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Identification of a Rice stripe necrosis virus resistance locus and yield component QTLs using Oryza sativa × O. glaberrima introgression lines
© Gutiérrez et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2010
Received: 7 August 2009
Accepted: 8 January 2010
Published: 8 January 2010
Developing new population types based on interspecific introgressions has been suggested by several authors to facilitate the discovery of novel allelic sources for traits of agronomic importance. Chromosome segment substitution lines from interspecific crosses represent a powerful and useful genetic resource for QTL detection and breeding programs.
We built a set of 64 chromosome segment substitution lines carrying contiguous chromosomal segments of African rice Oryza glaberrima MG12 (acc. IRGC103544) in the genetic background of Oryza sativa ssp. tropical japonica (cv. Caiapó). Well-distributed simple-sequence repeats markers were used to characterize the introgression events. Average size of the substituted chromosomal segments in the substitution lines was about 10 cM and covered the whole donor genome, except for small regions on chromosome 2 and 4. Proportions of recurrent and donor genome in the substitution lines were 87.59% and 7.64%, respectively. The remaining 4.78% corresponded to heterozygotes and missing data. Strong segregation distortion was found on chromosomes 3 and 6, indicating the presence of interspecific sterility genes. To illustrate the advantages and the power of quantitative trait loci (QTL) detection using substitution lines, a QTL detection was performed for scored traits. Transgressive segregation was observed for several traits measured in the population. Fourteen QTLs for plant height, tiller number per plant, panicle length, sterility percentage, 1000-grain weight and grain yield were located on chromosomes 1, 3, 4, 6 and 9. Furthermore, a highly significant QTL controlling resistance to the Rice stripe necrosis virus was located between SSR markers RM202-RM26406 (44.5-44.8 cM) on chromosome 11.
Development and phenotyping of CSSL libraries with entire genome coverage represents a useful strategy for QTL discovery. Mapping of the RSNV locus represents the first identification of a genetic factor underlying resistance to this virus. This population is a powerful breeding tool. It also helps in overcoming hybrid sterility barriers between species of rice.
Asian rice (Oryza sativa L.) is one of the most important food crops for mankind and is considered to be a model system for molecular genetic research in monocots, due to its small genome size and its synteny with other cereal crops [1, 2]. Recent advances in large-scale genomic research has provided extremely useful tools, such as a complete, high-quality genome sequence , Bacterial Artificial Chromosome libraries , insertional mutant collections , and the discovery of new molecular markers [6–8]. Plant breeders and geneticists have taken advantage of these advances by using both cultivated and wild germplasm as new sources of genetic variation to facilitate identification of genes and QTLs of economic importance, contributing to an increased rice production.
Although methodologies for mapping genes or QTLs underlying quantitative traits have made considerable progress, the need to develop new population types to facilitate the study of alleles from wild species, has been pointed out. These materials would allow identification and use of new sources of allelic variation that have not been sufficiently exploited yet [9–14]. Different types of segregating populations, like Recombinant Inbred Lines (RIL), Doubled Haploids (DH), Backcross (BC) or F2/F3 populations have been extensively used for QTL mapping. Nevertheless, these populations do not have sufficient power in detecting QTLs with minor effects, at least when standard population sizes of a few hundreds of segregating individuals are used [11, 15]. Moreover, in the case of interspecific crosses, hybrid sterility often hampers developing such population types. To circumvent these issues, researchers have developed novel population types, which are all very similar in essence: Introgression Lines (ILs) in tomato  Brassica napus  and Brassica oleracea , Stepped Aligned Inbred Recombinant Strains (STAIRS) in Arabidopsis , Recombinant Chromosome Substitution Lines (RCSL) in barley , introgression libraries in rye , Chromosome Segment Substitution Lines (CSSL) or Single Segment Substitution Lines (SSSL) in rice [9, 20–31]. In these populations, which all belong to the generic introgression lines family, the iterative backcrossing process often makes it possible to recover a partial or complete fertility of the progeny.
Libraries of introgression lines are produced by successive backcrossing (generally three to four generations) to the recurrent parent. The introgressed fragments can be monitored using molecular markers, either in each generation or at chosen stages. Fixation of the materials is obtained by either selfing or using the double-haploid methodology (e.g. by anther culture). As a result, each line possesses one or few homozygous chromosomal fragments of the donor genotype, introgressed into a recurrent background genome. These fragments should be arranged contiguously from the first to the last chromosome, either manually or using a computer software-aided process (graphical genotyping). The whole donor genome is thus represented by a set of small, contiguous overlapping fragments.
