Combination Breeding and Marker-Assisted Selection to Develop Late Blight Resistant Potato Cultivars

Mariya P. Beketova, Nadezhda A. Chalaya, Nadezhda M. Zoteyeva, Alena A. Gurina, Mariya A. Kuznetsova, Miles Armstrong, Ingo Hein, Polina E. Drobyazina, Emil E. Khavkin, Elena V. Rogozina (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Background: Although resistance to pathogens and pests has been researched in many potato cultivars and breeding lines with DNA markers, there is scarce evidence as to the efficiency of the marker-assisted selection (MAS) for these traits when applied at the early stages of breeding. A goal of this study was to estimate the potential of affordable DNA markers to track resistance genes that are effective against the pathogen Phytophthora infestans (Rpi genes), as a practical breeding tool on a progeny of 68 clones derived from a cross between the cultivar Sudarynya and the hybrid 13/11-09.

Methods: this population was studied for four years to elucidate the distribution of late blight (LB) resistance and other agronomical desirable or simple to phenotype traits such as tuber and flower pigmentation, yield capacity and structure. LB resistance was phenotypically evaluated following natural and artificial infection and the presence/absence of nine Rpi genes was assessed with 11 sequence-characterized amplified region (SCAR) markers. To validate this analysis, the profile of Rpi genes in the 13/11-09 parent was established using diagnostic resistance gene enrichment sequencing (dRenSeq) as a gold standard.

Results: at the early stages of a breeding program, when screening the segregation of F1 offspring, MAS can halve the workload and selected SCAR markers for Rpi-genes provide useful tools.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2192
Number of pages15
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2021


  • DRenSeq
  • Hybrid progeny
  • Parental lines
  • Rpi genes
  • SCAR markers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science


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