Evaluation of naked barley landraces from mountainous region of Nepal for yellow rust resistance.
Naked barley (Hordeum vulgare var. nudum L.), is an important winter crop grown in the mountain region of Nepal. Stripe rust (Puccinia striiformis f.sp. hordei), is the most destructive fungal disease of barley in the hills of Nepal with losses up to 100 %, occurring in cooler regions with higher altitude (1000-2500 m). Yield components along with final rust severity (FRS), area under disease progress curve (AUDPC) and average coefficient of infection (ACI) were evaluated for 20 indigenous barley accessions collected from mountainous region of Nepal at National Agriculture Genetic Resource Centre (Genebank), Khumaltar, Nepal during winter season of 2016-2017 with three replications. Barley cultivars displayed a range of severity from 0% to 100% with immune to susceptible reaction. AUDPC values were significantly different among the tested genotypes. Barley genotypes with accession number NGRC00837 (ACI-3), NGRC02357 (ACI-7), NGRC06026 (ACI-9) and NGRC02306 (ACI-12) were found resistant with lowest diseases progress while NGRC02350 (ACI-60), NGRC06036 (ACI-80), NGRC02312 (ACI-86), NGRC04003 (ACI-83) and NGRC02318 (ACI-93) were found as highly susceptible landraces. Correlation coefficients of agronomical parameters such as grains per spike and 1000-kernels weight with epidemiological parameters such as AUDPC and ACI were found highly significant. Resistant genotypes with low values for disease progress as well as diseases reaction were identified. The results indicate that source of resistance to yellow rust in naked barley genotypes are available in Nepal and can be used for resistant breeding in future.