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Complementary resistance genes in wheat selection Avocet R conferring resistance to stripe rust

This study reports the inheritance and genetic mapping of YrA seedling resistance to stripe rust in a resistant selection of the Australian spring wheat variety Avocet (AUS20601). Genetic analysis was performed on F2 and F3 generation families derived from crosses between wheat genotypes previously reported to carry the YrA resistance and lines that lack the YrA resistance phenotype. Seedling tests with two Pst pathotypes (104 E137 A- and 108 E141 A-) avirulent with respect to YrA confirmed that the resistance was inherited as two complementary dominant genes. Ninety-two doubled haploid (DH) lines derived from a cross between the Australian cv. Teal (seedling-susceptible) and Avocet R were used to confirm the mode of inheritance of YrA and to develop a DArT-Seq genetic map to locate the components of the YrA resistance. Marker-trait association analysis based on 9,035 DArT-Seq loci mapped the two genes to chromosomes 3DL and 5BL. F2 populations derived from intercrosses of seedling susceptible DH lines that carried each gene (based on marker genotype) reproduced the YrA phenotype and specificity, confirming the complementary resistance gene model. The YrA resistance component loci were designated Yr73 (3DL) and Yr74 (5BL). Candidate single gene reference stocks will be permanently accessioned following cytological analysis to avoid a T5B-7B translocation in Teal relative to Avocet and Chinese Spring.

The University of Sydney, Plant Breeding Institute, Australia
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Breeding strategies to decrease stripe rust epidemics in Uzbekistan

Winter wheat production in Uzbekistan is threatened by yellow rust and leaf rust. Both rusts are capable of causing substantial economic losses, but their incidence varies due to different ecological requirements. Yellow rust caused significant yield losses in 2009, 2010, 2013, and in some regions, also in 2014. Several stripe rust resistant lines with high grain yield and desirable agronomic characteristics are being introduced through the International Winter Wheat Improvement Program (IWWIP) and submitted to the State Varietal Testing Commission. A number of new yellow rust resistant varieties were released for specific epidemiological areas of Uzbekistan. These varieties planted on about 200,000 ha are helping to reduce inoculum buildup and spread of rust in farmers’ fields. The objective of the present work was to identify locally adapted yellow rust resistant wheat lines in international nurseries. In 2014 448 winter wheat lines were evaluated for response to the prevailing Pst population under controlled conditions at the Plant Industry Research Institute and field conditions at the Kashkadarya Branch of the Grain and Leguminous Research Institute. Eighty lines were immune and 73 lines showed moderate to high levels of resistance in the field. Following agronomic assessments 55 lines were promoted to advanced multi-site yield trials. A set of selected lines was also distributed to other wheat research institutions within the country. It is expected that this process will lead to the release and deployment of more resistant winter wheat varieties in Uzbekistan.

Kashkadarya Branch of the Grain and Leguminous Research Institute, Uzbekistan
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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.

State Key Laboratory of Crop Stress Biology for Arid Areas and College of Plant Protection, Northwest A&F University, P.R. China
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Genetic analysis of stripe rust resistance in a common wheat landrace AWCC275

Improvement of stripe rust resistance is one of the main aims of wheat breeding programs worldwide. Progress is dependent on the availability of genetically diverse and widely effective sources of resistance. This study focuses on genetic analysis of stripe rust resistance in landrace accession AWCC275 from the Watkins Collection. AWCC275 was scored resistant to moderately resistant under field conditions during three crop seasons and showed an intermediate seedling response (infection type 2C). AWCC275 was crossed with the susceptible genotype Avocet S and a population of 76 F3 families was generated. Twenty seedlings of each family were tested at the seedling stage with Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici pathotype 134 E16A+,Yr17+,Yr27+ under greenhouse conditions. Sixteen lines were homozygous resistant (HR), 43 segregated and 17 were homozygous susceptible (HS). Chi-squared analysis (?21:2:1 =1.34, non-significant at P=0.05 and 2 df) indicated segregation at a single locus. HR and HS lines were submitted for selective genotyping using the 90K SNP platform. The population is currently being advanced to F6 for detailed molecular mapping and the resistance gene is being backcrossed to three Australian wheat cultivars.

