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’Forrest’ resistance to the soybean cyst nematode is bigenic: saturation mapping of the Rhg1and Rhg4 loci


Field resistance to cyst nematode (SCN) race 3 (Heterodera glycines I.) in soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] cv ’Forrest’ is conditioned by two QTLs: the underlying genes are presumed to include Rhg1 on linkage group G and Rhg4 on linkage group A2. A population of recombinant inbred lines (RILs) and two populations of near-isogenic lines (NILs) derived from a cross of Forrest×Essex were used to map the loci affecting resistance to SCN. Bulked segregant analysis, with 512 AFLP primer combinations and microsatellite markers, produced a high-density genetic map for the intervals carrying Rhg1 and Rhg4. The two QTLs involved in resistance to SCN were strongly associated with the AFLP marker EATGMCGA87 (P=0.0001, R2=24.5%) on linkage group G, and the AFLP marker ECCGMAAC405 (P=0.0001, R2 =26.2%) on linkage group A2. Two- way analysis of variance showed epistasic interaction (P=0.0001, R2 =16%) between the two loci controlling SCN resistance in Essex×Forrest recombinant inbred lines. Considering the two loci as qualitative genes and the resistance as female index FI <5%, jointly the two loci explained over 98% of the resistance. The locations of the two QTLs were confirmed in the NILs populations. Therefore SCN resistance in Forrest×Essex is bigenic. High-efficiency marker-assisted selection can be performed using the markers to develop cultivars with stable resistance to SCN.

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Received: 5 November 2000 / Accepted: 23 January 2001

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Meksem, K., Pantazopoulos, P., Njiti, V. et al. ’Forrest’ resistance to the soybean cyst nematode is bigenic: saturation mapping of the Rhg1and Rhg4 loci. Theor Appl Genet 103, 710–717 (2001).

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  • Keywords  Soybean cyst nematode
  • AFLP
  • High-resolution genetic mapping
  • Marker assisted breeding
  • Rhg1
  • Rhg4
  • Qualitative mapping