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A detached petal disc assay and virus-induced gene silencing facilitate the study of Botrytis cinerea resistance in rose flowers
Xiaoqian Cao1, Huijun Yan2, Xintong Liu1, Dandan Li1, Mengjie Sui2, Jie Wu1, Hongqiang Yu1 & Zhao Zhang1,
1Beijing Key Laboratory of Development and Quality Control of Ornamental Crops, Department of Ornamental Horticulture, College of Horticulture, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193, China
2Flower Research Institute of Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Kunming 650205 Yunnan, China

Horticulture Research 6,
Article number: 19136 (2019)
doi: 10.1038/hortres.2019.136
Views: 679

Received: 18 Jun 2019
Revised: 30 Sep 2019
Accepted: 23 Oct 2019
Published online: 01 Dec 2019


Fresh-cut roses (Rosa hybrida) are one of the most important ornamental crops worldwide, with annual trade in the billions of dollars. Gray mold disease caused by the pathogen Botrytis cinerea is the most serious fungal threat to cut roses, causing extensive postharvest losses. In this study, we optimized a detached petal disc assay (DPDA) for artificial B. cinerea inoculation and quantification of disease symptoms in rose petals. Furthermore, as the identification of rose genes involved in B. cinerea resistance could provide useful genetic and genomic resources, we devised a virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) procedure for the functional analysis of B. cinerea resistance genes in rose petals. We used RhPR10.1 as a reporter of silencing efficiency and found that the rose cultivar ‘Samantha’ showed the greatest decrease in RhPR10.1 expression among the cultivars tested. To determine whether jasmonic acid and ethylene are required for B. cinerea resistance in rose petals, we used VIGS to silence the expression of RhLOX5 and RhEIN3 (encoding a jasmonic acid biosynthesis pathway protein and an ethylene regulatory protein, respectively) and found that petal susceptibility to B. cinerea was affected. Finally, a VIGS screen of B. cinerea-induced rose transcription factors demonstrated the potential benefits of this method for the high-throughput identification of gene function in B. cinerea resistance. Collectively, our data show that the combination of the DPDA and VIGS is a reliable and high-throughput method for studying B. cinerea resistance in rose.