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  1. Vol. 49 No. 1, p. 265-271
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    Received: Aug 28, 2008

    * Corresponding author(s): David.Hyten@ars.usda.gov
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Bulked Segregant Analysis Using the GoldenGate Assay to Locate the Rpp3 Locus that Confers Resistance to Soybean Rust in Soybean

  1. David L. Hyten *a,
  2. James R. Smithb,
  3. Reid D. Frederickc,
  4. Mark L. Tuckera,
  5. Qijian Songd and
  6. Perry B. Cregana
  1. a Soybean Genomics and Improvement Laboratory, U.S. Dep. of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, MD 20705
    b Crop Genetics and Production Research Unit, U.S. Dep. of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service, Stoneville, MS 38776
    c Foreign Disease-Weed Science Research Unit (FDWSRU), U.S. Dep. of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service, Ft. Detrick, MD 21702
    d Dep. of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742


Few resistance loci to soybean rust (SBR), caused by Phakopsora pachyrhizi Syd., have been genetically mapped and linked to molecular markers that can be used for marker assisted selection. New technologies are available for single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping that can be used to rapidly map traits controlled by single loci such as resistance to SBR. Our objective was to demonstrate that the high-throughput SNP genotyping method known as the GoldenGate assay can be used to perform bulked segregant analysis (BSA) to find candidate regions to facilitate efficient mapping of a dominant resistant locus to SBR designated Rpp3 We used a 1536 SNP GoldenGate assay to perform BSA followed by simple sequence repeat (SSR) mapping in an F2 population segregating for SBR resistance conditioned by Rpp3 A 13-cM region on linkage group C2 was the only candidate region identified with BSA. Subsequent F2 mapping placed Rpp3 between SSR markers BARC_Satt460 and BARC_Sat_263 on linkage group C2 which is the same region identified by BSA. These results suggest that the GoldenGate assay was successful at implementing BSA, making it a powerful tool to quickly map qualitative traits since the GoldenGate assay is capable of screening 1536 SNPs on 192 DNA samples in three days.

    BARC, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center BSA, bulked segregant analysis cM, centimorgan LG, linkage group LOD, likelihood of odds nr, RB, dark reddish-brown lesions SBR, soybean rust SNP, single nucleotide polymorphism SSR, simple sequence repeat STS, sequence tagged site TAN, tan lesions

Soybean rust (SBR), caused by Phakopsora pachyrhizi Syd., was first discovered in North America in 2004 (Schneider et al., 2005) and has been detected in the United States as far north as Illinois and Indiana (Hartman et al., 2007; Mueller and Engelbrecht, 2007). Despite SBR not causing significant yield losses in North America, the potential of this pathogen to create epidemic outbreaks and to reduce soybean yields from 30 to 75% has been well documented in Brazil and Paraguay (Yorinori et al., 2005). The primary defense against this pathogen has been the widespread use of fungicides which can be very costly. The other defense currently available is host resistance, which has been found through germplasm screening.

The six known resistant sources (and their assigned locus names) for resistance to P. pachyrhizi (Rpp) come from the soybean accessions PI 200492 (Rpp1) (McLean and Byth, 1980), PI 230970 (Rpp2) (Hartwig and Bromfield, 1983), PI 462312 (Rpp3) (Hartwig and Bromfield, 1983), PI 459025 (Rpp4) (Hartwig, 1986), PI 200456 (Rpp5) (Garcia et al., 2008), and PI 506764 [Rpp?(Hyuuga)] (Monteros et al., 2007). Currently, five SBR resistance loci have been mapped on the soybean genetic linkage map. Rpp1 maps to soybean linkage group (LG) G between SSR markers BARC_Sct_187 and BARC_Sat_064 (Hyten et al., 2007), Rpp2 maps to LG J between SSR markers BARC_Sat_255 and BARC_Satt620 (Silva et al., 2008), Rpp4 maps to LG G between SSR markers BARC_Satt288 and BARC_AF162283 (Silva et al., 2008), Rpp5 maps to LG N between SSR markers BARC_Sat_275 and BARC_Sat_280 (Garcia et al., 2008), and Rpp?(Hyuuga) maps to LG C2 between SSR markers BARC_Satt460 and BARC_Satt134 (Monteros et al., 2007). Cultivar screening in Florida has found that the sources of Rpp1, Rpp3, and Rpp?(Hyuuga), along with several other germplasm accessions, show promising resistance to the P. pachyrhizi races that are currently in North America (D. Walker, personal communication, 2008). Currently, the map position of Rpp3 is unknown. It is also unknown whether the other germplasm accessions that demonstrate resistance to the P. pachyrhizi races in North America contain one of the known rust resistance loci or a new resistant locus that can be deployed with the previously identified resistance loci. An efficient strategy of finding molecular markers associated with Rpp3 along with quickly mapping resistance loci contained within new SBR resistant accessions is needed so that these resistance loci can be quickly integrated into breeding programs through marker-assisted selection and/or combined with other resistant loci. One strategy would be to combine the effectiveness of bulked segregant analysis (Michelmore et al., 1991) with a high-throughput genotyping method which is capable of screening many bulks with markers spread throughout the genome in a short period of time.

Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are the most abundant genetic markers available in soybean (Choi et al., 2007; Hyten et al., 2006; Zhu et al., 2003). In addition, there have been myriad technologies developed to very quickly genotype large numbers of SNPs in DNA samples. The GoldenGate assay is a high-throughput SNP detection method, which is capable of screening 1536 SNP markers in three days on 192 DNA samples (Fan et al., 2003). In soybean, a 384 SNP GoldenGate assay was used to successfully map 345 SNPs onto the soybean consensus map and it was observed that the GoldenGate assay may be copy-number sensitive (Hyten et al., 2008). If the GoldenGate assay is copy-number sensitive it would be possible to score a bulk heterozygous despite not having equal amounts of the two alleles present, which would allow the assay to be effectively used for bulked segregant analysis. Our objective was to determine if the GoldenGate assay could be used for bulked segregant analysis to locate candidate region(s) for Rpp3 and then test the candidate regions(s) with SSR markers in a segregating population to determine the map location of Rpp3 and to determine if BSA functioned successfully using the GoldenGate assay.


Plant Material

PI 462312 was previously reported to carry the single dominant rust resistance locus Rpp3 (Hartwig and Bromfield, 1983). A total of 110 F2–derived F3 lines (F2:3) from a cross between ‘Williams 82’ × PI 462312 were used in this study. F1 seeds were produced in the field at the Delta Research and Extension Center near Stoneville, MS during the summer of 2004. Seeds derived from individual F1 and F2 plants were produced during the winters of 2004–05 and 2005–06, respectively, at the USDA-ARS Tropical Agriculture Research Station near Isabela, PR. Each line consists of F3 seeds derived from a single F2 plant. Seeds of Williams 82, PI 462312, and PI 506764 (Hyuuga) were obtained from the USDA Soybean Germplasm Collection (USDA-ARS, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL).

Soybean Rust Resistance Testing

All inoculations with P. pachyrhizi isolates (Table 1 ) were performed in the USDA-ARS Foreign Disease-Weed Science Research Unit Biosafety Level-3 Plant Pathogen Containment Facility at Ft. Detrick, MD (Melching et al., 1983) under the appropriate USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection permit. There were two replications of the phenotyping of the Rpp3 population that consisted of 110 F2–derived lines with five F3 plants per line per replication. Two seeds per cell were planted in flats and thinned to a single plant per cell 10 d after planting as described by Hyten et al. (2007) Resistant and susceptible checks were planted randomly throughout the flats and included the resistant and susceptible parents, PI 462312 and Williams 82, respectively.

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Phakopsora pachyrhizi isolates used in this study.

Isolate Country Location Year collected Source
AL04–1 United States Mobile County, Alabama 2004 R. Frederick
AU79–1 Australia unknown 1979 unknown
BZ01–1 Brazil Parana 2001 J. T. Yoriniori
HW94–1 United States Oahu, Hawaii 1994 E. Kilgore
IN73–1 India Pantnagar 1973 D. N. Thapliyal
LA04–1 United States Ben Hur, Louisiana 2004 R. Schneider
PG01–2 Paraguay Capitan Miranda 2001 W. M. Morel
SA01–1 South Africa Natal Province 2001 Z. A. Pretorius
TW72–1 Taiwan Taipei 1972 L.-C. Wu
TW80–2 Taiwan Taipei 1980 AVRDC
Collections made with the assistance of T. Johnson, R. Wingard, and W. Harrison, Alabama Dep. of Agriculture and Industries, Montgomery, Alabama and E. Sikora, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Auburn Univ., Auburn, Alabama.
Embrapa soja, Londrina, Brazil.
§ Hawaii Department of Agriculture, Hilo, Hawaii.
Govind Ballabh Pant Univ. of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, India.
# Dep. of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
†† Centro Regional Investigacion de Agricola, Capitan Miranda, Paraguay.
‡‡ Dep. of Plant Sciences, Univ. of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.
§§ Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center, Taipei, Taiwan.

