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Large scale wheat stem rust outbreaks in Western Siberia / Northern Kazakhstan in 2015-2017

BGRI 2018 Poster Abstract
Vladimir Shamanin Omsk State Agricultural University, Omsk, Russia
Elena Salina, Yuriy Zelenskiy, Alma Kokhmetova, Mehran Patpour, Mogens Hovmøller, Pablo Olivera, Les Szabo, Yue Jin, Marcel Meyer, Chris Gilligan, Matthew Hort, Dave Hodson, Alexey Morgunov

Short season, high latitude spring wheat is grown on 7 million ha in Western Siberia and 10 million ha in Northern Kazakhstan. Despite relatively low wheat yields (1.5 t/ha), the region is extremely important for regional and global food security. Leaf rust dominates, occurring three years out of five, especially in favorable years with higher rainfall. Since 2010, stem rust has been observed at an increasing number of sites. The first large-scale stem rust outbreak occurred in 2015 and affected about 0.5-1 million ha in Omsk, Western Siberia. In 2016, 2 million ha were affected in the Omsk and Altay regions, while 1 million ha in the Kostanay and Northern Kazakhstan regions were affected in 2017. Estimated yield losses reached 25-35% each year. Factors associated with the outbreaks included: higher rainfall in late June and July; cultivation of susceptible varieties; and an increased area planted to winter wheat, which serves as a source of inoculum. Sampling and race analysis revealed a diverse pathogen population, indicative of a sexual recombination. A total of 51 races were identified from 31 samples taken in 2015 and 2016. All races were avirulent on Sr31. The majority of varieties released and cultivated in the region are susceptible to stem rust and require replacing. A recent study of 150 local resistant varieties and breeding lines indicated that the genetic basis of resistance was limited to Sr25, Sr31, Sr36, Sr6Ai, Sr6Ai#2, and additional unknown major genes. Adult-plant resistance to stem rust was observed in less than 20% of the germplasm. The potential impact of these large stem rust outbreaks on other wheat growing regions is being investigated by analyzing spore wind dispersal patterns. Further research is required to understand and mitigate the sudden appearance of stem rust as a disease of economic importance.
Study at Omsk State Agrarian University was supported by the Russian Science Foundation (project No. 16-16-10005).


Assessment of wheat varieties and Aegilops species on yellow rust resistance in Tajikistan

BGRI 2018 Poster Abstract
Firuza Nasyrova IBPPG TAS
Anvar,Jalilov, Zubaida, Kavrakova, Menu, Mamadyusufova, Botirov, Muhiddin, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The wild relatives of wheat, the genus Aegilops is of great interest for breeding. Many species of the genus Aegilops are distinguished by such valuable properties as resistance to rust diseases, drought resistance, and salt tolerance.
The evaluation of local wheat varieties on resistance to yellow rust showed that local varieties showed high resistance to the pathogen and were amazed from 0 to 10 %. Evaluation of Aegilops species for resistance to yellow and brown rust, showed that the species Aegilops triunciales showed high resistance to yellow and brown rust, except Ae. triunciales, collected in the Rudaki district and showed moderate resistance to brown rust - 20%. The view of the Aegilops cylindrical collected in the Rudakinsky district showed a moderate resistance to yellow rust and a high resistance to brown rust. View Aegilops tauschii, collected in the Rudakinsky district had a high resistance to yellow and brown rust. Species Aegilops crassa to yellow and brown rust showed a reaction from moderate resistance - 30% to moderate susceptibility - 40%. As a result of the studies to assess the resistance of wheat varieties in Central Tajikistan, the cultivars Jaldak, Safedaki Gorchivin and Viyod, which had high resistance to yellow and brown rust, as well as Pamir and Surkhak varieties, showed moderate resistance.
Distinct varieties of wheat with high and moderate resistance to the pathogen of yellow rust can be used as parental forms for breeding new varieties of wheat. Studies on assessing the resistance of Aegilops species have shown that the species Aegilops triunciales has a high resistance to the pathogen of yellow rust. Species of Aegilops tauschii and Aegilops crassa, collected from the Hissar salt source, had moderate resistance to the pathogen. These species of Aegilops can be used in the selection of new varieties of wheat.


