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Construction of an integrated genetic linkage map and detection of quantitative trait loci for ascochyta blight resistance in faba bean (Vicia faba L.)

  • S. Sudheesh
  • R. B. E. Kimber
  • S. Braich
  • J. W. Forster
  • J. G. Paull
  • S. KaurEmail author


Ascochyta blight (AB), caused by Ascochyta fabae Speg., is an economically important disease that has been reported in most of the faba bean growing regions worldwide. Breeding for resistance is the most environmentally acceptable and economically feasible method to address the disease, for which a detailed understanding of the genetic basis of AB resistance is required. In the current study, a genetic linkage map based on single nucleotide polymorphisms was developed from Nura × Farah recombinant inbred line (RIL) population and contained 705 loci across 1021.8 cM. The marker information from Nura × Farah map was combined with previously published maps to generate an integrated map consisting of 1850 markers distributed across six linkage groups, with a cumulative length of 1439 cM at an average density of one marker per 0.80 cM. Parents and RIL progeny were screened for AB with two strains of A. fabae and quantitative trait locus analysis identified two genomic regions explaining up to 49% of the phenotypic variation. Evaluation of linked markers in a diverse set of faba bean genotypes validated their utility for marker assisted selection. The availability of high density genetic linkage map along with the linked markers for AB resistance provides opportunities for genomics-assisted breeding, map based gene isolation and comparative genetics in faba bean.


Legume Single nucleotide polymorphism Genetic linkage mapping Fungal disease resistance 



Basic local alignment search tool


Base pair


Coding DNA sequences




Days after inoculation


Deoxyribonucleic acid


Expressed sequence tag




Giga base


Linkage group


Logarithm (base 10) of odds


Marker assisted selection


Next-generation sequencing


Pulse breeding Australia


Recombinant inbred line


Ribonucleic acid


RNA sequencing technology


Single nucleotide polymorphism


Simple sequence repeats


Quantitative trait locus



This work was supported by funding from the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Australia and the Grains Research and Development Council, Australia. The authors would like to thank Prof Ben Cocks for helpful critical comments on the manuscript.

Author contributions

SS performed transcriptome sequencing, SNP genotyping, map construction, QTL analysis, candidate gene selection, marker validation and contributed to drafting the manuscript. RBEK performed phenotyping experiments, contributed to data interpretation and assisted in drafting the manuscript. SB performed DNA extraction and assisted in SNP genotyping. JWF co-conceptualised the project and assisted in drafting the manuscript. JGP developed the mapping population, performed the phenotyping experiments, contributed to data interpretation and assisted in drafting the manuscript. SK co-conceptualised and coordinated the project and assisted in drafting the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

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Conflicts of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Sudheesh
    • 1
  • R. B. E. Kimber
    • 2
  • S. Braich
    • 1
  • J. W. Forster
    • 1
    • 3
  • J. G. Paull
    • 2
  • S. Kaur
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Agriculture Victoria, AgriBio, Centre for AgriBioscienceBundooraAustralia
  2. 2.School of Agriculture, Food and WineThe University of AdelaideGlen OsmondAustralia
  3. 3.School of Applied Systems BiologyLa Trobe UniversityBundooraAustralia

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