Received date: April 04, 2017; Accepted date: April 20, 2017; Published date: April 27, 2017
Citation: Mukamuhirwa F, Mukankusi MC, Tusiime G, Butar L, Musoni A, et al.(2017) Resistance Levels to Root Rot and Angular Leaf Spot Diseases in Selected High Iron Bean Genotypes. Adv Crop Sci Tech 5:274. doi: 10.4172/2329-8863.1000274
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Common bean production is constrained by different diseases the major ones being, Angular Leaf Spot (ALS), bean root rot, anthracnose, Common Bright Bacteria (CBB), Bean Common Cosaic Virus (BCMV) and Bean Common Mosaic Necrotic Virus, (BCMNV). The aim of this study was to identify new and better sources of broad resistance to both bean ALS and Root Rot diseases among nutritional bean varieties. Fifty seven varieties were planted in the screen house of CIAT Africa based at Kawanda Agricultural Research Laboratories Institute (KARL). Virulent inocula actually used at CIAT were used to test these genotypes. Different varieties were resistant to specific isolates but interestingly, only ACC 714 contained broad resistance to both Andean and MesoAmerican isolates of bean Angular Leaf Spot as well as Fusarium root rot and Pythium root rot at mean, median and mode basis. Since different nutritional bean varieties have varying levels of resistance to different pathogens, it may be possible to pyramid these resistance genes into appropriate background so as to provide durable resistance in biofortified bean genotypes higher in iron and zinc content.
Nutritional bean varieties; Pathogens; Resistance; Iron content
Biofortification, a practice of enhancing contents of minerals with nutritional significance in food products is regarded as one of the cheap approaches to improve human nutrition [1,2]. Traditionally, crops have been mostly improved for agronomic traits and to a lesser extent for pest and disease resistance. Biofortification is only a recent practice. The most limiting micronutrients in the diets of the rural and urban poor in Rwanda and Uganda are Fe and Zn, resulting into anemia and depressed immunity, respectively . Efforts have been made in this study to breed for increased Fe and Zn in common beans in Rwanda and Uganda. However, successful deployment of high Fe and Zn common beans in both countries will require that such varieties are high yielding but also resistant to some of the most important diseases. The interaction of disease borne pathogens with the crop-bio system complicates the demonstration of superior genotypes across environments, and thus it results into scale or rank shift of trait performance. The bean root rot (Pythium sp, Fusarium solani fsp. phaseoli, Rhizoctonia solani, Macrophomina phaseoli and Sclerotium rolfsii) and angular leaf spot (Phaeoisariopsis griseola) are currently regarded the most important bean diseases in Uganda and Rwanda . The plant diseases lead to food deficit and food insecurity. In order to reduce the yield losses due to disease, it is important to define the diseases contributing to reduced yield, accurately estimate the severity of disease and propose the possible solutions. Therefore, this study was carried out to determine the levels of resistance to these two diseases in common bean genotypes bred for high Fe and Zn contents.
Research sites and plant materials
This study was carried out in the CIAT Africa screen house based at Kawanda Agricultural Research Laboratories Institute (KARL), Uganda. It was carried out from June to October 2012. 57 bean genotypes were used in the study. These genotypes were regional nutrition nursery breeding lines; advanced G × E stable lines; susceptible checks for root rot and ALS; low Fe check (CAL 96); and resistance checks for root rot (MLB49-89A/ RWR719) and ALS (MEX54/ BAT332) (Table 1).
|1||NGWIN× CAB2/2/3/1/1||Rwanda||30||NUA 69||CIAT|
|3||MAC 42||Rwanda||32||RWR 2154||Rwanda|
|4||RWV 3316||Rwanda||33||RWR 2245||Rwanda|
|7||RWV 2359||Rwanda||36||CODMLB 001||CIAT|
|12||Icyana 2||Rwanda||41||NUA 56||CIAT|
|13||RWV 2361||Rwanda||42||NUA 35||CIAT|
|16||RWV 2887||Rwanda||45||ACC 714||CIAT|
|17||MAC 74||Rwanda||46||CODMLB 033||CIAT|
|18||Agronome 2||Rwanda||47||ROBA 1||CIAT|
|19||VRA 4||CIAT||48||SMC 21||CIAT|
|21||RWV 2070||Rwanda||50||SMC 18||CIAT|
|23||VCB 81013||CIAT||52||GLP 2||CIAT|
|24||Gasirida||Rwanda||53||CAL 96 (check: low Fe, root rot susceptible)||Uganda|
|25||MEX54/ BAT332 resistant check||CIAT||54||DOR 500 (low Fe check||Uganda|
|26||MIB 456-High Fe Universal Check||CIAT||55||Maharagi Soya||Rwanda|
|27||Decelaya 1-Low Fe Check||Rwanda||56||MBC32||CIAT|
Table 1: Plant materials used in the study of characterization of resistance of selected high iron beans to root rot and Angular Leaf Spot diseases.
