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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178932/variability-among-cucurbitaceae-species-melon-cucumber-and-watermelon-in-a-genomic-region-containing-a-cluster-of-nbs-lrr-genes
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Jordi Morata, Pere Puigdomènech
BACKGROUND: Cucurbitaceae species contain a significantly lower number of genes coding for proteins with similarity to plant resistance genes belonging to the NBS-LRR family than other plant species of similar genome size. A large proportion of these genes are organized in clusters that appear to be hotspots of variability. The genomes of the Cucurbitaceae species measured until now are intermediate in size (between 350 and 450 Mb) and they apparently have not undergone any genome duplications beside those at the origin of eudicots...
February 8, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143404/conservation-and-diversification-of-the-mir166-family-in-soybean-and-potential-roles-of-newly-identified-mir166s
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Xuyan Li, Xin Xie, Ji Li, Yuhai Cui, Yanming Hou, Lulu Zhai, Xiao Wang, Yanli Fu, Ranran Liu, Shaomin Bian
BACKGROUND: microRNA166 (miR166) is a highly conserved family of miRNAs implicated in a wide range of cellular and physiological processes in plants. miR166 family generally comprises multiple miR166 members in plants, which might exhibit functional redundancy and specificity. The soybean miR166 family consists of 21 members according to the miRBase database. However, the evolutionary conservation and functional diversification of miR166 family members in soybean remain poorly understood...
February 1, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137747/2b-or-not-2b-experimental-evolution-of-functional-exogenous-sequences-in-a-plant-rna-virus
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Anouk Willemsen, Mark P Zwart, Silvia Ambrós, José L Carrasco, Santiago F Elena
Horizontal gene transfer (HGT) is pervasive in viruses, and thought to be a key mechanism in their evolution. On the other hand, strong selective constraints against increasing genome size are an impediment for HGT, rapidly purging horizontally transferred sequences and thereby potentially hindering evolutionary innovation. Here we explore experimentally the evolutionary fate of viruses with simulated HGT events, using the plant RNA virus Tobacco etch virus (TEV), by separately introducing two functional, exogenous sequences to its genome...
January 30, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119199/whole-genome-sequence-of-the-soybean-aphid-aphis-glycines
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Jacob A Wenger, Bryan J Cassone, Fabrice Legeai, J Spencer Johnston, Raman Bansal, Ashley D Yates, Brad S Coates, Vitor A C Pavinato, Andy Michel
Aphids are emerging as model organisms for both basic and applied research. Of the 5,000 estimated species, only three aphids have published whole genome sequences: the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum, the Russian wheat aphid, Diuraphis noxia, and the green peach aphid, Myzus persicae. We present the whole genome sequence of a fourth aphid, the soybean aphid (Aphis glycines), which is an extreme specialist and an important invasive pest of soybean (Glycine max). The availability of genomic resources is important to establish effective and sustainable pest control, as well as to expand our understanding of aphid evolution...
January 22, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114894/evolutional-dynamics-of-45s-and-5s-ribosomal-dna-in-ancient-allohexaploid-atropa-belladonna
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Roman A Volkov, Irina I Panchuk, Nikolai V Borisjuk, Marta Hosiawa-Baranska, Jolanta Maluszynska, Vera Hemleben
BACKGROUND: Polyploid hybrids represent a rich natural resource to study molecular evolution of plant genes and genomes. Here, we applied a combination of karyological and molecular methods to investigate chromosomal structure, molecular organization and evolution of ribosomal DNA (rDNA) in nightshade, Atropa belladonna (fam. Solanaceae), one of the oldest known allohexaploids among flowering plants. Because of their abundance and specific molecular organization (evolutionarily conserved coding regions linked to variable intergenic spacers, IGS), 45S and 5S rDNA are widely used in plant taxonomic and evolutionary studies...
January 23, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105941/the-loss-of-photosynthetic-pathways-in-the-plastid-and-nuclear-genomes-of-the-non-photosynthetic-mycoheterotrophic-eudicot-monotropa-hypopitys
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Nikolai V Ravin, Eugeny V Gruzdev, Alexey V Beletsky, Alexander M Mazur, Egor B Prokhortchouk, Mikhail A Filyushin, Elena Z Kochieva, Vitaly V Kadnikov, Andrey V Mardanov, Konstantin G Skryabin
BACKGROUND: Chloroplasts of most plants are responsible for photosynthesis and contain a conserved set of about 110 genes that encode components of housekeeping gene expression machinery and photosynthesis-related functions. Heterotrophic plants obtaining nutrients from other organisms and their plastid genomes represent model systems in which to study the effects of relaxed selective pressure on photosynthetic function. The most evident is a reduction in the size and gene content of the plastome, which correlates with the loss of genes encoding photosynthetic machinery which become unnecessary...