Inoculations were done on 15-d-old seedlings in sets of 10 to 22 flats each. Plants were inoculated with the P. pachyrhizi isolate IN73-1 as described by Hyten et al. (2007) The IN73-1 isolate produces dark reddish-brown (RB) lesions with few uredinia and some sporulation on accession PI 462312 and tan (TAN) lesions, which are due to many uredinia forming on the leaf and abundant sporulation, on Williams 82 (Hartwig and Bromfield, 1983). Resistant reactions were recorded when an RB lesion with few or no spores were observed on the unifoliolate or trifoliolate leaves (Hartwig and Bromfield, 1983). A susceptible TAN reaction was recorded when distinct tan lesions with prolific sporulation was observed on the unifoliolate or trifoliolate leaves (Bromfield and Hartwig, 1980).

In a second experiment in the USDA-ARS Foreign Disease-Weed Science Research Unit Biosafety Level-3 Plant Pathogen Containment Facility at Ft. Detrick, MD the soybean accession PI 506764, which has also been reported to be resistant to SBR (Monteros et al., 2007), was inoculated along with PI 462312 with 10 different P. pachyrhizi isolates (Table 1). There were two replications of the inoculations with two plants per line per replicate for each P. pachyrhizi isolate. Phenotyping was performed as previously described for the F2–derived population.

Bulked Segregant Analysis

Ten seeds each of PI 462312 and Williams 82 were grown and leaf tissue from the 10 plants was bulked and used for DNA extraction as described by Keim et al. (1988) Since Rpp3 is a dominant resistance locus, three susceptible bulks were created for BSA to ensure that heterozygous Rpp3 plants were not included in the bulks. A total of 26 F2:3 lines gave a TAN reaction for all 10 of the F3 plants tested. Three bulks of the homozygous susceptible lines were created. Two bulks consisted of nine F2:3 lines and the third bulk was from leaf tissue of the remaining eight F2:3 lines. DNA was extracted from the bulked leaf tissue of 10 F3 plants from each F2:3 line as described by Keim et al. (1988)

A total of 1536 SNP markers have been discovered and mapped onto the integrated molecular genetic linkage map using the GoldenGate assay (data not shown) as described by Hyten et al. (2008) These 1536 SNP markers were tested on PI 462312, Williams 82, and the three susceptible bulks using the GoldenGate assay and analyzed on the Illumina BeadStation 500G (Illumina, San Diego, CA) as described previously (Hyten et al., 2008). The automatic allele calling for each locus is accomplished with the GenCall software (Illumina, San Diego, CA). All GenCall data were manually checked, and positive hits for BSA were recorded when a SNP was polymorphic between Williams 82 and PI 462312 and all three susceptible bulks clustered tightly with Williams 82 in the GenCall output (Fig. 1 ).

Figure 1.
Figure 1.

The clustering of a typical GoldenGate assay result that was considered a positive hit for bulked segregant analysis where the three susceptible bulks clustered with the susceptible genotype Williams 82. The normalized R (y axis) is the normalized sum of intensities of the two channels (Cy3 and Cy5) and normalized theta (x axis) is [(2/π)Tan −1 (Cy5/Cy3)] where a normalized theta value nearest 0 is a homozygote for allele A and a theta value nearest 1 is homozygous for allele B (Fan et al., 2006).


