Original Paper

Theoretical and Applied Genetics

, Volume 117, Issue 4, pp 531-543

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Comparative analysis of multiple disease resistance in ryegrass and cereal crops

  • Young-Ki JoAffiliated withDepartment of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Texas A&M University
  • , Reed BarkerAffiliated withUSDA-ARS, Oregon State University
  • , William PfenderAffiliated withUSDA-ARS, Oregon State University
  • , Scott WarnkeAffiliated withUSDA-ARS, Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit
  • , Sung-Chur SimAffiliated withDepartment of Horticulture and Crop Science, Ohio State University
  • , Geunhwa JungAffiliated withDepartment of Plant, Soil, and Insect Sciences, University of Massachusetts Email author 

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Ryegrass (Lolium spp.) is among the most important forage crops in Europe and Australia and is also a popular turfgrass in North America. Previous genetic analysis based on a three-generation interspecific (L. perenne × L. multiflorum) ryegrass population identified four quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for resistance to gray leaf spot (Magneporthe grisea) and four QTLs for resistance to crown rust (Puccinia coronata). The current analysis based on the same mapping population detected seven QTLs for resistance to leaf spot (Bipolaris sorokiniana) and one QTL for resistance to stem rust (Puccinia graminis) in ryegrass for the first time. Three QTLs for leaf spot resistance on linkage groups (LGs) 2 and 4 were in regions of conserved synteny to the positions of resistance to net blotch (Drechslera teres) in barley (Hordeum vulgare). One ryegrass genomic region spanning 19 cM on LG 4, which contained three QTLs for resistance to leaf spot, gray leaf spot, and stem rust, had a syntenic relationship with a segment of rice chromosome 3, which contained QTLs for resistance to multiple diseases. However, at the genome-wide comparison based on 72 common RFLP markers between ryegrass and cereals, coincidence of QTLs for disease resistance to similar fungal pathogens was not statistically significant.