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Identification of flanking SSR markers for a major rice gall midge resistance gene Gm1 and their validation

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Host-plant resistance is the preferred strategy for management of Asian rice gall midge (Orseolia oryzae), a serious pest in many rice-growing countries. The deployment of molecular markers linked to gall midge resistance genes in breeding programmes can accelerate the development of resistant cultivars. In the present study, we have tagged and mapped a dominant gall midge resistance gene, Gm1, from the Oryza sativa cv. W1263 on chromosome 9, using SSR markers. A progeny-tested F2 mapping population derived from the cross W1263/TN1 was used for analysis. To map the gene locus, initially a subset of the F2 mapping population consisting of 20 homozygous resistant and susceptible lines each was screened with 63 parental polymorphic SSR markers. The SSR markers RM316, RM444 and RM219, located on chromosome 9, are linked to Gm1 at genetic distances of 8.0, 4.9 and 5.9 cM, respectively, and flank the gene locus. Further, gene/marker order was also determined. The utility of the co-segregating SSR markers was tested in a backcross population derived from the cross Swarna/W1263//Swarna, and allelic profiles of these markers were analysed in a set of donor rice genotypes possessing Gm1 and in a few gall midge-susceptible, elite rice varieties.

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We acknowledge the support received from the Asian Rice Biotechnology Network, International Rice Research Institute, Philippines and the Rockefeller Foundation, USA, for carrying out this investigation.

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Biradar, S.K., Sundaram, R.M., Thirumurugan, T. et al. Identification of flanking SSR markers for a major rice gall midge resistance gene Gm1 and their validation. Theor Appl Genet 109, 1468–1473 (2004).

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