Stripe rust, caused by Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici, is the most destructive disease of wheat in the US Pacific Northwest. Durable high-temperature adult-plant (HTAP) resistance to stripe rust has been emphasized for breeding wheat cultivars and the resistance level has been gradually increased since the early 1960s. Wheat cultivar Madsen has been widely grown, intensively used in breeding programs, and has exhibited durable and high level resistance to stripe rust since its release in 1988. To map its resistance genes and determine the genetic basis of durable and high-level of resistance, Madsen was crossed with susceptible cultivar Avocet S, and 156 recombinant inbred lines (RILs) were developed. The RILs and parents were tested with races PSTv-37 and PSTv-40 in seedling stage at low temperatures in the greenhouse and in adult-plant stage in the fields of Pullman and Mount Vernon, WA in 2015 and 2016 under natural infection of the pathogen. The RILs were genotyped with single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers derived from genotyping by sequencing and the 90K Illumina iSelect wheat SNP chip. A linkage map was constructed with 1,348 SNP loci. QTL analysis identified three genes for all-stage resistance on chromosomes 1AS (QYrMad.wgp-1AS), 1BS (QYrMad.wgp-1BS), and 2AS (QYrMad.wgp-2AS); and two QTL for HTAP resistance on 3B (QYrMad.wgp-3B) and 6B (QYrMad.wgp-6B). QYrMad.wgp-2AS was the most significant QTL, explaining 16.03-71.23% phenotypic variation depending upon the race or environment, followed by QYrMad.wgp-6B that was consistently detected in all field experiments and explained 6.7-35.9% of the phenotypic variations. Based on the chromosomal locations and the results from other studies, QYrMad.wgp-2AS contains Yr17 and a HTAP resistance QTL, and QYrMad.wgp-1AS is a new QTL. The interactions among these QTL were mostly additive. The combination of the five QTL for different types of resistance provides the durable and high level resistance to stripe rust.
High-temperature adult-plant (HTAP) resistance to stripe rust in wheat has proven to be durable. Molecular markers tightly linked to HTAP resistance offer an alternative to phenotypic selection and are useful for pyramiding HTAP resistance genes with other types of resistance. This study assessed HTAP resistance in six diverse mapping populations derived from four types of crosses: 1. Resistant × Susceptible, IDO444 × Rio Blanco (winter wheat RILs) and UI Silver × Shaan 89150 (winter wheat DH lines); 2. Moderately Resistant × Resistant, UI Platinum × SY Capstone (spring wheat DH lines) and UI Stone × IDO686 (spring wheat RILs); 3. Moderately Resistant × Moderately Resistant, UI Stone × Alturas (spring wheat RILs); and 4. Moderately Susceptible × Moderately Susceptible, IDO835 × Moreland (winter wheat, DHLs). Eight QTL significantly associated with HTAP resistance were earlier identified in the IDO444 x Rio Blanco RIL population, including three major QTL (QYrid.ui-2B.1, QYrid.ui-2B.2, and QYrid.ui-4A) and five minor QTL (QYrid.ui-1A, QYrid.ui-3B.1, QYrid.ui-3B.2, QYrid.ui-4B, and QYrid.ui-5B) (Chen et al. 2012, Mol Breeding 29:791–800). These QTL are being validated and novel QTL are being identified in the other five populations. The current study used elite × elite crosses; therefore, the identified QTL may have application in selecting lines with combinations of stripe rust resistance and other superior agronomic traits and perhaps for release as new cultivars.
In order to identify sources of resistance to tan spot caused by Pyrenophora tritici-repentis, 359 local wheat accessions were evaluated for reaction to the Oued-Mliz isolate in controlled conditions and in the field. Two and three assessments were carried out at the seedling and adult stages, respectively. There was a highly significant accession effect and 4.2% of accessions were highly resistant in both controlled conditions and the field. Assessments at the seedling stage were positively correlated with each other, and assessments in the adult stage were also positively correlated. However, assessments at the seedling stage were negatively correlated with those at the adult stage. One hundred and fifty five accessions with known origins (from 15 localities belonging to four districts) were projected on a graph defined by the two axes: reactions at the seedling stage and reactions at the adult stage. After placing the average reactions at the seedling and adult stages on the graph, four groups of accessions were obtained: accessions that were resistant to both stages, accessions that were resistant at the adult stage only, accessions that were resistant at the seedling stage only, and accessions that were susceptible at both stages. All four groups were found in each district. However, considering localities, reactions of accessions were highly variable. For example, accessions originating from Menzel Hbib were genetically variable and were represented in each of the four groups, whereas accessions from Sidi El Hani were all resistant at both stages. Further work is needed to study the genetic variability within and between localities and to better understand the resistant accessions.
