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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549175/selfing-in-haploid-plants-and-efficacy-of-selection-codon-usage-bias-in-the-model-moss-physcomitrella-patens
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Péter Szövényi, Kristian K Ullrich, Stefan A Rensing, Daniel Lang, Nico van Gessel, Hans K Stenøien, Elena Conti, Ralf Reski
Long term reduction in effective population size will lead to major shift in genome evolution. In particular, when effective population size is small, genetic drift becomes dominant over natural selection. The onset of self-fertilization is one evolutionary event considerably reducing effective size of populations. Theory predicts that this reduction should be more dramatic in organisms capable for haploid than for diploid selfing. Although theoretically well-grounded, this assertion received mixed experimental support...
May 26, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548657/the-endobacterium-of-an-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungus-modulates-the-expression-of-its-toxin-antitoxin-systems-during-the-life-cycle-of-its-host
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Alessandra Salvioli di Fossalunga, Justine Lipuma, Francesco Venice, Laurence Dupont, Paola Bonfante
Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are widespread root symbionts that perform important ecological services, such as improving plant nutrient and water acquisition. Some AMF from the Gigasporaceae family host a population of endobacteria, Candidatus Glomeribacter gigasporarum (Cagg). The analysis of the Cagg genome identified six putative toxin-antitoxin modules (TAs), consisting of pairs of stable toxins and unstable antitoxins that affect diverse physiological functions. Sequence analysis suggested that these TA modules were acquired by horizontal transfer...
May 26, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547583/genome-wide-identification-and-characterization-of-phospholipase-c-gene-family-in-cotton-gossypium-spp
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Bing Zhang, Yanmei Wang, Jin-Yuan Liu
Phospholipase C (PLC) are important regulatory enzymes involved in several lipid and Ca(2+)-dependent signaling pathways. Previous studies have elucidated the versatile roles of PLC genes in growth, development and stress responses of many plants, however, the systematic analyses of PLC genes in the important fiber-producing plant, cotton, are still deficient. In this study, through genome-wide survey, we identified twelve phosphatidylinositol-specific PLC (PI-PLC) and nine non-specific PLC (NPC) genes in the allotetraploid upland cotton Gossypium hirsutum and nine PI-PLC and six NPC genes in two diploid cotton G...
May 19, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547376/nonribosomal-peptides-and-polyketides-of-burkholderia-new-compounds-potentially-implicated-in-biocontrol-and-pharmaceuticals
#4
Qassim Esmaeel, Maude Pupin, Philippe Jacques, Valérie Leclère
Bacteria belonging to the genus Burkholderia live in various ecological niches and present a significant role in the environments through the excretion of a wide variety of secondary metabolites including modular nonribosomal peptides (NRPs) and polyketides (PKs). These metabolites represent a widely distributed biomedically and biocontrol important class of natural products including antibiotics, siderophores, and anticancers as well as biopesticides that are considered as a novel source that can be used to defend ecological niche from competitors and to promote plant growth...
May 25, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546498/draft-genome-sequence-of-microbacterium-foliorum-strain-122-isolated-from-a-plant-growing-in-a-chronically-hydrocarbon-contaminated-site
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Rhea Lumactud, Roberta Fulthorpe, Vladimir Sentchilo, Jan Roelof van der Meer
Microbacterium foliorum strain 122 is a bacterial endophyte isolated from a Dactylis glomerata plant growing in a natural oil seep soil located in Oil Springs, Ontario, Canada. We present here a draft genome sequence of an endophytic strain that has promising potential in hydrocarbon degradation and plant growth promotion.
May 25, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546478/draft-genome-sequence-of-the-mycoparasitic-oomycete-pythium-oligandrum-strain-cbs-530-74
#6
Sandeep K Kushwaha, Ramesh R Vetukuri, Laura J Grenville-Briggs
The oomycete Pythium oligandrum is a mycoparasite and licenced biological control agent. Here, we report the draft genome sequence of P. oligandrum strain CBS 530.74, which is 36.80 Mb. It contains 341 scaffolds and 11,647 predicted protein-coding genes. As reported for plant-pathogenic Pythium species, RXLR-type effector sequences are absent.
