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Quantitative trait loci mapping of Meloidogyne incognita and M. hapla resistance in a recombinant inbred line population of soybean

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A recombinant inbred line population of soybean (Glycine max) was utilised to identify the quantitative trait loci (QTLs) determining the response to infection by two root-knot nematode species, Meloidogyne incognita and M. hapla, in glasshouse assays. QTL analysis detected seven major and four minor QTLs on seven soybean chromosomes ((Chrs) 1, 7, 8, 10, 14, 18, 20) explaining 6-41% phenotypic variance (PVE) for M. incognita root response and nematode reproduction. Three of the major QTLs, on Chrs 7, 10 and 18, were confirmed in previous reports and two major QTLs on Chrs 14 and 20 were detected for the first time. The QTL analysis with M. hapla provides the first report of a major QTL region mapped on Chr 7, explaining 70-82% PVE in M. hapla root response and nematode reproduction. These novel identified QTLs with flanking markers will be helpful in marker-assisted breeding for nematode resistance in soybean.

Affiliations: 1: 1Key Laboratory of Mollisols Agroecology, Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Harbin 150081, P. R. China ; 2: 2Key Laboratory of Molecular Design Breeding, Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Harbin 150081, P. R. China ; 3: 3Research Faculty of Agriculture, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-8589, Japan ; 4: 4School of Life Sciences, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou 510006, P. R. China

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