Theoretical and Applied Genetics

, Volume 121, Issue 5, pp 941–950 | Cite as

Genetic relationships between resistances to Fusarium head blight and crown rot in bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)

  • Hao Bing Li
  • Guo Qiang Xie
  • Jun Ma
  • Gui Ru Liu
  • Shu Min Wen
  • Tomohiro Ban
  • Sukumar Chakraborty
  • Chun Ji LiuEmail author
Original Paper


Fusarium head blight (FHB) and crown rot (CR) are two wheat diseases caused by the same Fusarium pathogens. Progress towards CR resistance could benefit from FHB-resistant germplasm if the same genes are involved in resistance to these two different diseases. Two independent studies were conducted to investigate the relationship between host resistances to these two diseases. In the first study 32 genotypes were assessed and no significant correlation between their reactions to FHB and CR was detected. The second study was based on a QTL analysis of a doubled haploid population derived from a variety with resistance to both diseases. Results from this study showed that loci conferring resistance to FHB and CR are located on different chromosomes. Together, these results suggest that, despite a common aetiology, different host genes are involved in the resistance against FHB and CR in wheat. Thus, although it is possible that genes affecting both diseases may exist in other germplasm or under different conditions, separate screening seems to be needed in identifying sources of CR resistance.


Plant Height Doubled Haploid Fusarium Head Blight Doubled Haploid Line DArT Marker 
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GQX is grateful to the China Scholarship Council for financially supporting his visit to Australia. GRL and SMW thank the Service Centre for Experts and Scholars of Hebei Province, China for their financial support. JM is supported by the University of Western Australia through an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship and the University Postgraduate Awards. The research reported in this paper was partially funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hao Bing Li
    • 1
  • Guo Qiang Xie
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Jun Ma
    • 1
    • 4
  • Gui Ru Liu
    • 1
    • 5
  • Shu Min Wen
    • 1
    • 5
  • Tomohiro Ban
    • 6
  • Sukumar Chakraborty
    • 1
  • Chun Ji Liu
    • 1
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.CSIRO Plant IndustryQueensland Bioscience PrecinctBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Crop Physiology, Ecology and Genetic BreedingJiangxi Agricultural University, Ministry of EducationNanchangThe People’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Key Laboratory of Physiology, Ecology and Cultivation of Double Cropping RiceMinistry of AgricultureNanchangThe People’s Republic of China
  4. 4.Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, School of Plant BiologyUniversity of Western AustraliaCrawley, PerthAustralia
  5. 5.Faculty of AgricultureHebei Agricultural UniversityBaodingChina
  6. 6.Kihara Institute for Biological ResearchYokohama City UniversityYokohamaJapan

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