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The effect of a thrips resistance QTL in different Capsicum backgrounds

Haperen, Pauline van; Voorrips, Roeland E.; Lucatti, Alejandro F.; Schellart, Wijnand; Loon, Joop J.A. van; Vosman, Ben

Résumé

Thrips are a worldwide threat to Capsicum because they damage fruits, flowers and leaves directly by feeding, and indirectly by vectoring tospoviruses such as tomato spotted wilt virus. Therefore, growers would benefit from thrips-resistant varieties. Previously, a quantitative trait locus (QTL) that provides resistance to Frankliniella occidentalis has been identified. Here we explore the potential of this QTL for breeding thrips-resistant varieties by studying its effect on two thrips species (i.e. F. occidentalis and Thrips tabaci) in four different Capsicum annuum backgrounds. We observed differences in thrips resistance between different genetic backgrounds, both in plants that have the resistance allele for the QTL region in homozygous state as well as in plants with the susceptibility allele in homozygous state. This suggests the presence of factors in these backgrounds that either increase or reduce thrips resistance. Altogether, we confirmed the major effect of the QTL on thrips resistance in all four genetic backgrounds to both F. occidentalis and T. tabaci, thus showing its general applicability as a source for breeding thrips-resistant Capsicum varieties.