The University of Sydney Plant Breeding Institute Cobbitty, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, Australia
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Yr26-virulent Puccinia striiformis f.sp. tritici pathotypes in China are genetically diverse

A Pst pathotype group named V26, virulent to wheat lines possessing Yr26 (=Yr24) has become the third most frequent group in China after races CYR32 and CYR33. Twenty four near-isogenic lines (NILs) and 19 Chinese differentials were used to identify the avirulence/virulence spectra of 36 Yr26-virulent isolates from four provinces (Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan and Ningxia). Eight races were identified when tested on the NIL set, and 7 races were identified on the Chinese set. There was no relationship with province of origin. Three races identified on the NILs occurred at relatively high frequencies (23, 3, and 3 isolates). Virulence differences existed for Yr1, Yr4, Yr6, Yr9, Yr17, Yr25, Yr32, YrSp, and YrTr1. Among the 7 races identified on the Chinese differentials, one (CYR32 + Yr26 virulence) was represented by 13 isolates and another (CYR33 + Yr26 virulence) included 15 isolates. Among the entire group there were virulence differences on Trigo-Eureka (Yr6+), Lovrin 13 (Yr9+), Kangyin 655, Fengchan 3 (Yr1+), Lovrin 10 (Yr9+), and Hybrid 46 (Yr4+). All isolates were avirulent on Zhong 4 and T. spelta. Using 18 polymorphic simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers, we identified 35 genotypes clustered into two molecular groups (MGs) at a similarity coefficient level of 0.70. SSR analysis also indicated a high level of recombination within the V26 group. The considerable diversity indicates a threat not only to cultivars carrying Yr26, but also to other currently resistant materials.

State Key Laboratory of Crop Stress Biology for Arid Areas and College of Plant Protection, Northwest A&F University, P.R. China
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Supercharging the radars for pathogen surveillance

Emerging and re-emerging diseases of humans, animals and plants pose a significant hazard to public health and food security. With recent advances in sequencing technology, bacteriologists and virologists are now integrating high-resolution genotypic data into pathogen surveillance activities. However, the application of genomics to emerging filamentous plant pathogens has lagged. To address this, we developed a robust and rapid “field pathogenomics” strategy. We applied this method in 2013 to the wheat yellow rust pathogen Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici (Pst), using gene sequencing of Pst-infected wheat leaves taken directly from the field to gain insight into the population structure of a re-emerging pathogen. Our analysis uncovered a dramatic shift in the Pst population in the UK and supports the hypothesis that recent introduction of a diverse set of exotic Pst lineages may have displaced the previous population. Gene sequencing of infected host tissue can also be leveraged to assess the genotype of the host, rapidly confirming whether previously resistant wheat varieties have indeed been overcome. We have now expanded this study to analyze Pst-infected plant samples from across Europe and beyond and will provide an update on the insights we have gained regarding Pst population dynamics. Working with cross-institutional and industrial partners we are now developing this technique further to reduce cost so it can be applied routinely within the U.K. cereal disease surveillance program.

National Institute of Agricultural Botany, UK
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Identification of slow stripe rusting wheat genotypes

Stripe or yellow rust is a constraint to wheat production on about 12.8 m ha in the Northern Hills and North Western regions of India. Varieties resistant at the time of release become susceptible usually within a few years due to new pathogen races. The present study conducted in 2013-14 was undertaken to identify slow stripe rusting genotypes among a panel of 192 advanced breeding lines and popular cultivars. All genotypes were planted in two replications and a susceptible control was planted after every 20 plots. The nursery, grown at Karnal, was inoculated with a mixture of prevalent Pst races 78S84 and 46S119. Genotypes were categorized into distinct groups based on area under disease progress curve (AUDPC) values, viz. 22 lines with AUDPC values 1-100, 18 lines with values 101-200, 43 lines with values 201-500, and remaining lines with higher values. Apart from rust-free lines assumed to carry all-stage resistance genes, lines with AUDPC values of less than 500 and having AUDPC values <20% of those of the susceptible check (maximum AUDPC value, 2500) were considered to be slow rusting. Some of the popular cultivars (HS 507, HS 542, WH 1105, HD 3086, DPW 621-50, HD 3059) currently grown in northern India showed slow rusting. The information generated can be utilized in improving the levels of stripe rust resistance in current cultivars.

Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research (IIWBR), India
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Expression of adult plant resistance to stripe rust in selected Australian wheat genotypes

Wheat stripe rust can be managed using adult plant resistance (APR). Knowledge of the growth stage at onset of APR is crucial for integrated management of this disease. Wheat varieties Annuello, Baxter, EGA Kidman, GBA Sapphire, Janz, Kennedy, Livingston, Spitfire, Sunstate, Sunvale, Wyalkatchem, Yitpi, and Avocet NILs carrying Yr18 and Yr18+29, all carrying adult plant stripe rust resistance, were compared for expression of APR under greenhouse conditions. Weekly plantings of all genotypes and susceptible controls Mace and Morocco permitted simultaneous comparisons of infection at the seedling, tillering, jointing, flag leaf, and head emergence stages. Ten replicates of each genotype at the five different growth stages were inoculated with Pst pathotype 134 E16,A+,17+,27+. Percentages of leaf area affected by stripe rust and host response were recorded at 14, 17, 20, 24, 28 and 31 days post inoculation to establish the latent period. With one exception all genotypes including the controls showed latent periods of less than 14 days when inoculated at the seedling, tillering and stem elongation, or jointing growth stages; Spitfire had a latent period of more than 17 days when inoculated at jointing. At the flag leaf and head emergence stages, all genotypes except the controls Mace and Morocco had latent periods of greater than 20 days. The results indicate that the onset of APR in Spitfire was earlier (at jointing) than the other genotypes, and that the resistance remained effective until head emergence and beyond. The information generated shows the importance of information regarding stripe rust development within specific wheat genotypes, and in supporting decisions on chemical intervention to control this disease.

The University of Sydney, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, Plant Breeding Institute, Australia
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Saturation of the Yr34 region of wheat chromosome 5AL to identify closely linked SNP markers

Stripe rust of wheat, caused by Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici (Pst), is a major threat to global food security. Although stripe rust was detected for the first time in Eastern Australia in 1979, Western Australia (WA) remained free from stripe rust until 2002. The Pst incursion in WA was pathotyped as 134 E16A+ and differed from the most widely virulent pre-2002 group by combined virulence to Yr8 and Yr9 and avirulence for Yr3 and Yr4. An advanced breeding line, WAWHT2046, expressed resistant to moderately resistant (R-MR) response to 134 E16A+ under field conditions, and infection type (IT) 23C - 3C at the seedling stage. The resistance gene Yr34 that controlled stripe rust in WAWHT2046 was 12.2 cM distal to the awn inhibitor B1 in chromosome 5AL (Bariana et al. 2006; Theor Appl Genet 112:1143-1148) based on a Carnamah/WAWHT2046 doubled haploid (DH) population. The present investigation was planned to identify SNP markers closely linked with Yr34. Eight homozygous resistant and eight homozygous susceptible lines from the Carnamah/WAWHT2046 DH population were used for selective genotyping using SNP markers. Twenty four SNP markers were associated with resistance. Kompetitive allele-specific primers (KASP) were designed and SNP markers were genotyped on the DH population. SNP marker IWB80451 mapped 1.7 cM proximal to Yr34.

The University of Sydney Plant Breeding Institute, Australia
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Phenotypic and genotypic analysis of stripe rust, leaf rust and stem rust resistance genes in Tajik wheat varieties

The objective of this study was to characterize seedling and adult plant resistance to all three rusts in a set of 40 bread wheat varieties currently cultivated in Tajikistan. Gene postulation based on multi-pathotype seedling test data and adult plant responses identified Yr2, Yr9, Yr17 and Yr27; Lr10 and Lr26; and Sr5, Sr6, Sr10, Sr11, Sr31 and Sr38. The effects of slow rusting, adult plant, pleiotropic resistance genes Lr34/Yr18/Sr57 and Yr30/Lr27/Sr2 were observed in the field and confirmed with molecular markers. Furthermore, molecular markers diagnostic for Yr9/Lr26/Sr31 and Yr17/Lr37/Sr38 were assessed on all varieties. Genes Lr34/Yr18/Sr57, Yr9/Lr26/Sr31 and Yr27 were identified in varieties Sarvar, Vahdat, Oriyon, Isfara, Ormon, Alex, Sadokat, Ziroat-70, Iqbol, Shokiri, and Safedaki Ishkoshimi based on phenotypic and genotypic results. Some lines were highly resistant to stripe rust (4 varieties), leaf rust (5) and stem rust (9), but the genes responsible could not be identified. They may possess new resistance genes. We thus identified combinations of major and minor rust resistance genes in Tajik wheat varieties. These varieties can now be used by breeders in Tajikistan as crossing parents to develop new varieties with durable resistance to the rusts.

Tajik Agrarian University, 146, Tajikistan
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