Stem rust, caused by Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici, is a devastating disease on wheat and barley. A single barley gene, Rpg1, has provided durable resistance since its commercial introduction in the 1940s. The cloned Rpg1 gene encodes a protein with two tandem protein kinase domains, one an active kinase (pK2) and one a pseudokinase (pK1). Function of both domains is required for resistance. The gene is constitutively expressed in all tissues with elevated levels in the epidermis. It is mostly cytoplasmic with small, but significant amount associated with the cell membrane. We have been studying this gene and protein to try to understand how it works and why it has been so durable. Here we report our most recent results showing that RPG1 is phosphorylated within 5 min after urediniospores from avirulent, but not virulent, races land on the leaf surface. Two effector proteins were isolated from the ungerminated spores and shown to work cooperatively to induce RPG1 phosphorylation and eventual degradation. The proteins were identified as a hypothetical protein (PGTG10537.2) with a fibronectin type III and BRCA1 C-terminal domains and vacuolar protein sortingassociated protein 9 (PGTG_16791). The rapidity of the effector function and the nature of the two protein effectors indicate that a unique mechanism for effector entry and signaling in the host cell is involved. This hypothetical mechanism may be similar to what is observed in animal cells where fibronectin proteins with an RGD-binding domain act to mediate communications between the extracellular matrix and plasma membrane.
Primary Author: Andris Kleinhofs, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Washington State University, USA
Wheat crop is attacked by three rust diseases of which stripe rust, caused by Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici and leaf rust, caused by Puccinia triticina, are the most common causing greater yield losses. Thirty genotypes were studied for (APR) adult plant resistance and were evaluated in field conditions and controlled conditions. HPW 373, VW 20145, VL 3002, RKVY 231, VL 907, PBW 698 and HS 507 were found to be highly resistant to yellow rust at both seedling and adult plant stages. While, genotypes HS 490, HPW 314, HPW 360, RKVY 133, Raj 4362, DBW 113 and HPW 403 showing very low AUDPC values were found to be moderately resistant under field conditions. These lines are suggested for use in breeding program and some are in network trials for their direct release. Inheritance studies were carried out to decipher the genetics of seedling rust resistance in elite germplasm line HPW 373. The F2s were evaluated for seedling resistance against yellow rust (46S119, 78S84) and leaf rust (77-5-North American equivalent THTTM) races. Resistance in HPW 373 is controlled by single dominant gene against leaf rust (77-5) and stripe rust (78S84). Against stripe rust (46S119), resistance of HPW 373 is controlled by recessive gene. The findings are expected to contribute towards enriching diversity for leaf and stripe rust resistance in bread wheat improvement programmes.
Primary Author: Anubhav, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University, Palampur, India
Leaf rust, caused by Puccinia triticina Erikss. (Pt), is the most widespread wheat rust disease. Information on the virulence and genetic diversity of Pt is important for understanding the pathogen evolution, and thus effective management of wheat leaf rust. We used 20 Thatcher wheat near isogenic lines to study virulence diversity of 102 Pt isolates collected from tetraploid wheat, common wheat, and Triticale worldwide. Seven races were found among 57 isolates collected from tetraploid wheat while 21 races were observed among 40 common wheat type isolates. Four races were identified among the five isolates collected from Triticale. A subset of 30 Pt were genotyped using the Restriction-Associated DNA (RAD)-Genotype By Sequencing (GBS) adapted for the Ion Torrent sequencing platform. Phylogenetic analysis on 30 isolates using 2,125 SNP markers showed eight clusters supported by high bootstrap values. We observed higher genotypic diversity in common wheat type isolates compared to that in tetraploid wheat type isolates. Generally, there was a correlation between virulence phenotypes and SNP genotypes. Phylogeny results suggest that RAD-GBS is promising as a new technique for the study of population genetics in P. triticina.
Primary Author: Aoun , Department of Plant Pathology, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
Drought tolerance is a polygenic trait, with a complicated phenotype, often confused by plant phenology. Breeding for water stress is more complex since there are many types of abiotic stresses, such as drought, heat and salt. High yielding wheat genotypes viz., Miraj-06, 9452, 9469, 9272, 9277, CMS-127 and three testers Chakwal-50,
Kohistan-97 and Aas-11 were crossed in line ? tester mating design. Seed obtained from crosses was evaluated in field conditions for various agronomic traits under drought conditions. Recorded data were subjected to analysis of variance to determine the genetic variability. The data were analyzed statistically and combining ability
studies were tested using line ? tester analysis to find the relationship between different traits of wheat. High significant differences were observed among the lines and testers for yield related traits under stress conditions.