Mapping of Rpp3

Before inoculation with P. pachyrhizi isolate IN73-1, a single leaflet was collected from the first trifoliolate or in some instances the whole second trifoliolate, from each of the 10 F3 plants representing each of the 110 F2:3 lines in the population screening described above. Leaf tissue was immediately frozen on dry ice. DNA was isolated from the leaf tissue using the Sigma REDExtract-N-Amp Plant PCR Kit (Sigma-Aldrich, St. Louis, MO) following the manufacturer's instructions. Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC) SSR markers from the soybean consensus map (Choi et al., 2007) were tested within the candidate region identified in the GoldenGate assay to discover polymorphic SSR markers between Williams 82 and PI 462312. Polymorphic SSR markers in the candidate interval were used to screen six to 10 F3 plants from each of the 110 F2:3 lines. SSR genotyping was performed as described by Cregan et al. (1999) SSR allele size differences were determined as described by Wang et al. (2003) or with a 2% agarose gel. The genotype of each F2 plant was inferred from the genotypes of its F3 progeny. Map Manager QTX v. b20 (Manly et al., 2001) was used with Kosambi's mapping function to estimate genetic distances between SSR markers and Rpp3 in the 110 F2:3 lines of Williams 82 × PI 462312. A minimum likelihood of odds (LOD) ≥ 3.0 and a maximum distance of ≤ 50 centimorgan (cM) were used to test linkages among markers.

Molecular Characterization and Haplotyping of Rpp3 Region

Once Rpp3 was positioned between SSR markers on the soybean genetic map, the original sequence used to develop the SSR markers was compared to the 7× soybean genome sequence available at www.phytozome.net (Soybean Genome Project, DoE Joint Genome Institute) using BLASTN (Altschul et al., 1997). Scaffold 60 was identified to contain both flanking SSR markers. Annotation of the open reading frames for the region containing Rpp3 were identified using a PARACEL BLASTX search using the NCBI non-redundant (nr) database with serial 20 kb genomic sequences starting at nucleotide 1,077,201 and continuing to nucleotide 1,977,200 in scaffold 60. The gene descriptions assigned to the BLASTX hits were compared to the preliminary annotation performed at www.phytozome.net, and discrepancies were manually inspected for accuracy.

A total of 48 primer pairs were designed using Primer3 (Rozen and Skaletsky, 2000) to scaffold 60 between nucleotides 1,077,201 and 1,977,200 (Supplemental Table 1). Primer pairs were checked using electronic PCR (Schuler, 1997) to verify that a single amplicon would be produced. Seven of the 48 were estimated to produce multiple amplicons in the soybean genome. The remaining 41 primer pairs were used to sequence Williams 82, PI 462312, and PI 506764. Additional haplotyping was performed on the soybean genotypes ‘Archer,’ ‘Evans,’ ‘Minsoy,’ ‘Noir 1,’ ‘Peking,’ and PI 209332. It has been demonstrated that these six genotypes discover 93% of the common SNPs (frequency > 10%) in a diverse G. max germplasm sample (Zhu et al., 2003). PCR amplification and sequencing reactions were performed as described by Choi et al. (2007) Sequencing was performed on the ABI 3730 DNA analyzer (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, CA) and SNP discovery performed as described by Matukumalli et al. (2006)


On the basis of the numbers of RB lesions (resistant) and TAN lesions (susceptible) among F3 plants from each F2:3 line, the phenotype of each F2 plant was inferred. As anticipated, the F2 population fit a 3:1 (resistant:susceptible) ratio (p = 0.74). This segregation pattern agrees with the previous report that Rpp3 is a single dominant resistance locus (Hartwig and Bromfield, 1983). The three bulks used for BSA were created from the 26 susceptible F2:3 lines with each bulk containing nine, nine, and eight different susceptible F2:3 lines.

A total of 27 of the 1536 SNPs screened with the GoldenGate assay were positive for BSA in all three susceptible bulks. A typical positive result for BSA in the GenCall software is shown in Fig. 1 A total of 1356 of the 1536 SNPs have been integrated into the previously published Choi et al. (2007) soybean consensus map (data not shown). The 27 SNPs that were positive for BSA were all located within a 14 cM region on linkage group C2 between the SNP markers BARC-055889-13824 and BARC-053603-11920 (Supplemental Table 2).

Eight SSR markers around the candidate region for Rpp3 were determined to be polymorphic between the mapping parents and were selected for genotyping in the F2 population. While Rpp3 is a dominant resistance locus, heterozygous F2 plants were inferred from their F2–derived F3 progeny data which allowed Rpp3 to be mapped as a codominant locus with the SSR markers. The resulting map placed Rpp3 between SSR markers Satt460 and Sat_263 (Fig. 2 ). The map created by the F2 population agrees well with the consensus map except for a map expansion between SSR markers Sat_263 and Satt316 (Fig. 2).

Figure 2.
Figure 2.

