The cDNAs encoding chloroplastic acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACCase, EC 126.96.36.199) from three lines of Setaria viridis (L. Beauv.) resistant or sensitive to sethoxydim, and from one sethoxydim-sensitive line of Setaria italica (L. Beauv.) were cloned and sequenced. Sequence comparison revealed that a single isoleucine-leucine substitution discriminated ACCases from sensitive and resistant lines. Using near-isogenic lines of S. italica derived from interspecific hybridisation, we demonstrated that the transfer of the S. viridis mutant ACCase allele into a sethoxydim-sensitive S. italica line conferred resistance to this herbicide. We confirmed this result using allele-specific polymerase chain reaction and showed that a single copy of the mutant allele is sufficient to confer resistance to sethoxydim. We conclude that a mutant allele of chloroplastic ACCase encoding a leucine residue instead of an isoleucine residue at position 1780 is a major gene of resistance to sethoxydim.