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    ABSTRACT: Peach is a self-pollinated species with a high level of linkage disequilibrium (LD) conservation for North American and European commercial varieties, LD~13-15cM. The analysis of the University of Florida peach germplasm founding clones, previous releases, and present selections, constitutes the main objective of this report. A total of 198 peach genotypes were fingerprinted with 37 SSRs distributed across the genome (~15-25 cM). Peach germplasm samples included genotypes from the University of Florida, the USDA-UGA-UF moderate-chill breeding effort, North Carolina State University, primitive low chill germplasm, and related species P. dulcis (Mill.) D.A. Webb and P. kansuensis Rehder. Number of alleles per locus (A), effective number of alleles (Ae), observed heterozygosity (Ho), expected heterozygosity (He), Wright’s fixation index (F), power of discrimination (PD), the probability of confusion (C), and Nei’s genetic distance (GD) per locus were calculated. An unrooted Neighbor-Joining tree was constructed using Nei’s genetic distance. ‘Diamante cling’, ‘Non-melting’, ‘Melting’, ‘High-chill’, and two ‘Nectarine’ clades were identified in the peach germplasm. Genetic diversity values in the range of 0.5 were observed. Past and present peach selections and cultivars developed by the UF breeding program have been determined by breeding strategies, objectives and commercial trends that changed through the years. To detect potential changes in allele frequencies resulting from the breeding efforts, the genetic diversity of germplasm representing different decades was compared.
    Tree Genetics & Genomes. 10/2014; 10(5):1399-1417.
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    ABSTRACT: Peach production acreage in Central Florida is steadily expanding with the availability of new, high-quality, and low-chill requirement peach cultivars adapted to the region’s subtropical climate. Florida’s well-drained sandy soils are ideal for peach production except that they are also inhabited by plant pathogenic nematodes. ‘Flordaguard’ peach rootstock is recommended for commercial utilization because it is well-adapted to Florida’s acidic soils and exhibits good resistance to the endemic peach root-knot nematode, Meloidogyne floridensis (Mf). Additional nematode-resistant rootstocks are being identified to diversify the panel of improved rootstocks for the expanding peach industry. Two new rootstocks, ‘MP-29’ and ‘P-22’ (T. G. Beckman, USDA-ARS Byron, GA) offer potential for peach production in Central Florida. ‘MP-29’ is “pleach”, a hybrid between a red-leafed peach rootstock breeding selection and ‘Edible Sloe’ plum. The rootstock selection ‘P-22’ is a hybrid of ‘Guardian’ and ‘Flordaguard’ peach and is under consideration for release. A rootstock trial was planted at Citra, FL during the Spring of 2012 to test horticultural performance of these rootstocks with ‘Flordaguard’ in the presence of Mf. ‘Okinawa’ peach and ‘Barton’ peach rootstocks were included as susceptible and resistant controls, respectively. A commercial quality, low-chill peach scion, ‘UFSun’ was budded on all rootstocks to evaluate fruit quality. ‘MP-29’ clonal and ‘Barton’ seedling rootstocks were field-budded in 2012. ‘P-22’ clonal, ‘Okinawa’ seedling, and ‘Flordaguard’ seedling rootstocks were budded a year prior to field-transplanting in 2012. Scion growth was monitored one year after budding and fruits were harvested in the second season after establishment. Preliminary data indicate that the two new clonal rootstocks ‘MP-29’ and ‘P-22’ are promising alternatives to ‘Flordaguard’. During the two growing seasons, stem circumferences (2 inches below and above graft union) were significantly greater in ‘Okinawa’ and ‘P-22’ rootstocks. The relative growth rates of the scion were higher on field-budded ‘Barton’ and ‘MP-29’ rootstocks than those budded the previous year. ‘MP-29’ produced trees with yield efficiency and fruit size comparable to other tested rootstocks despite its smaller tree size – a characteristic useful for high-density planting systems. ‘Barton’ rootstock also demonstrates significant promise in terms of vigor (pruning weight and tree size) in the initial years of orchard establishment. Further evaluation is required to validate the effect of rootstocks on yield efficiency and resistance to Mf.
