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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735388/epigenetics-and-rna-processing-connections-to-drought-salt-and-aba
#1
Min May Wong, Geeng Loo Chong, Paul E Verslues
There have been great research advances in epigenetics, RNA splicing, and mRNA processing over recent years. In parallel, there have been many advances in abiotic stress and Abscisic Acid (ABA) signaling. Here we overview studies that have examined stress-induced changes in the epigenome and RNA processing as well as cases where disrupting these processes changes the plant response to abiotic stress. We also highlight some examples where specific connections of stress or ABA signaling to epigenetics or RNA processing have been found...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734097/first-report-of-ser653-asn-mutation-endowing-high-level-resistance-to-imazamox-in-downy-brome-bromus-tectorum-l
#2
Vipan Kumar, Prashant Jha
BACKGROUND: Bromus tectorum L. is one of the most troublesome grass weed species in cropland and non-cropland areas of the northwestern United States. In summer 2016, a B. tectroum accession (R) that survived imazamox at the field-use rate (44 g ha(-1) ) in an imidazolinone-tolerant (IMI-tolerant or Clearfield(™) ) winter wheat field was collected near Hammond, Carter County, MT, USA. The aim of this study was to determine the resistance profile of the B. tectroum R accession to imazamox and other ALS inhibitors, and investigate the mechanism of resistance to imazamox...
July 22, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733885/a-simple-and-rapid-in-vitro-test-for-large-scale-screening-of-fungal-endophytes-from-drought-adapted-australian-wild-plants-for-conferring-water-deprivation-tolerance-and-growth-promotion-in-nicotiana-benthamiana-seedlings
#3
Khondoker M G Dastogeer, Hua Li, Krishnapillai Sivasithamparam, Michael G K Jones, Stephen J Wylie
Some fungal endophytes confer novel phenotypes and enhance existing ones in plants, including tolerance to water deprivation stress. A range of fungal endophytes was isolated from wild Nicotiana plants growing in arid parts of northern Australia. These were screened for ability to enhance water deprivation stress tolerance by inoculating seedlings of the model plant N. benthamiana in two in vitro tests. Sixty-eight endophyte isolates were co-cultivated with N. benthamiana seedlings on either damp filter paper or on agar medium before being subjected to water deprivation...
July 21, 2017: Archives of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733387/linking-auxin-biosynthesis-with-photosynthetic-rate-via-leaf-venation
#4
Scott A M McAdam, Morgane P Eléouët, Melanie Best, Timothy John Brodribb, Madeline Rose Carins Murphy, Sam David Cook, Marion Dalmais, Theodore Dimitriou, Ariane Gelinas-Marion, Warwick M Gill, Matthew Hegarty, Julie M I Hofer, Mary Maconochie, Erin L McAdam, Peter McGuiness, David S Nichols, John J Ross, Frances C Sussmilch, Shelley Urquhart
Land plants lose vast quantities of water to the atmosphere during photosynthetic gas exchange. In angiosperms a complex network of veins irrigates the leaf, and it is widely held that the density and placement of these veins determines maximum leaf hydraulic capacity and thus maximum photosynthetic rate. This theory is largely based on interspecific comparisons and has never been tested using vein mutants to examine the specific impact of leaf vein morphology on plant water relations. Here we characterise mutants at the Crispoid (Crd) locus in Pisum sativum, which have altered auxin homeostasis and activity in developing leaves, as well as reduced leaf vein density and aberrant placement of free-ending veinlets...
July 21, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732146/medicago-truncatula-zinc-iron-permease6-provides-zinc-to-rhizobia-infected-nodule-cells
#5
Isidro Abreu, Ángela Saéz, Rosario Castro-Rodríguez, Viviana Escudero, Benjamín Rodríguez-Haas, Marta Senovilla, Camille Larue, Daniel Grolimund, Manuel Tejada-Jiménez, Juan Imperial, Manuel González-Guerrero
Zinc is a micronutrient required for symbiotic nitrogen fixation. It has been proposed that in model legume Medicago truncatula, zinc is delivered by the root vasculature into the nodule and released in the infection/differentiation zone. There, transporters must introduce this element into rhizobia-infected cells to metallate the apoproteins that use zinc as a cofactor. MtZIP6 (Medtr4g083570) is a M. truncatula Zinc-Iron Permease (ZIP) that is expressed only in roots and nodules, with the highest expression levels in the infection/differentiation zone...
July 21, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731285/plant-infection-by-two-different-viruses-induce-contrasting-changes-of-vectors-fitness-and-behavior
#6
Quentin Chesnais, Aude Couty, Maryline Uzest, Véronique Brault, Arnaud Ameline
Insect-vectored plant viruses can induce changes in plant phenotypes, thus influencing plant-vector interactions in a way that may promote their dispersal according to their mode of transmission (i.e. circulative vs. non-circulative). This indirect vector manipulation requires host-virus-vector co-evolution and would thus be effective solely in very specific plant-virus-vector species associations. Some studies suggest this manipulation may depend on multiple factors relative to various intrinsic characteristics of vectors such as transmission efficiency...
