A total of 33 additive stem rot QTLs were identified in peanut genome with nine of them consistently detected in multiple years or locations. And 12 pairs of epistatic QTLs were firstly reported for peanut stem rot disease.


Stem rot in peanut (Arachis hypogaea) is caused by the Sclerotium rolfsii and can result in great economic loss during production. In this study, a recombinant inbred line population from the cross between NC 3033 (stem rot resistant) and Tifrunner (stem rot susceptible) that consists of 156 lines was genotyped by using 58 K peanut single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) array and phenotyped for stem rot resistance at multiple locations and in multiple years. A linkage map consisting of 1451 SNPs and 73 simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers was constructed. A total of 33 additive quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for stem rot resistance were detected, and six of them with phenotypic variance explained of over 10% (qSR.A01-2qSR.A01-5qSR.A05/B05-1qSR.A05/B05-2qSR.A07/B07-1 and qSR.B05-1) can be consistently detected in multiple years or locations. Besides, 12 pairs of QTLs with epistatic (additive × additive) interaction were identified. An additive QTL qSR.A01-2 also with an epistatic effect interacted with a novel locus qSR.B07_1-1 to affect the percentage of asymptomatic plants in a row. A total of 193 candidate genes within 38 stem rot QTLs intervals were annotated with functions of biotic stress resistance such as chitinase, ethylene-responsive transcription factors and pathogenesis-related proteins. The identified stem rot resistance QTLs, candidate genes, along with the associated SNP markers in this study, will benefit peanut molecular breeding programs for improving stem rot resistance.


See https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00122-020-03542-y