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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742938/sexes-in-gynodioecious-geranium-sylvaticum-do-not-differ-in-their-isotopic-signature-or-photosynthetic-capacity
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Sandra Varga, Minna-Maarit Kytöviita
In gynodioecious plants, females are expected to produce more or better seeds than hermaphrodites in order to be maintained within the same population. Even though rarely measured, higher seed production can be achieved through differences in physiology. In this work, we measured sexual dimorphism in several physiological traits in the gynodioecious plant Geranium sylvaticum. Photosynthetic rate, stomatal conductivity, transpiration rate, water use efficiency and isotopic signatures were measured in plants growing in two habitats differing in light availability...
July 25, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736566/genome-wide-linkage-and-association-mapping-of-halo-blight-resistance-in-common-bean-to-race-6-of-the-globally-important-bacterial-pathogen
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Andrew J Tock, Deidré Fourie, Peter G Walley, Eric B Holub, Alvaro Soler, Karen A Cichy, Marcial A Pastor-Corrales, Qijian Song, Timothy G Porch, John P Hart, Renato C C Vasconcellos, Joana G Vicente, Guy C Barker, Phillip N Miklas
Pseudomonas syringae pv. phaseolicola (Psph) Race 6 is a globally prevalent and broadly virulent bacterial pathogen with devastating impact causing halo blight of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). Common bean lines PI 150414 and CAL 143 are known sources of resistance against this pathogen. We constructed high-resolution linkage maps for three recombinant inbred populations to map resistance to Psph Race 6 derived from the two common bean lines. This was complemented with a genome-wide association study (GWAS) of Race 6 resistance in an Andean Diversity Panel of common bean...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736287/novel-approach-for-selective-reduction-of-nnn-in-cigarette-tobacco-filler-and-mainstream-smoke
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M Lusso, I Gunduz, A Kondylis, G Jaccard, L Ruffieux, F Gadani, K Lion, A Adams, W Morris, T Danielson, U Warek, J Strickland
Research conducted during past decades to reduce the level of the tobacco specific nitrosamine N-nitrosonornicotine (NNN) and its precursor nornicotine in tobacco yielded identification of three tobacco genes encoding for cytochrome P450 nicotine demethylases converting nicotine to nornicotine. We carried out trials to investigate the effect of using tobaccos containing three non-functional nicotine demethylase genes on the selective reduction of NNN in cigarette tobacco filler and mainstream smoke. Our results indicate that the presence of non-functional alleles of the three genes reduces the level of nornicotine and NNN in Burley tobacco by 70% compared to the level observed in currently available low converter (LC) Burley tobacco varieties...
July 20, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725391/explaining-naturalization-and-invasiveness-new-insights-from-historical-ornamental-plant-catalogs
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Claude Lavoie, Simon Joly, Alexandre Bergeron, Geneviève Guay, Elisabeth Groeneveld
We identified plant attributes associated with naturalization and invasiveness using century-old ornamental plant catalogs from Québec (Canada). We tested the hypothesis that naturalization is determined by fewer factors than invasiveness, as the latter also requires dispersal, which introduces additional complexity. The approach we used took into account not only plant attributes as explanatory factors, but also propagule pressure, while accounting for phylogenetic relationships among species. Museum collections were used, in combination with scientific journal databases, to assess invasiveness...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725367/the-effect-of-seed-traits-on-geographic-variation-in-body-size-and-sexual-size-dimorphism-of-the-seed-feeding-beetle-acanthoscelides-macrophthalmus
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Eloísa B Haga, Marcelo N Rossi
