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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231290/mapping-the-sensory-perception-of-apple-using-descriptive-sensory-evaluation-in-a-genome-wide-association-study
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Beatrice Amyotte, Amy J Bowen, Travis Banks, Istvan Rajcan, Daryl J Somers
Breeding apples is a long-term endeavour and it is imperative that new cultivars are selected to have outstanding consumer appeal. This study has taken the approach of merging sensory science with genome wide association analyses in order to map the human perception of apple flavour and texture onto the apple genome. The goal was to identify genomic associations that could be used in breeding apples for improved fruit quality. A collection of 85 apple cultivars was examined over two years through descriptive sensory evaluation by a trained sensory panel...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228765/field-performance-of-transgenic-sugarcane-lines-resistant-to-sugarcane-mosaic-virus
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Wei Yao, Miaohong Ruan, Lifang Qin, Chuanyu Yang, Rukai Chen, Baoshan Chen, Muqing Zhang
Sugarcane mosaic disease is mainly caused by the sugarcane mosaic virus (SCMV), which can significantly reduce stalk yield and sucrose content of sugarcane in the field. Coat protein mediated protection (CPMP) is an effective strategy to improve virus resistance. A 2-year field study was conducted to compare five independent transgenic sugarcane lines carrying the SCMV-CP gene (i.e., B2, B36, B38, B48, and B51) with the wild-type parental clone Badila (WT). Agronomic performance, resistance to SCMV infection, and transgene stability were evaluated and compared with the wild-type parental clone Badila (WT) at four experimental locations in China across two successive seasons, i...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228687/reproductive-biology-and-variation-of-nuclear-ribosomal-its-and-ets-sequences-in-the-calligonum-mongolicum-complex-polygonaceae
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Wei Shi, Jun Wen, Yanfeng Zhao, Gabriel Johnson, Borong Pan
To explore the biosystematics of the Calligonum mongolicum complex (Polygonaceae), the flowering phenological period, breeding and pollination characters and seed set of the complex (Calligonum Mongolicum Turze, Calligonum chinense A. Los., Calligonum gobicum A. Los., Calligonum pumilum A. Los. and Calligonum zaidamense A. Los.) were documented in the Turpan Eremophyte Botanical Garden, China. The sequences of the nuclear ribosomal ITS and ETS region were employed to differentiate the Calligonum mongolicum complex and other species in sect...
2017: PhytoKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228439/loss-of-pollen-specific-phospholipase-not-like-dad-triggers-gynogenesis-in-maize
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Laurine M Gilles, Abdelsabour Khaled, Jean-Baptiste Laffaire, Sandrine Chaignon, Ghislaine Gendrot, Jérôme Laplaige, Hélène Bergès, Genséric Beydon, Vincent Bayle, Pierre Barret, Jordi Comadran, Jean-Pierre Martinant, Peter M Rogowsky, Thomas Widiez
Gynogenesis is an asexual mode of reproduction common to animals and plants, in which stimuli from the sperm cell trigger the development of the unfertilized egg cell into a haploid embryo. Fine mapping restricted a major maize QTL (quantitative trait locus) responsible for the aptitude of inducer lines to trigger gynogenesis to a zone containing a single gene NOT LIKE DAD (NLD) coding for a patatin-like phospholipase A. In all surveyed inducer lines, NLD carries a 4-bp insertion leading to a predicted truncated protein...
February 22, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228142/change-in-anopheles-richness-and-composition-in-response-to-artificial-flooding-during-the-creation-of-the-jirau-hydroelectric-dam-in-porto-velho-brazil
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Moreno S Rodrigures, Elis P Batista, Alexandre A Silva, Fábio M Costa, Verissimo A S Neto, Luiz Herman S Gil
BACKGROUND: Anopheles mosquitoes are the only vectors of human malaria. Anopheles species use standing water as breeding sites. Human activities, like the creation of an artificial lake during the implementation of hydroelectric power plants, lead to changes in environmental characteristics and, therefore, may changes the species richness and composition of Anopheles mosquitoes. The aim of the present study was to verify whether or not there is an association between the artificial flooding resulting from the construction of the Jirau hydroelectric power plant, and the richness and composition of anophelines...
February 22, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226236/new-strategies-and-tools-in-quantitative-genetics-how-to-go-from-the-phenotype-to-the-genotype
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C Bazakos, M Hanemian, C Trontin, J M Jiménez-Gómez, O Loudet
Quantitative genetics has a long history in plants: It has been used to study specific biological processes, identify the factors important for trait evolution, and breed new crop varieties. These classical approaches to quantitative trait locus mapping have naturally improved with technology. In this review, we show how quantitative genetics has evolved recently in plants and how new developments in phenotyping, population generation, sequencing, gene manipulation, and statistics are rejuvenating both the classical linkage mapping approaches (for example, through nested association mapping) as well as the more recently developed genome-wide association studies...
