, Volume 147, Issue 1–2, pp 255–272

Screening techniques and sources of resistance to rusts and mildews in grain legumes

  • J. C. Sillero
  • S. Fondevilla
  • J. Davidson
  • M. C. Vaz Patto
  • T. D. Warkentin
  • J. Thomas
  • D. Rubiales


In this paper we review the existence of sources of resistance and the various available screening methods for resistance in grain legumes against the airborne pathogens powdery mildews, downy mildews and rusts. Available resistance against these pathogens is not abundant and is particularly in risk of erosion owing to the constant generation and introduction of new races of the pathogen. A continuous search for more resistance sources is therefore a priority in legume breeding and special emphasis should be paid to selection of resistance mechanisms that are likely to be durable and to implementation of strategies to prolong the durability of existing resistance.

Key Words

chickpea common bean downy mildew Erysiphe pisi faba bean lentil pea peanut Peronospora viciae Phakopsora powdery mildew soybean Uromyces 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. C. Sillero
    • 1
  • S. Fondevilla
    • 1
  • J. Davidson
    • 2
  • M. C. Vaz Patto
    • 3
  • T. D. Warkentin
    • 4
  • J. Thomas
    • 5
  • D. Rubiales
    • 6
  1. 1.CIFA Alameda del ObispoIFAPA, Area de Mejora y BiotecnologíaCórdobaSpain
  2. 2.South Australian Research and Development InstituteAdelaideAustralia
  3. 3.Instituto de Tecnologia Química e BiológicaPlant Cell Biotechnology LabOeirasPortugal
  4. 4.Crop Development CentreUniv. SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  5. 5.NIABCambridgeU.K.
  6. 6.Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, CSICCórdobaSpain

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