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J.C. Goffreda, J.C. Steffens, and M.A. Mutschler

Behavioral studies have shown that aphid resistance in Lycopersicon pennellii (Corr.) D'Arcy is due to the presence of sugar esters in glandular exudate of the type IV trichomes. In this study, various methods for the estimation of epicuticular sugar ester concentrations were examined. There was a significant negative relationship between the concentration of sugar esters on the leaf and the level of potato aphid infestation in a segregating L. esculentum × L. pannellii F2 population. Selection for sugar ester accumulation should be an efficient selection technique for the aphid resistance of L. pennellii and other species that synthesize epicuticular sugar esters.

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Susan L. Eggleston, Darlene M. Lawson, and Martha A. Mutschler

Acylsugars produced by many accessions of wild tomato (L. pennellii) mediate resistance to a number of important pests of tomato. The highly resistant L. pennellii accession LA716 accumulates high levels of acylsugars, of which 85% are in the form of acylglucoses, the rest being acylsucroses. In contrast, L. pennellii accession LA1912, which does not show the insect resistance of accession LA716, accumulates very low levels of acylsugars, of which 55% are represented by acylglucoses. The intraspecific F1 derived from crosses between the accessions LA716 and LA1912 accumulates moderate levels of acylsugars, of which, like its LA716 parent, 85% are in the form of acylglucoses. Intraspecific F2 and backcross populations derived from crosses between the accessions LA716 and LA1912 were surveyed for acylsucrose and acylglucose production. These populations segregated for the ability to produce acylsugars, levels of total acylsugars produced and amount of acylglucoses as a percentage of total acylsugars. The genetic control of these traits will be discussed.

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Heather L. Merk, Shawn C. Yarnes, Allen Van Deynze, Nankui Tong, Naama Menda, Lukas A. Mueller, Martha A. Mutschler, Steven A. Loewen, James R. Myers, and David M. Francis

For many horticultural crops, selection is based on quality as well as yield. To investigate the distribution of trait variation and identify those attributes appropriate for developing selection indices, we collected and organized information related to fruit size, shape, color, soluble solids, acid, and yield traits for 143 processing tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) lines from North America. Evaluation of the germplasm panel was conducted in a multiyear, multilocation trial. Data were stored in a flat-file format and in a trait ontology database, providing a public archive. We estimated variance components and proportion of variance resulting from genetics for each trait. Genetic variance was low to moderate (range, 0.03–0.51) for most traits, indicating high environmental influence on trait expression and/or complex genetic architecture. Phenotypic values for each line were estimated across environments as best linear unbiased predictors (BLUPs). Principal components (PC) analysis using the trait BLUPs provided a means to assess which traits explained variation in the germplasm. The first two PCs explained 28.0% and 16.2% of the variance and were heavily weighted by measures of fruit shape and size. The third PC explained 12.9% of the phenotypic variance and was determined by fruit color and yield components. Trait BLUPs and the first three PCs were also used to explore the relationship between phenotypes and the origin of the accessions. We were able to differentiate germplasm for fruit size, fruit shape, yield, soluble solids, and color based on origin, indicating regional breeding programs provide a source of trait variation. These analyses suggest that multitrait selection indices could be established that encompass quality traits in addition to yield. However, such indices will need to balance trait correlations and be consistent with market valuation.

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Barbara E. Liedl, Darlene M. Lawson, Kris K. White, Joseph A. Shapiro, William G. Carson, John T. Trumble, and Martha A. Mutschler

Acylsugars, the primary components of the exudate secreted by type IV trichomes of Lycopersicon pennellii (Corr.) D'Arcy LA716, mediate the resistance of this accession to silverleaf whitefly, Bemisia argentifolii Bellows & Perring, n. sp. Reduction in the settling of the adult silverleaf whiteflies correlates with the concomitant increase in applied acylsugars. Oviposition of B. argentifolii is also affected by acylsugars, resulting in a reduction in the number of eggs and nymphs found; however, acylsugars do not affect hatching of nymphs. The threshold amount of acylsugars required for deterring settling and oviposition is under the amount of acylsugars (50 to 70 μg·cm–1) required for control of other insects.