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Plant Biotechnology Journal

Olga Yurchenko, Jay M Shockey, Satinder K Gidda, Maxwell I Silver, Kent D Chapman, Robert T Mullen, John M Dyer
The seeds of many non-domesticated plant species synthesize oils containing high amounts of a single unusual fatty acid, many of which have potential usage in industry. Despite the identification of enzymes for unusual oxidized fatty acid synthesis, the production of these fatty acids in engineered seeds remains low and is often hampered by their inefficient exclusion from phospholipids. Recent studies have established the feasibility of increasing triacylglycerol content in plant leaves, which provides a novel approach for increasing energy density of biomass crops...
January 13, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
Thuanne Pires Ribeiro, Fabricio Barbosa Monteiro Arraes, Isabela Tristan Lourenço-Tessutti, Marilia Santos Silva, Maria Eugênia Lisei-de-Sá, Wagner Alexandre Lucena, Leonardo Lima Pepino Macedo, Janaina Nascimento Lima, Regina Maria Santos Amorim, Sinara Artico, Márcio Alves-Ferreira, Maria Cristina Mattar Silva, Maria Fatima Grossi-de-Sa
Genetically modified (GM) cotton events that effectively control cotton boll weevil (CBW), which is the most destructive cotton insect pest in South America, are reported here for the first time. This work presents the successful development of new GM cotton with high resistance to CBW conferred by Cry10Aa toxin, a protein encoded by entomopathogenic Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) gene. The plant transformation vector harbouring cry10Aa gene driven by the cotton ubiquitination-related promoter uceA1.7 was introduced into a Brazilian cotton cultivar by biolistic transformation...
January 12, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
Zhengwen Sun, Xingfen Wang, Zhengwen Liu, Qishen Gu, Yan Zhang, Zhikun Li, Huifeng Ke, Jun Yang, Jinhua Wu, Liqiang Wu, Guiyin Zhang, Caiying Zhang, Zhiying Ma
Genetic improvement of fibre quality is one of the main breeding goals for the upland cotton, Gossypium hirsutum, but there are difficulties with precise selection of traits. Therefore, it is important to improve the understanding of the genetic basis of phenotypic variation. In this study, we conducted phenotyping and genetic variation analyses of 719 diverse accessions of upland cotton based on multiple environment tests and a recently developed Cotton 63K Illumina Infinium SNP array and performed a genome-wide association study (GWAS) of fibre quality traits...
January 8, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
Da Lu, Xianghe Yuan, Sung-Jin Kim, Joaquim V Marques, P Pawan Chakravarthy, Syed G A Moinuddin, Randi Luchterhand, Barri Herman, Laurence B Davin, Norman G Lewis
A foundational study assessed effects of biochemical pathway introduction into poplar to produce eugenol, chavicol, p-anol, isoeugenol, and their sequestered storage products, from potentially available substrates, coniferyl and p-coumaryl alcohols. At the onset, it was unknown whether significant carbon flux to monolignols vs other phenylpropanoid (acetate) pathway metabolites would be kinetically favored. Various transgenic poplar lines generated eugenol and chavicol glucosides in ca. 0.45% (~0.35 and ~0...
January 8, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
Congwei Sun, Fuyan Zhang, Xuefang Yan, Xiangfen Zhang, Zhongdong Dong, Dangqun Cui, Feng Chen
Bread wheat is a leading cereal crop worldwide. Limited amount of superior allele loci restricted the progress of molecular improvement in wheat breeding. Here we revealed new allelic variation distribution for 13 yield-related traits in series of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) using the Wheat 90K genotyping assay, characterized in 163 bread wheat cultivars. Agronomic traits were investigated in 14 environments at three locations over three years. After filtering SNP datasets, GWAS using 20,689 high-quality SNPs associated 1,769 significant loci that explained, on average, ~20% of the phenotypic variation, both detected already reported loci and new promising genomic regions...
