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RAPD and SCAR Markers Linked to an Introgressed Gene Conditioning Resistance to Peronospora tabacina D.B. Adam. in Tobacco


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  1. Vol. 45 No. 6, p. 2346-2354
    Received: Dec 22, 2004

    * Corresponding author(s): ramsey_lewis@ncsu.edu
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  1. S. R. Millaa,
  2. J. S. Levina,
  3. R. S. Lewis *a and
  4. R. C. Ruftyb
  1. a Dep. of Crop Science, North Carolina State Univ., Campus Box 7620, Raleigh, NC 27695-7620
    b Office of the Graduate School, North Carolina State Univ., Campus Box 71-2, Raleigh, NC 27695


Blue mold, caused by the fungal pathogen Peronospora tabacina D.B. Adam, is one of the most important foliar diseases of tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L.). Identification of molecular markers linked to genetic factors controlling resistance would facilitate development of resistant cultivars. Bulked segregant analysis was used to screen 1216 random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) primers for their ability to reveal polymorphism between DNA bulks from susceptible doubled haploid (DH) lines and resistant DH lines possessing resistance derived from cultivar Ovens 62. Fifteen RAPD markers were tentatively identified as being linked to a major gene conditioning resistance to blue mold. These 15 markers (12 in coupling phase linkage with resistance and three in repulsion phase) were found to lie within a single linkage group of 36.6 cM and were subsequently tested on 122 DH lines derived from crosses between resistant and susceptible parents. F tests revealed statistically significant associations between resistance and each of the 15 RAPD markers. Interval mapping was used to more accurately place the quantitative trait locus (QTL) controlling resistance on the linkage map. The RAPD markers were screened on a set of 45 resistant and susceptible cultivars or breeding lines and four Nicotiana species. At variance with previous reports, marker genotypes indicated that resistance in Ovens 62 and most other blue mold resistant lines likely originated from N. debneyi Domin. Two RAPD markers flanking the most likely QTL position were converted to sequence characterized amplified region (SCAR) markers. These markers should aid in development of blue mold-resistant tobacco cultivars worldwide.

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