The female line 9452 proved to be best line on the basis of mean performance of traits under water stress. In case of testers, the male parent variety Chakwal-50 retained its performance in maximum number of traits closely followed by Aas-11. The cross combination 9272 ? Aas-11 proved best for attaining highest mean for most of
traits. In case of GCA effects line 9277 and tester Aas-11 proved best. The cross combinations 9277 ? Chakwal-50, 9452 ? Kohistan-97 exhibited highest SCA effects. The superior genotypes and crosses can be combined to develop new promising and improved varieties under water stress conditions.
Primary Author: Ashraf, University of Agriculture, faisalabad
A study was conducted between 2014 and 2016 aiming at determining resistance genotypes of 51 local wheat cultivars in Azerbaijan. The cultivars were evaluated in five different agro-ecological zone including Absheron and Tar-Tar (Irrigated area), Qobustan (dry semi subtropical area),Sheki (rain fed area), and Jalilabad (dry area) against three of the rust pathogens under natural conditions with four repetitions at each region. Field responses under natural infection were recorded according to Modified Cobb's scale for major field responses (Restance (R), Moderelt Resistance MR), Moderet Sesusptable (MS), and Sussciptabe (S) and diseases severity (0-100%). For molecular analysis, genomic DNA was extracted from leaves and the following six markers (Yr5, Yr9, Yr10, Yr15, Yr17, Yr18, and Yr26) were used to identify resistance genes at Plant Genomics College of Agronomy Northwest A&F University China. Marker analysis revealed that Yr5 was present at least in 12 cultivars including Murov, Murov-2, Shafag, Shafaq-2, Nurlu-99,Fatima, Azamatli-95,Agali, Gunashli, Saba Giymatli 2/17, P?rzivan-1, Tale-38. In addition, Yr9 was present in seven culitivars (Pirshahin-1, Layagatli-80, Shafag-2, Zirva-85,Fatima, Agali, Gunashli). Yr10 was present in eight cultivars (Yegana, Garagilchig-2, Yagut, Pirshahin, Shirvan-5, Barakatli-95, Bayaz, Girmizi bugda). And Yr18 was present in Mirbashir-128, Azamatli-95, Gunashli, Akinchi-84, Shirvan-3 cultivars. Yr26 worked well but was not found in any of cultivars. Yr17,Yr15 did not work very well with this method.
Primary Author: Aslanova, Research Institute of Crop Husbandry, Azerbaijan
Wheat stripe (Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici,=Pst) and stem (Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici =Pgt) rusts are the most important wheat disease in Egypt as well as present in all wheat growing areas. This study to evaluate a set of tester lines of wheat carrying stripe Yr's, stem Sr's rust genes and selected Egyptian varieties have been studied for their response to Pst and Pgt at adult plant stage under field conditions in Sakha Agriculture Research Station, during the 2011 to 2014 growing seasons. The results revealed that stripe rust, it has been observed that the new race Yr27-virulence to Pst. In addition pathotypes were virulent for Yr2, Yr6, Yr7, Yr8, Yr9, Yr27, while Yr18 showed moderate susceptibility. On the other hand, Yr1, Yr5, Yr10, Yr15, Yr17, Yr32 and YrSP exhibited high levels of resistance. Regarding, evaluation of resistance genes sources of stem rust on ICARDA, CIMMYT wheat germplasm, and Egyptian wheat varieties released i.e. Misr1 and Misr2 which having Ug99_resistance genes Sr2 and Sr25 were found susceptible to Pgt, also Sr31 recorded infection moderately susceptible to susceptible at adult stage. Genes Sr2 complex, Sr24, Sr26, Sr27, and Sr32 were resistant at adult plant stages. The combination of Sr26 with Sr2 and Sr25 provided stem rust resistance in some CIMMYT wheat germplasm. The objectives of this work are: race analysis of wheat stem and stripe rust disease, evaluation the level and distribution of wheat stripe and stem rust in Egypt, and identification the resistance genes in commercial varieties or new promising lines using standard and molecular genetic markers. Egyptian germplasm such as Misr1, and Misr2 and others tester lines of wheat carrying stem rust Sr's were evaluative under field condition at adult stage in Egypt during 2014 growing season, Egyptian cultivars Misr1 and Misr2 were susceptible rated 10S-20S and Sr31 rated MSS. that results clearly presence a new Sr31-virulence. On other hand, genes Sr2 complex, Sr24, Sr26, Sr27 and Sr32 were resistant and combination of Sr26 with (Sr2 and Sr25) produced stem rust resistance in some CIMMYT wheat germplasm. Shahin et al., 2015, in APS Annual Meeting, Aug. 1-5, Pasadena, CA, US, (In Press).
