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

    Mapping of a major QTL for salt tolerance of mature field-grown maize plants based on SNP markers

    Salt stress significantly restricts plant growth and production. Maize is an important food and economic crop but is also a salt sensitive crop. Identification of the genetic architecture controlling salt tole...

    Meijie Luo, Yanxin Zhao, Ruyang Zhang, Jinfeng Xing, Minxiao Duan, Jingna Li, Naishun Wang, Wenguang Wang, Shasha Zhang, Zhihui Chen, Huasheng Zhang, Zi Shi, Wei Song and Jiuran Zhao

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:140

    Published on: 15 August 2017

  2. Research article

    Genetic architecture and temporal patterns of biomass accumulation in spring barley revealed by image analysis

    Genetic mapping of phenotypic traits generally focuses on a single time point, but biomass accumulates continuously during plant development. Resolution of the temporal dynamics that affect biomass recently be...

    Kerstin Neumann, Yusheng Zhao, Jianting Chu, Jens Keilwagen, Jochen C. Reif, Benjamin Kilian and Andreas Graner

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:137

    Published on: 10 August 2017

  3. Research article

    Characterization of molecular diversity and genome-wide mapping of loci associated with resistance to stripe rust and stem rust in Ethiopian bread wheat accessions

    The narrow genetic basis of resistance in modern wheat cultivars and the strong selection response of pathogen populations have been responsible for periodic and devastating epidemics of the wheat rust disease...

    Kebede T. Muleta, Matthew N. Rouse, Sheri Rynearson, Xianming Chen, Bedada G. Buta and Michael O. Pumphrey

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:134

    Published on: 4 August 2017

  4. Research article

    Association mapping of starch chain length distribution and amylose content in pea (Pisum sativum L.) using carbohydrate metabolism candidate genes

    Although starch consists of large macromolecules composed of glucose units linked by α-1,4-glycosidic linkages with α-1,6-glycosidic branchpoints, variation in starch structural and functional properties is fo...

    Margaret A. Carpenter, Martin Shaw, Rebecca D. Cooper, Tonya J. Frew, Ruth C. Butler, Sarah R. Murray, Leire Moya, Clarice J. Coyne and Gail M. Timmerman-Vaughan

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:132

    Published on: 1 August 2017

  5. Research article

    New insights into the roles of cucumber TIR1 homologs and miR393 in regulating fruit/seed set development and leaf morphogenesis

    TIR1-like proteins act as auxin receptors and play essential roles in auxin-mediated plant development processes. The number of auxin receptor family members varies among species. While the functions of auxin ...

    Jian Xu, Ji Li, Li Cui, Ting Zhang, Zhe Wu, Pin-Yu Zhu, Yong-Jiao Meng, Kai-Jing Zhang, Xia-Qing Yu, Qun-Feng Lou and Jin-Feng Chen

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:130

    Published on: 26 July 2017

  6. Research article

    Comparative RNA-seq based transcriptome profiling of waterlogging response in cucumber hypocotyls reveals novel insights into the de novo adventitious root primordia initiation

    Waterlogging is a serious abiotic stress to plant growth because it results in the decline in the supplement of oxygen to submerged tissues. Although cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) is sensitive to waterlogging, it...

    Xuewen Xu, Minyang Chen, Jing Ji, Qiang Xu, Xiaohua Qi and Xuehao Chen

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:129

    Published on: 26 July 2017

  7. Research article

    Identification of QTLs controlling grain protein concentration using a high-density SNP and SSR linkage map in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.)

    Grain protein concentration (GPC) is a major determinant of quality in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). Breeding barley cultivars with high GPC has practical value for feed and food properties. The aim of the present...

    Chaofeng Fan, Huijie Zhai, Huifang Wang, Yafei Yue, Minghu Zhang, Jinghui Li, Shaozhe Wen, Ganggang Guo, Yawen Zeng, Zhongfu Ni and Mingshan You

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:122

    Published on: 11 July 2017

  8. Research article

    Validation of QTL mapping and transcriptome profiling for identification of candidate genes associated with nitrogen stress tolerance in sorghum

    Quantitative trait loci (QTLs) detected in one mapping population may not be detected in other mapping populations at all the time. Therefore, before being used for marker assisted breeding, QTLs need to be va...

    Malleswari Gelli, Anji Reddy Konda, Kan Liu, Chi Zhang, Thomas E. Clemente, David R. Holding and Ismail M. Dweikat

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:123

    Published on: 11 July 2017

  9. Methodology article

    Plant-RRBS, a bisulfite and next-generation sequencing-based methylome profiling method enriching for coverage of cytosine positions

    Cytosine methylation in plant genomes is important for the regulation of gene transcription and transposon activity. Genome-wide methylomes are studied upon mutation of the DNA methyltransferases, adaptation t...