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.


Occurrence of the Warrior Race of Wheat Stripe Rust (Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici) in Egypt, 2015

BGRI 2018 Poster Abstract
Atef Shahin Wheat Disease Research Department, Plant Pathology Research Institute, Agricultural Research Center, Egypt.
Wasif Youssif, Mohamed Hasan

Wheat stripe rust, caused by Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici, [Pst] is a widespread and damaging disease of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.), causing significant losses in yield and quality. During the 2015, eight stripe rust physiological races were identified in greenhouse tests i.e. 0E0, 6E4, 70E20, 128E28, 134E244, 143E245, 250E174, and 450E214. Race 0E0 was the most common and avirulent race, and races 143E245, and 450E214 had high virulence on most of tested Yr resistance gene wheat lines. In the same season, an unusual stripe rust infection occurred in spring wheat at Sakha region in Egypt. Some of the most important commercial cultivars such as (Misr 2, Giza 168 and Sakha 61), known as resistant to the previously characterized races of Pst in Egypt have become susceptible under field conditions. Infections of stripe rust was observed on some wheat lines with Yr genes previously known to be resistant, such as Yr1, Yr17 and Yr32, in a yellow-rust trap nursery at Sakha (30.601400? N, 31.510383? E), northern Egypt. Independent race analysis of collected samples from four governorates i.e. Kafrelsheikh, Al-Sharqia, Dakahleia and Damietta at Sakha Agricultural Research Station in Kafrelsheikh confirmed the detection of a new Pst race in Egypt. Aggressive races with virulence to Yr27 were detected on differentials with Yr27 (Yr27/6*Avocet S), and (Ciano 97) during the 2012 in Egypt. In addition, the Warrior race (virulent on: Yr1, Yr2, Yr3, Yr4, Yr6, Yr7, Yr9, Yr17, Yr25, Yr32, and YrSp) was observed in the 2015 crop season, which indicated continued changes in the Pst the population. In Europe, the Warrior race first identified in 2011 in the United Kingdom, has caused significant change in yellow rust susceptibility of several varieties of both wheat and triticale. In a conclusion, some of wheat cultivars, known to be resistant, were shifted to susceptible due to these new races.


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.


A systematic genetic and genomics approach to achieve durable rust resistances in wheat

BGRI 2018 Poster Abstract
Wentao Zhang National Research Council of Canada (NRC)-Saskatoon
Kerry Boyle, Tammy Francis, Peng Gao, Brittany Polley, Christine Sidebottom, Brent McCallum, Harpinder Randhawa, Tom Fetch, Randy Kutcher, Sylvie Cloutier, Pierre R. Fobert

Most rust resistant genes in wheat are race-specific (R), with relatively few genes conferring resistance only at the adult stage that have been described as slow rusting genes (APR). Pyramiding multiple R, APR or APR+R genes has been used successfully over many years to achieve durable rust resistance. To further enhance this strategy, a genetic genomics approach was exploited to identify genes with different resistant mechanisms and the most effective gene pyramids.
Several new combinations of rust genes were created and tested in the Thatcher background, revealing synergistic ("booster") effects involving Lr21 with Lr16. With QTL mapping approach, we found that genes combined from 7D, 1B and 7B conferred an almost immune response to leaf rust, while genes from 7D, 1B and 3B provided an almost immune response to stripe rust. With a genomics approach, a large scale transcriptome analysis was conducted on key rust resistant genes including six R genes, three APR genes and one gene pyramid with Lr34+Lr16 over a time series during the infection process of both seedlings and adult plants. Detailed transcriptome analysis of gene expression associated with different major and minor leaf rust genes, alone or in combination, identified common and unique aspects of defense responses. For example, Lr9 is different from the other three leaf rust genes tested, with resistance triggered at a very early stage, consistent with pre-haustorial resistance. R genes Lr21 and Lr16 were also significantly different compared to other R and APR genes. With gene co-expression network analysis, a shared unique gene module mediated by Lr34 and Lr67 was also identified. This large transcriptome dataset also allowed the development of a rust-wheat interactome atlas for rust functional genomics research in wheat.