Primary Author: Cherif, National Agronomic Institute of Tunisia
Wheat is one of the most important food crops of the world. India is the second largest producer of wheat, currently producing 95 million tons from about 30 million hectares. Looking ahead to 2050, India needs to constantly increase production to about 150 million tons, to meet the rising population and demand. With area under cultivation having no room for growth, productivity will be the main pillar for growing production. Currently India?s yield of 3.1 t/ha has plenty room for growth as compared to the world leaders such as France (7.5 t/ha), Germany (7.3 t/ha) and UK (6.6 t/ha). Wheat productivity depends on multiple factors, seed being one of the most important.
The current operating environment is characterized by wheat R&D in the country conducted by public institutes, but there are clear signs of an emerging private sector involvement. The government promoting Inter-institutional linkages by way of associating private players in research and seed production.
This study evaluates and reflects on the current situation of the wheat seed sector in India - from research, variety/hybrid development, seed production, indent to distribution, the players involved, the challenges therein, upcoming technologies and the way forward.
Wheat rusts are one of the important diseases that limit the production and downgrade wheat quality. Three rust diseases of wheat are stem rust caused by Puccinia graminis Pers. f. sp. tritici Eriks., stripe rust caused by Puccinia striiformis Westend. f. sp. tritici Eriks., and leaf rust caused by Puccinia triticina Eriks. This study was conducted to determine the reaction of wheat varieties to wheat rusts at different altitudes. Field experiments were conducted from December 2016 to March 2017 at Mendagang (27.5886°N, 89.8711°E, 1332 masl), Punakha Dzongkhag (district) for mid altitude and at Agriculture Research and Development Center (ARDC), Samtenling (26.9058°N, 90.4308°E, 378 masl), Sarpang Dzongkhag, Bhutan for low altitude. The experiment followed a RCBD with 15 treatments comprising of three Bhutanese released varieties, eight SAARC varieties, and four ICARDA varieties. Each treatment was replicated three times. Assessment of disease incidence and severity were performed three times starting from tillering to ripening stage, approximately at 60, 90 and 120 days after sowing (DAS). Disease severity was determined following the modified Cobb’s disease rating scale. Of the 15 varieties, only 11 germinated in both the sites. Among the three wheat rust diseases, only leaf rust was observed in both sites. Leaf rust incidences ranged from 2.5 to 10% and 2.5 to 16% at mid and low altitudes respectively. Disease severity of 5 to 20%, corresponding to field response of immune (5O) to moderately resistant (20MR), was observed at mid altitude, while 5 to 100%, with immune (5O) to susceptible (100S), was observed at low altitude. There was a significant difference in disease incidence by site (p=.038) but not in disease severity (p=.129). The variety, ICARDA 1, with 100% severity was highly susceptible (100S) to leaf rust at low altitude while Bajosokha Kaa remained immune (5O) in both the sites. The results indicate that leaf rust can occur in both low and mid altitudes; however selection of suitable varieties requires more extensive studies.
Primary Author: Chophel, National Plant Protection Center
Recent events in worldwide populations of the fungal pathogen Puccinnia striiformis, which causes the yellow rust disease on wheat and other cereals, have suggested that other factors than shifts in virulence can lead to epidemic events. For instance, the spread of two strains across four continents that has occurred within the last 10-15 years seems to be a result of high temperature adaptation combined with a relatively short latent period (Hovmøller et al. 2008; Milus et al. 2009). Variation for quantitative traits like latent period has often been hypothesized to play a significant role in population shift but only very few experimental data have been generated. Here we report difference for components of aggressiveness which included latent period and lesion growth for 17 isolates derived from a selfing of an aggressive isolate using Berberis vulgaris. A group of offspring isolates had a significantly longer latent period and higher lesion growth than the parental isolate. Interestingly, the two traits were found to be positively correlated where a long latent period was correlated with a higher lesion growth rate. This may suggest a trade-off between latent period and lesion growth. All isolates were assessed on seedlings of two highly susceptible host varieties and the two hosts gave similar results. In a previous study the progeny isolates showed segregation for virulence/avirulence and SSR markers (Rodriguez-Algaba et al. 2014). In conclusion, this study demonstrates genetically inheritable variability for latent period and lesion growth in P. striiformis, even within a single parental isolate. The results contribute to a better understanding of the ability of P. striiformis to adapt to new host varieties and changing environments at the quantitative level.
Primary Author: Chris Sorensen, Aarhus University, Denmark
The purpose of monitoring cereal rust pathogens is to provide a basis for disease control strategies that include breeding for resistance, predicting disease response in commercial cultivars and responding to the dynamics of pathogen change. The means of achieving this vary from regular collection surveys based on assessments of sample collections in greenhouse tests, to monitoring and recording static trap plots. Factors governing the method of approach include the size of the target region, the available research resources and the experience of staff involved. This paper is a brief review of the development of near-isogenic lines as a means of monitoring cereal rust pathogens. Emphasis will be given to wheat stripe/ yellow rust and the development and application of a near-isogenic set of materials based on the spring wheat cultivar Avocet. This parent was selected because of its high degree of susceptibility to the disease, agronomic adaptability (semidwarf, spring habit, moderate vernalisation and day-length requirements), and resistance to stem rust. The relative benefits of using these materials will be discussed in the context of available data.
