Genetics and crop biotechnology

Section edited by Elizabeth Jean Finnegan

This section considers studies in advances in crop biotechnology as well as the inheritance and variation and all other aspects of genetics in relation to plant biology.

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  1. Research article

    Self-(in)compatibility in apricot germplasm is controlled by two major loci, S and M

    Apricot (Prunus armeniaca L.) exhibits a gametophytic self-incompatibility (GSI) system and it is mostly considered as a self-incompatible species though numerous self-compatible exceptions occur. These are mainl...

    Juan Vicente Muñoz-Sanz, Elena Zuriaga, Inmaculada López, María L. Badenes and Carlos Romero

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:82

    Published on: 26 April 2017

  2. Research article

    Production of BP178, a derivative of the synthetic antibacterial peptide BP100, in the rice seed endosperm

    BP178 peptide is a synthetic BP100-magainin derivative possessing strong inhibitory activity against plant pathogenic bacteria, offering a great potential for future applications in plant protection and other ...

    Laura Montesinos, Mireia Bundó, Esther Badosa, Blanca San Segundo, María Coca and Emilio Montesinos

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:63

    Published on: 14 March 2017

  3. Research article

    Identification and characterization of an efficient acyl-CoA: diacylglycerol acyltransferase 1 (DGAT1) gene from the microalga Chlorella ellipsoidea

    Oil in the form of triacylglycerols (TAGs) is quantitatively the most important storage form of energy for eukaryotic cells. Diacylglycerol acyltransferase (DGAT) is considered the rate-limiting enzyme for TAG...

    Xuejie Guo, Chengming Fan, Yuhong Chen, Jingqiao Wang, Weibo Yin, Richard R. C. Wang and Zanmin Hu

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:48

    Published on: 21 February 2017

  4. Research article

    Diversity analysis of cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) germplasm using the CottonSNP63K Array

    Cotton germplasm resources contain beneficial alleles that can be exploited to develop germplasm adapted to emerging environmental and climate conditions. Accessions and lines have traditionally been character...

    Lori L. Hinze, Amanda M. Hulse-Kemp, Iain W. Wilson, Qian-Hao Zhu, Danny J. Llewellyn, Jen M. Taylor, Andrew Spriggs, David D. Fang, Mauricio Ulloa, John J. Burke, Marc Giband, Jean-Marc Lacape, Allen Van Deynze, Joshua A. Udall, Jodi A. Scheffler, Steve Hague…

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:37

    Published on: 3 February 2017

  5. Research article

    Integrated genomics-based mapping reveals the genetics underlying maize flavonoid biosynthesis

    Flavonoids constitute a diverse class of secondary metabolites which exhibit potent bioactivities for human health and have been indicated to play an important role in plant development and defense. However, a...

    Min Jin, Xuehai Zhang, Mingchao Zhao, Min Deng, Yuanhao Du, Yang Zhou, Shouchuang Wang, Takayuki Tohge, Alisdair R. Fernie, Lothar Willmitzer, Yariv Brotman, Jianbing Yan and Weiwei Wen

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:17

    Published on: 18 January 2017

  6. Research article

    EcoTILLING by sequencing reveals polymorphisms in genes encoding starch synthases that are associated with low glycemic response in rice

    Glycemic response, a trait that is tedious to be assayed in cereal staples, has been identified as a factor correlated with alarmingly increasing prevalence of Type II diabetes. Reverse genetics based discover...

    Ramadoss Bharathi Raja, Somanath Agasimani, Sarita Jaiswal, Venkatesan Thiruvengadam, Robin Sabariappan, Ravindra N. Chibbar and Sundaram Ganesh Ram

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:13

    Published on: 14 January 2017

  7. Research article

    SEP-class genes in Prunus mume and their likely role in floral organ development

    Flower phylogenetics and genetically controlled development have been revolutionised during the last two decades. However, some of these evolutionary aspects are still debatable. MADS-box genes are known to pl...

    Yuzhen Zhou, Zongda Xu, Xue Yong, Sagheer Ahmad, Weiru Yang, Tangren Cheng, Jia Wang and Qixiang Zhang

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:10

    Published on: 13 January 2017

  8. Research article

    Characterization of the sdw1 semi-dwarf gene in barley

    The dwarfing gene sdw1 has been widely used throughout the world to develop commercial barley varieties. There are at least four different alleles at the sdw1 locus.

    Yanhao Xu, Qiaojun Jia, Gaofeng Zhou, Xiao-Qi Zhang, Tefera Angessa, Sue Broughton, George Yan, Wenying Zhang and Chengdao Li

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:11

    Published on: 13 January 2017

  9. Research article

    Genome-wide association analysis of forage quality in maize mature stalk

    Plant digestibility of silage maize (Zea mays L.) has a large influence on nutrition intake for animal feeding. Improving forage quality will enhance the utilization efficiency and feeding value of forage maize. ...

    Hongwu Wang, Kun Li, Xiaojiao Hu, Zhifang Liu, Yujin Wu and Changling Huang

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:227

    Published on: 21 October 2016

  10. Research article

    Genetic analysis of phytoene synthase 1 (Psy1) gene function and regulation in common wheat

    Phytoene synthase 1 (PSY1) is the most important regulatory enzyme in carotenoid biosynthesis, whereas its function is hardly known in common wheat. The aims of the present study were to investigate Psy1 function...

