Phylogenetic diversity of Mesorhizobium in chickpea

Kim, D H and Kaashyap, M and Rathore, A and Das, R A and Parupalli, S and Upadhyaya, H D and Gopalakrishnan, S and Gaur, P M and Singh, S and Kaur, J and Yasin, M and Varshney, R K (2014) Phylogenetic diversity of Mesorhizobium in chickpea. Journal of Biosciences, 39 (3). pp. 1-5. ISSN 0250-5991

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Crop domestication, in general, has reduced genetic diversity in cultivated gene pool of chickpea (Cicer arietinum) as compared with wild species (C. reticulatum, C. bijugum). To explore impact of domestication on symbiosis, 10 accessions of chickpeas, including 4 accessions of C. arietinum, and 3 accessions of each of C. reticulatum and C. bijugum species, were selected and DNAs were extracted from their nodules. To distinguish chickpea symbiont, preliminary sequences analysis was attempted with 9 genes (16S rRNA, atpD, dnaJ, glnA, gyrB, nifH, nifK, nodD and recA) of which 3 genes (gyrB, nifK and nodD) were selected based on sufficient sequence diversity for further phylogenetic analysis. Phylogenetic analysis and sequence diversity for 3 genes demonstrated that sequences from C. reticulatum were more diverse. Nodule occupancy by dominant symbiont also indicated that C. reticulatum (60%) could have more various symbionts than cultivated chickpea (80%). The study demonstrated that wild chickpeas (C. reticulatum) could be used for selecting more diverse symbionts in the field conditions and it implies that chickpea domestication affected symbiosis negatively in addition to reducing genetic diversity.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: RP-Grain Legumes
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chickpea; domestication; nitrogen fixation; rhizobia; symbiosis
Subjects: Mandate crops > Chickpea
Others > Genetics and Genomics
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2014 10:52
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2014 10:52
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Funders: US National Science Foundation (NSF)
Acknowledgement: This study has been supported by US National Science Foundation (NSF) – Basic Research Enabling Agriculture in Developing Countries (BREAD) grant entitled ‘Overcoming the Domestication Bottleneck for Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation in Legumes’. The authors are thankful to Douglas R Cook and R Varma Penmetsa of University of California-Davis, and Eric von Wettbergof Florida International University, USA, for their help and support in various ways during the course of the study. This work has been undertaken as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes. ICRISAT is a member of CGIAR Consortium.
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