Explaining large-scale patterns of variation in body size has been considered a central question in ecology and evolutionary biology because several life-history traits are directly linked to body size. For ectothermic organisms, little is known about what processes influence geographic variation in body size. Changes in body size and sexual size dimorphism (SSD) have been associated with environmental variables, particularly for Bruchinae insects, which feed exclusively on seeds during the larval stage. However, the effect of important seed traits on body size variation has rarely been investigated, and whether SSD varies substantially among populations within bruchine species is poorly known...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725364/interspecific-variation-in-persistence-of-buried-weed-seeds-follows-trade-offs-among-physiological-chemical-and-physical-seed-defenses
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Adam S Davis, Xianhui Fu, Brian J Schutte, Mark A Berhow, James W Dalling
Soil seedbanks drive infestations of annual weeds, yet weed management focuses largely on seedling mortality. As weed seedbanks increasingly become reservoirs of herbicide resistance, species-specific seedbank management approaches will be essential to weed control. However, the development of seedbank management strategies can only develop from an understanding of how seed traits affect persistence.We quantified interspecific trade-offs among physiological, chemical, and physical traits of weed seeds and their persistence in the soil seedbank in a common garden study...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725362/negative-correlation-between-altitudes-and-oxygen-isotope-ratios-of-seeds-exploring-its-applicability-to-assess-vertical-seed-dispersal
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Shoji Naoe, Ichiro Tayasu, Takashi Masaki, Shinsuke Koike
Vertical seed dispersal, which plays a key role in plant escape and/or expansion under climate change, was recently evaluated for the first time using negative correlation between altitudes and oxygen isotope ratio of seeds. Although this method is innovative, its applicability to other plants is unknown. To explore the applicability of the method, we regressed altitudes on δ(18)O of seeds of five woody species constituting three families in temperate forests in central Japan. Because climatic factors, including temperature and precipitation that influence δ(18)O of plant materials, demonstrate intensive seasonal fluctuation in the temperate zone, we also evaluated the effect of fruiting season of each species on δ(18)O of seeds using generalized linear mixed models (GLMM)...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724070/marker-trait-association-analysis-of-iron-and-zinc-concentration-in-lentil-lens-culinaris-medik-seeds
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Hamid Khazaei, Rajib Podder, Carolyn T Caron, Shudhangshu S Kundu, Marwan Diapari, Albert Vandenberg, Kirstin E Bett
Lentil ( Medik.) seeds are relatively rich in iron (Fe) and zinc (Zn), making lentil a potential crop to aid in the global battle against human micronutrient deficiency. Understanding the genetic basis for uptake of seed Fe and Zn is required to increase sustainable concentrations of these minerals in seeds. The objectives of this study were to characterize genetic variation in seed Fe and Zn concentration and to identify molecular markers associated with these traits across diverse lentil accessions. A set of 138 cultivated lentil accessions from 34 countries were evaluated in four environments (2 sites × 2 yr) in Saskatchewan, Canada...
July 2017: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724069/a-distinct-genetic-cluster-in-cultivated-chickpea-as-revealed-by-genome-wide-marker-discovery-and-genotyping
#9
Stefano Pavan, Concetta Lotti, Angelo R Marcotrigiano, Rosa Mazzeo, Nicoletta Bardaro, Valentina Bracuto, Francesca Ricciardi, Francesca Taranto, Nunzio D'Agostino, Adalgisa Schiavulli, Claudio De Giovanni, Cinzia Montemurro, Gabriella Sonnante, Luigi Ricciardi
The accurate description of plant biodiversity is of utmost importance to efficiently address efforts in conservation genetics and breeding. Herein, we report the successful application of a genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) approach in chickpea ( L.), resulting in the characterization of a cultivated germplasm collection with 3187 high-quality single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers. Genetic structure inference, principal component analysis, and hierarchical clustering all indicated the identification of a genetic cluster corresponding to black-seeded genotypes traditionally cultivated in Southern Italy...