Genetic linkage maps of the Rpp3 region of soybean linkage group C2. Cumulative cM distances are in parenthesis next to the marker name. The Rpp3 resistance allele confers a reddish-brown lesion response to the P. pachyrhizi isolate IN73–1. a) Genetic map generated using the Kosambi's mapping function from 110 F2:3 lines of Williams 82 × PI 462312. b) Soybean consensus genetic map of the same SSR markers on linkage group C2 as reported by Choi et al. (2007)


With knowledge of the map position of Rpp3, the sensitivity of the GoldenGate assay to the ratio of susceptible to resistant alleles in the bulked DNA samples could be investigated. Table 2 shows the number of Williams 82 and PI 462312 alleles at each of the SSR loci genotyped on one side of the Rpp3 interval and the number of SNPs that clustered with the susceptible genotype within the intervals between the SSR loci. The first interval to contain SNPs that did not cluster with Williams 82 occurred in the interval between Satt489 and Satt365 in susceptible bulk #3. In this interval, the number of susceptible to resistant alleles was between 14:2 and 12:4. The next interval, between Satt365 and Sat_402, contained one SNP that did not cluster with Williams 82 in susceptible bulks #1 and #3. The number of alleles was 15:3 susceptible to resistant in bulk #1 and ranged from 12:4 to 10:6 in susceptible bulk #3 (Table 2).

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The number of Williams 82 and PI 462312 alleles at each of the SSR loci genotyped on one side of the interval containing Rpp3 and the number of SNPs within the intervals between the SSR loci that clustered with the susceptible genotype (Williams 82) indicating a positive hit for bulked segregant analysis.

Susceptible bulk(no. susceptible families in bulk) Number of alleles at Satt460 Positive SNPs Number of alleles at Sat_251 Positive SNPs Number of alleles at Satt489 Positive SNPs Number of alleles at Satt365 Positive SNPs Number of alleles at Sat_402
1 (9) 18:0 11 18:0 4 18:0 6 15:3 1 15:3
2 (9) 18:0 11 18:0 4 18:0 6 18:0 2 16:2
3 (8) 16:0 11 15:1 4 14: 2 3 12:4 1 10:6
Total # of informative SNPs 11 4 6 2
Number of susceptible (Williams 82): resistant (PI 462312) alleles present within the bulk.
Number of SNPs within the SSR interval clustering with the susceptible parent, Williams 82.
§ Number of SNPs within the SSR interval that were polymorphic between Williams 82 and PI 462312.

The SBR resistance locus Rpp?(Hyuuga) in PI 506764 maps to the same region on LG C2 (Monteros et al., 2007) as Rpp3, indicating that they are the same locus with the same or different alleles or are two tightly linked loci. PI 462312 and PI 506764 were inoculated with 10 different foreign and domestic P. pachyrhizi isolates. The two accessions had identical rust reactions to all 10 isolates (Table 3 ). In addition to the isolate screening, the haplotypes of Williams 82, PI 462312, and PI 506764 were determined in the Rpp3 region. On the basis of the sequence identity between SSR markers and the Soybean Genome Project, DoE Joint Genome Institute 7x soybean genome sequence, Rpp3 is located on scaffold 60 (www.phytozome.net). Satt460 and Sat_263 are separated by a total of 897 kb of sequence. In this 897 kb of sequence, 31 PCR primer pairs spread an average of about 30 kb apart throughout this region produced a sequence tagged site (STS) for haplotype analysis of the three genotypes. A total of 292 SNPs were found in 25 STS while the other six STS were monomorphic. The positions of the 23 SNP-containing STS along with a gene annotation of the 897 kb region are shown in Fig. 3 A total of 275 of the 292 SNPs were successfully scored in both PI 462312 and PI 506764. Only two SNPs located approximately 67 kb away from Sat_263 differed between the two accessions (Supplemental Table 3).

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Soybean rust reaction of PI 462312, PI 506764, and Williams 82 screened in a biosafety level 3 plant pathogen containment facility with 10 different foreign and domestic P. pachyrhizi isolates.

ISOLATE PI 462312 PI 506764 Williams 82
RB = reddish-brown colored lesions, TAN = tan colored lesions, and RB/TAN = mostly reddish-brown colored lesions; a few tan colored lesions.
Figure 3.
Figure 3.