    2014 ASHS Annual Conference; 07/2014
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    ABSTRACT: Prunus umbellata is a diploid plum species native to the Southern US with a wide geographic range and adaptation to different soils and environments. Other species native to the Southern US include P. americana Marsh., P. angustifolia Marsh., and P. geniculata Harper. The objective of this research was to evaluate P. umbellata as a model plant for the identification of genomic regions associated with dormancy response. A total of 48 genotypes: 42 of P. umbellata ranging from central Georgia to south Florida, 2 of P. americana, 2 of P. angustifolia, and 2 of P. geniculata, were fingerprinted using 41 SSRs distributed across the peach genome (~15-25 cM). Similarly, genotype-by-sequencing (GBS) was used to identify SNPs across the genome of 48 multiplexed genotypes using Illumina HiSeq® 2000 system. GBS produced up to 175 million reads in one flow cell lane, yielding approximately 40 Gb of data, with a filtered 101 million reads and an average of 2.1 million reads per genotype. SNP markers were detected using Stacks software and ranged from 30,411 markers (6x depth) for at least 33 genotypes (r=0.7 or 70% of genotypes required to process a locus) to 487 markers (6x depth) for all genotypes (r=1.0 or 100% of genotypes required to process a locus). Genetic diversity and population structure results based on SSR and SNP markers (using different depth coverage and r values) were comparable. SSR and SNPs markers allowed the identification of hybrid genotypes among species. Similarly, these markers were used to identify genomic regions associated with dormancy response.
    2014 ASHS Annual Conference; 07/2014
  • Thomas G. Beckman, Jos X. Chaparro
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    ABSTRACT: The primary focus of the USDA-ARS stone fruit rootstock program at Byron, Georgia has been the development of disease resistant rootstocks for peach. Historically peach tree short life (PTSL), aka ‘Bacterial Canker Complex’, and Armillaria root rot (ARR) have been the two most important causes of premature mortality of commercial peach trees in the southeastern United States. Several root-knot nematode species are of concern in this region as well. In addition to these disease issues the horticultural performance of trees on the new materials developed in this program is also of parmount importance. We have screened a broad range of Prunus germplasm and, in addition to useful differences in disease resistance, have found that these materials also have an impact on a number of important plant performance traits. Data will be presented on rootstock influence on tree vigor, anchorage, yield, fruit size, suckering and tree survival on disease prone sites.
    2014 ASHS Annual Conference; 07/2014
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    ABSTRACT: Peach trees in the Southeastern United States are damaged by fungal gummosis (incited by Botryosphaeria dothidea [(Moug.:Fr.) Ces. & De Not.] with a fruit yield reduction up to 40% per tree in severe cases. Previous studies indicated a high level of susceptibility in commercially recommended rootstocks and cultivars. The climatic conditions in the Southeastern United States are conducive to the development of the disease and currently, there are no proven effective cultural or chemical controls for peach fungal gummosis. Our group has evaluated peach germplasm for over 2 decades, searching for sources of resistance to peach fungal gummosis. Preliminary research in our lab indicates that almond, a species closely related and sexually compatible with peach, may provide a new source of genes for resistance to peach fungal gummosis. Preliminary tests comparing commercial quality peach cultivars with peach x almond F1 hybrids indicated the existence of a novel source of resistance to gummosis. Parental genotypes and segregating backcross populations of peach, peach X almond F1 hybrids, and peach X (peach X almond) progeny were evaluated for 3 consecutive years using a previously established rating system based on gumming severity. Selected peach x almond F1 hybrids presented the lowest mean for gummosis susceptibility. Pearson chi-square analysis of the disease rating data suggested a dependent segregation of the populations for gummosis. Further analysis of the standardized residuals deviations identified differences in backcross population 8 (UFSharp x (Flordaguard x almond)). The phenotypic segregation ratio for fungal gummosis resistance is consistent with the presence of a single dominant locus. Backcross population 8 has been genotyped for SSR markers sourced from the Prunus reference genome map and Quantitative Trait Locus (QTL) analysis will be performed.
