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Type: Journal article
Title: Fine mapping of Rha2 in barley reveals candidate genes for resistance against cereal cyst nematode
Author: Van Gansbeke, B.
Khoo, K.H.P.
Lewis, J.G.
Chalmers, K.J.
Mather, D.E.
Citation: Theoretical and Applied Genetics: international journal of plant breeding research, 2019; 132(5):1309-1320
Publisher: Springer Nature
Issue Date: 2019
ISSN: 0040-5752
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Bart Van Gansbeke; Kelvin H.P. Khoo; John G. Lewis; Kenneth J. Chalmers; Diane E. Mather
Abstract: Key Message: The cereal cyst nematode resistance locus Rha2 was mapped to a 978 kbp region on the long arm of barley chromosome 2H. Three candidate genes are discussed. Abstract: The cereal cyst nematode (CCN) Heterodera avenae is a soil-borne obligate parasite that can cause severe damage to cereals. This research involved fine mapping of Rha2, a CCN resistance locus on chromosome 2H of barley. Rha2 was previously mapped relative to restriction fragment length polymorphisms (RFLPs) in two mapping populations. Anchoring of flanking RFLP clone sequences to the barley genome assembly defined an interval of 5077 kbp. Genotyping-by-sequencing of resistant and susceptible materials led to the discovery of potentially useful single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). Assays were designed for these SNPs and applied to mapping populations. This narrowed the region of interest to 3966 kbp. Further fine mapping was pursued by crossing and backcrossing the resistant cultivar Sloop SA to its susceptible ancestor Sloop. Evaluation of F₂ progeny confirmed that the resistance segregates as a single dominant gene. Genotyping of 9003 BC₂F₂ progeny identified recombinants. Evaluation of recombinant BC₂F₃ progeny narrowed the region of interest to 978 kbp. Two of the SNPs within this region proved to be diagnostic of CCN resistance across a wide range of barley germplasm. Fluorescence-based and gel-based assays were developed for these SNPs for use in marker-assisted selection. Within the candidate region of the reference genome, there are nine high-confidence predicted genes. Three of these, one that encodes RAR1 (a cysteine- and histidine-rich domain-containing protein), one that is predicted to encode an acetylglutamate kinase and one that is predicted to encode a tonoplast intrinsic protein, are discussed as candidate genes for CCN resistance.
Keywords: Plant diseases; chromosome mapping
Rights: © The Author(s) 2019. OpenAccess. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
DOI: 10.1007/s00122-019-03279-3
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