European Journal of Plant Pathology

, Volume 120, Issue 3, pp 223–232 | Cite as

Relationships and genetics of wheat effects on infection frequency and colony extension of Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici

  • Jing Feng
  • ZhongJun Zhang
  • Guohui Li
  • Yu Zhou
  • Qinggang Guo
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Wheat cvs Aquileja and Xian Nong 4, previously reported to possess quantitative resistance to Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici (Pst), were crossed to assess resistance associated with infection frequency and colony extension of Pst. The parents, F 1, F 2, F 3, F 4, backcrossed to Aquileja, and backcrossed to Xian Nong 4 were sown in the field. Experimental plants were inoculated with a single-spore derived isolate of Pst. Penetration frequency, colony size and disease severity were quantified. Comparison between the parents indicated that Aquileja was better at limiting infection frequency of Pst, whereas Xian Nong 4 was better at restricting colony extension. Penetration frequency and colony size were controlled by different genes. It was estimated that three or four genes, and three genes, controlling penetration frequency and colony size respectively, segregated in the cross Aquileja × Xian Nong 4, and were transmitted with moderately high heritability in additive fashion with no detectable dominant and epistatic effects. The two traits were correlated with disease severity. Colony size and penetration frequency explained, respectively, up to 33 and 8% of the genotypic variation of disease severity. These results will be helpful in understanding quantitative resistance and breeding for enhanced resistance to Pst.


Components of quantitative resistance Durable resistance Gene action Genetic correlation Partial resistance Stripe (yellow) rust Triticum aestivum 







Ming Xian 169


Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici


Xian Nong 4



This study was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 30270905 and 30370920) and National “973” Project of China (Grant No. 2006CB101901).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jing Feng
    • 1
  • ZhongJun Zhang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Guohui Li
    • 3
  • Yu Zhou
    • 1
  • Qinggang Guo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plant PathologyChina Agricultural UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory for Biology of Plant Diseases and Insect PestsBeijingChina
  3. 3.College of ScienceChina Agricultural UniversityBeijingChina

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