Durable crop disease resistance is an essential component of global food security. Continuous pathogen evolution leads to a breakdown of resistance and there is a pressing need to characterize new resistance genes for use in plant breeding. Here we identified an accession of wild emmer wheat (Triticum turgidum ssp. dicoccoides), PI 487260, that is highly resistant to multiple stripe rust isolates. Genetic analysis revealed resistance was conferred by a single, incompletely dominant gene designated as Yr84. Through bulked segregant analysis sequencing (BSA-Seq) we identified a 52.7 Mb resistance-associated interval on chromosome 1BS. Detected variants were used to design genetic markers for recombinant screening, further refining the interval of Yr84 to a 2.3–3.3 Mb in tetraploid wheat genomes. This interval contains 34 candidate genes encoding for protein domains involved in disease resistance responses. Furthermore, KASP markers closely-linked to Yr84 were developed to facilitate marker-assisted selection for rust resistance breeding.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Medicine (miscellaneous)
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)