Inheritance of Resistance to the Moroccan Watermelon Mosaic Virus in the Cucumber Line TMG-1 and its Relationship to Zucchini Yellow Mosaic Virus Resistance

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Potyviruses cause severe loss in cucurbit crops. Inbred lines derived from the Chinese cucumber cultivar, Taichung Mau Gua (TMG), have been identified to be resistant to several potyviruses including zucchini yellow mosaic virus (ZYMV), zucchini yellow fleck virus, watermelon mosaic virus, and the watermelon strain of papaya ringspot virus. Recently, an additional virus that infects cucurbits, the Moroccan watermelon mosaic virus (MWMV), has been identified to be a distinct member of the potyvirus group. In this study, we sought to determine if TMG-1 is resistant to MWMV and, if so, examine whether a relationship exists between resistance to MWMV and resistance to ZYMV. Progeny analyses show that TMG-1 is resistant to MWMV and, like resistance to ZYMV, MWMV resistance is conferred by a single recessive gene. Sequential inoculation of progeny possessing resistance to ZYMV followed by MWMV (or MWMV followed by ZYMV) suggests that both resistances are conferred by the same gene, or two tightly linked genes. Additionally, all F3 families derived from F2 individuals selected for resistance to ZYMV, were resistant to MWMV. A second source of resistance to ZYMV, allelic to the TMG-1 source, has been incorporated into the Dutch hybrid Dina. Progeny analyses show Dina to posses a single recessive gene for MWMV resistance. As with TMG-1, no segregation of resistances was observed when ZYMV resistant progeny were inoculated with MWMV (or MWMV followed by ZYMV). Collectively, these results suggest that a single gene, or two tightly linked genes, control resistance to the potyviruses ZYMV and MWMV.

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