• Premise of the study: Cultivated tomato, Solanum lycopersicum, suffers chilling induced wilting because water movement through its roots decreases with declining soil temperatures. Certain wild tomato species exhibit resistance to chilling-induced wilting, but the extent of this chilling tolerance in wild tomatoes is not known.• Methods: We measured shoot wilting during root chilling in wild Solanum accessions from habitats differing in elevation, temperature, and precipitation. We also measured shoot wilting during root chilling in introgression lines (ILs) with chromosome 9 segments collinear to the shoot turgor maintenance QTL stm9 region from chilling-tolerant S. habrochaites, chilling and drought-tolerant S. lycopersicoides, or drought-tolerant S. pennellii.• Key results: Wild tomato species, which experience chilling temperatures (<10°C) in their native habitat, maintain shoot turgor under root chilling. Among accessions of S. lycopersicum var. cerasiforme, a typically chilling sensitive species, shoot turgor maintenance during root chilling was correlated with the precipitation of the native habitat. By contrast, S. pennellii, a species that is typically drought adapted, did not maintain turgor under root chilling. Grafted plants with roots containing S. habrochaites and S. lycopersicoides introgressions improved shoot turgor maintenance under root chilling.• Conclusions: Resistance to chilling-induced water stress is an important adaptation to chilling temperatures in wild tomatoes. There is some overlap in adaptation to drought and chilling stress in some tomato species. Root-based resistance to chilling-induced water stress in wild tomatoes may involve orthologous gene(s).
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was high-resolution mapped to a chromosome 9 region that contains genes associated with abiotic stress tolerances.
Wild tomato (Solanum habrochaites) exhibits tolerance to abiotic stresses, including drought and chilling. Root chilling (6 °C) induces rapid-onset water stress by impeding water movement from roots to shoots. S. habrochaites responds to such changes by closing stomata and maintaining shoot turgor, while cultivated tomato (S. lycopersicum) fails to close stomata and wilts. This response (shoot turgor maintenance under root chilling) is controlled by a major QTL (designated stm9) on chromosome 9, which was previously fine-mapped to a 2.7-cM region. Recombinant sub-near-isogenic lines for chromosome 9 were marker-selected, phenotyped for shoot turgor maintenance under root chilling in two sets of replicated experiments (Fall and Spring), and the data were used to high-resolution map QTL stm9 to a 0.32-cM region. QTL mapping revealed a single QTL that was coincident for both the Spring and Fall datasets, suggesting that the gene or genes contributing to shoot turgor maintenance under root chilling reside within the marker interval H9–T1673. In the S. lycopersicum reference genome sequence, this chromosome 9 region is gene-rich and contains representatives of gene families that have been associated with abiotic stress tolerance.
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