The objective of this paper is to describe the development and selection of a CSSL library derived from an interspecific cross between O. sativa L. and O. glaberrima Steud., the cultivated African rice species. In order to illustrate the usefulness of this resource for genetic analyses and breeding purposes, we present a QTL detection analysis for grain yield, yield components and resistance to Rice stripe necrosis virus (RSNV).
Description of the CSSL population
Correlation coefficients (R2) between yield and yield component traits in Caiapo × MG12 interspecific cross
QTL analysis for yield and yield components
QTLs detected for five yield and yield components traits and RSNV resistance in MG12 × Caiapó BC3DH population
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Tiller number per plant
Plant height (PTHT)
Two QTLs (PTHT-4 and PTHT-6) with a maximum F-test value of 17.34 and 34.7, respectively were detected on chromosomes 4 and 6. These QTLs were also reported by  in the same population, but based on phenotypic evaluation in a different environment.
Tiller number per plant (TINB)
For this trait, three QTLs (TINB-3, TINB-4 and TINB-6) on chromosomes 3, 4 and 6 were detected with a maximum F-test value of 24.22, 25.03 and 30.40, respectively. On a region near TINB-4, RM185 on chromosome 4 was reported as marking a QTL for tiller number in the IR64/Azucena DH population developed at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)  http://www.gramene.org.
Five QTLs (YLD-1, YLD-3, YLD-4, YLD-6 and YLD-9) were located on chromosomes 1, 3, 4, 6 and 9 with a maximum F-test value: 16.60, 20.08, 15.40, 25.63 and 16.10, respectively. One QTL was reported for yield in a region of approximately 2 cM on chromosome 1, near QTL YLD-1 . A QTL on chromosome 3 near the YLD-3 position was identified by  in the Nipponbare/Kasalath F2 population.
Sterility percentage (ST)
Two QTLs (ST-1 and ST-3) were mapped on chromosomes 1 and 3 with a maximum F-test value of 15.99 and 31.14, respectively. A QTL was reported for spikelet sterility within the interval 16.40-27.80 cM on chromosome 1 , near QTL ST-1 (19.0 cM) reported in this study. A QTL was reported in the region of ST-3 for pollen fertility in the cross Taichung 65/O. glaberrima .
1000-grain weight (TGRWT)
Two QTLs (TGRWT-4 and TGRWT-6) were detected on chromosomes 4 and 6 with maximum F-test value of 32.69 and 39.49, respectively  reported a QTL for 100-grains weight on RM261 locus marker, at the same locus as TGRWT-4.
QTL analysis for resistance to RSNV
Using both CSSL Finder and WinQTLCart software, one highly significant QTL with an F = 64.40 could be located on chromosome 11. The QTL region was saturated with downstream and upstream SSR markers delimiting this QTL (Figures 2 and 3). Analysing the recombination events in the region allowed us to semi-fine map the RSNV major QTL, between SSR markers RM202-RM26406 (44.5-44.8 cM).
The phenomenon of segregation distortion (SD), defined as a deviation from the expected Mendelian segregation ratios in a segregating population, has been reported in several crops. In rice, this effect is often due to sterility genes located on several chromosomal regions. Genetic interactions, genes with variable effects in regeneration by anther culture and physiological and/or environmental factors can also lead to SD . 37% (74) of the markers showed distortion in favour of MG12 alleles on chromosomes 1, 2, 3 and 6. As expected, the strongest segregation distortion was found at the short arm of chromosome 6, at markers RM6273 and RM204 (0.0-15.8 cM) [41–43]. This region corresponds to the genomic location of the S 1 locus, a sporo-gametophytic sterility factor identified in previous studies. The other distorted regions matched with the chromosomal locations of O. sativa × O. glaberrima sterility loci described so far: S 33(t) on chromosome 1 , S 29(t) on chromosome 2 , S 19 and S 34(t) on chromosome 3 [46, 47].
Comments on QTLs for yield components
QTLs for RSNV resistance
To our knowledge, this is the first identification of a genetic factor underlying resistance to the RSNV disease. In order to better elucidate the bases of genetic control of RSNV resistance, fine mapping of this region is being envisaged using recombinant event analysis in the BC4F2/F3 lines that we produced in 2007.
