- Department of Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Kellner, Martin; Kolodinska Brantestam, Agnese; Åhman, Inger; Ninkovic, Velemir
Recent studies have shown that volatile chemical interaction between certain barley (Hordeum vulgare) cultivars can cause reduced host plant acceptance by the aphid Rhopalosiphum padi, and that certain cultivars can induce this effect while others can respond. In this study, we tested whether inducing and responding capabilities are linked to year of release in Swedish two-rowed spring barley. Eighteen cultivars released between 1897 and 1992 were tested in randomly selected subsets with pairwise combinations of volatile emitters and receivers. Significantly reduced aphid acceptance as a result of exposure to volatiles from plants of a different cultivar were found in 24% of the cultivar combinations. In general, older cultivars had a higher degree of aphid resistance after barley volatile treatment than did younger cultivars. The inducing effect of the emitter was also related to date of emitter cultivar release but the time relationship was reversed. Combinations with a younger volatile emitter and an older volatile receiver gave the strongest reduction in aphid acceptance of treated plants. Linear relationships between microsatellite diversity of emitting cultivars and their efficiency as inducers indicated that younger cultivars might have a more unique odour, whereas older cultivars may be more sensitive to induction.
TAG Theoretical and Applied Genetics
2010, Volume: 121, number: 6, pages: 1133-1139