The effects of chromosomes 3A and 3B on resistance to Fusarium head blight in tetraploid wheat.


Fusarium head blight (FHB) caused by Fusarium graminearum is one of the most destructive diseases of wheat in areas where the weather is warm and humid after heading. Previous studies indicate that the level of resistance to FHB varies not only among wheat cultivars but also among some of their wild relatives. No accession, however, has yet been identified to be completely immune to FHB among the Gramineae. It is known that durum wheat (Triticum turgidum L. conv. durum) is consistently more susceptible to FHB than common wheat (T. aestivum L.). The importance of the D genome in conferring resistance to FHB has been emphasized. Meanwhile, recent studies using molecular markers report effective QTLs on chromosome 3BS in a hexaploid population and on 3A in tetraploid recombinant inbred chromosome lines. In this study, we performed an evaluation of the effects of homoeologous group 3 chromosomes of T. turgidum ssp. dicoccoides on resistance to FHB using a set of chromosome substitution lines of a durum wheat cultivar 'Langdon'. The accession of T. turgidum ssp. dicoccoides examined in this study was more susceptible for Type II resistance (resistance to spread of FHB in the head) than 'Langdon'. Both of the chromosome substitution lines of 3A and 3B showed the same level of resistance with 'Langdon', but bleaching of the heads was completely prevented in the substitution lines of chromosome 3A without relationship to rachis fragility. It was concluded that the chromosome 3A of T. turgidum ssp. dicoccoides carries resistance gene(s) to head bleaching caused by FHB.

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@article{Ban2001TheEO, title={The effects of chromosomes 3A and 3B on resistance to Fusarium head blight in tetraploid wheat.}, author={Tatsunori Ban and Natsu Watanabe}, journal={Hereditas}, year={2001}, volume={135 2-3}, pages={95-9} }