    2014 ASHS Annual Conference; 07/2014
  • Dario J. Chavez, Thomas G. Beckman, W. R. Okie, Jos Chaparro
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    ABSTRACT: North America is a center of diversity for Prunus L. species. The University of Florida Stone Fruit Breeding and Genetics Program in collaboration with the National Germplasm Repository and USDA–ARS (Project No. 5306-21000-018-00D) collected and identified ~400 genotypes of approx. 30 taxa native to the United States. A core collection of 13 species was used to compare the utility of selectively neutral sequences and sequences believed to be under selection pressure in the elucidation of phylogenetic relationships of North American plums. The core collection represented the major clades within subgenus Prunus section Prunocerasus. The American clade was represented by P. americana Marsh., P. hortulana L.H. Bailey, and P. mexicana S. Watson; the Chickasaw clade included P. angustifolia Marsh., P. munsoniana W. Wight & Hedrick, and P. umbellata Elliot; and the Beach clade was represented by P. geniculata Harper and P. maritima Marsh. Outgroups included: P. pumila L. (subgenus Cerasus section Microcerasus), P. persica (L.) Batsch cv. Okinawa, AP05-18ws (UF peach haploid), 02-01c (UF peach haploid) (subgenus Amygdalyus section Amygdalus), and P. fasciculata (Torr.) A. Gray (subgenus Emplectocladus). A total of 41 simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers distributed across the peach genome (~15–25 cM), 7 chloroplast genome regions, nuclear ribosomal repeat ITS, and 55 candidate genes believed to be associated with flowering and plant architecture were used. A Neighbor Joining (NJ) analysis of the SSR markers yielded different species relationships than the results obtained using chloroplast DNA (cpDNA) regions, internal transcribed spacer region (ITS), and nuclear genes Maximum Parsimony (MP) and Maximum Likelihood (ML) analyses. Phylogenetic analyses using cpDNA regions, ITS and nuclear genes yielded some of the previously known species relationships. A total of 27,278 bp of sequence per species was used. The observed polymorphism rates were 3.67%, 10.82%, and 7.27% for the cpDNA sequences, ITS, and nuclear genes, respectively. Sequence variation in exon and intron regions of nuclear genes was 4% and 11%, respectively. Several highly informative regions were identified that will be used for larger phylogenetic analysis within Prunus.
    2013 ASHS Annual Conference; 07/2013
  • Dario J. Chavez, Thomas G. Beckman, Jos Chaparro
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    ABSTRACT: North America is an important center of diversity for plum species. The North American plums grow in diverse climatic and geographic regions. High levels of variation for plant architecture, fruit size, flesh texture, flesh color, disease resistance, chilling requirement, and other traits, have been reported. The survival of several of these species is being negatively impacted by urban sprawl and agriculture. Similarly, climate change threatens their habitats. The objective of this research was to collect and identify plant specimens from the wild, create a herbarium and living collection that could be used to preserve the species and to clarify the phylogenetic relationships of the North American plums. The University of Florida Stone Fruit Breeding and Genetics Program in collaboration with the National Germplasm Repository and USDA–ARS (Project No. 5306-21000-018-00D) collected, identified and archived ~400 genotypes of approximately 30 taxa across the United States. Geographic coordinates, location descriptors, and plant characteristics were recorded for all these genotypes. Vouchers for each genotype were submitted and are available at the Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL (http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/herbarium/). Seed collected from the germplasm accessions were submitted to John E. Preece at the National Clonal Germplasm Repository for Fruit and Nut Crops, Davis, CA, for future use by the scientific community. These collections will allow us to preserve and conserve these species as important genetic resources of unique traits and information that could be used for breeding plum scions and rootstocks in the future. Additional information about this collection will be reported.