Efficiency of CSSL lines for rice breeding
Breeding strategies such as marker-assisted selection (MAS) or marker-assisted backcrossing (MAB) require comprehensive dissection and understanding of the complex traits measured. Development of genetics resources such as CSSL lines will greatly facilitate the detection of naturally occurring allelic variation in rice and will help to acquire a better knowledge of target traits [9, 12, 13, 51]. Phenotyping strategies based on CSSL populations present the advantage of a relatively small number of lines to evaluate, with the possibility of replicating evaluations over space and time. This should lead to better quality data in the case of complex, time-consuming or expensive phenotypic evaluations. Genetic dissection of complex traits by associating genetic variation with introgressed fragments allows us to reduce interference effects between QTLs. This helps to understand the genetic bases of reproductive barriers between species, and provides a powerful approach for QTL identification, fine mapping of QTLs, laying the bases for both marker-assisted selection and map-based cloning strategies based on exploitation of wild alleles. Comparison of phenotypic values between any line of the population and the recurrent parent generates high statistical power. CSSL lines can be crossed in different ways in order to study epistatic interactions between QTLs, develop Near-Isogenic Lines (NIL) and do QTL pyramiding [16, 26, 31, 52].
Usefulness of CSSL libraries
Wild and cultivated African rice species have been shown to be valuable sources of alleles associated with traits of agronomic importance [12, 43]. However, they carry many undesirable alleles that may show strong linkage to favorable alleles, linkages that usually are very difficult to break up by conventional crossing. CSSL lines give access to the original exotic allelic source, providing an elegant way of circumventing this issue, thus representing a useful and powerful tool for genetics and breeding approaches. They constitute a very useful genetic resource for studying both inheritance of agronomically important traits and directing their incorporation as progenitors in breeding programs for the development of elite germplasm with exotic characteristics of interest. The set of CSSL lines presented in this study is available to the rice community through both the CIAT Rice Outcome Product Line and the Generation Challenge Programme. Several research teams around the world are already using this population in their effort to locate, map and utilize new alleles associated with traits of economic importance.
Development of new CSSL libraries with wild genomes
The genetic diversity of crop plants has been narrowed down due to the domestication process and decades of selection. Exotic genetic resources such as wild rice species can be successfully exploited to increase allelic variability into elite lines [53, 54]. Within the framework of a Generation Challenge Programme project, we are now developing a series of new CSSL populations, using wild AA-genome rice species (O. rufipogon, O. glumaepatula, O. meridionalis and O. barthii) as donors. Associated partners to this effort are EMBRAPA-CNPAF (Brazil), WARDA (Benin) and Cornell University (USA). These wild species as well as African cultivated rice show adaptation to biotic and abiotic constraints associated with specific geographic regions. Transgressive segregation has been demonstrated in several studies [49, 55]. The development of libraries of introgression lines makes immediate use possible for plant breeders and will simultaneously serve to enhance our understanding of the wild/cultivated allelic genetic interactions. We hope that the results of this work will contribute to a better understanding of plant performance key components and to the development of new improved rice cultivars.
The recurrent parent Caiapó (O. sativa ssp. tropical japonica) is a commercial rice variety developed by EMBRAPA-CNPAF (Goiania, Brazil) and has been cultivated since 1992 in Brazil and other places in Latin America and the Caribbean. This variety is characterized by presenting yields of 2.5 tons/ha under upland conditions, long grain type, medium growth cycle, tolerance to leaf blast (Magnaporthe grisea), moderate resistance to neck blast and tolerance to aluminium toxicity, acid soil conditions and drought . The donor parent MG12 (acc. IRGC103544) is an accession of the African cultivated rice species, O. glaberrima. This species is grown in West Africa and shows several negative characteristics with respect to the Asian O. sativa, like shattering, brittle grain and poor milling quality. More importantly, it consistently shows lower yields than O. sativa. However, African rice often shows more tolerance to fluctuations in water depth, iron toxicity, infertile soils, severe climatic conditions and human neglect, and exhibits better resistance to various pests and diseases like nematodes (Heterodera sacchari and Meloidogyne sp.), African gall midge, RSNV and Rice yellow mottle virus (RYMV) [57–61].