July 21, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730873/physiological-traits-determining-yield-tolerance-of-wheat-to-foliar-diseases
#7
Femke van den Berg, Neil Paveley, I J Bingham, Frank van den Bosch
Tolerance is defined as the ability of one cultivar to yield more than another cultivar, under similar disease severity. If both cultivars suffer an equal loss in healthy (green) leaf area duration (HAD) over the grain filling period due to disease presence, then the yield loss per unit HAD loss is smaller for a more tolerant cultivar. Little is understood of what physiological and developmental traits of cultivars determine disease tolerance. In this study we use a mathematical model of wheat to investigate the effect of a wide range of wheat phenotypes on tolerance...
July 21, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730411/sugary-endosperm-is-modulated-by-starch-branching-enzyme-iia-in-rice-oryza-sativa-l
#8
Yunjoo Lee, Min-Seon Choi, Gileung Lee, Su Jang, Mi-Ra Yoon, Backki Kim, Rihua Piao, Mi-Ok Woo, Joong Hyoun Chin, Hee-Jong Koh
BACKGROUND: Starch biosynthesis is one of the most important pathways that determine both grain quality and yield in rice (Oryza sativa L.). Sugary endosperm, sugary-1 (sug-1), is a mutant trait for starch biosynthesis. Rice plants carrying sug-1 produce grains that accumulate water-soluble carbohydrates instead of starch, even after maturity. Although this trait enhances the diversity of grain quality, sugary endosperm rice has hardly been commercialized due to the severely wrinkled grains and subsequent problems in milling...
December 2017: Rice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725234/major-novel-qtl-for-resistance-to-cassava-bacterial-blight-identified-through-a-multi-environmental-analysis
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Johana C Soto Sedano, Rubén E Mora Moreno, Boby Mathew, Jens Léon, Fabio A Gómez Cano, Agim Ballvora, Camilo E López Carrascal
Cassava, Manihot esculenta Crantz, has been positioned as one of the most promising crops world-wide representing the staple security for more than one billion people mainly in poor countries. Cassava production is constantly threatened by several diseases, including cassava bacterial blight (CBB) caused by Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. manihotis (Xam), it is the most destructive disease causing heavy yield losses. Here, we report the detection and localization on the genetic map of cassava QTL (Quantitative Trait Loci) conferring resistance to CBB...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724084/comparison-of-models-and-whole-genome-profiling-approaches-for-genomic-enabled-prediction-of-septoria-tritici-blotch-stagonospora-nodorum-blotch-and-tan-spot-resistance-in-wheat
#10
Philomin Juliana, Ravi P Singh, Pawan K Singh, Jose Crossa, Jessica E Rutkoski, Jesse A Poland, Gary C Bergstrom, Mark E Sorrells
The leaf spotting diseases in wheat that include Septoria tritici blotch (STB) caused by , Stagonospora nodorum blotch (SNB) caused by , and tan spot (TS) caused by pose challenges to breeding programs in selecting for resistance. A promising approach that could enable selection prior to phenotyping is genomic selection that uses genome-wide markers to estimate breeding values (BVs) for quantitative traits. To evaluate this approach for seedling and/or adult plant resistance (APR) to STB, SNB, and TS, we compared the predictive ability of least-squares (LS) approach with genomic-enabled prediction models including genomic best linear unbiased predictor (GBLUP), Bayesian ridge regression (BRR), Bayes A (BA), Bayes B (BB), Bayes Cπ (BC), Bayesian least absolute shrinkage and selection operator (BL), and reproducing kernel Hilbert spaces markers (RKHS-M), a pedigree-based model (RKHS-P) and RKHS markers and pedigree (RKHS-MP)...
July 2017: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724079/single-step-genomic-and-pedigree-genotype-%C3%A3-environment-interaction-models-for-predicting-wheat-lines-in-international-environments
#11
Paulino Pérez-Rodríguez, José Crossa, Jessica Rutkoski, Jesse Poland, Ravi Singh, Andrés Legarra, Enrique Autrique, Gustavo de Los Campos, Juan Burgueño, Susanne Dreisigacker
Genomic prediction models have been commonly used in plant breeding but only in reduced datasets comprising a few hundred genotyped individuals. However, pedigree information for an entire breeding population is frequently available, as are historical data on the performance of a large number of selection candidates. The single-step method extends the genomic relationship information from genotyped individuals to pedigree information from a larger number of phenotyped individuals in order to combine relationship information on all members of the breeding population...
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
#12
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/28723902/seed-size-and-its-rate-of-evolution-correlate-with-species-diversification-across-angiosperms
#13
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/28722115/transcriptional-profiling-of-mechanically-and-genetically-sink-limited-soybeans
#14
Anne V Brown, Karen A Hudson
The absence of a reproductive sink causes physiological and morphological changes in soybean plants. These include increased accumulation of nitrogen and starch in the leaves and delayed leaf senescence. To identify transcriptional changes that occur in leaves of these sink-limited plants, we used RNAseq to compare gene expression levels in trifoliate leaves from depodded and ms6 male sterile soybean plants and control plants. In both sink-limited tissues, we observed a deferral of the expression of senescence-associated genes and a continued expression of genes associated with leaf maturity...