Preparation of pathogen inocula, application and disease evaluation
Fusarium solani fsp. phaseoli: Inoculum for Fusarium solani fsp. phaseoli was prepared from isolate FSP-3, the most virulent isolate for Fusarium root rot obtained from infected bean fields in the Fusarium root rot hot spot in south-western Uganda . Fusarium inoculum was isolated and prepared following CIAT’s laboratory training manual. The inoculum was reactivated by sub culturing it on a fresh PDA culture media. Sorghum grains were used as a medium for fungal inoculum multiplication. Approximately 400 ml of water to every 300 g of sorghum grains were placed in polyethylene bags, sterilized and allowed to cool for 12 h. A disc of agar bearing Fusarium spp. culture was incubated in the polyethylene bags over the sterilized sorghum grains in a sterile environment at a room temperature for 14 days to allow uniform growth. After incubation, Fusarium inoculum was mixed with the loam sandy soil previously sterilized by steaming on firewood for four hours and left overnight to cool. Sterile soil and inoculum were mixed in a ratio of 1:8 and put in a wooden flat tray and left to stabilize for seven days. In each tray, was planted 5 test varieties, each in 2 rows. A susceptible check (Cal 96) and a resistant check (MLB49-89A) were includes in each tray. Disease assessment was done twenty one days after planting by carefully uprooting all the seedlings planted per variety taking care not to damage roots and hypocotyls, and washing with clean tap water. For each variety, twenty plants were evaluated per replicate. FRR severity was assessed by scoring disease on roots and hypocotyls and scoring based on a 1 to 9 disease score . Acccording to this scale, 1=no visible symptoms, 3=light discoloration either without necrotic lesions or with approximately 10% of the hypocotyls and root tissues covered with lesions; 5=approximately 25% of hypocotyls and root tissues covered with lesions but tissues remain firm with deterioration of the root system; 7=approximately 50% of hypocotyls and root tissues covered with lesions combined with considerable softening, rotting and reduction of root system, 9=approximately 75% or more of the hypocotyls and root tissues affected with advanced stages of rotting combined with severe reduction in the root system. The experiment was conducted in RCBD design with 3 replications. Data were subjected to ANOVA using Genstat .
Pythium sp: Inoculum for Pythium was prepared from P. ultimum isolate MS 61 from long term storage at CIAT, Kawanda. The inoculum was reactivated by sub-culturing it on a fresh PDA culture media. Finger millet grains were used as a medium for fungal growth. Approximately 200 ml of water to every 300 g of millet grains were placed in polyethylene bags, double sterilized and allowed to cool for 12 h. A disc of agar bearing Pythium spp culture was incubated in the polyethylene bags over the sterilized finger millet grains in a sterile environment at a room temperature for 14 days to allow uniform growth.
After incubation, Pythium inoculum was mixed with the loam sandy soil previously sterilized earlier as for Fusarium. Inoculum and soil were mixed in a 1:8 ratio, put in wooden flat trays and left to stabilize for seven days. Test varieties were planted in these trays as done for Fusarium solani above. Again, CAL 96 and RWR719 were included as susceptible and resistant checks respectively. Three weeks after planting, plants were uprooted, washed carefully and immediately evaluated for damage. Disease severity was scored using the 1 to 9 CIAT scale. Twenty plants per replication were evaluated. The experiment was laid out as a RCBD with 3 replications. Data were subjected to ANOVA using Genstat 14th edition.
Phaeoisariopsis griseola: For this pathogen, isolates KAK3, a virulent Andean isolate and isolate 2A a virulent Meso-American isolate were used for testing the 57 genotypes. Isolates were prepared for inoculation following the CIAT laboratory training manual procedures.
Forest black soil, lake sandy and decomposed farm yard manure were mixed in a ratio of 3:1:1 (currently used by CIAT) and was used in the screening. Test beans were planted in 5 L buckets and arranged in a RCBD with 3 replicates. Twenty-one (21) days after planting, bean leaves were inoculated using a hand sprayer, by misting inoculum onto lower surfaces of leaves when beans had developed two trifoliate leaves. Plants were thereafter covered with polyethylene bags maintained that way for three days.
On the appearance of ALS symptoms, the disease severity was assessed every three days for seven times. Four to five plants were evaluated per variety per replication. For the Andean isolate, genotypes CAL96 and MEX54 were included in the trial as susceptible and resistant checks respectively. MCM5001 and BAT332 were used as susceptible and resistant checks respectively for Meso-American isolate. The disease was rated according to the CIAT 1 to 9 scales CIAT  and the data were subjected to ANOVA using Genstat 14th edition.
The AUDPC value for each genotype was calculated by trapezoidal integration  and is given by: AUDPC=Σ ((Xi+Xi+1)/2(ti+1-ti)) in which: Xi and Xi+1 is the disease severity for two consecutive assessments, and ti+1-ti the interval between two consecutive assessments . The disease index for each variety was calculated according to Kobriger et al.  as: Disease Index=(Σ(disease class × number of plants in class)/ ((total plants) × 9) × 100) Statistical Analysis was performed by the ANOVA statistical procedure of Genstat GenStat 14th Edition.
Augural leaf spot (ALS)
Tested varieties had a significant differences on resistance to ALS for both Andean and Mesoamerican isolates (P<0.001) (Table 2).
|Andean Isolate||MesoAmerican Isolate|
***Significant at p ≤0.001.
Table 2: ALS Anden and MesoAmerican isolates mean squares.