Improvement of durum wheat salinity tolerance by intergeneric hybridization of Triticum durum x Hordeum marinum

BGRI 2018 Poster Abstract
Olfa Ayed-Slama National Agronomic Institute of Tunisia
FATMA,BEN JEMAA, HAJER, SLIM-AMARA, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Wild species with valuable genetic heritage was used long time ago in interspecific crosses to improve cultivated plants adaptation to environmental constraints. The objective of this study is to transfer the salinity tolerance of Hordeum marinum, a wild barley species, to three durum wheat varieties (Karim, Razzek and Nasr) by intergeneric crosses. In order to skip the incompatibility between these species, in vitro immature embryo rescue was performed using B5 medium (Gamborg et al., 1968). The results showed that the genotype has an important effect on the success of the crosses and the rate of regenerated plants. We have found that 34.21% of the embryos derived from hybridization Razzek x Hordeum marinum has regenerated haploid plantlets, 5.88% for Karim x Hordeum marinum cross, and 2.78% for Nasr x Hordeum marinum.
The obtained chromosomal stock of the hybrid haploid plants was doubled by colchicine treatment concentrated at 0.05%. The rate of doubled haploid plants were reduced after colchicine treatment to 26.32% for Razzek x Hordeum marinum cross, 0% for Karim crossed with Hordeum marinum and remained unchanged for Nasr x Hordeum marinum.
The doubled haploids obtained are subjected to salt stress (6-12 g/l) in order to evaluate their tolerance to salinity.


Suitability of planting time to get iron and zinc enriched wheat varieties

BGRI 2018 Poster Abstract
Sadaf Shamim Cereal Laboratory, Wheat Research Institute, Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan
Hira Shair, Anjum Javed, Muhammad Abdullah, Makhdoom Hussain, Javed Ahmed

Globally, more than two billion people are undernourished in the world and deficient in key vitamins and minerals, making it the world's greatest health risk factor. Among these, iron and zinc are of greater significance from human nutrition perspective, ranking them 5th and 6th in developing countries. The population most vulnerable to these micronutrient deficiencies is women and children. Iron deficiency results about 1.62 billion people as anemic, largely preschool children (47%). It is responsible for approximately 20854 deaths and two million disability adjusted life years (DALYs) among children under five years old, whereas, zinc deficiency is responsible for approximately 4% of deaths and 16 million DALYs, among children under age five. This leads to malnutrition ultimately leading to a disabled society.
Widespread accessibility of these nutrients is the solution to cater malnutrition. Wheat, the "staff of life," consumed by masses can help eradicate "hidden hunger." For this, fortification and bio-fortification are highly talked about, but one having limitations in reaching the masses and other a long term intervention, respectively, suitability of planting times to screen out varieties high in zinc and iron, is an on-field solution. In a study, wheat varieties; Punjab-11, Millat-11 and Galaxy-13 were selected from three planting times, with an interval of one month. Results reveal varieties exhibited their natural genotypic response but planting time impact on Zn and Fe were visibly significant. 30th December gave higher contents of Fe and Zn as compared to previous planting dates of the same year. Iron on an overall basis ranged from (135.0-147.0) ppm, while Zinc gave a confined range of (30.2-33.2) ppm. Thus, concluded that comparatively delayed sowing favours the mineral content concentration in wheat grains. And these creamed out varieties can readily be used in crosses with high yielding varieties, in order to make our wheat mineral sufficient.


