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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2008

Genetics of avirulence genes in Blumeria graminis f.sp hordei and physical mapping of AVR(a22) and AVR(a12)

Skamnioti P, Pedersen C, Al-Chaaram GR, Holefors A, Thordal-Christensen H, Brown JKM, Ridout CJ


Powdery mildew fungi are parasites that cause disease on a wide range of important crops. Plant resistance (R) genes, which induce host defences against powdery mildews, encode proteins that recognise avirulence (AVR) molecules from the parasite in a gene-for-gene manner. To gain insight into how virulence evolves in Blumeria graminis f.sp. hordei, associations between segregating AVR genes were established. As a prerequisite to the isolation of AVR genes, two loci were selected for further analysis. AVR(a22) is located in a tightly linked cluster comprising AVR(a10) and AVR(k1) as well as up to five other AVR genes. The ratio between physical and genetic distance in the cluster ranged between 0.7 and 35 kB/cM. The AVR(a22) locus was delimited by the previously isolated gene AVR(a10) and two cleaved amplified polymorphic sequence (CAPS) markers, 19H12R and 74E9L. By contrast, AVR(a12) was not linked to other AVR genes in two crosses. Bulk segregant analysis of over 100,000 AFLP fragments yielded two markers, ETAMTG-285 and PAAMACT-473, mapping 10 and 2 cM from AVR(a12), respectively, thus delimiting AVR(a12) on one side. All markers obtained for AVR(a12) mapped proximal to it, indicating that the gene is located at the end of a chromosome. Three more AVR(a10) paralogues were identified at the locus interspersed among genes for metabolic enzymes and abundant repetitive elements, especially those homologous to the CgT1 class of retrotransposons. The flanking and close markers obtained will facilitate the isolation of AVR(a22) and AVR(a12) and provide useful tools for studies of the evolution of powdery mildew fungi in agriculture and nature. (c) 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved

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Fungal Genetics and Biology
2008, Volume: 45, number: 3, pages: 243-252

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    • Holefors, Anna

      • University of Copenhagen

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