, Volume 143, Issue 1, pp 189-199

Genetic linkage of QTLs for late blight resistance and foliage maturity type in six related potato progenies

  • M. H. P. W. ViskerAffiliated withPlant Research InternationalCrop and Weed Ecology, Wageningen UniversityHuman Nutrition, Wageningen University Email author 
  • , H. J. B. HeilersigAffiliated withPlant Research InternationalCrop and Weed Ecology, Wageningen UniversityLaboratory of Plant Breeding, Wageningen University
  • , L. P. KoddeAffiliated withPlant Research International
  • , W. E. Van de WegAffiliated withPlant Research International
  • , R. E. VoorripsAffiliated withPlant Research International
  • , P. C. StruikAffiliated withCrop and Weed Ecology, Wageningen University
  • , L. T. ColonAffiliated withPlant Research International

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A set of test crosses of diploid potatoes was used to identify QTLs for foliage resistance against Phytophthora infestans and QTLs for foliage maturity type, and to assess their genetic relationship. The most important locus for both traits was found on chromosome 5 near marker GP21: the allele of marker GP21 that is associated with resistance to late blight is also associated with late foliage maturity. An additional QTL with a small effect on foliage maturity type was identified on chromosome 3, and additional QTLs for late blight resistance were found on chromosomes 3 and 10. Another QTL was detected on chromosome 7 when resistance was adjusted for the effect of foliage maturity type. The additional QTLs for resistance against P. infestans on chromosomes 3 and 10 seem to be independent of foliage maturity type and are not affected by epistatic effects of the locus on chromosome 5. The effects of the additional QTLs for resistance are small, but early maturing genotypes that necessarily have the allele for susceptibility for late blight on chromosome 5 may benefit from the resistance that is provided by these QTLs on chromosomes 3 and 10.


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