Dechun Wang

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, United States

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Publications (10)22.86 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Isoflavones from soybeans [ Glycine max (L.) Merr.] have a significant impact on human health to reduce the risk of several major diseases. Breeding soybean for high isoflavone content in the seed is possible through marker-assisted selection (MAS) which can be based on quantitative trait loci (QTL). The objective of this study was to identify QTL controlling isoflavone content in a set of 'MD96-5722' by 'Spencer' recombinant inbred line (RIL) populations of soybean. Wide variations were found for seed concentrations of daidzein, glycitein, genistein, and total isoflavones among the RIL populations. Three QTL were identified on three different linkage groups (LG) represented by three different chromosomes (Chr). One QTL that controlled daidzein content was identified on LG A1 (Chr 5), and two QTL that underlay glycitein content were identified on LG K (Chr 9) and LG B2 (Chr 14). Identified QTL could be functional in developing soybean with preferable isoflavone concentrations in the seeds through MAS.
    Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 02/2014; · 2.91 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study reports a high density genetic linkage map based on the ‘Maryland 96-5722’ by ‘Spencer’ recombinant inbred line (RIL) population of soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] and constructed exclusively with single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers. The Illumina Infinium SoySNP6K BeadChip genotyping array produced 5,376 SNPs in the mapping population, with a 96.75% success rate. Significant level of goodness-of-fit for each locus was tested based on the observed vs. expected ratio (1:1). Out of 5,376 markers, 1,465 SNPs fit the 1:1 segregation rate having ≤20% missing data plus heterozygosity among the RILs. Among this 1,456 just 657 were polymorphic between the parents DNAs tested. These 657 SNPs were mapped using the JoinMap 4.0 software and 550 SNPs were distributed on 16 linkage groups (LGs) among the 20 chromosomes of the soybean genome. The total map length was just 201.57 centiMorgans (cM) with an average marker density of 0.37 cM. This is one of the high density SNP-based genetic linkage maps of soybean that will be used by the scientific community to map quantitative trait loci (QTL) and identify candidate genes for important agronomic traits in soybean.
    Journal of Plant Genome Sciences. 11/2013; 1:80-89.
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    ABSTRACT: The soybean aphid (Aphis glycines Matsumura) has been a major pest of soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] in North America since it was first reported in 2000. Our previous study revealed that the strong aphid resistance of plant introduction (PI) 567598B was controlled by two recessive genes. The objective of this study was to locate these two genes on the soybean genetic linkage map using molecular markers. A mapping population of 282 F4:5 lines derived from IA2070 × E06902 was evaluated for aphid resistance in a field trial in 2009 and a greenhouse trial in 2010. Two quantitative trait loci (QTLs) were identified using the composite and multiple interval mapping methods, and were mapped on chromosomes 7 (linkage group M) and 16 (linkage group J), respectively. E06902, a parent derived from PI 567598B, conferred resistance at both loci. In the 2010 greenhouse trial, each of the two QTLs explained over 30 % of the phenotypic variation. Significant epistatic interaction was also found between these two QTLs. However, in the 2009 field trial, only the QTL on chromosome 16 was found and it explained 56.1 % of the phenotypic variation. These two QTLs and their interaction were confirmed with another population consisting of 94 F2:5 lines in the 2008 and 2009 greenhouse trials. For both trials in the alternative population, these two loci explained about 50 and 80.4 % of the total phenotypic variation, respectively. Our study shows that soybean aphid isolate used in the 2009 field trial defeated the QTL found on chromosome 7. Presence of the QTL on chromosome 16 conferred soybean aphid resistance in all trials. The markers linked to the aphid-resistant QTLs in PI 567598B or its derived lines can be used in marker-assisted breeding for aphid resistance.
    Theoretical and Applied Genetics 05/2013; · 3.66 Impact Factor
  • Guorong Zhang, Cuihua Gu, Dechun Wang
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    ABSTRACT: The soybean aphid (Aphis glycines Matsumura) is a major pest on soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] in North America. Aphid resistance has been found on plant introduction (PI) 567537, but its genetic characterization is unknown. The objectives of this study were to identify the resistance genes in PI 567537 using molecular markers and validate them in a different genetic background. A mapping population of 86 F4 lines from a cross between PI 567537 and a susceptible parent E00003 was investigated for aphid resistance in both greenhouse and field trials. A genomic region associated with the aphid resistance in PI 567537 was revealed on chromosome 16 (linkage group J) with molecular markers. This locus was coincidently located in the same region as Rag3 and explained most of the phenotypic variation, ranging from 87.4 % in the greenhouse trial to 78.9 % in the field trial. This resistance gene was further confirmed in an F2 population derived from a cross of PI 567537 × Skylla. The segregation of the F2 population indicated that the aphid resistance in PI 567537 was most likely controlled by a single dominant gene, which was the one we mapped in the F4-derived population. This gene was designated Rag3b since it is located in the same region as Rag3. The mapping of the aphid resistance gene in PI 567537 could be useful in marker-assisted selection when employing PI 567537 as an aphid resistance source.