    2013 ASHS Annual Conference; 07/2013
  • Dario J. Chavez, Thomas G. Beckman, Jos X. Chaparro
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    ABSTRACT: The Prunus L. genus belongs to the subfamily Amygdaloideae (=Prunoideae) of the Rosaceae family. It is distributed around the world, with approximately 200 species. Species native to southeastern United States include P. americana Marsh., P. angustifolia Marsh., P. geniculata Harper, and P. umbellata Elliot. The existence of several wild plum species in Florida creates a unique opportunity for the study of allelic variation associated with important economic traits that can then be targeted and rapidly transferred to domesticated plum using molecular markers. The main objective of this research is to analyze the genetic diversity and population structure of P. umbellata in Florida. A total of ~70 genotypes of P. umbellata ranging from North to South Florida were fingerprinted using 41 SSRs distributed across the peach genome (~15–25 cM). Number of alleles per locus (A), effective number of alleles (Ae), observed heterozygosity (Ho), expected heterozygosity (He), Wright’s fixation index (F), polymorphism information content (PIC), and Nei’s genetic distance (GD) per locus were calculated. An unrooted Neighbor–Joining tree was constructed using Nei’s genetic distance. Population structure was analyzed. Prunus umbellata represents an underutilized resource for association genetic studies of adaptive and commercial traits in plums.
    2012 ASHS Annual Conference; 08/2012
  • Dario J. Chavez, Thomas G. Beckman, Jos X. Chaparro
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    ABSTRACT: The genus Prunus L. is economically important source of fruit such as plums, cherries, almonds, apricots and peaches. Grafting techniques are commonly used to propagate superior commercial cultivars. The desired scion genotype is grafted onto a rootstock. Native wild Prunus species have been previously used as rootstocks for grafting commercial cultivars. However, the use of grafting techniques for conservation, restoration, and maintenance of native wild Prunus species has been not previously reported. North America is a center of diversity for plum species. Several plum species are listed as endangered with seeds being the primary means of propagation. The use of different grafting techniques for the nondestructive sampling, preservation and propagation of wild native Prunus species was the main objective of this study. A total of 94 P. geniculata, 20 P. umbellata Elliot, 14 P. angustifolia Marsh., and 5 P. americana Marsh. genotypes, native to southeastern US, were grafted using a modified-veneer and T-budding techniques. Two rootstocks, ‘Sharpe’ plum and P. cerasifera plum previously grafted onto Okinawa peach, were used and evaluated. Percentage bud take was measured for each genotype. ‘Sharpe’ rootstock had 36.71% and 27.96% bud take on average for modified-veneer and T-budding, respectively. P. cerasifera / Okinawa rootstock had 3.70% and 3.57% bud take on average for modified-veneer and T-budding, respectively. Grafting proved to be a feasible method for propagation and maintenance of wild Prunus species, particularly of P. geniculata, a federally endangered species with low seedling recruitment.
    2012 ASHS Annual Conference; 08/2012
  • Dario J. Chavez, Thomas G. Beckman, Jos X. Chaparro
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    ABSTRACT: White flower color is controlled by a recessive allele w in peach. To map the W locus, open pollinated seed were collected from two different F1 hybrids. The first hybrid was an F1 between ‘White English’ ww (white flower) and ‘UFSun’ WW (pink flower). The second a hybrid was an F1 between ‘Brooks’ ww (white flower) and ‘UFBeauty’ WW (pink flower). Open pollinated seed were collected from both F1 hybrids to produce a segregating F2 population. ‘Brooks’ × ‘UFBeauty’ and ‘White English’ x ‘UFSun’ F2 populations consisted of 37 and 110 individuals, respectively. The F2 populations did not deviate significantly from a 3:1 pink to white phenotypic segregation ratio (c2 ≤ 0.01). White flower phenotypes were identified to be homozygous recessive, as previously described. Bulked samples of white and pink flower phenotypes from ‘White English’ × ‘UFSun’ F2 population were used to identify the genomic region linked with white flower ww locus using a total of 41 simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers. A linkage map was created with the SSR markers closely linked with white flower ww in peach and the locus placed on the Prunus reference genome map.
