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Benjamin Stich, Delphine Van Inghelandt
Genomic prediction is a routine tool in breeding programs of most major animal and plant species. However, its usefulness for potato breeding has not yet been evaluated in detail. The objectives of this study were to (i) examine the prospects of genomic prediction of key performance traits in a diversity panel of tetraploid potato modeling additive, dominance, and epistatic effects, (ii) investigate the effects of size and make up of training set, number of test environments and molecular markers on prediction accuracy, and (iii) assess the effect of including markers from candidate genes on the prediction accuracy...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Xinwei Chen, Dominika Lewandowska, Miles R Armstrong, Katie Baker, Tze-Yin Lim, Micha Bayer, Brian Harrower, Karen McLean, Florian Jupe, Kamil Witek, Alison K Lees, Jonathan D Jones, Glenn J Bryan, Ingo Hein
A broad-spectrum late blight disease-resistance gene from Solanum verrucosum has been mapped to potato chromosome 9. The gene is distinct from previously identified-resistance genes. We have identified and characterised a broad-spectrum resistance to Phytophthora infestans from the wild Mexican species Solanum verrucosum. Diagnostic resistance gene enrichment (dRenSeq) revealed that the resistance is not conferred by previously identified nucleotide-binding, leucine-rich repeat genes. Utilising the sequenced potato genome as a reference, two complementary enrichment strategies that target resistance genes (RenSeq) and single/low-copy number genes (Generic-mapping enrichment Sequencing; GenSeq), respectively, were deployed for the rapid, SNP-based mapping of the resistance through bulked-segregant analysis...
March 20, 2018: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
Tanmoy Dey, Amanda Saville, Kevin Myers, Susanta Tewari, David E L Cooke, Sucheta Tripathy, William E Fry, Jean B Ristaino, Sanjoy Guha Roy
The population structure of the Phytophthora infestans populations that caused the recent 2013-14 late blight epidemic in eastern India (EI) and northeastern India (NEI) was examined. The data provide new baseline information for populations of P. infestans in India. A migrant European 13_A2 genotype was responsible for the 2013-14 epidemic, replacing the existing populations. Mutations have generated substantial sub-clonal variation with 24 multi-locus genotypes (MLGs) found, of which 19 were unique variants not yet reported elsewhere globally...
March 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
Jeffrey W Habig, Aaron Rowland, Matthew G Pence, Cathy X Zhong
Resistance genes (R-genes) from wild potato species confer protection against disease and can be introduced into cultivated potato varieties using breeding or biotechnology. The R-gene, Rpi-vnt1, which encodes the VNT1 protein, protects against late blight, caused by Phytophthora infestans. Heterologous expression and purification of active VNT1 in quantities sufficient for regulatory biosafety studies was problematic, making it impractical to generate hazard characterization data. As a case study for R-proteins, a weight-of-evidence, tiered approach was used to evaluate the safety of VNT1...
March 9, 2018: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
Sophie de Vries, Janina K von Dahlen, Anika Schnake, Sarah Ginschel, Barbara Schulz, Laura E Rose
Phytophthora infestans is a devastating pathogen of tomato and potato. It readily overcomes resistance genes and applied agrochemicals and hence even today causes large yield losses. Fungal endophytes provide a largely unexplored avenue of control of Phytophthora infestans. Not only do endophytes produce a wide array of bioactive metabolites, they may also directly compete with and defeat pathogens in planta. Here, we tested twelve fungal endophytes isolated from different plant species in vitro for their production of metabolites with anti- Phytophthora activity...
March 8, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
Ning Jiang, Jun Meng, Jun Cui, Guangxin Sun, Yushi Luan
Tomato is an important horticultural and economic crop cultivated worldwide. As Phytophthora infestans becomes a huge threat to tomato production, it is necessary to study the resistance mechanisms of tomato against P. infestans . Our previous research has found that miR482 might be involved in tomato- P . infestans interaction. In this study, miR482b precursor was cloned from Solanum pimpinellifolium "L3708" and miR482b was shown to decrease in abundance in tomato following P . infestans infection...
2018: Horticulture Research
Sophie de Vries, Andreas Kukuk, Janina K von Dahlen, Anika Schnake, Thorsten Kloesges, Laura E Rose
Plants possess a battery of specific pathogen resistance ( R- )genes. Precise R- gene regulation is important in the presence and absence of a pathogen. Recently, a microRNA family, miR482/2118, was shown to regulate the expression of a major class of R- genes , nucleotide-binding site leucine-rich repeats ( NBS-LRRs ). Furthermore, RNA silencing suppressor proteins, secreted by pathogens, prevent the accumulation of miR482/2118, leading to an upregulation of R- genes. Despite this transcriptional release of R -genes, RNA silencing suppressors positively contribute to the virulence of some pathogens ...