Mining sources of resistance to stripe rust in bread and durum wheat landraces from ICARDA genebank collection

BGRI 2018 Poster Abstract
Kumarse Nazari Turkey-ICARDA Regional Cereal Rust Research Center (RCRRC), ICARDA, Menemen, Izmir, Turkey
Muhammad Massub Tehseen, Ezgi Kurtulus, Maha Al Ahmed, Ahmed Amri, Mariana Yazbek, Ali Shehadeh

In 2016 the bread wheat (BW) and durum wheat (DW) landrace accessions were evaluated against PstS2 and in 2017 against a mixture of PstS2 and warrior race in field inoculations at Izmir precision stripe rust phenotyping platform. Inoculation was carried out three times during seedling, tillering and booting stages using mixture of fresh spore and talcum powder. Adult-plant responses of tested accessions were recorded according to 0-9 scale once the flag leaf of the susceptible cultivar became fully susceptible. During 2016, out of 3319 BW accessions, 1135 (36%), 871 (28%) and 1133 (36%) were found resistant (1-3 scale), moderately resistant (4-6), and susceptible (7-9) to PstS2, respectively. Amongst the resistant accessions in 2016, 1043 (33%) remained resistant while 786 (25%) showed moderate resistant and 1310 (42%) became susceptible. In 2017, 43% of moderately resistant accessions showed susceptibility to warrior race and 57% remained resistant to moderately resistant. Within the susceptible accessions to PstS2 race in 2016, 22% showed resistance to the warrior race and the remaining were susceptible. In case of DW in 2016, 76% (553) of the accessions were resistant to PstS2, 23% (163) were moderately resistant and only 1% (7) were found susceptible. In 2017, 329 (46%) of the resistant accessions were found resistant, whereas 289 (40%) and 105 (15%) showed moderately resistance and susceptible reaction to Warrior race, respectively. The present data indicated that BW landraces were generally more susceptible to stripe rust than DWs. Susceptibility of both BW and DW accessions to Warrior race indicated that most likely some of the uncharacterized resistance genes which conferred resistance to PstS2 were ineffective against the warrior race. Sources of resistance to both races were identified in both BW and DW. Genetic architecture of identified sources of resistance in present study requires further investigations.


Breeding for climate smart bread wheat varieties

BGRI 2018 Poster Abstract
Amna Kanwal Wheat Research Institute, Ayub Agricultural Research Institute,Faisalabad,Pakistan
Mehvish,Makhdoom, Javed, Ahmad, Makhdoom, Hussain, Iqra, Ghafoor, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Wheat crop is facing immense losses each year owing to climate change, eventually being major threat to global food security. So, the objective of the present study was to screening of advance lines under drought and heat stress conditions. In following study, 30 advance lines of wheat along with four checks(Faislabad-08, Millat-11, Galaxy-13 and ujala16) with three treatments (heat, drought, normal) were tested for different morphological (days to heading, plant height, days to maturity, biomass,1000 grain weight and grain yield) and physiological (canopy temperature at vegetative & reproductive stage, NDVI vegetative & reproductive), parameters. Biplot analysis depicted that V2, V3, V8, V14, V19, V25, and V30 showed the highest OP vector for grain yield in drought environment. Whereas, under heat conditions, V3, V4, V5, V10, V11, and V12 displayed their maximum longest vector for grain yield. Correlation analysis depicted that grain yield had non-significant correlation with canopy temperature (vegetative stage), normalized difference vegetation index (vegetative stage) canopy temperature (reproductive stage), plant height, days to heading and days to maturity under heat stress environment, while it had significant association with biomass and thousand grain weight. Under drought environment, grain yield had positive and significant correlation with biomass while on the other hand it had negative but significant association with normalized difference vegetation index (reproductive stage) and canopy temperature (reproductive stage). Best performing lines could be efficiently exploited in research programs to evade the perilous impact of climate change.