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Journal of Plant Research

Chow-Lih Yew, Hiroyuki Kakui, Kentaro K Shimizu
Polyploidization has played an important role in the speciation and diversification of plant species. However, genetic analyses of polyploids are challenging because the vast majority of the model species are diploids. The allotetraploid Arabidopsis kamchatica, which originated through the hybridization of the diploid Arabidopsis halleri and Arabidopsis lyrata, is an emerging model system for studying various aspects of polyploidy. However, a transgenic method that allows the insertion of a gene of interest into A...
October 14, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
Kouki Hikosaka
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October 9, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
Akari Shibata, Yoshiaki Kameyama, Gaku Kudo
Gynodioecy is the coexistence of hermaphrodites and females in a population. It is supposed to be an intermediate stage in the evolutionary pathway from hermaphroditism to dioecy in angiosperm. Hermaphrodites gain fitness through both seed and pollen production whereas females gain fitness only through seed production. As females spread in a gynodioecious population, sexual selection prompts hermaphrodites to invest in male function and male-biased hermaphrodites prevail. In the gynodioecious shrub Daphne jezoensis (Thymelaeaceae), female frequency is stably around 50% in most populations, and fruit-set rate of hermaphrodites is commonly low...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
Brandon Pei Hui Yeo, Mrinal Bhave, Siaw San Hwang
The small genome size of rice relative to wheat and barley, together with its salt sensitivity, make it an ideal candidate for studies of salt stress response. Transcriptomics has emerged as a powerful technique to study salinity responses in many crop species. By identifying a large number of differentially expressed genes (DEGs) simultaneously after the stress induction, it can provide crucial insight into the immediate responses towards the stressor. In this study, a Malaysian salt-tolerant indigenous rice variety named Bajong and one commercial rice variety named MR219 were investigated for their performance in plant growth and ion accumulation properties after salt stress treatment...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
Manami Takeuchi, Takahiro Kegasa, Atsushi Watanabe, Miho Tamura, Yuji Tsutsumi
The mechanism of monolignol transportation from the cytosol to the apoplast is still unclear despite being an essential step of lignification. Recently, ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters were suggested to be involved in monolignol transport. However, there are no reliable clues to the transporters of the major lignin monomers coniferyl and synapyl alcohol. In this study, the lignification progress of Arabidopsis cultured cells during tracheary element differentiation was monitored. The expression of selected transporter genes, as well as lignification and cell-wall formation related genes as references, in differentiating cultured cell samples harvested at 2-day intervals was analyzed by real-time PCR and the data were statistically processed...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
Kohei Satoh, Kohtaroh Shutoh, Takahide Kurosawa, Eisuke Hayasaka, Shingo Kaneko
Scirpus hattorianus is a possible alien species in Japan, and a clarification of its unclear taxonomy is required to reveal its origin. It is not known whether the plants initially described from Japan represent the same species distributed in North America. To clarify the origin of the species, we attempted to sequence old specimens collected about 80 years ago using newly designed primer pairs specific for short sequences, including the variable sites. Chloroplast sequences of ndhF were compared among Japanese and North American S...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
Hilda Tiricz, Bettina Nagy, Györgyi Ferenc, Katalin Török, István Nagy, Dénes Dudits, Ferhan Ayaydin
Improving efficiency of oligonucleotide-directed mutagenesis (ODM) is a prerequisite for wide application of this gene-editing approach in plant science and breeding. Here we have tested histone deacetylase inhibitor treatments for induction of relaxed chromatin and for increasing the efficiency of ODM in cultured maize cells. For phenotypic assay we produced transgenic maize cell lines expressing the non-functional Green Fluorescent Protein (mGFP) gene carrying a TAG stop codon. These transgenic cells were bombarded with corrective oligonucleotide as editing reagent to recover GFP expression...
August 23, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
I Evelin Kovalsky, Juan M Roggero Luque, Gabriela Elías, Silvia A Fernández, Viviana G Solís Neffa
Triploids can play an important role in polyploid evolution. However, their frequent sterility is an obstacle for the origin and establishment of neotetraploids. Here we analyzed the microsporogenesis of triploids (x = 7) and the crossability among cytotypes of Turnera sidoides, aiming to test the impact of triploids on the origin and demographic establishment of tetraploids in natural populations. Triploids of T. sidoides exhibit irregular meiotic behavior. The high frequency of monovalents and of trivalents with non-convergent orientations results in unbalanced and/or non-viable male gametes...