July 19, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721188/trait-variation-along-elevation-gradients-in-a-dominant-woody-shrub-is-population-specific-and-driven-by-plasticity
#15
Alix A Pfennigwerth, Joseph K Bailey, Jennifer A Schweitzer
Elevation gradients are frequently used as space-for-time substitutions to infer species' trait responses to climate change. However, studies rarely investigate whether trait responses to elevation are widespread or population-specific within a species, and the relative genetic and plastic contributions to such trait responses may not be well understood. Here, we examine plant trait variation in the dominant woody shrub, Rhododendron maximum, along elevation gradients in three populations in the South Central Appalachian Mountains, USA, in both field and common garden environments...
July 2017: AoB Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720840/positioning-of-the-scrambled-receptor-requires-udp-glc-sterol-glucosyltransferase-80b1-in-arabidopsis-roots
#16
Victoria G Pook, Meera Nair, KookHui Ryu, James C Arpin, John Schiefelbein, Kathrin Schrick, Seth DeBolt
The biological function of sterol glucosides (SGs), the most abundant sterol derivatives in higher plants, remains uncertain. In an effort to improve our understanding of these membrane lipids we examined phenotypes exhibited by the roots of Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) lines carrying insertions in the UDP-Glc:sterol glucosyltransferase genes, UGT80A2 and UGT80B1. We show that although ugt80A2 mutants exhibit significantly lower levels of total SGs they are morphologically indistinguishable from wild-type plants...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720596/elongator-regulates-hypocotyl-growth-in-darkness-and-during-photomorphogenesis
#17
Magdalena Woloszynska, Olimpia Gagliardi, Filip Vandenbussche, Steven De Groeve, Luis Alonso Baez, Pia Neyt, Sabine Le Gall, Jorge Fung, Paloma Mas, Dominique Van Der Straeten, Mieke Van Lijsebettens
Elongator promotes RNA polymerase II-mediated transcript elongation through epigenetic activities such as histone acetylation. Elongator regulates growth, development, immune response, sensitivity to drought and abscisic acid. We demonstrate that elo mutants exhibit defective hypocotyl elongation but have a normal apical hook in darkness and are hyposensitive to light during photomorphogenesis. These elo phenotypes are supported by transcriptome changes, i.e. downregulation of circadian clock components, positive regulators of skoto- or photomorphogenesis, hormonal pathways and cell wall biogenesis-related factors...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719638/combination-of-twelve-alleles-at-six-quantitative-trait-loci-determines-grain-weight-in-rice
#18
Yuxiang Zeng, Junsheng Shi, Zhijuan Ji, Zhihua Wen, Yan Liang, Changdeng Yang
Grain weight, which is controlled by quantitative trait loci (QTLs), is one of the most important determinants of rice yield. Although many QTLs for grain weight have been identified, little is known about how different alleles in different QTLs coordinate to determine grain weight. In the present study, six grain-weight-QTLs were detected in seven mapping populations (two F2, one F3, and four recombinant inbred lines) developed by crossing 'Lemont', a United States japonica variety, with 'Yangdao 4', a Chinese indica variety...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719628/salt-tolerant-and-sensitive-alfalfa-medicago-sativa-cultivars-have-large-variations-in-defense-responses-to-the-lepidopteran-insect-spodoptera-litura-under-normal-and-salt-stress-condition
#19
Yunting Lei, Qing Liu, Christian Hettenhausen, Guoyan Cao, Qing Tan, Weiye Zhao, Honghui Lin, Jianqiang Wu
In nature, plants are often exposed to multiple stress factors at the same time. Yet, little is known about how plants modulate their physiology to counteract simultaneous abiotic and biotic stresses, such as soil salinity and insect herbivory. In this study, insect performance bioassays, phytohormone measurements, quantification of transcripts, and protein determination were employed to study the phenotypic variations of two alfalfa (Medicago sativa) cultivars in response to insect Spodoptera litura feeding under normal and salt stress condition...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718885/virulence-determines-beneficial-trade-offs-in-the-response-of-virus-infected-plants-to-drought-via-induction-of-salicylic-acid
#20
Emmanuel Aguilar, Carmen Cutrona, Francisco J Del Toro, José G Vallarino, Sonia Osorio, María Luisa Pérez-Bueno, Matilde Barón, Bong-Nam Chung, Tomás Canto, Francisco Tenllado
It has been hypothesized that plants can get beneficial trade-offs from viral infections when grown under drought conditions. However, experimental support for a positive correlation between virus-induced drought tolerance and increased host fitness is scarce. We investigated whether increased virulence exhibited by the synergistic interaction involving Potato virus X (PVX) and Plum pox virus (PPV) improves tolerance to drought and host fitness in Nicotiana benthamiana and Arabidopsis thaliana. Infection by the pair PPV/PVX and by PPV expressing the virulence protein P25 of PVX conferred an enhanced drought-tolerant phenotype compared to single infections with either PPV or PVX...
July 18, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
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