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Type: Theses
Title: Characterisation and management of herbicide resistance in barley grass (Hordeum glaucum Steud.)
Author: Shergill, Lovreet Singh
Issue Date: 2016
School/Discipline: School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Abstract: Hordeum glaucum has emerged as a problematic weed in cereal and broadleaf crops of South Australia (SA). Recent reports from growers and agricultural advisors in SA have indicated an increase in the incidence of H. glaucum in field crops. The increase in the incidence was suspected due to the evolution of herbicide resistance and an increase in seed dormancy in H. glaucum populations. Initially, dose response studies confirmed high levels of resistance to (aryloxyphenoxypropanoate) APP acetyl-coenzyme A carboxylase (ACCase)-inhibiting herbicides in the populations where growers had reported control failures with ACCase-inhibiting herbicides. As a result of previous reports of an increase in seed dormancy and confirmation of herbicide resistance in H. glaucum, it was considered important to investigate herbicide resistance status and seedbank behaviour of field populations of this weed species. Therefore, studies were conducted to characterise herbicide resistance, study seedbank behaviour, inheritance of resistance, fitness penalties associated with herbicide resistance and alternative herbicides for the management of ACCase-inhibiting herbicide-resistant H. glaucum in field peas. A field survey was undertaken in the Upper North and Eyre Peninsula regions of SA in October 2012. Of the 90 H. glaucum populations screened for resistance to quizalofop, 14% exhibited some level of resistance and 86% were susceptible. Resistance to ALS-inhibiting herbicides (imazamox+imazapyr and sulfosulfuron) was low (3% to 12% populations). The majority of H. glaucum populations emerged rapidly (median T₅₀ = 8d), but some populations displayed an extremely slow emergence pattern with T₅₀ >20 d. There was no direct linkage between seed dormancy and herbicide resistance. The majority of H. glaucum populations showed a low level or no seedbank persistence but a few populations persisted for one year (up to 20% seedbank persistence). Dose–response studies confirmed that H. glaucum populations had variable levels of resistance to both ACCase and ALS-inhibiting herbicides, with greater resistance to ACCase-inhibiting herbicides. Gene sequencing confirmed the presence of previously known mutations Ile-1781-Leu, Ile-2041-Asn and Gly2096Ala in the ACCase gene of some H. glaucum populations. No amino acid substitution was found in the ALS gene of resistant populations, but the reversal of SU resistance by malathion (a cytochrome P450 inhibitor) and susceptibility to sulfometuron suggest that non-target site mechanisms confer resistance to ALS-inhibitors in this species. The mode of inheritance of resistance to ACCase-inhibiting herbicides was identified as a single gene with a partially-dominant allele. Fitness studies conducted under intraspecific competition and/or interspecific competition in pots and the field with wheat and lentil revealed that the amino acid substitution at 1781 position of the ACCase gene did not impose any fitness costs, but there was some evidence for fitness cost associated with Ile-2041-Asn mutation in H. glaucum populations. To identify alternative herbicides to control ACCase-inhibiting herbicide-resistant H. glaucum, a range of pre- and post-emergent herbicides were examined in field peas. The results of this investigation suggest that propyzamide or pyroxasulfone applied PP and POST imazamox could be used effectively in the field for the management of ACCase-inhibiting herbicide-resistant H. glaucum in South Australia.
Advisor: Gill, Gurjeet Singh
Preston, Christopher A.
Dissertation Note: Thesis (Ph.D.) (Research by Publication) -- University of Adelaide, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, 2016.
Keywords: herbicide resistance
fitness cost
inheritance
ACCase
ALS
target-site
non-target site
Research by Publication
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DOI: 10.4225/55/590182027f696
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