Angiosperm Flora of India

Discriminating microsatellites from Macrophomina phaseolina and their potential association to biological functions

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2011
Authors:ARIAS, RS, RAY, JD, Mengistu, A, SCHEFFLER, BE
Journal:Plant Pathology
Date Published:2011
ISBN Number:1365-3059
Keywords:charcoal rot, copper sensitivity, field crops, genetic markers, in vitro mycelial growth, molecular fingerprinting, simple-sequence-repeat

One hundred and eighty-two microsatellites or simple-sequence-repeat (SSR) markers for Macrophomina phaseolina were developed. These were tested on 24 isolates of M. phaseolina obtained from seven plant species, and the genetic variation of isolates was studied in relation to potential biological processes that could be affected in this fungus. A total of 120 SSR markers were polymorphic, amplifying >90% of the 24 isolates tested. Thirty percent of the markers showed multiple alleles on individual samples. A large number of markers showed unique alleles in isolates collected from pumpkin and snap bean. DNA sequences corresponding to 43 markers had significant hits on blastx and/or blast2go, and the polymorphism of 36 of those markers showed specific allele patterns for one or more plant host origin of the isolates. Additional tests on growth rate and copper resistance of the isolates identified markers that could be related to those traits. In addition, 27 markers were monomorphic and amplified all 24 isolates. Whereas polymorphic markers can be used for population genetics studies of M. phaseolina, the group of 27 monomorphic markers could help in the fast identification of this species in clinical specimens. The SSR markers developed here will enrich the limited molecular marker resource in M. phaseolina and could be used as the basis for more in-depth studies of the host-pathogen interactions of M. phaseolina.

Short Title:Plant Pathology
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