The enhanced callose deposition in barley with ml-o powdery mildew resistance genes

Jens-Peder Skou

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    Carborundum treatment of barley leaves induced a callose deposition which was detected as diffuse blotches in the epidermal cells of susceptible barleys and as deeply stained tracks along the scratches in barleys with the ml-o powdery mildew resistance gene. Subsequent inoculation with powdery mildew resulted in appositions that enlarged inversely to their size in the respective varieties when inoculated without carborundum treatment. Aphids sucking the leaves resulted in rows of callose containing spots along the anticlinal cell walls. The spots were larger in the ml-o mutant than in the mother variety. Callose was deposited in connection with the pleiotropic necrotic spotting in barleys with the ml-o gene. Modification of the necrotic spotting by crossing the ml-o gene into other gene backgrounds did not result in any change in the size of appositions upon inoculation with powdery mildew. Callose deposition was never observed in cells subsidiary to the guard cells, and the absence of callose in such cells is probably the reason for the sporadic occurrence of powdery mildew colonies on barleys with the ml-o gene.
    Original languageEnglish
    Issue number3
    Pages (from-to)207-216
    Publication statusPublished - 1985


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