    2012 ASHS Annual Conference; 08/2012
  • Rachel Odom, Thomas G. Beckman, Jos Chaparro
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    ABSTRACT: The genetic variation in commercial peach germplasm is low. Closely related species such as Prunus dulcis (almond), P. kansuensis (kansu peach) and P. davidiana (davids peach) represent valuable sources of genetic variation. These species have been used to a limited extent in rootstock breeding but have been largely ignored in scion breeding. The reluctance to use related species in peach scion breeding results from the high penalty in fruit quality of early generation crosses and the number of generations required to produce selections with commercial fruit size and quality. Large population sizes are needed to reduce linkage drag. The generation of large populations from controlled crosses is very laborious in peach due to the low seed content of fruit and the low fruit set of hand pollinations. In this work we present a breeding scheme that uses male sterility to enhance outcrossing in peach, facilitating the generation of large segregating populations for recurrent selection.
    2012 ASHS Annual Conference; 08/2012
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    ABSTRACT: North America is a center of diversity for Prunus species. Tree architecture, endodormancy requirement, heat requirement, fruit development period, fruit size, fruit texture, fruit flesh, disease resistance, and adaptive changes to multiple environmental conditions, are a few examples of the tremendous genetic variability available in the plum germplasm. Wild native Prunus species constitutes an important source for genetic diversity for stone fruit breeding and selection. The study of genetic variability within the subgenus Prunus section Prunocerasus was the primary objective of this research. In addition, the transferability and polymorphism level of 41 simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers distributed across the peach genome (~15–25 cM) in section Prunocerasus was studied. A total of 11 North American plum species were used to determine the genetic diversity available in section Prunocerasus. One genotype per species for: P. americana Marsh., P. angustifolia Marsh., P. geniculata Harper, P. hortulana L.H. Bailey, P. maritima Marsh., P. mexicana S. Watson, P. munsoniana W. Wight & Hedrick, P. persica (L.) Batsch cv. Okinawa, P. pumila L., P. umbellata Elliot, and P. fasciculata (Torr.) A. Gray (outgroup) were used for the preliminary screen. The number of alleles per locus (A), effective number of alleles (Ae), observed heterozygosity (Ho), expected heterozygosity (He), Wright’s fixation index (F), polymorphism information content (PIC), and Nei’s genetic distance (GD) per locus were calculated. A rooted Neighbor-Joining tree was constructed using Nei’s genetic distance. An average of 10.7 A, 0.58 Ho, 0.31 F, and 0.82 PIC were observed. The peach SSR markers were found to be widely transferable and applicable to the study of wild Prunus species genetic diversity.
    2012 ASHS Annual Conference; 08/2012
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    T.G. Beckman, A.P. Nyczepir, S.C. Myers
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    ABSTRACT: Following the release of 'Guardian' (BY520-9) peach rootstock in 1993, nurseries experienced significant problems with seed germination when fall-planted directly into the nursery. Rooted cuttings were proposed as a possible alternative. 'Cresthaven' peach trees budded onto 'Nemaguard' seedlings, 'Guardian' cuttings and seedlings, and 'Lovell' cuttings and seedlings were established in 1997 in a high density orchard and trained to a 2-arm open center system. Through 2003, trees on 'Nemaguard' seedlings displayed the highest vigor when measured as trunk cross-sectional area (TCSA). Trees on 'Lovell' seedlings displayed the smallest TCSA. There was no significant difference in the TCSA observed in trees propagated on 'Guardian' cuttings vs. 'Guardian' seedlings. Through three harvest seasons, trees on 'Guardian' cuttings produced the largest cumulative yield but were not significantly different from that observed on 'Guardian' or 'Lovell' seedlings. Trees on 'Lovell' cuttings had the smallest cumulative yield. Trees on 'Lovell' seedlings displayed significantly higher cumulative yield efficiency than all other rootstock treatments. Trees on 'Nemaguard' seedlings displayed significantly lower cumulative yield efficiency than all other rootstock treatments except 'Lovell' cuttings. There was no significant difference in the cumulative yield efficiency of trees on 'Guardian' cuttings and those on 'Guardian' seedlings. There appears to be no clear horticultural advantage or disadvantage to the use of 'Guardian' cuttings over 'Guardian' seedlings at this time.
