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Phytopathology. 2008 Aug;98(8):867-70. doi: 10.1094/PHYTO-98-8-0867.

Recombinant inbred line differential identifies race-specific resistance to phytophthora root rot in Capsicum annuum.

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  • 1Department of Plant and Environment Sciences, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM 88003, USA.


A differential series is the normal method for identification of races within a plant pathogen and a host interaction. A host differential is extremely useful for phytopathological as well as breeding purposes. A set of recombinant inbred lines (RILs) were developed and characterized for race differentiation of Phytophthora root rot caused by Phytophthora capsici. The highly resistant Capsicum annuum accession Criollo de Morelos-334 was hybridized to a susceptible cultivar, Early Jalapeno, to generate the RIL population. The host differential characterized 17 isolates of P. capsici into 13 races. The establishment of a stable host differential for the P. capsici and C. annuum interaction will assist researchers in understanding the complex inheritance of resistance to Phytophthora root rot and to develop resistant cultivars.

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