February 6, 2017: Annual Review of Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226230/genomics-physiology-and-molecular-breeding-approaches-for-improving-salt-tolerance
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Abdelbagi M Ismail, Tomoaki Horie
Salt stress reduces land and water productivity and contributes to poverty and food insecurity. Increased salinization caused by human practices and climate change is progressively reducing agriculture productivity despite escalating calls for more food. Plant responses to salt stress are fairly well understood, involving numerous critical processes that are each controlled by multiple genes. Knowledge of the critical mechanisms controlling salt uptake and exclusion from functioning tissues, signaling of salt stress, and the arsenal of protective metabolites is advancing...
February 22, 2017: Annual Review of Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225201/edible-insects-in-china-utilization-and-prospects
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Ying Feng, Xiao-Ming Chen, Min Zhao, Zhao He, Long Sun, Cheng-Ye Wang, Wei-Feng Ding
The use of edible insects has a long history in China, where they have been consumed for more than two thousand years. In general, the level of acceptance is high for the consumption of insects in China. Many studies on edible insects have been conducted in the last twenty years, and the scope of the research includes the culture of entomophagy and the identification, nutritional value, farming and breeding of edible insects, in addition to food production and safety. Currently, 324 species of insects from 11 orders are documented that are either edible or associated with entomophagy in China, which include the common edible species, some less commonly consumed species, and some medicinal insects...
February 22, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223996/untargeted-metabotyping-lolium-perenne-reveals-population-level-variation-in-plant-flavonoids-and-alkaloids
#9
Mingshu Cao, Karl Fraser, Chris Jones, Alan Stewart, Thomas Lyons, Marty Faville, Brent Barrett
Metabolomics provides a powerful platform to characterize plants at the biochemical level, allowing a search for underlying genes and associations with higher level complex traits such as yield and nutritional value. Efficient and reliable methods to characterize metabolic variation in economically important species are considered of high value to the evaluation and prioritization of germplasm and breeding lines. In this investigation, a large-scale metabolomic survey was performed on a collection of diverse perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222695/evolution-and-expression-of-the-fructokinase-gene-family-in-saccharum
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Yihong Chen, Qing Zhang, Weichang Hu, Xingtan Zhang, Liming Wang, Xiuting Hua, Qingyi Yu, Ray Ming, Jisen Zhang
BACKGROUND: Sugarcane is an important sugar crop contributing up to about 80% of the world sugar production. Efforts to characterize the genes involved in sugar metabolism at the molecular level are growing since increasing sugar content is a major goal in the breeding of new sugarcane varieties. Fructokinases (FRK) are the main fructose phosphorylating enzymes with high substrate specificity and affinity. RESULTS: In this study, by combining comparative genomics approaches with BAC resources, seven fructokinase genes were identified in S...
February 21, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222234/transcriptome-analysis-of-the-brassica-napus-leptosphaeria-maculans-pathosystem-identifies-receptor-signalling-and-structural-genes-underlying-plant-resistance
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Michael G Becker, Xuehua Zhang, Philip L Walker, Joey C Wan, Jenna L Millar, Deirdre Khan, Matthew J Granger, Jacob D Cavers, Ainsley C Chan, Dilantha W G Fernando, Mark F Belmonte
The hemibiotrophic fungal pathogen Leptosphaeria maculans is the causal agent of blackleg disease in Brassica napus (canola, oilseed rape) and causes significant yield loss worldwide. While genetic resistance has been used to mitigate the disease using traditional breeding strategies, there is little knowledge about the genes contributing to blackleg resistance. RNA sequencing and a streamlined bioinformatics pipeline identified unique genes and plant defense pathways specific to plant resistance in the B. napus-L...
February 21, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220489/international-survey-on-the-use-and-welfare-of-zebrafish-danio-rerio-in-research
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K Lidster, G D Readman, M J Prescott, S F Owen
A survey was conducted regarding zebrafish Danio rerio use for scientific research with a focus on: anaesthesia and euthanasia; housing and husbandry; breeding and production; refinement opportunities. A total of 98 survey responses were received from laboratories in 22 countries in Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Australia. There appears a clear and urgent need to identify the most humane methods of anaesthesia and euthanasia. Aversive responses to MS-222 were widely observed raising concerns about the use of this anaesthetic for D...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220438/methods-to-quantify-pamp-triggered-oxidative-burst-map-kinase-phosphorylation-gene-expression-and-lignification-in-brassicas
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Simon R Lloyd, Christopher J Ridout, Henk-Jan Schoonbeek
Quantitative disease resistance (QDR) based on PAMP-triggered immunity (PTI) could be durable and effective against many pathogens (broad spectrum). Development of methods to evaluate PTI responses in crops could therefore accelerate breeding for durable QDR. Most PTI-studies involved model plants such as Arabidopsis and Nicotiana benthamiana or cell cultures, and cannot be directly applied to diverse germplasm of crop plants.We developed methods to measure PTI in Brassica crop species (Lloyd et al., Mol Plant Microbe Interact 27:286-295, 2014) which we have elaborated and expanded here to enable their use for screening and evaluating germplasm for potential QDR in breeding programs...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220132/identification-of-marker-trait-associations-for-lint-traits-in-cotton
