Distribution resistance genes and strategies for sustainable control of wheat stripe rust in China
The appearance and spread of new Pst races are common consequences of the widespread use of single resistance genes in one or more widely grown cultivars, with epidemics occurring some time later. Based on the geographical situation in China, epidemiology of stripe rust can be divided into three major zones, namely autumn sources of inocula, spring sources of inocula, and the spring epidemic areas. About 67 stripe rust resistance genes (Yr1 – Yr67) and some temporarily designated genes have been catalogued in cultivated wheat varieties. Many of the genes have unique linked markers that enable their transfer by marker assisted selection (MAS). We recommend firstly that wheat breeders, rust geneticists and pathologists work in together in evaluating the effectiveness of resistance in multi-pathotype seedling tests in the greenhouse and in field trials at hot-spot locations to identify the genes conferring stable resistance across environments; and secondly to apportion the available resistance genes to the different epidemiological regions. We expect that such regional diversity of resistance genes will provide strong barriers to seasonal spread between regions.