February 28, 2018: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
Simon Caulier, Annika Gillis, Gil Colau, Florent Licciardi, Maxime Liépin, Nicolas Desoignies, Pauline Modrie, Anne Legrève, Jacques Mahillon, Claude Bragard
The world potato is facing major economic losses due to disease pressure and environmental concerns regarding pesticides use. This work aims at addressing these two issues by isolating indigenous bacteria that can be integrated into pest management strategies. More than 2,800 strains of Bacillus -like and Pseudomonas -like were isolated from several soils and substrates associated with potato agro-systems in Belgium. Screenings for antagonistic activities against the potato pathogens Alternaria solani, Fusarium solani (BCCM-MUCL 5492), Pectobacterium carotovorum (ATCC 15713), Phytophthora infestans (CRA-W10022) and Rhizoctonia solani (BCCM-MUCL 51929) were performed, allowing the selection of 52 Bacillus spp...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Andreas Wuensch, Franziska Trusch, Nurul A Iberahim, Pieter van West
Oomycetes are eukaryotic pathogens infecting animals and plants. Amongst them Saprolegnia parasitica is a fish pathogenic oomycete causing devastating losses in the aquaculture industry. To secure fish supply, new drugs are in high demand and since fish experiments are time consuming, expensive and involve animal welfare issues the search for adequate model systems is essential. Galleria mellonella serves as a heterologous host model for bacterial and fungal infections. This study extends the use of G. mellonella for studying infections with oomycetes...
February 2018: Fungal Biology
Fengping Chen, Qian Zhou, Jing Xi, Dong-Liang Li, Guido Schnabel, Jiasui Zhan
BACKGROUND: Metalaxyl is a phenylamide fungicide, introduced for oomycete management in the 1970s. RPA190 gene has been reported to be associated with metalaxyl resistance, although other genes may be involved in the process as well. The present study assessed the evolutionary association of amino acid (AA) mutations in RPA190 with metalaxyl resistance in Phytophthora infestans. RESULTS: All isolates from Yunnan were resistant to metalaxyl with multiple AA mutations in RPA190...
February 19, 2018: Pest Management Science
Emmanouil Domazakis, Doret Wouters, Richard Visser, Sophien Kamoun, Matthieu Haj Joosten, Vivianne G A A Vleeshouwers
The ELICITIN RESPONSE (ELR) protein from Solanum microdontum can recognize INF1 elicitin of Phytophthora infestans and trigger defense responses. ELR is a receptor-like protein (RLP) that lacks a cytoplasmic signaling domain and is anticipated to require interaction with a signaling-competent receptor-like kinase (RLK). SUPPRESSOR OF BIR1-1 (SOBIR1) has been proposed as a general interactor for RLPs involved in immunity and as such, is a potential interactor for ELR. Here we investigate whether SOBIR1 is required for response to INF1 and resistance to P...
February 16, 2018: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
Qiansi Chen, Zhendong Tian, Rui Jiang, Xueao Zheng, Conghua Xie, Jun Liu
A family of NDR1/HIN1-like (NHL) genes that shows homology to the nonrace-specific disease resistance (NDR1) and the tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) harpin-induced (HIN1) genes is reported to be involved in defense. However, little information about NHL genes is available for the potato (Solanum tuberosum). Here, we report that the expression of StPOTHR1, a member of the NHL gene family, is associated with resistance in potato against Phytophthora infestans, and is specifically induced in inoculation sites. Overexpression of StPOTHR1 enhances resistance against P...
January 30, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Bhavani Natarajan, Harpreet S Kalsi, Prajakta Godbole, Nilam Malankar, Aarthy Thiagarayaselvam, Sundaresha Siddappa, Hirekodathakallu V Thulasiram, Swarup K Chakrabarti, Anjan K Banerjee
To combat pathogen infection, plants employ local defense in infected sites and elicit systemic acquired resistance (SAR) in distant tissues. MicroRNAs are shown to play a significant role in local defense, however, their association with SAR is unknown. Also, in potato-Phytophthora infestans interaction, no such studies are reported. We investigated the role of miR160 in local and SAR responses of potato during P. infestans infection. Expression analysis revealed induced levels of miR160 in both local and systemic leaves of infected wild-type plants...
January 30, 2018: Journal of Experimental Botany
Rui Jiang, Jingcai Li, Zhendong Tian, Juan Du, Miles Armstrong, Katie Baker, Joanne Tze-Yin Lim, Jack H Vossen, Huan He, Leticia Portal, Jun Zhou, Merideth Bonierbale, Ingo Hein, Hannele Lindqvist-Kreuze, Conghua Xie
Following the often short-lived protection that major nucleotide binding, leucine-rich-repeat resistance genes offer against the potato pathogen Phytophthora infestans, field resistance was thought to provide a more durable alternative to prevent late blight disease. We previously identified the QTL dPI09c on potato chromosome 9 as a more durable field resistance source against late blight. Here, the resistance QTL was fine-mapped to a 186 kb region. The interval corresponds to a larger, 389 kb, genomic region in the potato reference genome of DM and from which functional NB-LRRs R8, R9aRpi-moc1 and Rpi_vnt1 have arisen independently in wild species...