Primary Author: Atef Shahin, Agricultural Research Centre, Egypt
Eleven durum wheat (Triticum durum Desf.) genotypes were screened to select for drought-tolerance under in vitro immature embryos culture. Drought stress is induced by using five PEG concentrations (0, 200, 270, 295 and 310 g/l of PEG 6000). Results showed, for all studied traits, significant differences among PEG treatments and genotypes. In fact, increasing PEG concentration decreases relative growth rate, callus water content, relative water content, in vitro tolerance and relative tolerance. Biplot analysis indicated that the first two PCs (principal components 1 and 2) explain 70.5 % and showed that Karim, Mahmoudi and Om Rabiaa are respectively the most drought tolerant varieties tested, however, Ben Bechir, Maghrbi and Nasr were the most sensitive.
Primary Author: Ayed, Research Center of Agricultural and Development in Northwest Semi-arid regions of Tunisia
Wild species with valuable genetic heritage was used long time ago in interspecific crosses to improve cultivated plants adaptation to environmental constraints. The objective of this study is to transfer the salinity tolerance of Hordeum marinum, a wild barley species, to three durum wheat varieties (Karim, Razzek and Nasr) by intergeneric crosses. In order to skip the incompatibility between these species, in vitro immature embryo rescue was performed using B5 medium (Gamborg et al., 1968). The results showed that the genotype has an important effect on the success of the crosses and the rate of regenerated plants. We have found that 34.21% of the embryos derived from hybridization Razzek x Hordeum marinum has regenerated haploid plantlets, 5.88% for Karim x Hordeum marinum cross, and 2.78% for Nasr x Hordeum marinum.
The obtained chromosomal stock of the hybrid haploid plants was doubled by colchicine treatment concentrated at 0.05%. The rate of doubled haploid plants were reduced after colchicine treatment to 26.32% for Razzek x Hordeum marinum cross, 0% for Karim crossed with Hordeum marinum and remained unchanged for Nasr x Hordeum marinum.
The doubled haploids obtained are subjected to salt stress (6-12 g/l) in order to evaluate their tolerance to salinity.
Primary Author: Ayed-Slama, National Agronomic Institute of Tunisia
Since 2014 CGIAR-WHEAT Program has promoted the establishment of a network of field-based Precision Wheat Phenotyping Platforms (PWPP) to expand the existing collaborations between CIMMYT, ICARDA and National Agricultural Research System partners. The main goals are improving the quality of data collected and shared among institutions to enhance and accelerate the international wheat breeding, and promote synergism with the private sector and nongovernmental organizations. In 2015, the PWPP-Uruguay was established to test genotypes for multiple diseases: leaf rust, Fusarium head blight and Septoria tritici blotch. These diseases are phenotyped each year in separate field trials artificially inoculated with pathogen isolates identified as representatives of the pathogen regional population. Wheat material is sowed in plots with susceptible checks every 50 entries. Disease severity and other variables related to the disease development are measured using standard international scales at dates when the expression of plant resistance is optimal. In the first three years of the platform, more than 1500 genotypes were screened per year. These materials had diverse origins (more than eight institutions, public and private, from eight countries) and diverse types: from recent commercialized to ancient cultivars, advanced lines, International CIMMYT nurseries, mapping populations or panels. Highly resistant genotypes to multiple diseases could be selected. At the present time, we are developing and adopting advanced phenotyping methods, combining remote sensing and image analysis, and exploring their adaptation to breeding constraints. Also, extension activities as internships, training courses and student projects are being developed. Major future prospects are the enhancement of data and germplasm exchange between platform partners and the PWPP network and the involvement in collaborative phenotyping/genotyping breeding projects.
Primary Author: Azzimonti, Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Agropecuaria (INIA), Estaci?n La Estanzuela, Ruta 50, Km 11, Colonia, Uruguay
Wheat landrace PI 177906 has seedling and field resistance to Pgt races TTKSK and TTKST. From a cross between PI 177906 and LMPG-6, 138 doubled haploid (DH) lines and 144 recombinant inbred lines (RILs) were developed and tested for seedling resistance to Pgt race TTKSK. Goodness-of-fit tests from both populations indicated that two dominant genes in PI 177906 conditioned resistance to race TTKSK. Parents and the 138 DH lines were evaluated in the field in two experiments in Kenya; one in the main season and one in the off-season. The 90K wheat iSelect SNP genotyping platform was used to genotype the parents and DH lines and data were used to construct a genetic linkage map. Two loci for seedling resistance were mapped to chromosomes 2BL and 4BL. Two major QTL for field resistance mapped to the same regions, a 14.4 cM interval on 2BL and an 8.5 cM interval on 4BL. The QTL on 2BL and 4BL explained, respectively, 31.9-32.3% and 18.2-19.1% of the variation in the off-season and 28.3-30.4% and 5.4-6.5% of the variation in the main-season. Based on the mapping results, race specificity, and the seedling infection types, the resistance gene in 2BL could be Sr28, whereas the gene on chromosome 4BL could be novel. The mapping results will be verified in the RIL population using the flanking SNP markers in KASP assays.
Primary Author: Babiker, USDA-ARS, Small Grains and Potato Germplasm Research Unit, USA