Tightly linked Rps12 and Rps13 genes provide broad-spectrum Phytophthora resistance in soybean

Sahoo, Dipak
Das, Anindya
Huang, Xiaoqiu
Huang, Xiaoqiu
Cianzio, Sylvia
Bhattacharyya, Madan
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The Phytophtora root and stem rot is a serious disease in soybean. It is caused by the oomycete pathogen Phytophthora sojae. Growing Phytophthora resistant cultivars is the major method of controlling this disease. Resistance is race- or gene-specific; a single gene confers immunity against only a subset of the P. sojae isolates. Unfortunately, rapid evolution of new Phytophthora sojae virulent pathotypes limits the effectiveness of an Rps (“resistance to Phytophthora sojae”) gene to 8–15 years. The current study was designed to investigate the effectiveness of Rps12 against a set of P. sojae isolates using recombinant inbred lines (RILs) that contain recombination break points in the Rps12 region. Our study revealed a unique Rps gene linked to the Rps12 locus. We named this novel gene as Rps13 that confers resistance against P. sojae isolate V13, which is virulent to recombinants that contains Rps12 but lack Rps13. The genetic distance between the two Rps genes is 4 cM. Our study revealed that two tightly linked functional Rps genes with distinct race-specificity provide broad-spectrum resistance in soybean. We report here the molecular markers for incorporating the broad-spectrum Phytophthora resistance conferred by the two Rps genes in commercial soybean cultivars.

<p>This article is published as Sahoo, D.K., Das, A., Huang, X. <em>et al.</em> Tightly linked <em>Rps12</em> and <em>Rps13</em> genes provide broad-spectrum <em>Phytophthora</em> resistance in soybean. <em>Sci Rep</em> 11, 16907 (2021). doi:<a href="https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-96425-1">10.1038/s41598-021-96425-1</a>.</p>