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Legume Research, volume 42 issue 3 (june 2019) : 291-299

Breeding groundnut for rust resistance: A review

Happy Daudi, Hussein Shimelis, Learnmore Mwadzingeni, Mark Laing, Patrick Okori
1<div style="text-align: justify;">University of KwaZulu-Natal, School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences, P/Bag X01, Scottsville 3209, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.</div>
  • Submitted13-03-2018|

  • Accepted30-07-2018|

  • First Online 23-08-2018|

  • doi 10.18805/LR-416

Cite article:- Daudi Happy, Shimelis Hussein, Mwadzingeni Learnmore, Laing Mark, Okori Patrick (2018). Breeding groundnut for rust resistance: A review. Legume Research. 42(3): 291-299. doi: 10.18805/LR-416.
Sustainable groundnut production can be realised through development and adoption of high yielding cultivars possessing durable rust resistance. Integrating conventional breeding with genomic tools in identifying candidate rust resistance genes, and introgressing the genes into adapted elite germplasm, with the aid of molecular makers, could enhance breeding for rust resistance. This review highlights breeding approaches for groundnut rust resistance, with emphasis on integrating conventional breeding with marker-assisted selection. The life cycle, symptoms and epidemiology of the pathogen are also discussed to understand the host-pathogen interaction and guide groundnut rust resistance breeding.
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