However, genotypes with the same letter were not significantly different (Table 3). Fourteen genotype including MAC 42, NUV 219-1, MAC 44, VRA 4, RWV 2070, KAB06F2.8-27, NUA 99, NUA 69, KAB06F2.8-12, RWR 2245, NUA 59, ACC 714, CODMLB 033, MBC32, and resistant checks (Mex54/BAT332) were identified as resistant to both Andean and Meso-American bean angular leaf spot isolates.
|Genotypes||AUDPC for Andean isolate||Group||AUDPC for Meso-American isolate||Group|
|MEX54/BAT332 resistant checks||31.3||ab||26.8||A|
|MIB 456-High Fe Universal Check||76.8||o||98.6||Qrst|
|Decelaya 1-Low Fe Check||-||-||50.0||Abcdefghi|
|CAL 96-Low Fe check susceptible check||75.1||mno||90.7||Nopqrst|
|DOR 500-Low Universal check||74.2||mno||70.7||Defghijklmnopq|
Table 3: AUDPCvalues for Andean and MesoAmerican isolates on tested genotypes.
A high and significant (P<0.001) difference in resistance to Fusarium root rot and Pythium root rot isolates was observed among the tested genotype (Table 4). However, the means, modes and medians for both Fusarium and Pythium root rot isolates were not significantly different (Table 5). Seven genotype; Rugandura, Kiangara, Decelaya 1, Gitanga, Zebra, ACC 714, Nyiramogorori2 were identified as resistant varieties to both Fusarium root rot and Pythium root rot.
|Fusarium root rot isolate||Pythium root rot isolate|
|Source of variation||DF||MS||MS||MS||DF||MS||MS||MS|
|Reps||2||10.247 **||25.158 **||50.518 **||2||28.08 ***||36.21 ***||38.838 ***|
|Genotype||54||8.485***||15.768 ***||17.717 ***||54||13.48***||24.01***||22.62 ***|
**, ***significant at P≤0.01 and P≤0.001 respectively
Table 4: Means squares for both beansFusarium and Pythium root rot.
|Genotype||Fusarium root rot||Pythium root rot|
|Ngwin x CAB2/2/3/1/1||5.54||6.66||6.66||65||6.72||8.99||8.99||76|
|MLB49-89A/ RWR719 Resistant check||2.13||1.99||1.99||24||2.01||1.99||1.99||22|
|MIB 456-High Fe Universal Check||2.39||1.99||1.99||27||3.48||2.32||2.32||38|
|Decelaya 1-Low Fe Check||3.03||1.99||1.99||37||2.58||2.77||2.73||22|
|CAL 96-Low Fe check susceptible check||7.56||8.99||8.99||86||8.61||8.99||8.99||96|
|DOR 500-Low Universal check||3.22||2.33||4.33||36||5.57||4.32||4.32||63|
Table 5: Means, modes and medians values for both beans Fusarium and Pythium root rot.
In this study, genotypes that make up the regional nutritional nursery were screened to identify new and better sources of resistance to both bean angular leaf spot and root rot diseases. Genotypes exhibited different reactions to the different diseases. Only ACC 714 exhibited resistance to both Andean and MesoAmerican isolates of bean angular leaf spot and also to Fusarium and Pythium root rot. This genotype is highly recommended for both nutritional and multi-resistance breeding program. The results also indicate that resistance to different pathogens can be pyramided into appropriate background to provide broad spectrum resistance in iron and zinc biofortified bean genotypes.
The results of this study showed that some of the nutritional bean genotypes have good levels of resistance to a particular pathogen. In 2007, Wagara and Kimani  reported that some on the nutrient rich bean varieties evaluated in Kenya possessed good level of resistance to major diseases occurring in farmer fields. For example, they reported that Kiangara had high to moderate resistance to major biotic constraints in Kenya. In the current study, Kiangara exhibited an intermediate level of resistance to both ALS and root rot. Results suggest that selecting biofortified beans for broad resistance to diseases in plant breeding programs is possible; and that this can result in significant amounts of genetic resources for multiple purposes with minimal resources. Thus, our results support the fact that breeding for higher iron as well as high zinc content and multiple resistance in common beans could contribute significantly to improving the life status of individuals dependent on beans as staple foods .
The study revealed variations among the screened nutritional bean varieties according to resistance to different pathogens. This implied the potential for utilization of some of these varieties to pyramid useful disease resistance and high Fe and Zn content quantitative trait loci into appropriate background to provide durable resistance in bean genotypes higher in iron and zinc content. The variety ACC 714 was attributed to a broad resistance among 57 genotypes screened for bean angular leaf spot (Psuedocercospora griseola) and bean root rot (Pythium ultimum and Fusarium solani fsp. phaseoli) under inoculation in the screenhouse. Efforts should be made to promote selection of genotypes that combine high capacity to accumulate high iron and zinc content in their seed and high level of resistance to major stresses.
We are grateful to Rwanda Agriculture Board, Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa, Makerere University, CIAT Africa, Harvest Plus project for the support to this work.