The mapping population and the parent accessions (as controls) were first evaluated in replicated field plots in Colombia at CIAT headquarters in 2001. Materials were planted under irrigated conditions in a randomized complete block design arranged in two rows, where each row was 5 m long with a spacing of 30 × 30 cm (20 plants/row), with three replications. Transplanting was done at twenty-five days after sowing. Five plants per BC3F1DH line were randomly selected and then evaluated for six agronomic traits: plant height (PTHT), tiller number (TINB), panicle length (PNLG), percentage of sterility (ST), 1000-grain weight (TGRWT) and grain yield (YLD). A second field experiment with the BC3F1DH lines and the two parents was planted in a randomized complete block design with two replications at the Rice Research Station, Crowley, Louisiana  in 2002.
DNA marker analysis
Total DNA was extracted from frozen leaf tissue based on a slightly modified version of the Dellaporta protocol (our unpublished data). Subsequently, quality and quantity of DNA was evaluated on 0.8% agarose gel stained with ethidium bromide. A total of 200 polymorphic simple sequence repeats (SSR) loci distributed across the twelve rice chromosomes with an average spacing of 8.0 cM was used. Most of these SSR markers were selected from the Universal Core Genetic Map (UCGM) of rice developed at CIAT Rice Genetics and Genomics group . The UCGM was developed from the list of 18,000 SSRs published in IRGSP (2005). Polymerase chain reactions (PCR) were performed in a total volume of 15 μL containing 20 ng/μL of DNA template, 1X PCR buffer, 2.5 mM of MgCl2 (or 1.5 to 2.0 mM for some specific pairs of primers), 0.2 mM of d-NTP, 0.13 μM of each primer and 1 U/μL Taq DNA polymerase. Amplification was run on MJ Research PTC-225 (384 well) thermocycler with the following program: 94°C for 3 min; 29 cycles at 94°C for 30 s, 55°C for 45 s (modified for some specific pairs of primer), 72°C for 1 min; 72°C for 5 min. PCR products were separated on 4% high-throughput agarose gel for markers that showed a polymorphism size higher than 10 bp, and stained with ethidium bromide. For polymorphism lower than 10 bp, PCR products were separated using 6% denaturing polyacrylamide gel followed by silver staining, as described in the Promega Technical Manual .
Selection of a subset of CSSLs
Selection of a subset of introgression lines that cover the entire donor genome was carried out with the help of the CSSL Finder v. 0.84 computer program . CSSL Finder was designed to search for a subset of CSSL that optimizes specific parameters: target size of introgression segments, percentage of donor genome and number of introgressed fragments. It also makes it possible to define the minimum set of lines that cover the entire donor genome, according to the same parameters. Subsequently, graphical genotypes of the candidate lines can be displayed. CSSL Finder is available at no cost at http://mapdisto.free.fr.
As the coordinates of SSR markers of the UCGM are physical positions on the rice pseudomolecules, it was necessary to convert them to centimorgans (cM) in order to obtain QTL confidence intervals comparable to those obtained in other studies. For this purpose, we used a genetic linkage map obtained from a BC1F1 population derived from the cross IR64 (O. sativa ssp. indica) × TOG5681 (O. glaberrima) (our unpublished data). The map was constructed using the computer program MapDisto v. 1.7  http://mapdisto.free.fr. For each marker, a chi-squared test (P < 0.01) was performed to identify markers with segregation distortion. Correlation between the traits evaluated was calculated using the QGene v. 3.07 program , and tested using significance levels of 0.05 and 0.01. As several introgression events are present at each marker position in the complete set of 312 lines, we used standard methods to identify QTLs linked to the segregating traits. A QTL analysis for the evaluated traits was done using both the CSSL Finder v. 0.84 and the MapDisto v. 1.7 programs, which basically perform a single-marker ANOVA1 F-test. We considered the F-test as significant when its value was higher than 15. CSSL Finder was used to display graphical genotyping of subsets of fifteen lines that presented the most extreme phenotypic value for each trait, in order to confirm each detected QTL. Interval mapping (IM) and composite interval mapping (CIM) analyses using WinQTLCart v. 2.5  were also performed. Significant QTLs found using F-test, IM and CIM methods were compared with previous studies.
Our sincere acknowledgements go to: CIAT (core funding); USAID (seed-money to start-up this research); the Generation Challenge Programme (funding for completing molecular characterization of CSSL lines); Dr. Zaida Lentini's group (CIAT) (DH development through anther culture); Dr. Susan R. McCouch (Cornell University) (for her encouragement in the utilization of wild rice species); Myriam C. Duque (for valuable comments on the manuscript); two anonymous reviewers (for their comments and suggestions to improve this manuscript).
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