January 5, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
Fabio Marroni, Davide Scaglione, Sara Pinosio, Alberto Policriti, Mara Miculan, Gabriele Di Gaspero, Michele Morgante
Structural variation (SV) is determined by genome rearrangements that affect large (> 1 kb) segments of DNA such as inversions and balanced translocations (balanced SV) or insertions, deletions and duplications (unbalanced SV) (Feuk et al., 2006). SV occurred in somatic cells originating from the same fertilized egg and affecting only a portion of the cells of an organism give rise to mosaic structural variation (King et al., 2015). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
January 5, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
Tim Fox, Jason DeBruin, Kristin Haug Collet, Mary Trimnell, Joshua Clapp, April Leonard, Bailin Li, Eric Scolaro, Sarah Collinson, Kimberly Glassman, Michael Miller, Jeff Schussler, Dennis Dolan, Lu Liu, Carla Gho, Marc Albertsen, Dale Loussaert, Bo Shen
Application of nitrogen fertilizer in the past 50 years has resulted in significant increases in crop yields. However, loss of nitrogen from crop fields has been associated with negative impacts on the environment. Developing maize hybrids with improved nitrogen use efficiency is a cost-effective strategy for increasing yield sustainably. We report that a dominant male sterile mutant Ms44 encodes a lipid transfer protein which is expressed specifically in the tapetum. A single amino acid change from alanine to threonine at the signal peptide cleavage site of the Ms44 protein abolished protein processing and impeded the secretion of protein from tapetal cells into the locule, resulting in dominant male sterility...
January 5, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
Abid Ullah, Heng Sun, Xiyan Yang, Xianlong Zhang
The growth and yield of many crops, including cotton, are affected by water deficit. Cotton has evolved drought-specific as well as general morpho-physiological, biochemical and molecular responses to drought stress, which are discussed in this review. The key physiological responses against drought stress in cotton, including stomata closing, root development, cellular adaptations, photosynthesis, abscisic acid (ABA) and jasmonic acid (JA) production, and reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavenging, have been identified by researchers...
January 5, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
Manish K Pandey, Aamir W Khan, Vikas K Singh, Manish K Vishwakarma, Yaduru Shasidhar, Vinay Kumar, Vanika Garg, Ramesh S Bhat, Annapurna Chitikineni, Pasupuleti Janila, Baozhu Guo, Rajeev K Varshney
Rust and late leaf spot (LLS) are the two major foliar fungal diseases in groundnut, and their co-occurrence leads to significant yield loss in addition to the deterioration of fodder quality. To identify candidate genomic regions controlling resistance to rust and LLS, whole genome re-sequencing (WGRS) based approach referred as 'QTL-seq' was deployed. A total of 231.67 Gb raw and 192.10 Gb of clean sequence data were generated through WGRS of resistant parent, and the resistant and susceptible bulks for rust and LLS...
December 27, 2016: Plant Biotechnology Journal
Vikas K Singh, Aamir W Khan, Rachit K Saxena, Pallavi Sinha, Sandip M Kale, Swathi Parupalli, Vinay Kumar, Annapurna Chitikineni, V Suryanarayana, C V Sameer Kumar, Mamta Sharma, G Anuradha, K N Yamini, S Muniswamy, Rajeev K Varshney
Identification of candidate genomic regions associated with target traits using conventional mapping methods is challenging and time-consuming. In recent years, a number of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) based mapping approaches have been developed and used for identification of candidate/putative genomic regions. However, in the majority of these studies, insertion-deletion (Indel) mutations were largely ignored. For efficient use of Indels in mapping target traits, we propose Indel-seq approach, which is a combination of whole genome re-sequencing (WGRS) and bulked segregant analysis (BSA) and relies on the Indel frequencies in a given germplasm set...