July 2017: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723912/ginger-and-the-beetle-evidence-of-primitive-pollination-system-in-a-himalayan-endemic-alpine-ginger-roscoea-alpina-zingiberaceae
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Babu Ram Paudel, Mani Shrestha, Adrian G Dyer, Qing-Jun Li
The Himalayan endemic alpine genus Roscoea, like other members of ginger family, exhibits the combination of floral traits that would fit pollination by long distant foragers such as bees, birds or flies. We studied the pollination biology of Roscoea alpina, observed potential floral visitors and determined their foraging behaviour, visitation frequency and pollination efficiency, to seek evidence in support of the pollination syndrome hypothesis. We also measured the floral spectra of R. alpina flowers to evaluate if signals fit with the currently known framework for observed floral visitors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723902/seed-size-and-its-rate-of-evolution-correlate-with-species-diversification-across-angiosperms
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Javier Igea, Eleanor F Miller, Alexander S T Papadopulos, Andrew J Tanentzap
Species diversity varies greatly across the different taxonomic groups that comprise the Tree of Life (ToL). This imbalance is particularly conspicuous within angiosperms, but is largely unexplained. Seed mass is one trait that may help clarify why some lineages diversify more than others because it confers adaptation to different environments, which can subsequently influence speciation and extinction. The rate at which seed mass changes across the angiosperm phylogeny may also be linked to diversification by increasing reproductive isolation and allowing access to novel ecological niches...
July 19, 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717123/fungal-infestation-boosts-fruit-aroma-and-fruit-removal-by-mammals-and-birds
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Josep E Peris, Ana Rodríguez, Leandro Peña, José María Fedriani
For four decades, an influential hypothesis has posited that competition for food resources between microbes and vertebrates selects for microbes to alter these resources in ways that make them unpalatable to vertebrates. We chose an understudied cross kingdom interaction to experimentally evaluate the effect of fruit infection by fungi on both vertebrate (mammals and birds) fruit preferences and on ecologically relevant fruit traits (volatile compounds, toughness, etc). Our well-replicated field experiments revealed that, in contrast to previous studies, frugivorous mammals and birds consistently preferred infested over intact fruits...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715081/molecular-constraints-on-resistance-tolerance-tradeoffs
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J Miles Mesa, Daniel R Scholes, Jack Juvik, Ken N Paige
Plants have numerous mechanisms to cope with the negative effects of herbivory, including plant resistance, structural and chemical traits that reduce damage, and plant tolerance, the ability to compensate for tissues lost. It has been argued that resistance and tolerance represent alternate strategies and thus there should be a tradeoff between resistance and tolerance. However, resistance and tolerance are controlled via the same molecular pathway, the oxidative pentose phosphate pathway and the process of endoreduplication...
July 17, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713412/the-emerging-oilseed-crop-sesamum-indicum-enters-the-omics-era
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Komivi Dossa, Diaga Diouf, Linhai Wang, Xin Wei, Yanxin Zhang, Mareme Niang, Daniel Fonceka, Jingyin Yu, Marie A Mmadi, Louis W Yehouessi, Boshou Liao, Xiurong Zhang, Ndiaga Cisse
Sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) is one of the oldest oilseed crops widely grown in Africa and Asia for its high-quality nutritional seeds. It is well adapted to harsh environments and constitutes an alternative cash crop for smallholders in developing countries. Despite its economic and nutritional importance, sesame is considered as an orphan crop because it has received very little attention from science. As a consequence, it lags behind the other major oil crops as far as genetic improvement is concerned. In recent years, the scenario has considerably changed with the decoding of the sesame nuclear genome leading to the development of various genomic resources including molecular markers, comprehensive genetic maps, high-quality transcriptome assemblies, web-based functional databases and diverse daft genome sequences...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712501/gene-editing-in-polyploid-crops-wheat-camelina-canola-potato-cotton-peanut-sugar-cane-and-citrus
#15
Donald P Weeks
Polyploid crops make up a significant portion of the major food and fiber crops of the world and include wheat, potato, cotton, apple, peanut, citrus, and brassica oilseeds such as rape, canola, and Camelina. The presence of three sets of chromosomes in triploids, four sets in tetraploids, and six sets in hexaploids present significant challenges to conventional plant breeding and, potentially, to efficient use of rapidly emerging gene and genome-editing systems such as zinc finger nucleases, single-stranded oligonucleotides, TALE effector nucleases, and clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR/Cas9)...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710696/mesocotyl-elongation-is-essential-for-seedling-emergence-under-deep-seeding-condition-in-rice
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Hyun-Sook Lee, Kazuhiro Sasaki, Ju-Won Kang, Tadashi Sato, Won-Yong Song, Sang-Nag Ahn
BACKGROUND: Direct-seeding cultivation by deep-seeding of seeds (drill seeding) is becoming popular due to the scarcity of land and labor. However, poor emergence and inadequate seedling establishment can lead to yield loss in direct-seeding cultivation by deep-sowing. In rice, mesocotyl and coleoptile are primarily responsible for seedling emergence from deeper levels of soil. RESULTS: Quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for mesocotyl and coleoptile length at 5-cm seeding depth were detected using 98 backcross inbred lines from a cross between Kasalath and Nipponbare...
