Broad-based resistance to pigeonpea sterility mosaic disease in wild relatives of pigeonpea (Cajanus: Phaseoleae)

Kumar, P L and Latha, T K S and Kulkarni, N K and Raghavendra, N and Saxena, K B and Waliyar, F and Rangaswamy, K T and Muniyappa, V and Doriswamy, S and Jones, A T (2005) Broad-based resistance to pigeonpea sterility mosaic disease in wild relatives of pigeonpea (Cajanus: Phaseoleae). Annals of Applied Biology, 146 (3). pp. 371-379. ISSN 0003-4746

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Sterility mosaic disease (SMD), an important biotic constraint on pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan) in the Indian subcontinent, is caused by Pigeonpea sterility mosaic virus (PPSMV) transmitted by the eriophyid mite, Aceria cajani. Distinct PPSMV isolates occur in different geographical regions and broad-based resistance to all these isolates is scarce in cultivated pigeonpea germplasm. Wild relatives of pigeonpea, which are known to possess resistance to several pests and diseases, were evaluated for broad-based SMD resistance. One hundred and fifteen wild Cajanus accessions from six species (C. albicans, C. platycarpus, C. cajanifolius, C. lineatus, C. scarabaeoides and C. sericeus) were evaluated against three PPSMV isolates prevailing in peninsular India. Evaluations were done under greenhouse conditions in endemic locations of each isolate through mite-mediated virus inoculation. Fifteen accessions showed resistance to all three isolates: ICP 15614, 15615, 15626, 15684, 15688, 15700, 15701, 15725, 15734, 15736, 15737, 15740, 15924, 15925 and 15926. Most of the wild accessions did not support mite multiplication. The majority of the accessions resistant to PPSMV following inoculations with viruliferous mites were susceptible by graft inoculation, suggesting that vector resistance is conferring resistance to infection with PPSMV. The 15 accessions identified as being resistant to infection to all three virus isolates tested are cross compatible with pigeonpea by traditional breeding. They are therefore useful for exploitation in breeding programmes to increase both the level of SMD resistance and to diversify its genetic base in the cultivated pigeonpea gene pool.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sterility mosaic disease, virus, eriophyid mite,resistance, mite resistance, wild species,Cajanus cajan
Subjects: Mandate crops > Pigeonpea
Depositing User: Mr Sanat Kumar Behera
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2011 04:09
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2011 04:09
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Funders: Department for International Development-CPP, Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department
Acknowledgement: This document is an output from a project (No. R8205) funded by the Crop Protection Program, Department for International Development (DFID), United Kingdom, for the benefit of developing countries. The views expressed are not necessarily those of DFID. The first three authors contributed equally to this work. Work at the Scottish Crop Research Institute is grant-aided by the Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department (SEERAD). Work was done under the conditions of a licence from SEERAD for work on non-indigenous organisms.
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