Molecular Breeding

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 709–720 | Cite as

Quantitative trait locus analysis of Verticillium wilt resistance in an introgressed recombinant inbred population of Upland cotton

  • Hui Fang
  • Huiping Zhou
  • Soum Sanogo
  • Alexander E. Lipka
  • David D. Fang
  • Richard G. Percy
  • Sidney E. Hughs
  • Don C. Jones
  • Michael A. GoreEmail author
  • Jinfa ZhangEmail author


Verticillium wilt (VW) of Upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) is caused by the soil-borne fungal pathogen Verticillium dahlia Kleb. The availability of VW-resistant cultivars is vital for control of this economically important disease, but there is a paucity of Upland cotton breeding lines and cultivars with a high level of resistance to VW. In general, G. barbadense L. (source of Pima cotton) is more VW-resistant than Upland cotton. However, the transfer of VW resistance from G. barbadense to Upland cotton is challenging because of hybrid breakdown in the F2 and successive generations of interspecific populations. We conducted two replicated greenhouse studies (tests 1 and 2) to assess the heritability of VW resistance to a defoliating V. dahliae isolate and identify genetic markers associated with VW resistance in an Upland cotton recombinant inbred mapping population that has stable introgression from Pima cotton. Disease ratings at the seedling stage on several different days after the first inoculation (DAI) in test 1, as well as the percentages of infected and defoliated leaves at 2 DAI in test 2, were found to be low to moderately heritable, indicating the importance of a replicated progeny test in selection for VW resistance. With a newly constructed linkage map consisting of 882 simple sequence repeat, single nucleotide polymorphism, and resistance gene analog–amplified fragment length polymorphism marker loci, we identified a total of 21 quantitative trait loci (QTLs) on 11 chromosomes and two linkage groups associated with VW resistance at several different DAIs in greenhouse tests 1 and 2. The markers associated with the VW resistance QTLs will facilitate fine mapping and cloning of VW resistance genes and genomics-assisted breeding for VW-resistant cultivars.


Upland cotton Recombinant inbred line Verticillium wilt Disease resistance Quantitative trait loci 



The research was supported by the USDA-ARS, Cotton Incorporated, and New Mexico Agricultural Experiment Station. Mention of trade names or commercial products in this publication is solely for the purpose of providing specific information and does not imply recommendation or endorsement by the USDA. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hui Fang
    • 1
  • Huiping Zhou
    • 1
  • Soum Sanogo
    • 2
  • Alexander E. Lipka
    • 3
  • David D. Fang
    • 4
  • Richard G. Percy
    • 5
  • Sidney E. Hughs
    • 6
  • Don C. Jones
    • 7
  • Michael A. Gore
    • 8
    Email author
  • Jinfa Zhang
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Plant and Environmental SciencesNew Mexico State UniversityLas CrucesUSA
  2. 2.Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed ScienceNew Mexico State UniversityLas CrucesUSA
  3. 3.Institute for Genomic DiversityCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  4. 4.Cotton Fiber Bioscience Research Unit, Southern Regional Research CenterUSDA-ARSNew OrleansUSA
  5. 5.Crop Germplasm Research Unit, Southern Plains Agricultural Research CenterUSDA-ARSCollege StationUSA
  6. 6.Southwest Cotton Ginning Research LaboratoryUSDA-ARSMesilla ParkUSA
  7. 7.Cotton IncorporatedCaryUSA
  8. 8.Department of Plant Breeding and GeneticsCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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