Involvement of Glutathione and Carbohydrate Biosynthesis Moreover COR14B Gene Expression in Wheat Cold Acclimation

  • Gábor Galiba
  • Gábor Kocsy
  • Ildikó Kerepesi
  • Attila Vágujfalvi
  • Luigi Cattivelli
  • József Sutka


The winter-hardiness, including frost tolerance has long been regarded as a trait being under complex multigenic control. However, it would still be possible that major differences in cold-adaptation between species or cultivars depend on allelic differences in a small number of genes as suggested in cold-acclimation in pea and Solanum (Liebefeld et al., 1986; Stone et al., 1993). Since common wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) is a hexaploid its vital genes are replicated. This permitted Sears (1953) to develop series of chromosome substitution lines. By comparing chromosome substitution lines with the parental lines it was possible to determine which chromosomes carry gene locus for freezing tolerance. The analysis of substitution lines showed that at least ten of the 21 pairs of the chromosomes are involved in the control of frost tolerance (Sutka 1981). However, major genes influencing frost tolerance (Fr) and vernalisation requirement (Vrn) were localized on the long arm of 5A and 5D chromosomes (Galiba et al., 1995; Snape et al. 1997). Of particular importance for adaptation to autumn sowing are the genes for vernalisation requirement. Vrn genes determine the needs for cold temperature required for flower development. Recent studies indicated that Vrn1-Fr1 interval on 5A chromosome of wheat has a major effect on freezing tolerance (Storlie et al., 1998) Conservation of gene order (synteny) in Triticeae is well known and this is true for the Vrnl-Fr1 interval studied in barley, rye and Triticum monococcum, as well (reviewed in Galiba et al., 1997a). For example mapping of a quantitative trait loci (QTL) in barley has resulted in the identification of a 21-cM region on chromosome 7 that has a major role in frost tolerance. This region accounted for 32% of the variance in LT50 values and 39–79% of the variance in winter field survival (Hayes et al., 1993).


Quantitative Trait Locus Cold Acclimation Freezing Tolerance Chinese Spring Frost Tolerance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gábor Galiba
    • 1
  • Gábor Kocsy
    • 1
  • Ildikó Kerepesi
    • 2
  • Attila Vágujfalvi
    • 1
  • Luigi Cattivelli
    • 3
  • József Sutka
    • 1
  1. 1.Agricultural Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of SciencesMartonvásárHungary
  2. 2.Department of Genetics and Molecular BiologyUniversity of PécsPécsHungary
  3. 3.Experimental Institute for Cereal Research Via S. ProtasoFiorenzuola d’ArdaItaly

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