November 16, 2016: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102350/manipulation-of-auxin-response-factor-19-affects-seed-size-in-the-woody-perennial-jatropha-curcas
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Yanwei Sun, Chunming Wang, Ning Wang, Xiyuan Jiang, Huizhu Mao, Changxiang Zhu, Fujiang Wen, Xianghua Wang, Zhijun Lu, Genhua Yue, Zengfu Xu, Jian Ye
Seed size is a major determinant of seed yield but few is known about the genetics controlling of seed size in plants. Phytohormones cytokinin and brassinosteroid were known to be involved in the regulation of herbaceous plant seed development. Here we identified a homolog of Auxin Response Factor 19 (JcARF19) from a woody plant Jatropha curcas and genetically demonstrated its functions in controlling seed size and seed yield. Through Virus Induced Gene Silencing (VIGS), we found that JcARF19 was a positive upstream modulator in auxin signaling and may control plant organ size in J...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100707/the-rla1-smos1-transcription-factor-functions-with-osbzr1-to-regulate-brassinosteroid-signaling-and-rice-architecture
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Shenglong Qiao, Shiyong Sun, Linlin Wang, Zhihua Wu, Chengxiang Li, Xiaoming Li, Tao Wang, Linna Leng, Weisheng Tian, Tiegang Lu, Xuelu Wang
Brassinosteroids (BRs) are plant-specific steroid hormones that control plant growth and development. Recent studies have identified key components of the BR signaling pathway in Arabidopsis thaliana and in rice (Oryza sativa); however, the mechanism of BR signaling in rice, especially downstream of GSK3/SHAGGY-like kinase (GSK2), remains unclear. Here we identified a BR-insensitive rice mutant, reduced leaf angle 1 (rla1), and cloned the corresponding gene. RLA1 was identical to the previously reported SMALL ORGAN SIZE 1 (SMOS1) which was cloned from another allele...
January 18, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097785/down-regulation-of-bnda1-whose-gene-locus-is-associated-with-the-seeds-weight-improves-the-seeds-weight-and-organ-size-in-brassica-napus
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Jie-Li Wang, Min-Qiang Tang, Sheng Chen, Xiang-Feng Zheng, Hui-Xian Mo, Sheng-Jun Li, Zheng Wang, Ke-Ming Zhu, Li-Na Ding, Sheng-Yi Liu, Yun-Hai Li, Xiao-Li Tan
Brassica napus L. is an important oil crop worldwide, and is the main raw material for biofuel. Seed weight and seed size are the main contributors to seed yield. DA1 (DA means big in Chinese) is an ubiquitin receptor and negatively regulates seed size. Down-regulation of AtDA1 in Arabidopsis leads to larger seeds and organs by increasing cell proliferation in integuments. In this study, BnDA1was down-regulated in B. napus by over expressed of AtDA1(R358K) , which is a functional deficiency of DA1 with an arginine-to-lysine mutation at the 358(th) amino acid...
January 17, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097059/the-complete-chloroplast-genome-sequence-of-an-endemic-monotypic-genus-hagenia-rosaceae-structural-comparative-analysis-gene-content-and-microsatellite-detection
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Andrew W Gichira, Zhizhong Li, Josphat K Saina, Zhicheng Long, Guangwan Hu, Robert W Gituru, Qingfeng Wang, Jinming Chen
Hagenia is an endangered monotypic genus endemic to the topical mountains of Africa. The only species, Hagenia abyssinica (Bruce) J.F. Gmel, is an important medicinal plant producing bioactive compounds that have been traditionally used by African communities as a remedy for gastrointestinal ailments in both humans and animals. Complete chloroplast genomes have been applied in resolving phylogenetic relationships within plant families. We employed high-throughput sequencing technologies to determine the complete chloroplast genome sequence of H...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096190/gain-of-function-mutants-of-the-cytokinin-receptors-ahk2-and-ahk3-regulate-plant-organ-size-flowering-time-and-plant-longevity
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Isabel Bartrina, Helen Jensen, Ondrej Novak, Miroslav Strnad, Tomas Werner, Thomas Schmülling
The phytohormone cytokinin is a regulator of numerous processes in plants. In Arabidopsis thaliana, the cytokinin signal is perceived by three membrane-located receptors named ARABIDOPSIS HISTIDINE KINASE2 (AHK2), AHK3 and AHK4/CRE1. How the signal is transmitted across the membrane is an entirely unknown process. The three receptors have been shown to operate mostly in a redundant fashion and only very few specific roles have been attributed to single receptors. Using a forward genetic approach, we isolated constitutively active gain-of-function variants of the AHK2 and AHK3 genes, named repressor of cytokinin deficiency2 (rock2) and rock3, respectively...