    Shengnan Zhai, Genying Li, Youwei Sun, Jianmin Song, Jihu Li, Guoqi Song, Yulian Li, Hongqing Ling, Zhonghu He and Xianchun Xia

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:228

    Published on: 21 October 2016

  11. Research article

    Direct stacking of sequence-specific nuclease-induced mutations to produce high oleic and low linolenic soybean oil

    The ability to modulate levels of individual fatty acids within soybean oil has potential to increase shelf-life and frying stability and to improve nutritional characteristics. Commodity soybean oil contains ...

    Zachary L. Demorest, Andrew Coffman, Nicholas J. Baltes, Thomas J. Stoddard, Benjamin M. Clasen, Song Luo, Adam Retterath, Ann Yabandith, Maria Elena Gamo, Jeff Bissen, Luc Mathis, Daniel F. Voytas and Feng Zhang

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:225

    Published on: 13 October 2016

  12. Research article

    Characterization of eleven monosomic alien addition lines added from Gossypium anomalum to Gossypium hirsutum using improved GISH and SSR markers

    Gossypium anomalum (BB genome) possesses the desirable characteristics of drought tolerance, resistance to diseases and insect pests, and the potential for high quality fibers. However...

    Xiaoxiao Wang, Yingying Wang, Chen Wang, Yu Chen, Yu Chen, Shouli Feng, Ting Zhao and Baoliang Zhou

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:218

    Published on: 7 October 2016

  13. Research article

    Development of EMS-induced mutation population for amylose and resistant starch variation in bread wheat (Triticum aestivum) and identification of candidate genes responsible for amylose variation

    Starch is a major part of cereal grain. It comprises two glucose polymer fractions, amylose (AM) and amylopectin (AP), that make up about 25 and 75 % of total starch, respectively. The ratio of the two affects...

    Ankita Mishra, Anuradha Singh, Monica Sharma, Pankaj Kumar and Joy Roy

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:217

    Published on: 6 October 2016

  14. Research article

    Root morphology and seed and leaf ionomic traits in a Brassica napus L. diversity panel show wide phenotypic variation and are characteristic of crop habit

    Mineral nutrient uptake and utilisation by plants are controlled by many traits relating to root morphology, ion transport, sequestration and translocation. The aims of this study were to determine the phenoty...

    C. L. Thomas, T. D. Alcock, N. S. Graham, R. Hayden, S. Matterson, L. Wilson, S. D. Young, L. X. Dupuy, P. J. White, J. P. Hammond, J. M. C. Danku, D. E. Salt, A. Sweeney, I. Bancroft and M. R. Broadley

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:214

    Published on: 4 October 2016

  15. Research article

    Hydrogen cyanamide breaks grapevine bud dormancy in the summer through transient activation of gene expression and accumulation of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species

    Hydrogen cyanamide (HC) and pruning (P) have frequently been used to break dormancy in grapevine floral buds. However, the exact underlying mechanism remains elusive. This study aimed to address the early mode...

    Boonyawat Sudawan, Chih-Sheng Chang, Hsiu-fung Chao, Maurice S. B. Ku and Yung-fu Yen

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:202

    Published on: 15 September 2016

  16. Research article

    Comparative proteomic analysis reveals alterations in development and photosynthesis-related proteins in diploid and triploid rice

    Polyploidy has pivotal influences on rice (Oryza sativa L.) morphology and physiology, and is very important for understanding rice domestication and improving agricultural traits. Diploid (DP) and triploid (TP) ...

    Shuzhen Wang, Wenyue Chen, Changdeng Yang, Jian Yao, Wenfei Xiao, Ya Xin, Jieren Qiu, Weimin Hu, Haigen Yao, Wu Ying, Yaping Fu, Jianxin Tong, Zhongzhong Chen, Songlin Ruan and Huasheng Ma

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:199

    Published on: 13 September 2016

  17. Research article

    RNAi-mediated down-regulation of the expression of OsFAD2-1: effect on lipid accumulation and expression of lipid biosynthetic genes in the rice grain

    The bran from polished rice grains can be used to produce rice bran oil (RBO). High oleic (HO) RBO has been generated previously through RNAi down-regulation of OsFAD2-1. HO-RBO has higher oxidative stability and...

    Gopal Ji Tiwari, Qing Liu, Pushkar Shreshtha, Zhongyi Li and Sadequr Rahman

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:189

    Published on: 31 August 2016

  18. Research article

    SNP-markers in Allium species to facilitate introgression breeding in onion

    Within onion, Allium cepa L., the availability of disease resistance is limited. The identification of sources of resistance in related species, such as Allium roylei and Allium fistulosum, was a first step towar...

    Olga E. Scholten, Martijn P.W. van Kaauwen, Arwa Shahin, Patrick M. Hendrickx, L.C. Paul Keizer, Karin Burger, Adriaan W. van Heusden, C. Gerard van der Linden and Ben Vosman

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:187

    Published on: 31 August 2016

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