Pink root [PR (caused by Phoma terrestris)] is a major soil-borne disease of onion (Allium cepa) and reduces both yield and quality of bulbs. PR-resistant cultivars offer the best control option for this disease. The objectives of this study were to complete genetic analyses and mapping of PR resistances from independent sources. Segregating families were developed from different sources of PR resistance and evaluated using a seedling screen. PR severity in two segregating families from the same source of resistance mapped to one position on chromosome 4 with logarithm of odds (LOD) scores of 8.0 and 10.3, and explained 28% and 35% of the phenotypic variation, respectively. Estimates of additive and dominance effects revealed this source of PR resistance is codominantly inherited. PR resistance from a second source was assessed by percent survival in the seedling evaluation, showed codominance, and mapped to the same region on chromosome 4 at LOD 12.5 and explained 54% of the phenotypic variation. This research demonstrates that PR resistance from different sources mapped to the same chromosome region and showed similar modes of inheritance.
We thank Nancy Koval for technical assistance and Karl Broman for statistical advice. We gratefully acknowledge the support of USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative Block Grant Wisconsin 15-06 and a Monsanto graduate student fellowship for JCM.
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These authors contributed equally to this research.