Genetics of pre-harvest sprouting resistance in a cross of Canadian adapted durum wheat genotypes.

Singh, A.K., Knox, R.E., Clarke, J.M., Clarke, F.R., Singh, A., DePauw, R.M., and Cuthbert, R.D. (2016). "Genetics of pre-harvest sprouting resistance in a cross of Canadian adapted durum wheat genotypes.", Molecular Breeding, 33(4), pp. 919-929. doi : 10.1007/s11032-013-0006-y  Access to full text


Severe losses attributable to pre-harvest sprouting (PHS) have been reported in Canada in recent years. The genetics of PHS resistance have been more extensively studied in hexaploid wheat and generally not using combinations of elite agronomic parents. The objective of our research was to understand the genetic nature of PHS resistance in an elite durum cross. A doubled haploid (DH) population and checks were phenotyped in replicated trials for grain yield and PHS traits over 3 years in western Canada. The response of intact spikes to sprouting conditions, sampled over two development time points, was measured in a rain simulation chamber. The DH population was genotyped with simple sequence repeat and Diversity Arrays Technology markers. Genotypes were a significant source of variation for grain yield and PHS resistance traits in each tested environment. Transgressive segregant DH genotypes were identified for grain yield and PHS resistance measurements. Low or no correlation was detected between grain yield and PHS, while correlation between PHS resistance measurements was moderate. The heritability of PHS resistance was moderate and higher than grain yield. Significant quantitative trait loci with small effect were detected on chromosomes 1A, 1B, 5B, 7A and 7B. Both parents contributed to the PHS resistance. Promising DH genotypes with high and stable grain yield as well as PHS resistance were identified, suggesting that grain yield and PHS can be improved simultaneously in elite genetic materials, and that these DH genotypes will be useful parental material for durum breeding programs.

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