Genotyping-by-sequencing targeting of a novel downy mildew resistance gene Pl20 from wild Helianthus argophyllus for sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.)

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Genotyping-by-sequencing revealed a new downy mildew resistance gene,Pl20, from wildHelianthus argophylluslocated on linkage group 8 of the sunflower genome and closely linked to SNP markers that facilitate the marker-assisted selection of resistance genes.


Downy mildew (DM), caused by Plasmopara halstedii, is one of the most devastating and yield-limiting diseases of sunflower. Downy mildew resistance identified in wild Helianthus argophyllus accession PI 494578 was determined to be effective against the predominant and virulent races of P. halstedii occurring in the United States. The evaluation of 114 BC1F2:3 families derived from the cross between HA 89 and PI 494578 against P. halstedii race 734 revealed that single dominant gene controls downy mildew resistance in the population. Genotyping-by-sequencing analysis conducted in the BC1F2 population indicated that the DM resistance gene derived from wild H. argophyllus PI 494578 is located on the upper end of the linkage group (LG) 8 of the sunflower genome, as was determined single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers associated with DM resistance. Analysis of 11 additional SNP markers previously mapped to this region revealed that the resistance gene, named Pl20, co-segregated with four markers, SFW02745, SFW09076, S8_11272025, and S8_11272046, and is flanked by SFW04358 and S8_100385559 at an interval of 1.8 cM. The newly discovered P. halstedii resistance gene has been introgressed from wild species into cultivated sunflower to provide a novel gene with DM resistance. The homozygous resistant individuals were selected from BC2F2 progenies with the use of markers linked to the Pl20 gene, and these lines should benefit the sunflower community for Helianthus improvement.

Category: Breeding
Authors: Ma, G.J., et al.
Journal/Series: Theoretical and Applied Genetics
Publication Year: 2017

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