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Muhammad A Iqbal, Mehboob-Ur- Rahman
Harvesting high quality lint, a long-awaited breeding goal-accomplished partly, can be achieved by identifying DNA markers which could be used for diagnosing cotton plants containing the desired traits. In the present studies, a total of 185 cotton genotypes exhibiting diversity for lint traits were selected from a set of 546 genotypes evaluated for fiber traits in 2009. These genotypes were extensively studied for three consecutive years (2011-2013) at three different locations. Significant genetic variations were found for average boll weight, ginning out turn (GOT), micronaire value, staple length, fiber bundle strength, and uniformity index...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220131/plant-stress-responses-and-phenotypic-plasticity-in-the-epigenomics-era-perspectives-on-the-grapevine-scenario-a-model-for-perennial-crop-plants
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Ana M Fortes, Philippe Gallusci
Epigenetic marks include Histone Post-Translational Modifications and DNA methylation which are known to participate in the programming of gene expression in plants and animals. These epigenetic marks may be subjected to dynamic changes in response to endogenous and/or external stimuli and can have an impact on phenotypic plasticity. Studying how plant genomes can be epigenetically shaped under stressed conditions has become an essential issue in order to better understand the molecular mechanisms underlying plant stress responses and enabling epigenetic in addition to genetic factors to be considered when breeding crop plants...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220130/drought-induced-changes-in-growth-osmolyte-accumulation-and-antioxidant-metabolism-of-three-maize-hybrids
#16
Shakeel A Anjum, Umair Ashraf, Mohsin Tanveer, Imran Khan, Saddam Hussain, Babar Shahzad, Ali Zohaib, Farhat Abbas, Muhammad F Saleem, Iftikhar Ali, Long C Wang
Consequences of drought stress in crop production systems are perhaps more deleterious than other abiotic stresses under changing climatic scenarios. Regulations of physio-biochemical responses of plants under drought stress can be used as markers for drought stress tolerance in selection and breeding. The present study was conducted to appraise the performance of three different maize hybrids (Dong Dan 80, Wan Dan 13, and Run Nong 35) under well-watered, low, moderate and SD conditions maintained at 100, 80, 60, and 40% of field capacity, respectively...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219468/in-situ-and-in-vitro-ruminal-starch-degradation-of-grains-from-different-rye-triticale-and-barley-genotypes
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J Krieg, N Seifried, H Steingass, M Rodehutscord
In recent years, advances in plant breeding were achieved, which potentially led to modified nutritional values of cereal grains. The present study was conducted in order to obtain a broad overview of ruminal digestion kinetics of rye, triticale and barley grains, and to highlight differences between the grain species. In total, 20 genotypes of each grain species were investigated using in situ and in vitro methods. Samples were ground (2 mm), weighed into polyester bags, and incubated in situ 1 to 48 h in three ruminally cannulated lactating dairy cows...
February 21, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218981/the-genetic-architecture-of-amino-acids-dissection-by-association-and-linkage-analysis-in-maize
#18
Min Deng, Dongqin Li, Jingyun Luo, Yingjie Xiao, Haijun Liu, Qingchun Pan, Xuehai Zhang, Minliang Jin, Mingchao Zhao, Jianbing Yan
Amino acids are both constituents of proteins, providing the essential nutrition for humans and animals, and signaling molecules regulating the growth and development of plants. Most cultivars of maize are deficient in essential amino acids such as lysine and tryptophan. Here, we measured the levels of 17 different total amino acids, and created 48 derived traits in mature kernels from a maize diversity inbred collection and three recombinant inbred line (RIL) populations. By GWAS, 247 and 281 significant loci were identified in two different environments, 5...
February 20, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213475/wheat-landrace-genome-diversity
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Luzie U Wingen, Claire West, Michelle Leverington-Waite, Sarah Collier, Simon Orford, Richard Goram, Cai-Yun Yang, Julie King, Alexandra M Allen, Amanda Burridge, Keith J Edwards, Simon Griffiths
Understanding the genomic complexity of bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) is a cornerstone in the quest to unravel the processes of domestication and the following adaptation of domesticated wheat to a wide variety of environments across the globe. Additionally, it is of importance for future improvement of the crop, particularly in the light of climate change. Focussing on the adaptation after domestication, a nested association mapping (NAM) panel of 60 segregating bi-parental populations were developed mainly involving landrace accessions from the core set of the Watkins hexaploid wheat collection optimized for genetic diversity (WINGEN et al...
February 17, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212324/differential-gene-expression-in-the-meristem-and-during-early-fruit-growth-of-pisum-sativum-l-identifies-potential-targets-for-breeding
#20
Annu Smitha Ninan, Anish Shah, Jiancheng Song, Paula E Jameson
For successful molecular breeding it is important to identify targets to the gene family level, and in the specific species of interest, in this case Pisum sativum L. The cytokinins have been identified as a key breeding target due to their influence on plant architecture, and on seed size and sink activity. We focused on the cytokinin biosynthetic gene family (the IPTs) and the gene family key to the destruction of cytokinins (the CKXs), as well as other gene families potentially affected by changing cytokinin levels...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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