January 17, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091587/bacillus-volatiles-adversely-affect-the-physiology-and-ultra-structure-of-ralstonia-solanacearum-and-induce-systemic-resistance-in-tobacco-against-bacterial-wilt
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Hafiz Abdul Samad Tahir, Qin Gu, Huijun Wu, Yuedi Niu, Rong Huo, Xuewen Gao
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) produced by various bacteria have significant potential to enhance plant growth and to control phytopathogens. Six of the most effective antagonistic Bacillus spp. were used in this study against Ralstonia solanacearum (Rsc) TBBS1, the causal agent of bacterial wilt disease in tobacco. Bacillus amyloliquefaciens FZB42 and Bacillus artrophaeus LSSC22 had the strongest inhibitory effect against Rsc. Thirteen VOCs produced by FZB42 and 10 by LSSC22 were identified using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071749/tomato-progeny-inherit-resistance-to-the-nematode-meloidogyne-javanica-linked-to-plant-growth-induced-by-the-biocontrol-fungus-trichoderma-atroviride
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Hugo Agripino de Medeiros, Jerônimo Vieira de Araújo Filho, Leandro Grassi de Freitas, Pablo Castillo, María Belén Rubio, Rosa Hermosa, Enrique Monte
Root-knot nematodes (RKN) are major crop pathogens worldwide. Trichoderma genus fungi are recognized biocontrol agents and a direct activity of Trichoderma atroviride (Ta) against the RKN Meloidogyne javanica (Mj), in terms of 42% reduction of number of galls (NG), 60% of number of egg masses and 90% of number of adult nematodes inside the roots, has been observed in tomato grown under greenhouse conditions. An in vivo split-root designed experiment served to demonstrate that Ta induces systemic resistance towards Mj, without the need for the organisms to be in direct contact, and significantly reduces NG (20%) and adult nematodes inside tomato roots (87%)...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069545/small-organ-size-1-and-small-organ-size-2-dwarf-and-low-tillering-form-a-complex-to-integrate-auxin-and-brassinosteroid-signaling-in-rice
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Ko Hirano, Hideki Yoshida, Koichiro Aya, Mayuko Kawamura, Makoto Hayashi, Tokunori Hobo, Kanna Sato-Izawa, Hidemi Kitano, Miyako Ueguchi-Tanaka, Makoto Matsuoka
Although auxin and brassinosteroid (BR) synergistically control various plant responses, the underlying molecular mechanism of auxin-BR crosstalk is not well understood. We previously identified SMOS1, an auxin-regulated APETALA2-type transcription factor (TF), as the causal gene of the small organ size 1 (smos1) mutant that is characterized by a decreased final size of various organs. In this study we identified another smos mutant, smos2, which shows a phenotype indistinguishable from smos1. SMOS2 was identical to the previously reported DWARF AND LOW-TILLERING (DLT), which encodes a GRAS protein involved in BR signaling...
January 6, 2017: Molecular Plant
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068913/microrna-157-targeted-spl-genes-regulate-floral-organ-size-and-ovule-production-in-cotton
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Nian Liu, Lili Tu, Lichen Wang, Haiyan Hu, Jiao Xu, Xianlong Zhang
BACKGROUND: microRNAs (miRNAs) have been involved in regulation of diverse spectrum of plant development processes in many species. In cotton, few miRNAs have been well characterised in floral organ development. Floral organ, which should be finely tuned, is a crucial factor affecting the yield of cotton. Therefore, it is well worth revealing the function of miRNAs in regulation of floral organ development. Here, we report the role of miRNA156/157 in regulation of floral organ size in cotton...
