the psyllid, but instead due to actual resistance to the bacteria that causes zebra chip.

Technical Abstract: The potato/tomato psyllid Bactericera cockerelli (Šulc) transmits ‘Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum’ (Lso)(also known as ‘Candidatus Liberibacter psyllaurous’), the bacterium associated with zebra chip disease (ZC) in potato. When disease incidence is high, ZC causes large economic losses through reductions in potato yield and tuber quality. No commercial potato variety has been found totally resistant to the pathogen. We evaluated host acceptance behaviors using no-choice assays on three breeding clones derived from Solanum chacoense Bitter with putative tolerance to Lso and/or ZC as part of an effort to determine whether the disease tolerance observed in those breeding clones was related to effects on psyllid settling behavior. We also counted the number of eggs laid and nymphs hatched on the different genotypes to observe any differences in reproduction. The potato variety ‘Russet Burbank’ was used as a susceptible control. Probing frequency and female walking duration were greater on Russet Burbank than the other genotypes. Oviposition did not differ among genotypes. However, female psyllids on two of the Lso-tolerant genotypes displayed reduced fertility 18–24 d after confinement with a male, relative to females on Russet Burbank. These results suggest that although the germplasms display minor abiotic activity on psyllid fertility, tolerance to Lso may be more strongly linked with plant tolerance to the pathogen rather than effects on host acceptance behaviors.