Genetic structure and diversity of Phakopsora pachyrhizi isolates from soyabean

M. Twizeyimana, P. S. Ojiambo, J. S. Haudenshield, G. Caetano-Anollés, K. F. Pedley, R. Bandyopadhyay, G. L. Hartman

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Simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers were used to classify 116 isolates of Phakopsora pachyrhizi, the cause of soyabean rust, collected from infected soyabean leaves in four agroecological zones in Nigeria. A high degree of genetic variation was observed within the sampled populations of P. pachyrhizi. Eighty-four distinct genotypes were identified among three of the four agroecological zones. Nei's average genetic diversity across geographical regions was 0·22. Hierarchical analysis of molecular variance showed low genetic differentiation among all populations of P. pachyrhizi. The majority (>90%) of the genetic diversity was distributed within each soyabean field, while approximately 6% of the genetic diversity was distributed among fields within geographic regions. Low population differentiation was indicated by the low F ST values among populations, suggesting a wide dispersal of identical genotypes on a regional scale. Phylogenetic analysis indicated a strictly clonal structure of the populations and five main groups were observed, with group II accounting for 30% of the entire population. Because of the asexual reproduction of P. pachyrhizi, single-step mutations in SSR genotypes are likely to account for the genetic differences within each group. No claim to original US government works. Plant Pathology

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)719-729
Number of pages11
JournalPlant Pathology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2011


  • Glycine max
  • Population biology
  • SSR genotype
  • Soyabean
  • Soyabean rust
  • Virulence phenotype

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Genetics
  • Plant Science
  • Horticulture


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