Mapping loci for chlorosis associated with chlorophyII b deficiency in potato

I. Simko, J.H. Berg, D. Vreugdenhil, E.E. Ewing

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About 30% of the potato plants from a (Solanum tuberosum × S. berthaultii) × S. tuberosum backcross population had chlorotic, malformed leaves; but a gradation in symptom severity suggested regulation by more than one gene. The study was undertaken to determine whether this was the case, whether any genes previously reported to control chlorosis in potato were involved, and to see how symptoms were related to effects on chlorophyll content. Testing for quantitative trait loci indicated major control by a single recessive gene on chromosome 1, close to one or more loci that have been reported to produce chlorosis in tomato, but distinct from similar genes previously identified in potato. The proposed symbol for the potato gene that confers phenotype with chlorotic and malformed leaves is cml (chlorotic and malformed leaves). The effects of this gene appeared to be accentuated by a second gene, located on chromosome 12. Chlorotic plants showed a 50% decrease in chlorophyll b level in the affected parts of leaves. It is concluded that cml is different from previously reported genes for chlorosis in potato, that at least one other gene modifies the intensity of symptom expression, and that the observed chlorosis is produced through effects on chlorophyll b level.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-107
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • quantitative trait loci
  • diploid solanum-tuberosum
  • qtl analysis
  • phytophthora-infestans
  • self-compatibility
  • trisomic analysis
  • recessive gene
  • linkage maps
  • color loci
  • resistance

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