Molecular mapping of a major gone conferring resistance to maize mosaic virus

R. Ming, J. L. Brewbaker, R. C. Pratt, T. A. Musket, M. D. McMullen

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The objective of this study was to determine the genetic basis of resistance to maize mosaic virus (MMV). Molecular markers were used to map resistance loci to MMV in a set of 91 maize (Zea mays L.) recombinant inbred lines (RILs), derived from the cross between Hi31 (a B68 conversion resistant to MMV) and Kil4 (a Thai inbred susceptible to MMV). The RILs were evaluated for MMV resistance in disease nurseries in Hawaii in the winter of 1993 and the summer of 1994. Twenty-eight highly susceptible RILs were chosen for gene mapping using the pooled-sampling approach. Initial evidence from the pooled DNA indicated that restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) probes on chromosome 3 near the centromere were biased to the susceptible parent allele. Analysis of 91 RILs at 103 RFLP loci confirmed the presence of a major MMV resistance gene on chromosome 3. The resistant allele at this locus, previously named Mv1, is present in the resistant parent Hi31 and traces back to the Argentine parent used in conferring common rust resistance to B68. We conclude that resistance to MMV in B68 and Caribbean flints involves a major gene mv1 on chromosome 3 located between RFLP markers umc102 and php20508.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-275
Number of pages5
JournalTheoretical and Applied Genetics
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jul 1 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Corn
  • Disease resistance
  • Genetic mapping
  • Restriction fragment length polymorphism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Genetics

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