May 25, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546474/draft-genome-sequence-of-rhodococcus-sp-strain-66b
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Louise F Thatcher, Cindy A Myers, Cathryn A O'Sullivan, Margaret M Roper
We report here the draft genome sequence and annotation of Rhodococcus sp. strain 66b isolated from the soil of southwest Western Australia. This strain exhibits a range of bioactivities, including plant growth promotion, biosurfactant production, and wax degradation. Whole-genome sequencing was conducted to uncover the underlying mechanisms.
May 25, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546435/a-simple-pipeline-for-mapping-point-mutations
#8
Guy Wachsman, Jennifer L Modliszewski, Manuel Valdes, Philip N Benfey
A forward genetic screen is one of the best methods for revealing the function of genes. In plants, this technique is highly efficient as it is relatively easy to grow and screen hundreds or thousands of individuals. The cost-efficiency and ease of data production afforded by next-generation sequencing has created new opportunities for rapid mapping of induced mutations. Current mapping tools are often not user-friendly, complicated, or require extensive preparation steps. To simplify the process of mapping new mutations, we developed a pipeline that takes next generation sequencing fastq files as input, calls on several well-established and freely available genome-analysis tools, and outputs the most likely causal DNA changes...
May 25, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546386/assessment-of-gene-flow-between-gossypium-hirsutum-and-gossypium-herbaceum-evidence-of-unreduced-gametes-in-the-diploid-progenitor
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E Montes, O Coriton, F Eber, V Huteau, J M Lacape, C Reinhardt, D Marais, J L Hofs, A M Chèvre, C Pannetier
In the framework of a gene flow assessment, we investigated the natural hybridization rate between Gossypium hirsutum (AADD genome) and G. herbaceum (AA genome). The latter species, a diploid progenitor of G. hirsutum, is spontaneously present in South Africa. Reciprocal crosses were performed without emasculation between G. herbaceum and G. hirsutum Neither examination of the morphological characteristics nor flow cytometry analysis of the 335 plants resulting from the G. hirsutum x G. herbaceum cross showed any hybrid features...
May 25, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546126/role-of-xyloglucan-in-cotton-gossypium-hirsutum-l-fiber-elongation-of-the-short-fiber-mutant-ligon-lintless-2-li2
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Marina Naoumkina, Doug J Hinchliffe, David D Fang, Christopher B Florane, Gregory N Thyssen
Xyloglucan is a matrix polysaccharide found in the cell walls of all land plants. In growing cells, xyloglucan is thought to connect cellulose microfibrils and regulate their separation during wall extension. Ligon lintless-2 (Li2) is a monogenic dominant cotton fiber mutation that causes extreme reduction in lint fiber length with no pleiotropic effects on vegetative growth. Li2 represents an excellent model system to study fiber elongation. To understand the role of xyloglucan in cotton fiber elongation we used the short fiber mutant Li2 and its near isogenic wild type for analysis of xyloglucan content and expression of xyloglucan-related genes in developing fibers...
May 22, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545854/transcriptome-wide-identification-of-host-genes-targeted-by-tomato-spotted-wilt-virus-derived-small-interfering-rnas
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Shunmugiah V Ramesh, Sarah Williams, Madhu Kappagantu, Neena Mitter, Hanu R Pappu
RNA silencing mechanism functions as a major defense against invading viruses. The caveat in the RNA silencing mechanism is that the effector small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) act on any RNA transcripts with sequence complementarity irrespective of target's origin. A subset of highly expressed viral small interfering RNAs (vsiRNAs) derived from the tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV; Tospovirus: Bunyaviridae) genome was analyzed for their propensity to downregulate the tomato transcriptome. A total of 11898 putative target sites on tomato transcripts were found to exhibit a propensity for down regulation by TSWV-derived vsiRNAs...
