Original Paper

Theoretical and Applied Genetics

, Volume 117, Issue 3, pp 391-399

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QTL identification and microphenotype characterisation of the developmentally regulated yellow rust resistance in the UK wheat cultivar Guardian

  • J. P. E. MelicharAffiliated withDepartment of Disease and Stress Biology, John Innes CentreSyngenta Seeds Ltd
  • , S. BerryAffiliated withNickerson-Advanta UK
  • , C. NewellAffiliated withNickerson-Advanta UK
  • , R. MacCormackAffiliated withDepartment of Disease and Stress Biology, John Innes Centre
  • , L. A. BoydAffiliated withDepartment of Disease and Stress Biology, John Innes Centre Email author 

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Yellow rust (causal agent: Puccinia striiformis f.sp. tritici) resistance in the UK wheat cultivar Guardian is developmentally regulated, resistance increasing as the plant matures. Yellow rust resistance was assessed under field conditions on plants after ear emergence to ensure maximum expression of resistance. Three quantitative trait loci (QTL) for yellow rust resistance were identified, being located on chromosomes 1B (QPst.jic-1B), 2D (QPst.jic-2D) and 4B (QPst.jic-4B). The largest resistance effect, QPst.jic-1B located to the same position on the long arm of chromosome 1B as the known durable source of yellow rust resistance, Yr29. Microscopic studies were carried out to determine what effect the resistance in Guardian had on the development of P. striiformis f.sp. tritici. While the adult plant resistance in Guardian did not prevent germinated urediniospores from establishing an effective infection site, the growth of hyphae within flag leaf tissue was significantly inhibited, slowing the development of microcolonies. 3,3-diaminabenzadine (DAB) and trypan blue staining indicated that this inhibition of hyphal growth was not associated with hydrogen peroxide accumulation or extensive plant cell death.


Durable resistance Puccinia striiformis QTL mapping Stripe rust Triticum aestivum