Primary Author: Colin Wellings, The University of Sydney, Plant Breeding Institute, Australia
Stripe rust, caused by Puccinia striiformis, has been an important disease of wheat, barley, rye, triticale and certain graminaceous hosts for centuries. The significance of the disease on cultivated cereals has waxed and waned according to the vagaries of climate, inoculum levels and susceptible varieties. A progressive understanding of pathogen biology has revealed levels of specialisation between and within host groups, and these had varying impacts on the hosts concerned. The most economically important form is P. striiformis f. sp. tritici (Pst), the causal pathogen of stripe (yellow) rust of wheat, which is the major focus of this paper. The recent discovery of the perfect stage of Pst on Berberis spp. will encourage further work to uncover the potential importance of the sexual stage in pathogen biology in regions where Berberis spp. occur. A review of the evolution of pathotypes within Pst over the past 50 years reveals recurrent pandemics emanating from a combination of specific virulence in the pathogen population, wide scale cultivation of genetically similar varieties, and agronomic practices that led to high yield potential. When these factors operate in concert, regional stripe rust epidemics have proven to be dramatic, extensive and serious in terms of the magnitude of losses and the economic hardships endured. A review of these epidemics suggests that little progress has been made in containing the worst effects of epidemics. The current status of stripe rust was gauged from a survey of 25 pathologists and breeders directly associated with the disease. It was evident that Pst remains a significant threat in the majority of wheat growing regions of the world with potential to inflict regular regional crop losses ranging from 0.1 to 5%, with rare events giving losses of 5 to 25%. Regions with current vulnerability include the USA (particularly Pacific North West), East Asia (China north-west and south-west), South Asia (Nepal), Oceania (Australia) and East Africa (Kenya). The resources deployed to contain the worst effects of Pst will need to find a balance between training a new generation of breeders and pathologists in host-pathogen genetics, and an investment in infrastructure in IARCs and NARs.
Primary Author: Colin Wellings, The University of Sydney, Plant Breeding Institute, Australia
Aphids are major pests of wheat, able to cause up to 40% yield reduction solely due to direct feeding and up to 60% when feeding is combined with the transmission of viral diseases. Wheat resistance to aphids has proven to be effective in protecting yields and also in reducing the transmission rate of viral diseases. Moreover, aphid resistance is fundamental to reduce the negative impacts that the indiscriminate use of insecticides have on the environment and human health. In this study we report the results derived from the evaluation of 326 synthetic hexaploid wheat (SHW) derived lines against the greenbug (Schizaphis graminum [Rondai]). Primary SHWs were crossed with CIMMYT elite lines and further selected in the breeding pipeline. Therefore, such lines have acceptable agronomic characteristics for its further use in breeding programs. The 326 SHW derived lines were evaluated at seedling stage, in five augmented incomplete blocks, arranged in split-plots, with two treatments (infested vs. non-infested) and with resistant and susceptible checks replicated 16 times. The measured variables were chlorophyll content with a SPAD meter and a visual damage score in a scale 0-100 was also taken. Measurements were recorded when the susceptible check was dead due to aphid feeding. The evaluations were repeated two times for confirmation. Our results indicate the presence of genetic variation for S. graminum resistance. We identified about 4 % of the lines to carry high levels of resistance against this aphid. These lines are currently used in CIMMYT's bread wheat breeding program to incorporate the resistance in elite germplasm.
We will present an update on the BBSRC-funded SCPRID project “Maximizing the potential for sustainable and durable resistance to the wheat yellow rust pathogen”. This aims to understand the molecular basis of Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici (PST) pathogenicity and exploit this information to design effective breeding strategies that maximize the potential for durable disease resistance in the field. We have established a PST genomics platform through sequencing of PST genomes (UK, European, African, and Indian races) and analysis of expression time courses during infection (Cantu et al 2013). Using this platform we have characterised the PST effector complement, identified putative candidates and have begun their validation. The latest results of this will be presented. We have also evaluated a collection of hexaploid wheat landraces for resistance to PST across continents and have initiated single seed descent mapping populations and initial characterisation in F2:3 populations. We will exemplify the use of new genomic technologies to develop closely linked markers to enable deployment of resistance loci in breeding programmes (Ramirez-Gonzalez et al 2014). We will also provide an update of a new technique, called Field Pathogenomics (Hubbard et al 2015). This method uses transcriptome sequencing of PST-infected wheat leaves to describe pathogen diversity and also identify the host variety. This analysis uncovered a dramatic shift in the PST population in the UK and suggests a recent introduction of a diverse set of exotic PST lineages that may have displaced previous PST populations.
Primary Author: Cristobal Uauy, John Innes Centre, UK