May 22, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545405/genetic-complexity-of-miscanthus-cell-wall-composition-and-biomass-quality-for-biofuels
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Tim van der Weijde, Claire L Alvim Kamei, Edouard I Severing, Andres F Torres, Leonardo D Gomez, Oene Dolstra, Chris A Maliepaard, Simon J McQueen-Mason, Richard G F Visser, Luisa M Trindade
BACKGROUND: Miscanthus sinensis is a high yielding perennial grass species with great potential as a bioenergy feedstock. One of the challenges that currently impedes commercial cellulosic biofuel production is the technical difficulty to efficiently convert lignocellulosic biomass into biofuel. The development of feedstocks with better biomass quality will improve conversion efficiency and the sustainability of the value-chain. Progress in the genetic improvement of biomass quality may be substantially expedited by the development of genetic markers associated to quality traits, which can be used in a marker-assisted selection program...
May 25, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545396/transcriptomic-resources-for-the-medicinal-legume-mucuna-pruriens-de-novo-transcriptome-assembly-annotation-identification-and-validation-of-est-ssr-markers
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N Sathyanarayana, Ranjith Kumar Pittala, Pankaj Kumar Tripathi, Ratan Chopra, Heikham Russiachand Singh, Vikas Belamkar, Pardeep Kumar Bhardwaj, Jeff J Doyle, Ashley N Egan
BACKGROUND: The medicinal legume Mucuna pruriens (L.) DC. has attracted attention worldwide as a source of the anti-Parkinson's drug L-Dopa. It is also a popular green manure cover crop that offers many agronomic benefits including high protein content, nitrogen fixation and soil nutrients. The plant currently lacks genomic resources and there is limited knowledge on gene expression, metabolic pathways, and genetics of secondary metabolite production. Here, we present transcriptomic resources for M...
May 25, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545148/mitochondrial-genome-evolution-in-alismatales-size-reduction-and-extensive-loss-of-ribosomal-protein-genes
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Gitte Petersen, Argelia Cuenca, Athanasios Zervas, Gregory T Ross, Sean W Graham, Craig F Barrett, Jerrold I Davis, Ole Seberg
The order Alismatales is a hotspot for evolution of plant mitochondrial genomes characterized by remarkable differences in genome size, substitution rates, RNA editing, retrotranscription, gene loss and intron loss. Here we have sequenced the complete mitogenomes of Zostera marina and Stratiotes aloides, which together with previously sequenced mitogenomes from Butomus and Spirodela, provide new evolutionary evidence of genome size reduction, gene loss and transfer to the nucleus. The Zostera mitogenome includes a large portion of DNA transferred from the plastome, yet it is the smallest known mitogenome from a non-parasitic plant...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544449/metagenomic-based-impact-study-of-transgenic-grapevine-rootstock-on-its-associated-virome-and-soil-bacteriome
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Jean-Michel Hily, Sandrine Demanèche, Nils Poulicard, Mélanie Tannières, Samia Djennane, Monique Beuve, Emmanuelle Vigne, Gérard Demangeat, Véronique Komar, Claude Gertz, Aurélie Marmonier, Caroline Hemmer, Sophie Vigneron, Armelle Marais, Thierry Candresse, Pascal Simonet, Olivier Lemaire
For some crops, the only possible approach to gain a specific trait requires genome modification. The development of virus-resistant transgenic plants based on the pathogen-derived resistance strategy has been a success story for over three decades. However, potential risks associated with the technology, such as horizontal gene transfer (HGT) of any part of the transgene to an existing gene pool, have been raised. Here, we report no evidence of any undesirable impacts of genetically modified (GM) grapevine rootstock on its biotic environment...