    Molecular Breeding 01/2013; 32(1). · 3.25 Impact Factor
  • Guorong Zhang, Cuihua Gu, Dechun Wang
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    ABSTRACT: The soybean aphid (Aphis glycines Matsumura) is an important pest on soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] in North America. Aphid resistance has recently been found on plant introduction (PI) 567543C, but little is known about its genetic control. The objectives of this study were to identify the resistance genes in PI 567543C with molecular markers and validate them in a different genetic background. A mapping population of 249 F(4) derived lines from a cross between PI 567543C and a susceptible parent was investigated for aphid resistance in both the greenhouse and the field. The broad sense heritability of aphid resistance in the field trial was over 0.95. The segregation of aphid resistance in this population suggests a major gene controlling the resistance. Bulked segregant analysis with molecular markers revealed a potential genomic region. After saturating this putative region with more markers, a genetic locus was mapped in an interval between Sat_339 and Satt414 on chromosome 16 (linkage group J) using the composite interval mapping method. This locus explained the majority of the phenotypic variation ranging from 84.7% in the field trial to 90.4% in the greenhouse trial. Therefore, the aphid resistance in PI 567543C could be mainly controlled by this gene. This aphid resistance gene was mapped on a different chromosome than the other resistance genes reported previously from other resistant germplasms. This gene appears to be additive based on the aphid resistance of the heterozygous lines at this locus. Thus, a new symbol Rag3 is used to designate this gene. Moreover, Rag3 was confirmed in a validation population. This new aphid-resistance gene could be valuable in breeding aphid resistant cultivars.
    Theoretical and Applied Genetics 04/2010; 120(6):1183-91. · 3.66 Impact Factor
  • Guorong Zhang, Cuihua Gu, Dechun Wang
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    ABSTRACT: The soybean aphid (Aphis glycines Matsumura) is an important pest of soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] in North America since it was first reported in 2000. PI 567541B is a newly discovered aphid resistance germplasm with early maturity characteristics. The objectives of this study were to map and validate the aphid resistance genes in PI 567541B using molecular markers. A mapping population of 228 F3 derived lines was investigated for the aphid resistance in both field and greenhouse trials. Two quantitative trait loci (QTLs) controlling the aphid resistance were found using the composite interval mapping method. These two QTLs were localized on linkage groups (LGs) F and M. PI 567541B conferred resistant alleles at both loci. An additive x additive interaction between these two QTLs was identified using the multiple interval mapping method. These two QTLs combined with their interaction explained most of the phenotypic variation in both field and greenhouse trials. In general, the QTL on LG F had less effect than the one on LG M, especially in the greenhouse trial. These two QTLs were further validated using an independent population. The effects of these two QTLs were also confirmed using 50 advanced breeding lines, which were all derived from PI 567541B and had various genetic backgrounds. Hence, these two QTLs identified and validated in this study could be useful in improving soybean aphid resistance by marker-assisted selection.
    Theoretical and Applied Genetics 12/2008; 118(3):473-82. · 3.66 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Linkage maps of the sweet cherry cultivar ‘Emperor Francis’ (EF) and the wild forest cherry ‘New York 54’ (NY) were constructed using primarily simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers and gene-derived markers with known positions on the Prunus reference map. The success rate for identifying SSR markers that could be placed on either the EF or NY maps was only 26% due to two factors: a reduced transferability of other Prunus-species-derived markers and a low level of polymorphism in the mapping parents. To increase marker density, we developed four cleaved amplified polymorphic sequence markers (CAPS), 19 derived CAPS markers, and four insertion–deletion markers for cherry based on 101 Prunus expressed sequence tags. In addition, four gene-derived markers representing orthologs of a tomato vacuolar invertase and fruit size gene and two sour cherry sorbitol transporters were developed. To complete the linkage analysis, 61 amplified fragment length polymorphism and seven sequence-related amplified polymorphism markers were also used for map construction. This analysis resulted in the expected eight linkage groups for both parents. The EF and NY maps were 711.1cM and 565.8cM, respectively, with the average distance between markers of 4.94cM and 6.22cM. A total of 82 shared markers between the EF and NY maps and the Prunus reference map showed that the majority of the marker orders were the same with the Prunus reference map suggesting that the cherry genome is colinear with that of the other diploid Prunus species.
