Indexed on: 05 Oct '06Published on: 05 Oct '06Published in: Molecular Breeding
Globodera pallida is a parasitic root cyst nematode of potato, which causes reduction of crop yield and quality in infested fields. Field populations of G. pallida containing mixtures of pathotypes Pa2 and Pa3 (Pa2/3) are currently most relevant for potato cultivation in middle Europe. Genes for resistance to G. pallida have been introgressed into the cultivated potato gene pool from the wild, tuber bearing Solanum species S. spegazzinii and S. vernei. Selection of resistant genotypes in breeding programs is hampered by the fact that the phenotypic evaluation of resistance to G. pallida is time consuming, costly and often ambiguous. DNA-based markers diagnostic for resistance to G. pallida would facilitate the development of resistant varieties. A tetraploid F1 hybrid family SR-Gpa segregating for quantitative resistance to G.␣pallida was developed and evaluated for resistance to G. pallida population ‘Chavornay’. Two subpopulations of 30 highly resistant and 30 susceptible individuals were selected and genotyped for 96 single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers tagging 12 genomic regions on 10 potato chromosomes. Seven SNPs were found significantly linked to the nematode resistance, which were all located within a resistance ‘hotspot’ on potato chromosome V. A haplotype model for these seven SNPs was deduced from the SNP patterns observed in the SR-Gpa family. A PCR assay ‘HC’ was developed, which specifically detected the SNP haplotype c that was linked with high levels of nematode resistance. The HC marker was only found in accessions of S.␣vernei. Screening with the HC marker 34 potato varieties resistant to G. pallida pathotypes Pa2 and/or Pa3 and 22 susceptible varieties demonstrated that the HC marker was highly diagnostic for presence of high levels of resistance to G. pallida pathotype Pa2/Pa3.