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Genetic variability and association mapping of anther extrusion in spring bread wheat

BGRI 2018 Poster Abstract
Samira El Hanafi International Center for Agricultrural Research in Dry Areas
Wuletaw,Tadesse, Najib, Bendaou, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Hybrid wheat is a promising technology to increase yields worldwide. High seed production costs and low heterosis are the main constraints for the development of hybrid wheats. Maximizing heterosis, and selection and utilization of appropriate morphological, floral and flowering traits to optimize outcrossing are important for hybrid seed production. For an efficient hybrid wheat seed production, high anther extrusion is required to promote cross fertilization and to ensure a high level of pollen availability. A pool of 200 elite spring bread wheat male parental lines was visually assessed for anther extrusion in the plastic-house and field environments. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) for anther extrusion was carried out using a total of 12725 SNP markers. A wide genotypic variance was observed. Several significant (|log10(P)| > 3.0) marker trait associations (MTAs) were detected. Both genotypes and environment influenced the magnitude of the anther of extrusion. The consistently significant markers could be helpful to introduce anther extrusion trait in high yielding varieties and consequently improve hybrid-seed production in wheat.

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Genome-Wide Association Study (GWAS) of resistance to stem and stripe (yellow) rust in Iranian wheat cultivars and elite lines

BGRI 2018 Poster Abstract
Muhammad Massub Tehseen Department of Field Crops, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey
Kumarse Nazari, Mehran Patpour, Davinder Singh, Aladdin Hamwieh

Rust diseases in wheat are the major threat to wheat production and yield gains. The breakdown in resistance of certain major genes and new emerging aggressive races of rusts are causing serious concerns in all main wheat growing areas of the world. Therefore, it is the need of the hour to search for new sources of resistance genes or QTL's for effective utilization in future breeding programs. In total 100 wheat genotypes were evaluated for seedling and adult-plant resistance to stem rust races TKTTF and TTKSK at Tel Hadya-Syria, and Njoro-Kenya, and Kelardasht-Iran. Evaluation to Yr27 virulent stripe rust race was carried out at Tel Hadya and Terbol-Lebanon research stations. In this study we used genome wide association studies (GWAS) to identify markers or QTLs linked to stem rust and stripe rust races using Diversity Arrays Technology (DArT?) in selected 35 Iranian wheat genotypes. The association of markers and phenotypes was carried out using a unified mixed-model approach (MLM) as implemented in the genome association and prediction integrated tool (GAPIT). Out of 3,072 markers, 986 were polymorphic and used for marker trait associations. A total of 44 DArT markers were identified to be significantly (p<=0.01) associated with studied traits in 16 genomic regions 1A, 1B, 2A, 4A, 6A, 7A, 1B.1R, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B, 5B.7B, 6B, 7D and an unknown region. Among associated markers, 34 were linked to stem and nine to stripe rust. They were found on 16 genomic regions on chromosome arms 1A, 1B, 2A, 4A, 6A, 7A, 1B.1R, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B, 5B.7B, 6B, 7D and an unknown region. Associated markers explained phenotypic variation ranging from 21 to 65%. In addition to validation of previously identified genes, this study revealed new QTL's linked to stem and stripe rust which will assist breeders to develop new resistant varieties.

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Identification of resistance wheat cultivars using molecular marker against yellow rust in Azerbaijan

BGRI 2018 Poster Abstract
Konul Aslanova Research Institute of Crop Husbandry, Azerbaijan
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A study was conducted between 2014 and 2016 aiming at determining resistance genotypes of 51 local wheat cultivars in Azerbaijan. The cultivars were evaluated in five different agro-ecological zone including Absheron and Tar-Tar (Irrigated area), Qobustan (dry semi subtropical area),Sheki (rain fed area), and Jalilabad (dry area) against three of the rust pathogens under natural conditions with four repetitions at each region. Field responses under natural infection were recorded according to Modified Cobb's scale for major field responses (Restance (R), Moderelt Resistance MR), Moderet Sesusptable (MS), and Sussciptabe (S) and diseases severity (0-100%). For molecular analysis, genomic DNA was extracted from leaves and the following six markers (Yr5, Yr9, Yr10, Yr15, Yr17, Yr18, and Yr26) were used to identify resistance genes at Plant Genomics College of Agronomy Northwest A&F University China. Marker analysis revealed that Yr5 was present at least in 12 cultivars including Murov, Murov-2, Shafag, Shafaq-2, Nurlu-99,Fatima, Azamatli-95,Agali, Gunashli, Saba Giymatli 2/17, P?rzivan-1, Tale-38. In addition, Yr9 was present in seven culitivars (Pirshahin-1, Layagatli-80, Shafag-2, Zirva-85,Fatima, Agali, Gunashli). Yr10 was present in eight cultivars (Yegana, Garagilchig-2, Yagut, Pirshahin, Shirvan-5, Barakatli-95, Bayaz, Girmizi bugda). And Yr18 was present in Mirbashir-128, Azamatli-95, Gunashli, Akinchi-84, Shirvan-3 cultivars. Yr26 worked well but was not found in any of cultivars. Yr17,Yr15 did not work very well with this method.