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    W. B. Sherman, G.W. Krewer, T.G. Beckman
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract: A new and distinct variety of peach tree which has a winter chilling requirement of approximately 400 chill units (cu). The tree is of large size, with a highly vigorous spreading growth habit; and has showy pink flowers. Glands are small and reniform in shape and isolated to the basal portions of leaves. This tree, which has been denominated 'Gulfprince' is a regular bearer of heavy crops of early mid-season fruit which are large for its ripening season. Fruit are very firm, yellow, non-melting flesh which are clingstone. Fruit are uniform, attractive, substantially symmetrical shape, and have an attractive 45 to 55% solid red skin. The fruit ripens 10 to 14 days after 'June Gold' in early June at Attapulgus, Ga.
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    ABSTRACT: Data were collected in early ripening peach [Prunus persica (L.) Batsch] varieties trained to a vase system to determine if a relationship exists between fruit weight and shoot diameter. The experiment was conducted with 3 varieties at Gainesville, FL with detailed pruning and with 3 other varieties at Atapulgus, GA with minimum pruning. All the varieties were similar in fruit development period (FDP) and fruit size. The largest shoot diameter was generally found in the upper canopy in all varieties. There was no correlation between shoot diameter and fruit weight for 'TropicBeauty', 'TropicSnow' and 'UF2000' at Gainesville under detailed pruning. There was a significant (p = 0.01) correlation for 'Flordacrest' in the lower (r = 0.53) canopy and for 'White Robin' in both the upper (r = 0.38) and lower (r = 0.40) canopy at Attapulgus, GA under minimal pruning. In these situations, large stems were associated with large fruit. 'Delta', grown at Attapulgus with minimal pruning, showed no correlation between shoot diameter and fruit weight, probably because it is male sterile and produced large fruit due to a reduced crop load.
    01/2002;
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    T.G. Beckman, W R Okie, A.P. Nyczepir
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    ABSTRACT: Previous work has suggested that peach scion cultivar exerts a significant influence on incidence of peach tree short life (PTSL) in trees budded onto Nemaguard and Flordaguard seedling peach rootstocks. If this influence is consistent across a range of rootstocks then the influence of scion cultivar might offer a new tool for the management of PTSL. Growers could minimize losses on those sites most prone to PTSL by using the least susceptible scion/rootstock combinations. In this trial trees of ‘Agua 6-4,’ ‘Springcrest,’ ‘Redglobe,’ ‘Redhaven’ and ‘Cresthaven’ budded onto Guardian (BY520-9), Lovell, Nemaguard and Siberian C peach seedling rootstocks were planted on a site with a known history of PTSL. After 6 years, 31% of test trees had succumbed to PTSL and 18% to other causes. Both scion and rootstock exerted a profound influence on incidence of PTSL (P<0.0001). Mean effects of scion cultivar ranged from 10 to 49% PTSL mortality. Mean effects of rootstock treatment ranged from 10 to 85% PTSL mortality. However, a significant scion x rootstock interaction was also present (P<0.05). This appeared to be largely the result of anomalously low or high PTSL incidence observed in 2 scion/rootstock combinations. These results suggest that some caution should be used in extrapolating the rootstock treatment effects determined in a typical PTSL trial budded with a single scion cultivar to their influence beneath other untested scion cultivars.
    01/2002;
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    HortScience. 01/2002; 37(7):1049-1052.
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    A P Nyczepir, T G Beckman, G L Reighard
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    ABSTRACT: Guardian peach rootstock was evaluated for susceptibility to Meloidogyne incognita race 3 (Georgia-peach isolate) and M. javanica in the greenhouse. Both commercial Guardian seed sources produced plants that were poor hosts of M. incognita and M. javanica. Reproduction as measured by number of egg masses and eggs per plant, eggs per egg mass, and eggs per gram of root were a better measure of host resistance than number of root galls per plant. Penetration, development, and reproduction of M. incognita in Guardian (resistant) and Lovell (susceptible) peach were also studied in the greenhouse. Differences in susceptibility were not attributed to differential penetration by the infectivestage juveniles (J2) or the number of root galls per plant. Results indicated that M. incognita J2 penetrated Guardian roots and formed galls, but that the majority of the nematodes failed to mature and reproduce.
    Journal of nematology 10/1999; 31(3):334-40. · 0.52 Impact Factor
  • Thomas G. Beckman, Jose X Chaparro, Wayne B. Sherman