Identification of candidate genes for LepR1 resistance against Leptosphaeria maculans in Brassica napus

Aldrin Y. Cantila, William J.W. Thomas, Nur Shuhadah Mohd Saad, Anita A. Severn-Ellis, Robyn Anderson, Philipp E. Bayer, David Edwards, Angela P. Van de Wouw, Jacqueline Batley

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Utilising resistance (R) genes, such as LepR1, against Leptosphaeria maculans, the causal agent of blackleg in canola (Brassica napus), could help manage the disease in the field and increase crop yield. Here we present a genome wide association study (GWAS) in B. napus to identify LepR1 candidate genes. Disease phenotyping of 104 B. napus genotypes revealed 30 resistant and 74 susceptible lines. Whole genome re-sequencing of these cultivars yielded over 3 million high quality single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). GWAS in mixed linear model (MLM) revealed a total of 2,166 significant SNPs associated with LepR1 resistance. Of these SNPs, 2108 (97%) were found on chromosome A02 of B. napus cv. Darmor bzh v9 with a delineated LepR1_mlm1 QTL at 15.11-26.08 Mb. In LepR1_mlm1, there are 30 resistance gene analogs (RGAs) (13 nucleotide-binding site-leucine rich repeats (NLRs), 12 receptor-like kinases (RLKs), and 5 transmembrane-coiled-coil (TM-CCs)). Sequence analysis of alleles in resistant and susceptible lines was undertaken to identify candidate genes. This research provides insights into blackleg resistance in B. napus and assists identification of the functional LepR1 blackleg resistance gene.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1051994
Number of pages10
JournalFrontiers in Plant Science
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2023


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