Australasian Plant Pathology

, Volume 35, Issue 6, pp 671–680 | Cite as

Mapping the I-3 gene for resistance to Fusarium wilt in tomato: application of an I-3 marker in tomato improvement and progress towards the cloning of I-3

  • G. T. T. Lim
  • G. -P. Wang
  • M. N. Hemming
  • S. Basuki
  • D. J. McGrath
  • B. J. Carroll
  • D. A. JonesEmail author


Fusarium wilt of tomato, caused by the fungal pathogen, Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici (Fol), is an economically damaging disease that results in huge losses in Australia and other countries worldwide. The I-3 gene, which confers resistance to Fol race 3, has been described in wild tomato, Lycopersicon pennellii, accessions LA716 and PI414773.We are pursuing the isolation of I-3 from LA716 by map-based cloning.We have constructed a high-resolution map of the I-3 region and have identified markers closely flanking I-3 aswell as markers co-segregating with I-3. In addition, construction of a physical map based on these markers has been initiated. This review describes the context of our research and our progress towards isolating the I-3 gene. It also describes some important practical outcomes of our work, including the development and use of a PCR-based marker for marker-assisted selection for I-3, and the finding that the I-3 gene from LA716 is different to that from PI1414773, which we have now designated I-7. Tomato varieties combining I-3 and I-7 have been developed and are currently being introduced into commercial production to further safeguard tomato crops against Fusarium wilt.

Additional keywords

avirulence recombination suppression tomato chromosome 7 whole chromosome introgression 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. T. T. Lim
    • 1
  • G. -P. Wang
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. N. Hemming
    • 1
  • S. Basuki
    • 3
  • D. J. McGrath
    • 4
  • B. J. Carroll
    • 3
  • D. A. Jones
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Plant Cell Biology, Research School of Biological SciencesThe Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.College of HorticultureSouth China Agricultural UniversityGuangzhouChina
  3. 3.Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, School of Molecular and Microbial Sciences and School of Land and Food SciencesThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  4. 4.Queensland Department of Primary Industries and FisheriesBowenAustralia

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