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Development of high yielding and disease resistant wheat cultivars by Cereal Crops Research Institute Pirsabak Nowshera after de

BGRI 2018 Poster Abstract
Gulzar Ahmad Cereal Crops Research Institute Pirsabak Nowshera, Pakistan
Khilwat Afridi, Muhammad Ishaq, Irfan Shah, Ibne Khalil, Masood Jan

The Cereal Crops Research Institute (CCRI) is situated on the left bank of River Kabul, near village Pirsabak, 3 km east of Nowshera at an elevation of 288 m above sea level on the intersection of 74? E longitude and 32? N latitude. In July 2010, a devastating flood destroyed all the available germplasm, machineries, laboratories, and field equipment. After the flood research activities were restarted with full motivation, dedication and hard work in collaboration with PARC, ICARDA, CIMMYT, and with the help of wheat productivity enhancement program (WPEP). Developed new population of wheat via spring x spring, spring x facultative germplasm to elevate genetic diversity and lines selected from segregating populations for high yield and rust resistance are at advanced stage of testing.

Since the flood, the CCRI developed four new wheat cultivars: Pirsabak-2013 Pakhtunkhwa-2015 for irrigated areas and Shahkar-2013 and Pirsabak-2015 for rainfed areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Varietal maintenance and seed production of the released varieties has been undertaken by the wheat breeding team effectively. The seed of these newly developed wheat cultivars was multiplied on fast track basis through pre-released seed multiplication and now these four varieties are the most popular cultivars of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Three new candidate wheat lines (PR-106, PR-110 and PR-112) have been submitted to provincial seed council for approval as new wheat cultivars for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Two new candidate lines i.e. PR-115 and PR-118 got first position in National Uniform Wheat Yield Trials (NUWYT) on the basis of grain yield during 2016-17 under irrigated and rainfed conditions, respectively.

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Detection of rust resistance in selected Zimbabwean and ICARDA bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) germplasm using conventional and molecular techniques

BGRI 2018 Poster Abstract
Bruce Mutari Crop Breeding Institute
Sripada Udupa, Charles Mutengwa, Peter Mavindidze

Host resistance is the most effective and economical method to minimize yield losses caused by rusts. The aim of this study was to detect the presence of resistance in 75 wheat genotypes. The presence of the genes viz. Sr2, Sr24, Lr34, Lr37, Lr46 and Lr68 was investigated using simple sequence repeat and sequence tagged site markers. Quantitative aspects of resistance to leaf rust were assessed through infection response (IR), disease severity (DS), coefficient of infection (CI), disease incidence (DI), leaf tip necrosis (Ltn) and area under disease progress curve (AUDPC) under natural epidemics. Highly significant (p <0.001) differences were observed among the genotypes for CI, DI, AUDPC and relative AUDPC (rAUDPC). Twenty genotypes exhibited high levels of adult plant resistance, recording CI less than 20% and AUDPC less than 300%, with moderately susceptible to susceptible reactions. The most frequently occurring gene was Lr46 (21%), followed by Lr68 (20%), Lr34 (19%) andLr37 (11%). The stem rust resistance gene Sr24 was absent in all the genotypes. Selection for Lr34 and Lr46 based on Ltn alone can sometimes be misleading because of its variable expression in different genetic backgrounds.

