eCite Digital Repository

Resistance to multiple tuber diseases expressed in somaclonal variants of the potato cultivar Russet Burbank


Thangavel, T and Tegg, RS and Wilson, CR, Resistance to multiple tuber diseases expressed in somaclonal variants of the potato cultivar Russet Burbank, The Scientific World Journal, 2014 Article 417698. ISSN 2356-6140 (2014) [Refereed Article]


Copyright Statement

Copyright 2014 Tamilarasan Thangavel et al. Licensed under Creative Commons licence Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)

DOI: doi:10.1155/2014/417697


Multiple disease resistance is an aim of many plant breeding programs. Previously, novel somatic cell selection was used to generate potato variants of "Russet Burbank" with resistance to common scab caused by infection with an actinomycete pathogen. Coexpression of resistance to powdery scab caused by a protozoan pathogen was subsequently shown. This study sought to define whether this resistance was effective against additional potato tuber diseases, black scurf, and tuber soft rot induced by fungal and bacterial pathogens. Pot trials and in vitro assays with multiple pathogenic strains identified significant resistance to both tuber diseases across the potato variants examined; the best clone A380 showed 51% and 65% reductions in disease severity to tuber soft rot and black scurf, respectively, when compared with the parent line. The resistance appeared to be tuber specific as no enhanced resistance was recorded in stolons or stem material when challenged Rhizoctonia solani that induces stolon pruning and stem canker. The work presented here suggests that morphological characteristics associated with tuber resistance may be the predominant change that has resulted fromthe somaclonal cell selection process, potentially underpinning the demonstrated broad spectrum of resistance to tuber invading pathogens.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Horticultural production
Research Field:Horticultural crop protection (incl. pests, diseases and weeds)
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Horticultural crops
Objective Field:Field grown vegetable crops
UTAS Author:Thangavel, T (Dr Tamil Thangavel)
UTAS Author:Tegg, RS (Dr Robert Tegg)
UTAS Author:Wilson, CR (Professor Calum Wilson)
ID Code:88138
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2014-01-13
Last Modified:2017-11-06
Downloads:295 View Download Statistics

Repository Staff Only: item control page