High nucleotide sequence variation of avirulent gene, AVR-Pita1, in Thai rice blast fungus population
Rice blast disease, caused by Magnaporthe oryzae, is one of the most importance diseases of rice production worldwide. The keyrole of defense mechanism to combat this fungus in rice follows the gene-for-gene concept, which a plant resistant (R) gene product recognizes a fungal avirulent (AVR) effector and triggers the hypersensitive response. However, the AVR genes have been shown to be rapidly evolving resulting in high level of genetic diversity. The aims of this study were to examine the nucleotide sequence variation of AVR-Pita1 gene in Thai rice blast isolates and to identify the severity of blast disease using isogenic line of Pita gene. Seventy-six rice blast isolates collected from different parts of Thailand were used. Gene specific primers for AVR-Pita1 gene coding sequence were designed and used for identifying the genetic diversity of AVR-Pita1 gene by PCR amplification and sequencing. The obtained sequences were analysed for genetic variation and genetic relationship. Our results revealed the association between the sequence variations of AVR-Pita1 and selective forces from Pita gene. This phenomenon demonstrated the coevolution between rice blast resistant gene in rice and avirulent gene in blast fungus. The information about variation and evolutionary mechanisms of AVR gene obtained from this study can be used in rice blast resistant breeding programme.
Volume 101, 2022
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