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Genome wide association study reveals novel QTL for barley yellow dwarf virus resistance in wheat


Choudhury, S and Larkin, P and Xu, R and Hayden, M and Forrest, K and Meinke, H and Hu, H and Zhou, M and Fan, Y, Genome wide association study reveals novel QTL for barley yellow dwarf virus resistance in wheat, BMC Genomics, 20 Article 891. ISSN 1471-2164 (2019) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1186/s12864-019-6249-1



Barley yellow dwarf (BYD) is an important virus disease that causes significant reductions in wheat yield. For effective control of Barley yellow dwarf virus through breeding, the identification of genetic sources of resistance is key to success. In this study, 335 geographically diverse wheat accessions genotyped using an Illumina iSelect 90 K single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) bead chip array were used to identify new sources of resistance to BYD in different environments.


A genome-wide association study (GWAS) performed using all the generalised and mixed linkage models (GLM and MLM, respectively) identified a total of 36 significant marker-trait associations, four of which were consistently detected in the K model. These four novel quantitative trait loci (QTL) were identified on chromosomes 2A, 2B, 6A and 7A and associated with markers IWA3520, IWB24938, WB69770 and IWB57703, respectively. These four QTL showed an additive effect with the average visual symptom score of the lines containing resistance alleles of all four QTL being much lower than those with less favorable alleles. Several Chinese landraces, such as H-205 (Baimazha) and H-014 (Dahongmai) which have all four favorable alleles, showed consistently higher resistance in different field trials. None of them contained the previously described Bdv2, Bdv3 or Bdv4 genes for BYD resistance.


This study identified multiple novel QTL for BYD resistance and some resistant wheat genotypes. These will be useful for breeders to generate combinations with and/or without Bdv2 to achieve higher levels and more stable BYD resistance.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:wheat, BYDV, genome-wide association study, novel QTL, SNP, BYD resistance
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Crop and pasture production
Research Field:Agro-ecosystem function and prediction
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Grains and seeds
Objective Field:Barley
UTAS Author:Choudhury, S (Mrs Shormin Choudhury)
UTAS Author:Meinke, H (Professor Holger Meinke)
UTAS Author:Hu, H (Mr Hongliang Hu)
UTAS Author:Zhou, M (Professor Meixue Zhou)
UTAS Author:Fan, Y (Miss Yun Fan)
ID Code:136239
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2019-12-09
Last Modified:2020-04-22
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