Molecular cytogenetic analysis of wheat-Elymus repens introgression lines with resistance to Fusarium head blight.

Zeng, J., Cao, W., Hucl, P.J., Yang, Y., Xue, A.G., Chi, D., and Fedak, G. (2013). "Molecular cytogenetic analysis of wheat-Elymus repens introgression lines with resistance to Fusarium head blight.", Genome, 56(1), pp. 75-82. doi : 10.1139/gen-2012-0130  Access to full text

Abstract

Elymus repens (L.) Gould (2n = 6x = 42, StStStStHH) is a hexaploid perennial wheatgrass species from the tribe Triticeae, distantly related to bread wheat Triticum aestivum L. (2n = 6x = 42, AABBDD). As a potential source of resistance to Fusarium head blight (FHB), E. repens was crossed to common wheat to transfer resistance genes. The progeny were advanced to homozygosity by single seed descent. A total of eight BC1F9 progeny lines were selected and characterized in this study. The chromosome numbers of these derived lines ranged from 42 to 56, including lines with 44, 52, and 54 chromosomes. All of the lines were cytologically stable in terms of meiotic chromosome behavior. The univalent frequency in the lines varied between 0.34 and 2.36 per cell. Similarly, the multivalent frequency did not exceed 1% in any of the lines. GISH analysis revealed that the number of intact wheat chromosomes in the various lines varied between 40 and 44. Numerous translocated chromosomes were detected in all lines. The translocations involved chromosomal segments from wheat, and the St and H genomes of E. repens. Furthermore, trigenomic translocated chromosomes were detected in some of the lines. The introgression into wheat chromosomes included not only terminal types but also interstitial segments. The Fusarium head blight resistance of the eight lines, following point inoculation, varied from 5.65% infected florets to 11.46% compared with the check cultivars T. aestivum ‘Roblin’ and T. aestivum ‘Crocus’ at 100% and 85%, respectively.

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