January 10, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028460/life-history-and-past-demography-maintain-genetic-structure-outcrossing-rate-contemporary-pollen-gene-flow-of-an-understory-herb-in-a-highly-fragmented-rainforest
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Pilar Suárez-Montes, Mariana Chávez-Pesqueira, Juan Núñez-Farfán
INTRODUCTION: Theory predicts that habitat fragmentation, by reducing population size and increasing isolation among remnant populations, can alter their genetic diversity and structure. A cascade of effects is expected: genetic drift and inbreeding after a population bottleneck, changes in biotic interactions that may affect, as in the case of plants, pollen dynamics, mating system, reproductive success. The detection of the effects of contemporary habitat fragmentation on the genetic structure of populations are conditioned by the magnitude of change, given the few number of generations since the onset of fragmentation, especially for long-lived organisms...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024298/genome-sequence-and-genetic-diversity-of-european-ash-trees
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Elizabeth S A Sollars, Andrea L Harper, Laura J Kelly, Christine M Sambles, Ricardo H Ramirez-Gonzalez, David Swarbreck, Gemy Kaithakottil, Endymion D Cooper, Cristobal Uauy, Lenka Havlickova, Gemma Worswick, David J Studholme, Jasmin Zohren, Deborah L Salmon, Bernardo J Clavijo, Yi Li, Zhesi He, Alison Fellgett, Lea Vig McKinney, Lene Rostgaard Nielsen, Gerry C Douglas, Erik Dahl Kjær, J Allan Downie, David Boshier, Steve Lee, Jo Clark, Murray Grant, Ian Bancroft, Mario Caccamo, Richard J A Buggs
Ash trees (genus Fraxinus, family Oleaceae) are widespread throughout the Northern Hemisphere, but are being devastated in Europe by the fungus Hymenoscyphus fraxineus, causing ash dieback, and in North America by the herbivorous beetle Agrilus planipennis. Here we sequence the genome of a low-heterozygosity Fraxinus excelsior tree from Gloucestershire, UK, annotating 38,852 protein-coding genes of which 25% appear ash specific when compared with the genomes of ten other plant species. Analyses of paralogous genes suggest a whole-genome duplication shared with olive (Olea europaea, Oleaceae)...
December 26, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018385/chloroplast-genome-sequence-of-pigeonpea-cajanus-cajan-l-millspaugh-and-cajanus-scarabaeoides-l-thouars-genome-organization-and-comparison-with-other-legumes
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Tanvi Kaila, Pavan K Chaduvla, Swati Saxena, Kaushlendra Bahadur, Santosh J Gahukar, Ashok Chaudhury, T R Sharma, N K Singh, Kishor Gaikwad
Pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan (L.) Millspaugh), a diploid (2n = 22) legume crop with a genome size of 852 Mbp, serves as an important source of human dietary protein especially in South East Asian and African regions. In this study, the draft chloroplast genomes of Cajanus cajan and Cajanus scarabaeoides (L.) Thouars were generated. Cajanus scarabaeoides is an important species of the Cajanus gene pool and has also been used for developing promising CMS system by different groups. A male sterile genotype harboring the C...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018377/an-lrr-malectin-receptor-like-kinase-mediates-resistance-to-non-adapted-and-adapted-powdery-mildew-fungi-in-barley-and-wheat
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Jeyaraman Rajaraman, Dimitar Douchkov, Götz Hensel, Francesca L Stefanato, Anna Gordon, Nelzo Ereful, Octav F Caldararu, Andrei-Jose Petrescu, Jochen Kumlehn, Lesley A Boyd, Patrick Schweizer
Pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) belonging to the multigene family of receptor-like kinases (RLKs) are the sensing devices of plants for microbe- or pathogen-associated molecular patterns released from microbial organisms. Here we describe Rnr8 (for Required for non-host resistance 8) encoding HvLEMK1, a LRR-malectin domain-containing transmembrane RLK that mediates non-host resistance of barley to the non-adapted wheat powdery mildew fungus Blumeria graminis f.sp. tritici. Transgenic barley lines with silenced HvLEMK1 allow entry and colony growth of the non-adapted pathogen, although sporulation was reduced and final colony size did not reach that of the adapted barley powdery mildew fungus B...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011129/fast-and-sensitive-in-vivo-studies-under-controlled-environmental-conditions-to-substitute-long-term-field-trials-with-genetically-modified-plants
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Patricia Horn, André Schlichting, Christel Baum, Ute Hammesfahr, Sören Thiele-Bruhn, Peter Leinweber, Inge Broer
We introduce an easy, fast and effective method to analyze the influence of genetically modified (GM) plants on soil and model organisms in the laboratory to substitute laborious and time consuming field trials. For the studies described here we focused on two GM plants of the so-called 3rd generation: GM plants producing pharmaceuticals (PMP) and plant made industrials (PMI). Cyanophycin synthetase (cphA) was chosen as model for PMI and Choleratoxin B (CTB) as model for PMP. The model genes are expressed in transgenic roots of composite Vicia hirsuta plants grown in petri dishes for semi-sterile growth or small containers filled with non-sterile soil...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
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