    Tree Genetics & Genomes 09/2008; 4(4):897-910. · 2.40 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The soybean aphid (Aphis glycines Matsumura) has become a major pest of soybean in North America since 2000. Seven aphid resistance sources, PI 71506, Dowling, Jackson, PI 567541B, PI 567598B, PI 567543C, and PI 567597C, have been identified. Knowledge of genetic relationships among these sources and their ancestral parents will help breeders develop new cultivars with different resistance genes. The objective of this research was to examine the genetic relationships among these resistance sources. Sixty-one lines were tested with 86 simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers from 20 linkage groups. Non-hierarchical (VARCLUS) and hierarchical (Ward's) clustering and multidimensional scaling (MDS) were used to determine relationships among the 61 lines. Two hundred and sixty-two alleles of the 86 SSR loci were detected with a mean polymorphism information content of 0.36. The 61 lines were grouped into 4 clusters by both clustering methods and the MDS results consistently corresponded to the assigned clusters. The 7 resistance sources were clustered into 3 different groups corresponding to their geographical origins and known pedigree information, indicating genetic differences among these sources. The largest variation was found among individuals within different clusters by analysis of molecular variance.
    Genome 01/2008; 50(12):1104-11. · 1.67 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: T he soybean aphid (SBA; Aphis glycines Matsumura) was fi rst discovered in eight midwestern U.S. states in 2000. Since then it has spread throughout the north-central United States and parts of Canada (North Central Soybean Research Program, 2004) and has become one of the major pests aff ecting soybean production in North America. Soybean aphid populations can double very quickly (McCornack et al., 2004), reaching thou-sands of aphids per plant. Aphid feeding reduces photosynthesis (Macedo et al., 2003) and reduces yield components including plant height, number of nodes and pods per plant, seed size, and bean quality (DiFonzo and Hines, 2002; Ostlie, 2001). In effi cacy trials conducted in Michigan during SBA outbreak years, yield in untreated plots was 18 to 40% less than yield in treated plots (DiFonzo, 2006; DiFonzo and Hines, 2002). Insecticides are still the primary means of controlling SBA, increasing production costs and human exposure. In 2005, an outbreak year for SBA across the Midwest, millions of acres were treated (USDA-National Agricultural Statistics Service, 2006). Insecticide applications also kill natural enemies of SBAs (Smith and Krischik, 1999) and may fl are populations of other soybean pests such as spider mites. Host-plant resistance is the most eff ective means of control of insects. Soybeans resistant to SBA colonization ABSTRACT In a previous study, two soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] plant introductions (PIs), PI 567541B and PI 567598B, were found to possess anti-biosis-type resistance to the soybean aphid (Aphis glycines Matsumura). Plants with anti-biosis resistance negatively interfere with the reproduction of the aphid and thus control the insect effectively. Field studies were conducted to determine the inheritance of antibiosis resis-tance in PI 567541B and PI 567598B. The two resistant PIs were crossed with one or two sus-ceptible soybean lines and the F 1 and F 2 plants and F 2:3 families were evaluated for aphid resis-tance. All F 1 plants were found to be suscep-tible to soybean aphids. The plants in seven F 2 populations segregated in a 15:1 susceptible/ resistant ratio, which is the expected ratio for a trait controlled by two recessive genes. The F 2:3 families also segregated in a 15:1 suscep-tible/resistant ratio. Therefore, the segregation data suggest that two major recessive genes are involved in the resistance in PI 567541B and PI 567598B. This information will be use-ful to breeders for designing effi cient breeding schemes for developing soybean cultivars with antibiosis resistance to aphids.
    CROP SCIENCE. 01/2008; 48.
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    ABSTRACT: Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) (Heterodera glycines Ichinohe; HG) is one of the most destructive pests of soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.) in the United States. Over 100 SCN-resistant accessions within the USDA Soybean Germplasm Collection have been identified, but little is known about the genetic diversity of this SCN-resistant germplasm. The objective of this research was to evaluate the genetic variation and determine the genetic relationships among SCN-resistant accessions. One hundred twenty-two genotypes were evaluated by 85 simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers from 20 linkage groups. Non-hierarchical (VARCLUS) and hierarchical (Ward's) clustering were combined with multidimensional scaling (MDS) to determine relationships among tested lines. The 85 SSR markers produced 566 allelic fragments with a mean polymorphic information content (PIC) value of 0.35. The 122 lines were grouped into 7 clusters by 2 different clustering methods and the MDS results consistently corresponded to the assigned clusters. Assigned clusters were dominated by genotypes that possess one or more unique SCN resistance genes and were associated with geographical origins. The results of analysis of molecular variance (AMOVA) showed that the variation differences among clusters and individual lines were significant, but the differences among individuals within clusters were not significant.
    Genome 09/2006; 49(8):938-49. · 1.67 Impact Factor