December 27, 2016: Plant Biotechnology Journal
Amy Rinaldo, Brian Gilbert, Rainer Boni, Simon G Krattinger, Davinder Singh, Robert F Park, Evans Lagudah, Michael Ayliffe
The hexaploid wheat (Triticum aestivum) adult plant resistance gene, Lr34/Yr18/Sr57/Pm38/Ltn1, provides broad spectrum resistance to wheat leaf rust (Lr34), stripe rust (Yr18), stem rust (Sr57) and powdery mildew (Pm38) pathogens, and has remained effective in wheat crops for many decades. The partial resistance provided by this gene is only apparent in adult plants and not effective in field grown seedlings. Lr34 also causes leaf tip necrosis (Ltn1) in mature adult plant leaves when grown under field conditions...
December 22, 2016: Plant Biotechnology Journal
Yue Xu, Song Feng Li, Roger W Parish
Targeted gene manipulation is a central strategy for studying gene function and identifying related biological processes. However, a methodology for manipulating the regulatory motifs of transcription factors is lacking as these factors commonly possess multiple motifs (eg. repression and activation motifs) which collaborate with each other to regulate multiple biological processes. We describe a novel approach designated Conserved Sequence-guided Repressor Inhibition (CoSRI) that can specifically reduce or abolish the repressive activities of transcription factors in vivo...
December 20, 2016: Plant Biotechnology Journal
Faride Unda, Hoon Kim, Charles Hefer, John Ralph, Shawn D Mansfield
Galactinol synthase is a pivotal enzyme in the synthesis of the raffinose family of oligosaccharides (RFOs) that function as transport carbohydrates in the phloem, as storage compounds in sink tissues, and as soluble metabolites that combat both abiotic and biotic stress in several plant species. Hybrid poplar (Populus alba × grandidentata) overexpressing the Arabidopsis thaliana GolS3 (AtGolS3) gene showed clear effects on development; the extreme overexpressing lines were stunted and had cell wall traits characteristic of tension wood, whereas lines with only moderate upregulation grew normally and had moderately altered secondary cell wall composition and ultrastructure...
December 20, 2016: Plant Biotechnology Journal
Shuen-Fang Lo, Tuan-Hua David Ho, Yi-Lun Liu, Mirng-Jier Jiang, Kun-Ting Hsieh, Ku-Ting Chen, Lin-Chih Yu, Miin-Huey Lee, Chi-Yu Chen, Tzu-Pi Huang, Mikiko Kojima, Hitoshi Sakakibara, Liang-Jwu Chen, Su-May Yu
A major challenge of modern agricultural biotechnology is the optimization of plant architecture for enhanced productivity, stress tolerance and water use efficiency (WUE). To optimize plant height and tillering that directly link to grain yield in cereals and are known to be tightly regulated by gibberellins (GAs), we attenuated the endogenous levels of GAs in rice via its degradation. GA 2-oxidase (GA2ox) is a key enzyme that inactivates endogenous GAs and their precursors. We identified three conserved domains in a unique class of C20 GA2ox, GA2ox6, which is known to regulate the architecture and function of rice plants...
December 20, 2016: Plant Biotechnology Journal
Noemi Ruiz-Lopez, Richard Broughton, Sarah Usher, Joaquin J Salas, Richard P Haslam, Johnathan A Napier, Frédéric Beaudoin
The functional characterisation of wax biosynthetic enzymes in transgenic plants has opened the possibility of producing tailored wax esters (WEs) in the seeds of a suitable host crop. In this study, in addition to systematically evaluating a panel of WE biosynthetic activities, we have also modulated the acyl-CoA substrate pool, through the co-expression of acyl-ACP thioesterases, to direct the accumulation of medium chain fatty acids. Using this combinatorial approach, we determined the additive contribution of both the varied acyl-CoA pool and also biosynthetic enzyme substrate-specificity to the accumulation of non-native WEs in the seeds of transgenic Camelina plants...