    Martin Schmidt, Michiel Van Bel, Magdalena Woloszynska, Bram Slabbinck, Cindy Martens, Marc De Block, Frederik Coppens and Mieke Van Lijsebettens

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:115

    Published on: 6 July 2017

  10. Research article

    Genetic diversity, population structure and marker-trait associations for agronomic and grain traits in wild diploid wheat Triticum urartu

    Wild diploid wheat, Triticum urartu (T. urartu) is the progenitor of bread wheat, and understanding its genetic diversity and genome function will provide considerable reference for dissecting genomic information...

    Xin Wang, Guangbin Luo, Wenlong Yang, Yiwen Li, Jiazhu Sun, Kehui Zhan, Dongcheng Liu and Aimin Zhang

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:112

    Published on: 1 July 2017

  11. Research article

    Deep Super-SAGE transcriptomic analysis of cold acclimation in lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.)

    Frost is one of the main abiotic stresses limiting plant distribution and crop production. To cope with the stress, plants evolved adaptations known as cold acclimation or chilling tolerance to maximize frost ...

    Abel Barrios, Constantino Caminero, Pedro García, Nicolas Krezdorn, Klaus Hoffmeier, Peter Winter and Marcelino Pérez de la Vega

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:111

    Published on: 30 June 2017

  12. Research article

    Integrative analysis of DNA methylation, mRNAs, and small RNAs during maize embryo dedifferentiation

    Maize (Zea mays) is an important model crop for transgenic studies. However, genetic transformation of maize requires embryonic calli derived from immature embryo, and the impact of utilizing tissue culture metho...

    Hongjun Liu, Langlang Ma, Xuerong Yang, Lin Zhang, Xing Zeng, Shupeng Xie, Huanwei Peng, Shibin Gao, Haijian Lin, Guangtang Pan, Yongrui Wu and Yaou Shen

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:105

    Published on: 15 June 2017

  13. Research article

    Identification of genetic loci associated with crude protein and mineral concentrations in alfalfa (Medicago sativa) using association mapping

    Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) is one of the most important legume forage species in China and many other countries of the world. It provides a quality source of proteins and minerals to animals. Genetic underpinnings...

    Congjun Jia, Xinming Wu, Min Chen, Yunqi Wang, Xiqiang Liu, Pan Gong, Qingfang Xu, Xuemin Wang, Hongwen Gao and Zan Wang

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:97

    Published on: 6 June 2017

  14. Research article

    Expression and functional analysis of the transcription factor-encoding Gene CsERF004 in cucumber during Pseudoperonospora cubensis and Corynespora cassiicola infection

    Cucumber downy mildew, caused by P. cubensis, is an important leaf disease that can severely affect cucumber production. In recent years, cucumber target spot, caused by C. cassiicola, has been reported in both A...

    Dong Liu, Ming Xin, Xiuyan Zhou, Chunhua Wang, Yanju Zhang and Zhiwei Qin

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:96

    Published on: 5 June 2017

  15. Research article

    The common transcriptional subnetworks of the grape berry skin in the late stages of ripening

    Wine grapes are important economically in many countries around the world. Defining the optimum time for grape harvest is a major challenge to the grower and winemaker. Berry skins are an important source of f...

    Ryan Ghan, Juli Petereit, Richard L. Tillett, Karen A. Schlauch, David Toubiana, Aaron Fait and Grant R. Cramer

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:94

    Published on: 30 May 2017

  16. Research article

    Genome-wide identification of markers for selecting higher oil content in oil palm

    Oil palm (Elaeis guineensis, Jacq.) is the most important source of edible oil. The improvement of oil yield is currently slow in conventional breeding programs due to long generation intervals. Marker-assisted s...

    Bin Bai, Le Wang, May Lee, Yingjun Zhang, Rahmadsyah, Yuzer Alfiko, Bao Qing Ye, Zi Yi Wan, Chin Huat Lim, Antonius Suwanto, Nam-Hai Chua and Gen Hua Yue

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:93

    Published on: 30 May 2017

  17. Research article

    The development and use of a molecular model for soybean maturity groups

    Achieving appropriate maturity in a target environment is essential to maximizing crop yield potential. In soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.], the time to maturity is largely dependent on developmental response to ...

    Tiffany Langewisch, Julian Lenis, Guo-Liang Jiang, Dechun Wang, Vince Pantalone and Kristin Bilyeu

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:91

    Published on: 30 May 2017

  18. Research article

    Isoprenoid biosynthesis in dandelion latex is enhanced by the overexpression of three key enzymes involved in the mevalonate pathway

    Latex from the dandelion species Taraxacum brevicorniculatum contains many high-value isoprenoid end products, e.g. triterpenes and polyisoprenes such as natural rubber. The isopentenyl pyrophosphate units requir...

    Katharina M. Pütter, Nicole van Deenen, Kristina Unland, Dirk Prüfer and Christian Schulze Gronover

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:88

    Published on: 22 May 2017

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