Evaluation of leaf rust resistance and characteristics of Korean wheats

Minseo Kim, Aro Lee, Hai An Truong, Chon Sik Kang, Changhyun Choi, Namhyun Chung, Hojoung Lee, Byung Cheon Lee

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Leaf rust is the most widespread and destructive fungal disease, and outbreaks have always caused considerable losses in wheat yields. Thus, worldwide increases in wheat production depend on the development of leaf rust-resistant wheat varieties. In this study, we evaluated the resistance of forty Korean wheat cultivars to leaf rust at the seedling stage. Only two Korean wheats, Ol and Jonong, were resistant to leaf rust, whereas the remaining thirty-eight Korean wheats were susceptible to leaf rust. The Ol and Jonong varieties presented larger dry seed weights and higher antioxidant activity in response to leaf rust than the susceptible wheat varieties. No differences in β-1,3-glucanase activity or chlorophyll content between resistant and susceptible wheat varieties were observed. Overall, these results are important for the development of wheat varieties that are highly resistant to leaf rust and to understand the underlying mechanisms that confer leaf rust resistance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-297
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Applied Biological Chemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgments This work was supported by the National Institute of Crop Science, Rural Development Administration, Republic of Korea [grant number PJ012496032019].

Publisher Copyright:
© The Korean Society for Applied Biological Chemistry 2019.


  • Antioxidant capacity
  • Dry seed weight
  • Korean wheat
  • Leaf rust resistance
  • Puccinia triticina
  • β-1,3-glucanase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Organic Chemistry


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