QTL mapping provides evidence for lack of association of the avoidance of leaf rust in Hordeum chilense with stomata density

M.C. Vaz Patto, D. Rubiales, A. Martin, P. Hernandez, W.H. Lindhout, R.E. Niks, P. Stam

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In cereals, rust fungi are among the most harmful pathogens. Breeders usually rely on short-lived hypersensitivity resistance. As an alternative, "avoidance" may be a more durable defence mechanism to protect plants to rust fungi. In Hordeum chilense avoidance is based on extensive wax covering of stomata, which interferes with the induction of appressorium formation by the rust fungi. High avoidance levels are associated with a higher stoma density on the abaxial leaf epidermis. The avoidance level was assessed as the percentage of germ tube/stoma encounters that did not result in appressorium differentiation by Puccinia hordei, the barley leaf rust fungus. One hundred F-2 individuals from the cross between two H. chilense accessions with contrasting levels of avoidance showed a continuous distribution for avoidance of the rust fungus and for stoma density, indicating quantitative inheritance of the traits. No significant correlation was found between avoidance and stoma density in the segregating F2 population. In order to map quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for both traits, an improved molecular marker linkage map was constructed, based on the F2 population. The resulting linkage map spanned 620 cM and featured a total of 437 AFLP markers, thirteen RFLPs, four SCARs, nine SSRs, one STS and two seed storage protein markers. It consisted of seven long and two shorter linkage groups, and was estimated to cover 81% of the H. chilense genome. Restricted multiple interval mapping identified two QTLs for avoidance and three QTLs for stoma density in the abaxial leaf surface. The QTLs for avoidance were mapped on chromosome 3 and 5; those for stoma density on chromosomes 1, 3 and 7. Only the two QTLs regions located on chromosome 3 (one for avoidance and the other for stoma density) overlapped. The wild barley H. chilense has a high crossability with other members of the Triticeae tribe. The knowledge on the location of the QTLs responsible for the avoidance trait is a prerequisite to transfer this favourable agronomic trait from H. chilense to cultivated cereal genomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1283-1292
JournalTheoretical and Applied Genetics
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • quantitative traits
  • mendelian factors
  • aflp markers
  • linkage maps
  • fungi
  • barley
  • construction
  • resistance
  • morphology
  • resolution


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