Diagram displaying the gene annotation for the region in the Soybean Genome Project, DoE Joint Genome Institute whole soybean 7x genome sequence scaffold-60 sequence between nucleotides 1,077,000 and 1,977,000. The SSR markers Satt460 and Sat_263 enclosing the Rpp3 resistance locus are at either end of the genomic sequence depicted. BLASTX alignments with high sequence similarity to the NCBI non-redundant (nr) protein sequence database with an expected value < E-20 were marked and grouped based on similar protein descriptions. The group labeled LRR Receptor-like Kinase includes gene descriptions for S-locus, carbohydrate-binding, lectin, LRR transmembrane, and receptor-like kinases. The group labeled TIR-NBS-LRR was separated from the other LRR protein kinases because the sequence description for these proteins included the phrase “disease resistant LRR kinase.” The group labeled retrotransponson includes sequence descriptions of polyprotein, pol protein, retroelement, retrotransposon, retrotransposable, reverse transcriptase, retro-virus related, RT-like, integrase, RNA-directed DNA polymerase, transposase, and transposon. The STS group is the positions of sequence tagged sites used for haplotyping Williams 82, PI 462312, and PI 506764.



The results of the genetic mapping, multiple isolate screening, and haplotyping of the resistance loci Rpp3 and Rpp?(Hyuuga) from PI 462312 and PI 506764, respectively, strongly suggests that they are alleles of the same locus. Silva et al. (2008) reported that a P. pachyrhizi isolate collected from Brazilian fields is able to overcome the resistance found in PI 462312 while PI 506764 remains resistant. One explanation for this is that haplotyping only shows that Rpp3 and Rpp?(Hyuuga) reside on the same ancestral haplotype and Rpp3 and Rpp?(Hyuuga) could have diverged since the last common ancestor as evidenced by the two SNPs that are different within this interval between the two lines. Another plausible explanation is that the P. pachyrhizi isolate used by Silva et al. (2008) is a field population that has not been purified and could contain a mixture of heterogeneous isolates which could lead to a misclassification of susceptible TAN or resistant RB reactions. There could also be additional resistance loci that differ between the two accessions, which might account for differences in reaction phenotypes to this Brazilian field isolate of P. pachyrhizi A complementation test is needed on a cross between PI 462312 and PI 506764 with an analysis of the progeny using a purified isolate of P. pachyrhizi that differentiates these two accessions to determine if Rpp3 and Rpp?(Hyuuga) carry the same or different alleles for resistance.

The GoldenGate assay performed very well to define a putative genome position for the Rpp3 locus using BSA. SSR data on the F2:3 lines that comprised each of the three susceptible bulks allowed the number of alleles contributed by the susceptible (Williams 82) vs. resistant (PI 462312) parent to be determined for each of the bulks. These data indicate that the GoldenGate assay is not completely sensitive to the presence of an alternative allele. A ratio of 7:1 (14 susceptible alleles to 2 resistant alleles) to 5:1 (15 susceptible alleles to 3 resistant alleles) susceptible to resistant alleles was enough to allow the detection of heterozygosity by some of the SNP assays, while heterozygosity was not detected by other SNP assays (Table 2). Despite the fact that some GoldenGate assays were not sufficiently sensitive to detect allele ratios of 5:1 in a heterozygous bulk, the use of three susceptible bulks eliminated all false positives and identified only one candidate region. This putative region was then confirmed to contain Rpp3 through SSR mapping.

This study demonstrates that a 1536 GoldenGate reaction is an effective method for screening bulks created for traits controlled by a single locus. The GoldenGate assay is capable of screening 192 DNA samples in three days with 1536 SNPs. If three DNA bulks with their respective parents are used, 38 different bulk populations can be screened in three days. As more SBR resistance sources are identified and populations segregating for single loci are created, the GoldenGate assay will be an effective technique to rapidly determine if the resistance loci are located in a new genomic location or in a previously identified one.


We wish to thank Edward Fickus for his technical help in the genotyping of the population and JoAnn Bowers for her technical help in screening for rust resistance. This work supports the goals of the U.S. Dep. of Agriculture National Strategic Plan for the Coordination and Integration of Soybean Rust Research (http://www.apsnet.org/online/sbr/pdf/USDASoybeanRustStratPlanv1.3.pdf) and was partially funded by United Soybean Board Project #7235 entitled “Identification and Utilization of Resistance to Soybean Rust.”




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