January 27, 2018: Journal of Experimental Botany
Hans-Rudolf Forrer, Susanne Vogelgsang, Tomke Musa
Potato late blight (PLB) caused by Phytophthora infestans (Pi) is the most harmful disease in potato production worldwide. In organic farming, copper is used despite its persistence in soil and toxicity to soil organisms. To replace copper, suspensions of powders from three promising botanicals, including bark of buckthorn (Frangula alnus, FA), roots of medicinal rhubarb (Rheum palmatum) and galls of the nutgall tree (Galla chinensis), were tested in multi-year field experiments. The current study shows for the first time that botanicals could replace copper under field conditions and best PLB reduction on leaves was achieved with FA, reaching a level close to that of 2 to 3 kg copper per hectare and year...
November 24, 2017: Journal of Fungi (Basel, Switzerland)
Yu Du, Elysa J R Overdijk, Jeroen A Berg, Francine Govers, Klaas Bouwmeester
The exocyst, a multiprotein complex consisting of eight subunits, plays an essential role in many biological processes by mediating secretion of post-Golgi-derived vesicles towards the plasma membrane. In recent years, roles for plant exocyst subunits in pathogen defence have been uncovered, largely based on studies in the model plant Arabidopsis. Only a few studies have been undertaken to assign the role of exocyst subunits in plant defence in other plants species, including crops. In this study, predicted protein sequences from exocyst subunits were retrieved by mining databases from the Solanaceous plants Nicotiana benthamiana, tomato, and potato...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Experimental Botany
Kibrom Abreha, Åsa Lankinen, Laura Masini, Sofia Hydbom, Erik Andreasson
To understand the contribution of wild Solanum species to the epidemiology of potato late blight in Sweden, we characterized the resistance of the three putative alternative hosts; Solanum physalifolium, S. nigrum, and S. dulcamara to Phytophthora infestans, the causal agent of late blight. The pathogen sporulated in all ten investigated S. physalifolium genotypes, suggesting susceptibility (S phenotype). Field-grown S. physalifolium was naturally infected but could regrow, though highly infected genotypes were smaller at the end of the season...
January 12, 2018: Phytopathology
Maria K Mateyak, Justyna K Pupek, Alexandra E Garino, McCllelan C Knapp, Sarah F Colmer, Terri Goss Kinzy, Stephen Dunaway
In most eukaryotic organisms, translation elongation requires two highly conserved elongation factors eEF1A and eEF2. Fungal systems are unique in requiring a third factor, the eukaryotic Elongation Factor 3 (eEF3). For decades, eEF3, a ribosome-dependent ATPase, was considered "fungal-specific", however, recent bioinformatics analysis indicates it may be more widely distributed among other unicellular eukaryotes. In order to determine whether divergent eEF3-like proteins from other eukaryotic organisms can provide the essential functions of eEF3 in budding yeast, the eEF3-like proteins from Schizosaccharomyes pombe and an oomycete, Phytophthora infestans, were cloned and expressed in Saccharomyces cerevisiae...
2018: PloS One
M M Nikitin, N V Statsyuk, P A Frantsuzov, V G Dzhavakhiya, A G Golikov
AIM: Create a method for highly sensitive, selective, rapid, and easy-to-use detection and identification of economically significant potato pathogens, including viruses, bacteria and oomycetes, be it single pathogen, or a range of various pathogens occurring simultaneously. METHODS AND RESULTS: Test-systems for real-time PCR, operating in the unified amplification regime, have been developed for Phytophthora infestans, Pectobacterium atrosepticum, Dickeya dianthicola, Dickeya solani, Ralstonia solanacearum, Pectobacterium carotovorum, Clavibacter michiganensis subsp...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Applied Microbiology
Animesh Kumar, Mohammad Samir Farooqi, D C Mishra, Sanjeev Kumar, Anil Rai, K K Chaturvedi, S B Lal, Anu Sharma
Late blight, is one of the most serious disease in potato caused by Phytophthora infestans. In spite of adopting so many agricultural practices this disease is still a threat for potato. Recent studies showed that microRNA (miRNA), an important gene expression regulator, plays a very important role in host-pathogen interaction by silencing genes either by destructing or blocking of translation of mRNA. To date only few miRNA have been discovered which are related to late blight disease of potato during host pathogen interaction...
December 13, 2017: MicroRNA
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