May 25, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543189/rapid-radiations-of-both-kiwifruit-hybrid-lineages-and-their-parents-shed-light-on-a-two-layer-mode-of-species-diversification
#16
Yifei Liu, Dawei Li, Qiong Zhang, Chi Song, Caihong Zhong, Xudong Zhang, Ying Wang, Xiaohong Yao, Zupeng Wang, Shaohua Zeng, Ying Wang, Yangtao Guo, Shuaibin Wang, Xinwei Li, Li Li, Chunyan Liu, Honour C McCann, Weiming He, Yan Niu, Min Chen, Liuwen Du, Junjie Gong, Paul M Datson, Elena Hilario, Hongwen Huang
Reticulate speciation caused by interspecific hybridization is now recognized as an important mechanism in the creation of biological diversity. However, depicting the patterns of phylogenetic networks for lineages that have undergone interspecific gene flow is challenging. Here we sequenced 25 taxa representing natural diversity in the genus Actinidia with an average mapping depth of 26× on the reference genome to reconstruct their reticulate history. We found evidence, including significant gene tree discordance, cytonuclear conflicts, and changes in genome-wide heterozygosity across taxa, collectively supporting extensive reticulation in the genus...
May 25, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542624/pathogenic-seedborne-viruses-are-rare-but-phaseolus-vulgaris-endornaviruses-are-common-in-bean-varieties-grown-in-nicaragua-and-tanzania
#17
Noora Nordenstedt, Delfia Marcenaro, Daudi Chilagane, Beatrice Mwaipopo, Minna-Liisa Rajamäki, Susan Nchimbi-Msolla, Paul J R Njau, Deusdedith R Mbanzibwa, Jari P T Valkonen
Common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) is an annual grain legume that was domesticated in Mesoamerica (Central America) and the Andes. It is currently grown widely also on other continents including Africa. We surveyed seedborne viruses in new common bean varieties introduced to Nicaragua (Central America) and in landraces and improved varieties grown in Tanzania (eastern Africa). Bean seeds, harvested from Nicaragua and Tanzania, were grown in insect-controlled greenhouse or screenhouse, respectively, to obtain leaf material for virus testing...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542519/characterization-of-the-whole-chloroplast-genome-of-chikusichloa-mutica-and-its-comparison-with-other-rice-tribe-oryzeae-species
#18
Zhiqiang Wu, Cuihua Gu, Luke R Tembrock, Dong Zhang, Song Ge
Chloroplast genomes are a significant genomic resource in plant species and have been used in many research areas. The complete genomic information from wild crop species could supply a valuable genetic reservoir for breeding. Chikusichloa mutica is one of the most important wild distant relatives of cultivated rice. In this study, we sequenced and characterized its complete chloroplast (cp) genome and compared it with other species in the same tribe. The whole cp genome sequence is 136,603 bp in size and exhibits a typical quadripartite structure with large and small single-copy regions (LSC, 82,327 bp; SSC, 12,598 bp) separated by a pair of 20,839-bp inverted repeats (IRA, B)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542451/mapping-genes-for-resistance-to-stripe-rust-in-spring-wheat-landrace-pi-480035
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Jinita Sthapit Kandel, Vandhana Krishnan, Derick Jiwan, Xianming Chen, Daniel Z Skinner, Deven R See
Stripe rust caused by Puccinia striiformis Westend. f. sp. tritici Erikks. is an economically important disease of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Hexaploid spring wheat landrace PI 480035 was highly resistant to stripe rust in the field in Washington during 2011 and 2012. The objective of this research was to identify quantitative trait loci (QTL) for stripe rust resistance in PI 480035. A spring wheat, "Avocet Susceptible" (AvS), was crossed with PI 480035 to develop a biparental population of 110 recombinant inbred lines (RIL)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542427/fine-mapping-and-candidate-gene-analysis-of-qtac8-a-major-quantitative-trait-locus-controlling-tiller-angle-in-rice-oryza-sativa-l
#20
Jiwai He, Gaoneng Shao, Xiangjin Wei, Fenglin Huang, Zhonghua Sheng, Shaoqing Tang, Peisong Hu
Rice tiller angle is an important agronomic trait that contributes to crop production and plays a vital role in high yield breeding. In this study, a recombinant inbred line (RIL) population derived from the cross of a glabrous tropical japonica rice D50 and an indica rice HB277, was used to investigate quantitative trait loci (QTLs) controlling rice tiller angle. Two major QTLs, qTAC8 and qTAC9, were detected. While qTAC9 mapped with a previously identified gene (TAC1), using a BC2F2 population qTAC8 was mapped to a 16...
2017: PloS One
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