An Integrated Approach of QTL Mapping and Genome-Wide Association Analysis Identifies Candidate Genes for Phytophthora Blight Resistance in Sesame (Sesamum indicum L.)

Sovetgul Asekova, Eunyoung Oh, Krishnanand P. Kulkarni, Muhammad Irfan Siddique, Myoung Hee Lee, Jung In Kim, Jeong Dong Lee, Minsu Kim, Ki Won Oh, Tae Joung Ha, Sung Up Kim*, Kwang Soo Cho*

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Phytophthora blight (PB) caused by Phytophthora nicotianae is a highly destructive disease in sesame (Sesamum indicum L.). In this study, we used linkage mapping and genome-wide association study (GWAS) to identify quantitative trait loci (QTL) and candidate genes associated with PB resistance. The QTL mapping in 90 RILs of the Goenbaek × Osan cross using genotyping-by-sequencing detected significant QTLs for PB resistance on chromosome 10, explaining 12.79%–13.34% of phenotypic variation. Association of this locus to PB resistance was also revealed through bulked segregant analysis in second RIL population (Goenbaek × Milsung cross) comprising 188 RILs. The GWAS of 87 sesame accessions evaluated against three P. nicotianae isolates identified 29 SNPs on chromosome 10 significantly associated with PB resistance. These SNPs were located within a 0.79 Mb region, which co-located with the QTL intervals identified in RIL populations, and hence scanned for identifying candidate genes. This region contained several defense-related candidate R genes, five of which were selected for quantitative expression analysis. One of these genes, SIN_1019016 was found to show significantly higher expression in the resistant parent compared to that in the susceptible parents and selected RILs. Paired-end sequencing of the gene SIN_1019016 in parental cultivars revealed two synonymous SNPs between Goenbaek and Osan in exon 2 of coding DNA sequence. These results suggested SIN_1019016 as one of the candidate gene conferring PB resistance in sesame. The findings from this study will be useful in the marker-assisted selection as well as the functional analysis of PB resistance candidate gene(s) in sesame.

Original languageEnglish
Article number604709
JournalFrontiers in Plant Science
Publication statusPublished - Feb 16 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • GBS
  • GWAS
  • Phytophthora blight
  • QTL
  • Sesame
  • qRT-PCR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science

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