August 22, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
Christoph Elpe, Patrick Knopf, Thomas Stützel, Christian Schulz
Taxaceae s.l. comprise six genera (including Cephalotaxus) and about 35 species; The present study aims to give new insights into the evolution of this family, especially into the phylogenetic position of Cephalotaxus. Moreover, only little is known about comparative leaf anatomy of this family and this study aims to expose and interpret the diversity and evolution of leaf anatomical characters and to assess their applicability to identify taxa at the generic and species level. A detailed phylogeny was reconstructed, using both maximum likelihood and Bayesian inference, with a combined dataset of four molecular markers from the plastid and nuclear genomes...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
Manel Chiboub, Salwa Harzalli Jebara, Omar Saadani, Imen Challougui Fatnassi, Souhir Abdelkerim, Moez Jebara
Plant growth promoting bacteria (PGPB) may help to reduce the toxicity of heavy metals on plants growing in polluted soils. In this work, Sulla coronaria inoculated with four Cd resistant bacteria (two Pseudomonas spp. and two Rhizobium sullae) were cultivated in hydroponic conditions treated by Cd; long time treatment 50 µM CdCl2 for 30 days and short time treatment; 100 µM CdCl2 for 7 days. Results showed that inoculation with Cd resistant PGPB enhanced plant biomass, thus shoot and root dry weights of control plants were enhanced by 148 and 35% respectively after 7 days...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
Motoyuki Iida, Toshihiko Takano, Takakazu Matsuura, Izumi C Mori, Shingo Takagi
Circumnutation is a plant growth movement in which the tips of axial organs draw a circular orbit. Although it has been studied since the nineteenth century, its mechanism and significance are still unclear. Greened adzuki bean (Vigna angularis) epicotyls exhibited a clockwise circumnutation in the top view with a constant period of 60 min under continuous white light. The bending zone of circumnutation on the epicotyls was always located in the region 1-3 cm below the tip, and its basal end was almost identical to the apical end of the region where the epicotyl had completely elongated...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
Satoko Iida, Miyuki Ikeda, Momoe Amano, Hidetoshi Sakayama, Yasuro Kadono, Keiko Kosuge
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August 5, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
Riichiro Yoshida, Izumi C Mori, Nobuto Kamizono, Yudai Shichiri, Tetsuo Shimatani, Fumika Miyata, Kenji Honda, Sumio Iwai
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 5, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
Johannes Pfeifer, Michael Mielewczik, Michael Friedli, Norbert Kirchgessner, Achim Walter
Present-day high-resolution leaf growth measurements provide exciting insights into diel (24-h) leaf growth rhythms and their control by the circadian clock, which match photosynthesis with oscillating environmental conditions. However, these methods are based on measurements of leaf area or elongation and neglect diel changes of leaf thickness. In contrast, the influence of various environmental stress factors to which leaves are exposed to during growth on the final leaf thickness has been studied extensively...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
Ahmed M Saleh, Rashad Kebeish
Many plant families produce coumarin (COU) and its derivatives as secondary metabolites via the phenylpropanoid biosynthetic pathway. This ubiquitous group of phytochemicals was shown to have diverse physiological effects on cellular, tissue, and organ levels. So far, research dealing with the hormonal like behavior of COU and its interaction with the activity and/or transport of phytohormones is very limited. In the current study, the impact of COU on redox homeostasis in aleurone layers of wheat grains was investigated...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
Cheng-Wei Chen, Carl J Rothfels, Andi Maryani A Mustapeng, Markus Gubilil, Dirk Nikolaus Karger, Michael Kessler, Yao-Moan Huang
The phylogenetic affinities of the fern genus Aenigmopteris have been the subject of considerable disagreement, but until now, no molecular data were available from the genus. Based on the analysis of three chloroplast DNA regions (rbcL, rps16-matK, and trnL-F) we demonstrate that Aenigmopteris dubia (the type species of the genus) and A. elegans are closely related and deeply imbedded in Tectaria. The other three species of genus are morphologically very similar; we therefore transfer all five known species into Tectaria...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
Lucía Melisa Zini, Beatriz Gloria Galati, María Silvia Ferrucci
The perianth organs of six species of Nymphaeaceae, representing Euryale, Nymphaea and Victoria, were studied on the basis of macroscopical, micromorphological, and anatomical characters. The aims were to determine whether perianth is differentiated among tepal whorls considering the presence of sepaloid and petaloid characters, and to evaluate the occurrence of both features in individual tepals. Selected perianth series were examined macroscopically, with light microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
Masamichi Takahashi, Patrick S Herendeen, Xianghui Xiao
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September 2017: Journal of Plant Research
Xiang Yu, Arika Takebayashi, Taku Demura, Misato Ohtani
Knowledge on the responses of woody plants to abiotic stress can inform strategies to breed improved tree varieties and to manage tree species for environmental conservation and the production of lignocellulosic biomass. In this study, we examined the expression patterns of poplar (Populus trichocarpa) genes encoding members of the sucrose nonfermenting1-related protein kinase 2 (SnRK2) family, which are core components of the abiotic stress response. The P. trichocarpa genome contains twelve SnRK2 genes (PtSnRK2...
September 2017: Journal of Plant Research
Fengsen Han, Xiaolin Wang, Hongxuan Zhou, Yuanzheng Li, Dan Hu
CO2 efflux (ECO2) from stems and branches is highly variable within trees. To investigate the mechanisms underlying the temporal dynamics and vertical variations in ECO2, we measured the stem ECO2 by infrared gas analysis (IRGA) and meteorological conditions at 10 different heights from 0.1 to 3.7 m aboveground on two consecutive days every month for 1 year in six Styphnolobium japonicum trees with a similar size. The results indicated that the seasonal change in ECO2 roughly followed the seasonal variations in woody tissue temperature (TW) and stem radial diameter increment (Di)...
September 2017: Journal of Plant Research
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