December 2017: Rice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710386/seed-coat-thinning-during-horsegram-macrotyloma-uniflorum-domestication-documented-through-synchrotron-tomography-of-archaeological-seeds
#17
Charlene Murphy, Dorian Q Fuller
Reduction of seed dormancy mechanisms, allowing for rapid germination after planting, is a recurrent trait in domesticated plants, and can often be linked to changes in seed coat structure, in particular thinning. We report evidence for seed coat thinning between 2,000 BC and 1,200 BC, in southern Indian archaeological horsegram (Macrotyloma uniflorum), which it has been possible to document with high precision and non-destructively, through high resolution x-ray computed tomography using a synchrotron...
July 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706524/evaluation-of-wild-lentil-species-as-genetic-resources-to-improve-drought-tolerance-in-cultivated-lentil
#18
Linda Y Gorim, Albert Vandenberg
Increasingly unpredictable annual rainfall amounts and distribution patterns have far reaching implications for pulse crop biology. Seedling and whole plant survival will be affected given that water is a key factor in plant photosynthesis and also influences the evolving disease spectrum that affects crops. The wild relatives of cultivated lentil are native to drought prone areas, making them good candidates for the evaluation of drought tolerance traits. We evaluated root and shoot traits of genotypes of cultivated lentil and five wild species grown under two water deficit regimes as well as fully watered conditions over a 13 week period indoors...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704449/postfire-responses-of-the-woody-flora-of-central-chile-insights-from-a-germination-experiment
#19
Susana Gómez-González, Susana Paula, Lohengrin A Cavieres, Juli G Pausas
Fire is a selective agent shaping plant traits and community assembly in fire-prone ecosystems. However, in ecosystems with no fire history, it can be a cause of land degradation when it is suddenly introduced by humans, as plant species may not be able to respond to such novel disturbance. Unlike other Mediterranean-type ecosystems (MTE) of the world, natural fires have not been frequent during the Quaternary in the matorral of Central Chile, and thus, plant adaptive responses are expected to be uncommon. We evaluated the effect of heat shock on seed survival and germination of 21 native woody plants of the Chilean matorral and compiled information on smoke-stimulation and resprouting, to evaluate the importance of fire-adaptive responses in the context of the other MTE...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701220/identification-of-qtl-with-large-effect-on-seed-weight-in-a-selective-population-of-soybean-with-genome-wide-association-and-fixation-index-analyses
#20
Long Yan, Nicolle Hofmann, Shuxian Li, Marcio Elias Ferreira, Baohua Song, Guoliang Jiang, Shuxin Ren, Charles Quigley, Edward Fickus, Perry Cregan, Qijian Song
BACKGROUND: Soybean seed weight is not only a yield component, but also a critical trait for various soybean food products such as sprouts, edamame, soy nuts, natto and miso. Linkage analysis and genome-wide association study (GWAS) are two complementary and powerful tools to connect phenotypic differences to the underlying contributing loci. Linkage analysis is based on progeny derived from two parents, given sufficient sample size and biological replication, it usually has high statistical power to map alleles with relatively small effect on phenotype, however, linkage analysis of the bi-parental population can't detect quantitative trait loci (QTL) that are fixed in the two parents...
July 12, 2017: BMC Genomics
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