Quantitative trait locus analysis of Verticillium wilt resistance in an introgressed recombinant inbred population of Upland cotton

Hui Fang, Huiping Zhou, Soum Sanogo, Alexander E. Lipka, David D. Fang, Richard G. Percy, Sidney E. Hughs, Don C. Jones, Michael A. Gore, Jinfa Zhang

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Verticillium wilt (VW) of Upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) is caused by the soil-borne fungal pathogen Verticillium dahlia Kleb. The availability of VW-resistant cultivars is vital for control of this economically important disease, but there is a paucity of Upland cotton breeding lines and cultivars with a high level of resistance to VW. In general, G. barbadense L. (source of Pima cotton) is more VW-resistant than Upland cotton. However, the transfer of VW resistance from G. barbadense to Upland cotton is challenging because of hybrid breakdown in the F2 and successive generations of interspecific populations. We conducted two replicated greenhouse studies (tests 1 and 2) to assess the heritability of VW resistance to a defoliating V. dahliae isolate and identify genetic markers associated with VW resistance in an Upland cotton recombinant inbred mapping population that has stable introgression from Pima cotton. Disease ratings at the seedling stage on several different days after the first inoculation (DAI) in test 1, as well as the percentages of infected and defoliated leaves at 2 DAI in test 2, were found to be low to moderately heritable, indicating the importance of a replicated progeny test in selection for VW resistance. With a newly constructed linkage map consisting of 882 simple sequence repeat, single nucleotide polymorphism, and resistance gene analog-amplified fragment length polymorphism marker loci, we identified a total of 21 quantitative trait loci (QTLs) on 11 chromosomes and two linkage groups associated with VW resistance at several different DAIs in greenhouse tests 1 and 2. The markers associated with the VW resistance QTLs will facilitate fine mapping and cloning of VW resistance genes and genomics-assisted breeding for VW-resistant cultivars.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)709-720
Number of pages12
JournalMolecular Breeding
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Disease resistance
  • Quantitative trait loci
  • Recombinant inbred line
  • Upland cotton
  • Verticillium wilt

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Plant Science


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