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    • Identification and introgression of QTLs implicated in resistance to sorghum downy mildew (Peronosclerospora sorghi (Weston and Uppal) C. G. Shaw) in maize through marker-assisted selection

      H. C. Lohithaswa K. Jyothi K. R. Sunil Kumar Puttaramanaik Shailaja Hittalmani

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      Sorghum downy mildew caused by Peronosclerospora sorghi is a major disease of maize and resistance is under the control of polygenes which necessitated identification of quantitative-trait loci (QTLs) for initiating marker-assisted introgression of resistant QTLs in elite susceptible inbred lines. In the present study, QTLs for sorghum downy mildew (SDM) resistance in maize were identified based on cosegregation with linked simple sequence repeats in 185 F2 progeny from a cross between susceptible (CM500-19) and resistant (MAI105) parents. F3 families were screened in the National Sorghum Downy Mildew Screening Nursery during 2010 and 2011. High heritability was observed for the disease reaction. The final map generated using 87 SSR markers had 10 linkage groups, spanning a length of 1210.3 cM. Although, we used only 87 SSR markers for mapping, the per cent of genome within 20 cM to the nearest marker was 88.5. Three putative QTLs for SDM resistance were located on chromosomes 3 (bin 3.01), 6 (bin 6.01) and 2 (bin 2.02) using composite interval mapping. The locus on chromosome 3 had a major effect and explained up to 12.6% of the phenotypic variation. The other two QTLs on chromosomes 6 and 2 had minor effects with phenotypic variation of 7.1 and 2%. The three QTLs appeared to have additive effects on resistance. The QTLs on chromosomes 3 and 6 were successfully used in the marker-assisted selection programme for introgression of resistance to SDM in eight susceptible maize lines.

    • Development and application of genomic resources for comparative and translational genomics in legumes through leveraging genomic sequence of Medicago truncatula


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      The expressed sequence tags (ESTs) of common bean were BLAST aligned with barred medic genome sequence and developed 1196 conserved intron spanning primers (CISPs) to facilitate genetic studies in legumes. Randomly selected 288 CISPs, representing loci on barrel medic genome, were tested on 10 selected members of legume family. On the source taxa, the highest single copy amplification success rates of 61.8% (barrel medic) and 56.2% (common bean) was obtained. The success rate of markers was 54.5% in cowpea followed by 53.5% in pigeonpea and chickpea, signifying cross taxon amplification and their potential use in comparative genomics. However, relatively low percentages of primer set amplified (40–43%) in soybean, urdbean and peanut. Further, these primers were tested on different varieties of chickpea, pigeonpea and cowpea. The PCR products were sequenced and aligned which resulted in detection of 26 SNPs and eight INDeLs in cowpea, seven SNPs and two INDeLs in chickpea and 27 SNPs and 14 INDeLs in pigeonpea. These SNPs were successfully converted in to size variation for gel-based genotyping. The CISP markers developed in this study are expected to aid in map saturation of legumes and in marker-assisted selection for accelerated crop improvement.

    • OsNAC-like transcription factor involved in regulating seed-storage protein content at different stages of grain filling in rice under aerobic conditions


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      In this study, we show that NAC-like transcription factor (TF) has 90% sequence similarity with cDNA of the OsNac5 gene present in the NCBI database. Phylogenetic analysis of the NAC gene family was performed with inclusion of the highly diverse C-terminal sequences. We report that this gene is also found to be orthologous to Glycine max NAC8, NAC2, Triticum aestivum NAC6 and paralogous to OsNAC6. mRNA was purified from five recombinant inbred lines (RILs) and parents of rice at three different stages of grain filling under aerobic conditions, with grain protein content (GPC) spanning from 4 to 14%. TheNAC-like TF encoding a protein was found to be upregulated at the S2 stage in the leaf (3.9-fold) and panicle (1.84-fold) of parent HPR14 and in five RILs (1.9 to 4.51-fold in leaves and 0.47 to 3.2-fold in panicles). Expression analysis of the NAC-like TF encoding a protein for the rice gene was found to be upregulated at the S2 stage in the leaf and panicle of parental line HPR14 and RILs with high protein content.

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