Codominant PCR-based markers and candidate genes for powdery mildew resistance in melon (Cucumis melo L.)

Fernando J Yuste-Lisbona, Carmen Capel, María L Gómez-Guillamón, Juan Capel, Ana I López-Sesé, Rafael Lozano
TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik 2011, 122 (4): 747-58
Powdery mildew caused by Podosphaera xanthii is a major disease in melon crops, and races 1, 2, and 5 of this fungus are those that occur most frequently in southern Europe. The genotype TGR-1551 bears a dominant gene that provides resistance to these three races of P. xanthii. By combining bulked segregant analysis and amplified fragment length polymorphisms (AFLP), we identified eight markers linked to this dominant gene. Cloning and sequencing of the selected AFLP fragments allowed the development of six codominant PCR-based markers which mapped on the linkage group (LG) V. Sequence analysis of these markers led to the identification of two resistance-like genes, MRGH5 and MRGH63, belonging to the nucleotide binding site (NBS)-leucine-rich repeat (LRR) gene family. Quantitative trait loci (QTL) analysis detected two QTLs, Pm-R1-2 and Pm-R5, the former significantly associated with the resistance to races 1 and 2 (LOD score of 26.5 and 33.3; 53.6 and 61.9% of phenotypic variation, respectively), and the latter with resistance to race 5 (LOD score of 36.8; 65.5% of phenotypic variation), which have been found to be colocalized with the MRGH5 and MRGH63 genes, respectively. The results suggest that the cluster of NBS-LRR genes identified in LG V harbours candidate genes for resistance to races 1, 2, and 5 of P. xanthii. The evaluation of other resistant germplasm showed that the codominant markers here reported are also linked to the Pm-w resistance gene carried by the accession 'WMR-29' proving their usefulness as genotyping tools in melon breeding programmes.

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