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Mining novel seedling stripe rust resistance from Vavilov's wheat landraces using conventional and modern genetic tools

BGRI 2018 Poster Abstract
Raghvendra Sharma QAAFI, The University of Queensland
Robert McIntosh, Peng Zhang, Sami Hoxha, Adnan Riaz, Burkhard Steuernagel, Brande Wulff, Evans Lagudah, Lee Hickey, Sambasivam Periyannan

Wheat is one of the most important staple food and agricultural crop cultivated worldwide. To meet the demands of the raising human population, global wheat production has to be increased which is however declined due to appearance of highly virulent strains of Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici (Pst) fungus causing stripe rust disease. Globally, the incidence of stripe rust is effectively managed through the deployment of host plant mediated genetic resistance. But as the resistance present in the current wheat cultivars are ineffective, new sources of resistance particularly from pathogen unexposed genetic resources are of urgent need to prevent stripe rust epidemics. Landrace collections with rich genetic diversity and being less exposed to prevalent pathogen are of valuable source for resistance to new pathogens. In this study, a total of 295 landrace accessions collected by the famous Russian botanist Vavilov was screened for stripe rust resistance using the two predominant lineage Pst strains of Australia. Six accessions with good resistance against the two aggressive Pst strains were selected for genetic characterization and for utilization in global wheat breeding. Characterisation of these novel resistance were undertaken using combination of conventional and advanced genetic tools. While the conventional approach involves the traditional map based gene cloning, the other tool is the recently identified rapid method based on mutagenesis, targeted gene capture and next generation sequencing called "MutRenSeq". Subsequently, the identified novel resistant traits were transferred into elite wheat cultivars through the combination of linked molecular markers and speed breeding techniques. Thus along with the identification of novel resistance, elite wheat cultivars with broad spectrum stripe rust resistance were also generated through the use state of art techniques to sustain global wheat production from the rapidly evolving stripe pathogens.

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Developing an enriched wheat 2A chromosome map and mapping of Adult plant stripe rust resistance gene

BGRI 2018 Poster Abstract
Suruchi Jindal Punjab Agricultural University
Parampreet,Kaur, Preeni, Bawa, Bharat, Yadav, Ajay, Mahato, Inderjit, Yadav, Priti, Sharma, OP, Gupta, Parveen, Chhuneja, NS, Bains, Jaroslav, Dolezel, Bikram Singh, Gill, J, Khurana, NK, Singh, Kuldeep, Singh, Kelly, Eversole

Diploid A genome wheat species harbor immense genetic variability which has been targeted and proven useful in wheat crop improvement. Further, the development and deployment of sequence based markers in wheat using survey sequences from next generation sequencing has opened avenues for comparative analysis, gene transfer and marker assisted selection (MAS) using high throughput cost effective genotyping techniques. Chromosome 2A of wheat is known to harbor several economically important genes. The present study aimed at in silico identification of genes corresponding to full length cDNAs and mining of SSRs and ISBPs from 2A draft sequence assembly of Chinese Spring for marker development. In totality, 1029 primer pairs (478 gene based, 501 SSRs and 50 ISBPs) were used to screen for polymorphism in diploid A genome species i.e., T. monococcum and T. boeoticum that identified 221 polymorphic loci. Out of these, 119 markers were mapped in T. monococcum X T. boeoticum RIL population. The enriched 2A genetic map constituted 161 mapped markers with final map length of 549.6 cM. Further, the utility of this enriched genetic map was demonstrated towards the fine mapping of adult plant resistance (APR) QTL, QYrtm.pau-2A against stripe rust. Using composite interval mapping, a QTL was detected between G45 and G54 markers explaining 19% of phenotypic variance. The primer sequences of the two genic markers were used to find the scaffold of 343 kb from IWGSC WGA V0.4 data. Thirty five simple sequence repeat markers were designed from the scaffold sequence which are being used for the fine mapping of QYrtm.pau-2A.

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Single/multi trait genome-wide association and SNP effect estimation revealed complex architecture of rust resistance in 2300 wheat accessions

BGRI 2018 Poster Abstract
Reem Joukhadar La Trobe University
Antony Gendall, Hans Daetwyler, Matthew Hayden