December 19, 2016: Plant Biotechnology Journal
Yingqi Cai, Elizabeth McClinchie, Ann Price, Thuy N Nguyen, Satinder K Gidda, Samantha C Watt, Olga Yurchenko, Sunjung Park, Drew Sturtevant, Robert T Mullen, John M Dyer, Kent D Chapman
Fat storage-inducing transmembrane protein 2 (FIT2) is an endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-localized protein that plays an important role in lipid droplet (LD) formation in animal cells. However, no obvious homologue of FIT2 is found in plants. Here, we tested the function of FIT2 in plant cells by ectopically expressing mouse (Mus musculus) FIT2 in Nicotiana tabacum suspension-cultured cells, N. benthamiana leaves, and Arabidopsis thaliana plants. Confocal microscopy indicated that the expression of FIT2 dramatically increased the number and size of LDs in leaves of N...
December 17, 2016: Plant Biotechnology Journal
Hongge Jia, Yunzen Zhang, Vladimir Orbovic, Jin Xu, Frank White, Jeffrey Jones, Nian Wang
Citrus is a highly valued tree crop worldwide, while, at the same time, citrus production faces many biotic challenges, including bacterial canker and Huanglongbing (HLB). Breeding for disease resistant varieties is the most efficient and sustainable approach to control plant diseases. Traditional breeding of citrus varieties is challenging due to multiple limitations, including polyploidy, polyembryony, extended juvenility, and long crossing cycles. Targeted genome editing technology has the potential to shorten varietal development for some traits, including disease resistance...
December 9, 2016: Plant Biotechnology Journal
Andrew J Simkin, Patricia E Lopez-Calcagno, Philip A Davey, Lauren R Headland, Tracy Lawson, Stefan Timm, Hermann Bauwe, Christine A Raines
In this paper we have altered the levels of three different enzymes involved in the Calvin Benson cycle and photorespiratory pathway. We have generated transgenic Arabidopsis plants with altered combinations of sedoheptulose 1,7-bisphosphatase (SBPase), fructose 1,6-bisphophate aldolase (FBPA) and the glycine decarboxylase H-protein (GDC-H) gene identified as targets to improve photosynthesis based on previous studies. Here, we show that increasing the levels of the three corresponding proteins, either independently or in combination, significantly increases the quantum efficiency of PSII...
December 9, 2016: Plant Biotechnology Journal
Dong-Keun Lee, Pil Joong Chung, Jin Seo Jeong, Geupil Jang, Seung Woon Bang, Harin Jung, Youn Shic Kim, Sun-Hwa Ha, Yang Do Choi, Ju-Kon Kim
Drought has a serious impact on agriculture worldwide. A plant's ability to adapt to rhizosphere drought stress requires reprograming of root growth and development. Although physiological studies have documented the root adaption for tolerance to the drought stress, underlying molecular mechanisms is still incomplete, which is essential for crop engineering. Here, we identified OsNAC6-mediated root structural adaptations, including increased root number and root diameter, which enhanced drought tolerance. Multiyear drought field tests demonstrated that the grain yield of OsNAC6 root-specific overexpressing transgenic rice lines was less affected by drought stress than were non-transgenic controls...
November 28, 2016: Plant Biotechnology Journal
Marta Brozynska, Dario Copetti, Agnelo Furtado, Rod A Wing, Darren Crayn, Glen Fox, Ryuji Ishikawa, Robert J Henry
The related A genome species of the Oryza genus are the effective gene pool for rice. Here we report draft genomes for two Australian wild A genome taxa: O. rufipogon-like population, referred to as Taxon A and O. meridionalis-like population, referred to as Taxon B. These two taxa were sequenced and assembled by integration of short and long read next generation sequencing (NGS) data to create a genomic platform for a wider rice gene pool. Here we report that, despite the distinct chloroplast genome, the nuclear genome of the Australian Taxon A, has a sequence that is much closer to that of domesticated rice (O...
November 27, 2016: Plant Biotechnology Journal
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