Plant Genetic Resources

Publisher: National Institute of Agricultural Botany (Great Britain), Cambridge University Press


Plant Genetic Resources is an international journal that brings together the many diverse topics concerned with plant genetic resources. Each issue gives you access to peer-reviewed research papers on genetic variation in plants, both crop and non-crop, as well as on the technical, socio-economic, legal and geo-political aspects of PGR. Many papers feature research directed to endangered non-crop and medicinal plants. The journal is of interest to researchers and scientists involved in the plant genetic resources community, including: breeders, all those with an interest in germplasm, policy makers, consultants and research students.

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    ABSTRACT: High-throughput genotyping using single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) is one tool that can be used to study the genetic relationships between wild rice relatives and cultivated rice. In this study, a set of 96 indica–japonica SNP markers, which can differentiate indica and japonica subspecies of rice, were used to characterize 227 Oryza accessions including 93 AA genome accessions from seven wild Oryza species. A total of 72 markers of the 96 markers were selected for the phylogenetic study and allele polymorphism survey. A subset of SNP markers were present only in Oryza sativa and evolutionarily close species, Oryza nivara and Oryza rufipogon. These markers can be used for distinguishing cultivated rice from the other species and vice versa. Eight clusters were generated through phylogenetic analysis, and Oryza meridionalis and Oryza longistaminata appeared to be the most distantly related species to cultivated rice. In this study, Oryza barthii and Oryza glaberrima accessions were found to exhibit high genetic similarity. Across the wild species, more indica-type alleles were detected for most accessions. In this study, a set of markers selected to be informative across O. sativa accessions were used, but it will be interesting to compare the results of this study with SNP data obtained through next-generation sequencing in the future.
    Plant Genetic Resources 08/2014; 12(S1):36-40.
  • Plant Genetic Resources 07/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: The development of modern approaches to the genetic improvement of the tree crop Ilex paraguariensis (‘yerba mate’) and Ilex dumosa (‘yerba sen ˜orita’) is halted by the scarcity of basic genetic information. In this study, we characterized the implementation of low-cos methodologies such as representational difference analysis (RDA), single-strand conformation polymorphisms (SSCP), and reverse and direct dot-blot filter hybridization assays coupled with thorough bioinformatic characterization of sequence data for both species. Also, we estimated the genome size of each species using flow cytometry. This study contributes to the better understanding of the genetic differences between two cultivated species, by generating new quantitative and qualitative genome-level data. Using the RDA technique, we isolated a group of non-coding repetitive sequences, tentatively considered as Ilex-specific, which were 1.21- to 39.62-fold more abundant in the genome of I. paraguariensis. Another group of repeti tive DNA sequences involved retrotransposons, which appeared 1.41- to 35.77-fold more abundantly in the genome of I. dumosa. The genomic DNA of each species showed differen performances in filter hybridizations: while I. paraguariensis showed a high intraspecific affinity I. dumosa exhibited a higher affinity for the genome of the former species (i.e. interspecific) These differences could be attributed to the occurrence of homologous but slightly divergen repetitive DNA sequences, highly amplified in the genome of I. paraguariensis but not in the genome of I. dumosa. Additionally, our hybridization outcomes suggest that the genomes o both species have less than 80% similarity. Moreover, for the first time, we report herein a genome size estimate of 1670Mbp for I. paraguariensis and that of 1848Mbp for I. dumosa.
    Plant Genetic Resources 05/2014;
  • Plant Genetic Resources 01/2014; 12(S1):164–S167.
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    ABSTRACT: Rhazya stricta is an endangered medicinal plant that is under severe human pressure as a result of commercial harvesting. As a model of habitat fragmentation, we selected the Kohat Plateau in the Pakistani Himalaya, where populations are fragmented, with less than 100 individuals per population. We hypothesized that the populations may be threatened by rapid habitat fragmentation and by unsustainable utilization of the plant. We analysed P450-based analogue functional genomic markers and amplified fragment length polymorphism markers from six populations of R. stricta on the Kohat Plateau, and examined their variations both within and among the populations. Both the marker groups revealed lower genetic differentiation among the populations and higher genetic differentiation within the populations as a result of high gene flow. The results confirmed that habitat fragmentation is being caused by severe human pressure, and although signs of genetic erosion are not yet visible, they seem likely to become visible in the future. Therefore, the conservation of R. stricta populations is necessary.
    Plant Genetic Resources 11/2013;
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    ABSTRACT: Pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.) is an important staple cereal cultivated in the arid and semi-arid tropics of Asia and Africa, regions severely affected by malnutrition. Knowledge about the extent of genetic variability and patterns of agro-morphological variation in local germplasm from a target region is an important prerequisite for efficient crop improvement. To assess the potential of Sudanese pearl millet landraces as sources of desirable traits for pearl millet improvement including biofortification, a total of 225 accessions were evaluated in Sudan at three locations for agro-morphological traits and at one location for grain mineral nutrient contents (Fe, Zn, Ca, P, K, Mg, Mn, S, Na, Cu and β-carotene). Genetic variation was highly significant, but relatively limited for some agro-morphological traits (62–78 d to flowering, 119–188 cm plant height and 16–34 cm panicle length), pointing to the potential usefulness of a targeted diversification for these traits. Self-pollinated grain micronutrient contents showed a wide variation: 19.7–86.4 mg/kg for Fe and 13.5–82.4 mg/kg for Zn. Significant and positive correlations among most of the nutritional traits were observed; therefore, enhancement of the concentrations of some nutrients will lead to the improvement of other related nutrients. No significant associations were observed between the nutritional and agro-morphological traits, indicating good prospects for simultaneous improvement of both trait categories. No clear patterns of geographic differentiation for specific traits were detected for the Sudanese pearl millet. Nutrient-rich accessions were identified and those with acceptable agro-morphological traits are encouraging materials for future pearl millet biofortification programmes in Sudan.
    Plant Genetic Resources 07/2013;
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    ABSTRACT: Morinda reticulata Gamble and Morinda umbellata Linn. (Rubiaceae) are medicinally important climbers distributed as a mixed population in southern Western Ghats of India. A close morphological resemblance of these two species misleads the harvester in the identification of plant parts for preparation of herbal medicines. Though both species contain anthraquinone derivatives and share common medicinal properties for treating stomach disorders, each of these species has unique curative properties for treating selective diseases. Conventional methods are not reliable for identification of these species due to similarities in morphology. Thus, misidentification often leads to the deterioration of the quality of medicines. Thus, authentication utilizing conserved gene sequences in the chloroplast genome of these two Morinda spp. has been attempted for precise identification. Here we report the use of two barcoding genes (maturase kinase and ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase large subunit) to distinguish M. reticulata and M. umbellata based on single nucleotide polymorphism. The present findings can be used for authenticating leaf samples of M. reticulata and M. umbellata.
    Plant Genetic Resources 11/2012; 11(1):90-93.

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