, Volume 103, Issue 8, pp 1129-1137

Suppressed recombination around the MXC3 locus, a major gene for resistance to poplar leaf rust

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A positional cloning strategy is being implemented in Populus for the isolation of the dominant MXC3 allele, which confers resistance to poplar leaf rust caused by Melampsora×columbiana (pathotype 3). AFLP markers were used to saturate the chromosomal region around the MXC3 locus in a large (n=1,902) Populus trichocarpa×P. deltoides (T×D) mapping pedigree segregating 1:1 for rust resistance and susceptibility. The high-resolution linkage map developed around the MXC3 locus contains 19 AFLP markers and spans a genetic distance of 2.73 cM. Of the 19 AFLP markers, seven were found to co-segregate with the locus. One co-segregating AFLP marker, CCG.GCT_01, was converted to an STS marker (BVS1) and used to identify a physical contig of overlapping BAC clones from the MXC3 region. Genetic and physical mapping of markers isolated from the BAC contig failed to delimit the MXC3 locus within a 300-kb interval defined by the overlapping BAC clones. This result indicates a >25-fold reduction in recombination frequency in the MXC3 region compared to the average rate of recombination for the Populus genome.

Received: 8 December 2000 / Accepted: 1 March 2001