February 2015, vol. 4, special issue 2 (Biotechnology)
Zuzana Gregorová, Peter Socha, Marína Maglovski, Jana Moravčíková, Jana Libantová, Roman Kuna, Pavol Hauptvogel, Matušíková Ildikó
Biotechnology of Biotechnology
The powdery mildew and leaf rust caused by Blumeria graminis and Puccinia recondita (respectively) are common diseases of wheat throughout the world. These fungal diseases greatly affect crop productivity. Incorporation of effective and durable disease resistance is an important breeding objective for wheat improvement. We have evaluated resistance of four bread wheat (Triticum aestivum) and four spelt wheat (Triticum spelta) cultivars. Chitinases occurrence as well as their activity was determined in leaf tissues. There was no correlation between resistance rating and activity of chitinase. The pattern of chitinases reveals four isoforms with different size in eight wheat cultivars. A detailed understanding of the molecular events that take place during a plant–pathogen interaction is an essential goal for disease control in the future.