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Crop Science Abstract - Review and Interpretation

General Resistance in Maize to Southern Rust (Puccinia polysora Underw.)


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  1. Vol. 51 No. 4, p. 1393-1409
    Received: June 6, 2010

    * Corresponding author(s): brewbake@hawaii.edu
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  1. James L. Brewbaker *,
  2. Soon Kwon Kim,
  3. Yoon Sup So,
  4. Manuel Logroño,
  5. Hyeon Gui Moon,
  6. Reiguang Ming,
  7. Xiao Wu Lu and
  8. Aleksander D. Josue
  1. Dep. of Tropical Plant and Soil Science, Univ. of Hawaii, 3190 Maile Way, Honolulu, HI 96822
    Graduate School of International Development and Cooperation, Handong Global Univ., Gyungbuk, Korea
    Dep. of Agronomy, N. Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC 27695
    Syngenta Seeds, 90 Ratchadapisek Rd., Bangkok 1010, Thailand
    Rural Development Administration, Gwongseon-gu Suwon, Gyeonggido, Republic of Korea 441-707
    Dep. of Plant Biology, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801
    U.S. Dep. of Health and Human Resources, 200 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20201
    Monsanto Co., Williamsburg, IA 52361. Contribution from the Dep. of Tropical Plant and Soil Science, Univ. of Hawaii


Southern corn rust (Puccinia polysora Underw.) is a major tropical disease that can lead to severe yield losses in the tropics. Occasionally it becomes of concern in temperate regions, as in 2010. We summarize 45 yr of research on the occurrence, genetic basis, and breeding of general resistance. Trials were conducted in Colombia, Hawaii, Nigeria, the Philippines, Texas, and Thailand. Temperate maize proved uniformly susceptible. No racially specific monogenes were effective. Resistance varied continuously among tropical inbreds and many of these showed stable intermediate tolerance. Two diallel populations revealed high correlations of inbred values with hybrid array means and slight heterosis for resistance. Narrow-sense heritabilities were 51% and 66%, and mean square ratios for general to specific combining ability (GCA:SCA) were 7.8 and 10.7 to 1. Generation mean analyses were performed on six sets of families. Mean and additive effects were significant across families, while significant nonadditive effects were rare. Heritability values ranged from 19% to 49%. A set of recombinant lines segregated a primary susceptibility locus on chromosome 6. Studies of 137 near-isogenic inbred lines (NILs) of resistant tropical inbred Hi27 revealed a dominant susceptibility quantitative trait locus (QTL) in the NIL for dwarf-1 locus, but linkage could not be confirmed. Premature senescence was associated with rust infections in many NILs, emphasizing the ubiquity of modifying genes. No correlation existed between resistance to southern and common rusts. Resistant tropical inbreds and populations were bred to serve as sources for future improvement.

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