Wheat stem (Sr), leaf (Lr) and stripe (Yr) rust pathogens are among the most destructive fungal diseases threatening global wheat production. We utilized 2300 wheat accession including worldwide landraces, cultivars, breeding materials and 341 synthetic accessions backcrossed with three widely grown Australian cultivars (Annuello, Yitpi and Correll) to investigate rust resistance under wide environmental conditions. The germplasm was genotyped with 90K SNP chip, and was phenotyped for two seasons in three different environments against Sr and Lr and in four different environments against Yr. Different environments for each trait showed significant correlation with mean r values of 0.53, 0.23 and 0.66 for Lr, Sr and Yr; respectively. Single-trait genome wide association (GWAS) revealed several environment-specific QTL and multi-environmental QTL distributed on all chromosomes except 6D. Multi-trait GWAS confirmed a cluster of Yr QTL on chromosome 3B (within 8.3 cM) as well as a QTL for Sr and Lr on chromosome 3D. Linkage disequilibrium and comparative mapping showed that at least three Yr QTL exists within the 3B cluster including the durable rust resistance gene Sr2/Yr30. The same region was effective against Sr resistance but did not pass the stringent significant threshold in two environments. The 3D QTL was found mainly in the synthetic germplasm with Annuello background which is known to carry the Ag. elongatum 3D translocation carrying Sr24/Lr24 resistance gene. Interestingly, estimating the SNP effect using BayesR method showed that the correlation among the highest 5% QTL effects across environments were lower than that for the small effect QTL with differences in r values of 0.25 and 0.2 for Lr and Yr respectively. These results indicate the importance of small effect QTL that cannot be captured using GWAS in achieving durable rust resistance. The detected QTL in this study are useful resources for improving bread wheat resistance to rust diseases.

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Molecular dissection of below and above ground adaptation traits for abiotic tolerance of durum wheat

BGRI 2018 Poster Abstract
Khaoula El Hassouni Mohamed 5th University / ICARDA
Samir Alahmad, Ayed Al-Abdallat, Lee Hickey, Abdelkarim Filali-Maltouf, Bouchra Belkadi, Filippo Maria Bassi

Durum wheat (Triticum durum Desf.) is a major cereal crop grown globally. The terminal reduced moisture and heat occurring at the flowering phase are among the main constraints to its production. The molecular basis of tolerance to these threats remains mostly unknown. A subset of 100 genotypes derived from a collection of 384 accessions originating from different countries were investigated for their root growth and architecture under water-limited and well-watered treatments. Two protocols were used, "clear pot" for seminal root angle and "pasta strainer" for mature root angle evaluation. This study reveals that root architecture did not change depending on water treatment. A genotypic variation in root angle was found and two categories of root types were identified: genotypes with (i) superficial and (ii) deep rooting systems. In order to investigate the impact of each root type on yield, all genotypes were tested in the field at multiple locations and under different water regimes. The same set was also tested for heat tolerance in the field under rainfed conditions. Heat was imposed by placing a polytunnel at flowering time to raise the temperature of 10 degrees. The yield, thousand kernel weight and grain number per spike, were evaluated and compared to assess grain fertility, considered as a key trait of heat tolerance. The complete set was genotyped and a genome scan using 8173 SNPs markers developed by 35K Axiom array allowed to identify the genomic regions influencing drought and heat adaptation mechanisms. The pyramiding of this genomic regions could lead to an improved resilience to climate change and increase durum wheat productivity.

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Registration of 'Malika': A Bread Wheat Cultivar Developed through Doubled Haploid Breeding

BGRI 2018 Poster Abstract
Sripada Udupa ICARDA
Jamal El Haddoury, Ahmed Amri

Malika', a hard red spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) cultivar developed using doubled haploid technology by the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), Morocco, and tested as 06DHBW48, was approved for release in 2016 by the Office National de S?curit? Sanitaire des Produits Alimentaires (ONSSA), Morocco. Malika was selected from the doubled haploids derived from the cross 'Achtar3*//'Kanz'/Ks85-8-4). Achtar and Kanz are Moroccan varieties originating from segregating populations from CIMMYT. Achtar and Kanz are a well adapted to Moroccan conditions but susceptible to the Hessian fly, yellow rusts and some races of leaf rust. 'Achtar' was crossed with it in order to incorporate the Hessian fly resistance, yellow rust resistance and leaf rust resistance and 'Achtar' was crossed with Kanz/Ks85-8-4 having resistance to Hessian fly, yellow rust and leaf rust. Backcrossed 3 times with 'Achtar', and selected lines having resistance to the Hessian fly, yellow rust and leaf rust from the population derived from each backcross. Finally the selected the resistant line was used develop doubled haploids. The doubled haploid lines produced were tested in the laboratory and field for Hessian fly and the rust resistance. The resistant lines were incorporated in the multi-local yield trials and three promising lines with the resistance to Hessian fly, yellow rust and leaf rust and better yield and quality were submitted for registration in the official catalog in 2014. After 2 years of testing (years 2014-15 and 2015-16), one line (06DHBW48) was accepted for the registration and designated as 'Malika'. 'Malika' is a semi-dwarf variety, well adapted to semi-arid regions, early maturing, high yielding, tolerant to drought and resistant to Hessian fly, leaf rust and yellow rust.

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