The green rice leafhopper (GRH), Nephotettix cincticeps Uhler, is a major insect pest of cultivated rice, Oryza sativa L., throughout the temperate regions of East Asia. GRH resistance had been reported in the wild species Oryza nivara but genetic basis of GRH resistance in wild rice accession has not been clarified. Here, we found a major QTL, qGRH4.2, on chromosome 4 conferred GRH resistance with 14.1 of the logarithm of odds (LOD) score explaining 67.6% of phenotypic variance in the BC1F1 population derived from a cross between the susceptible japonica cultivar ‘Taichung 65’ (T65) and O. nivara accession IRGC105715. qGRH4.2 has been identified as GRH6 between the markers RM5414 and C60248 in a BC3F2 population derived from two BC3F1 plants resistant to GRH. In a high-resolution mapping, the GRH6 region was delimited between the markers G6-c60k and 7L16f, and corresponded to an 31.2-kbp region of the ‘Nipponbare’ genome. Understanding the genetic basis of GRH resistance will facilitate the use of GRH resistance genes in marker-assisted breeding in rice.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Agronomy and Crop Science
- Plant Science