How far are we from unraveling self-incompatibility in grasses

Teagasc Crops Research Centre, Oak Park, Carlow, Ireland
New Phytologist (Impact Factor: 7.67). 02/2008; 178(4):740-53. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2008.02421.x
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The genetic and physiological mechanisms involved in limiting self-fertilization in angiosperms, referred to as self-incompatibility (SI), have significant effects on population structure and have potential diversification and evolutionary consequences. Up to now, details of the underlying genetic control and physiological basis of SI have been elucidated in two different gametophytic SI (GSI) systems, the S-RNase SI and the Papaver SI systems, and the sporophytic SI (SSI) system (Brassica). In the grass family (Poaceae), which contains all the cereal and major forage crops, SI has been known for half a century to be controlled gametophytically by two multiallelic and independent loci, S and Z. But still none of the gene products for S and Z is known and only limited information on related biochemical responses is available. Here we compare current knowledge of grass SI with that of other well-characterized SI systems and speculate about the relationship between SSI and grass SI. Additionally, we discuss comparative mapping as a tool for the further investigation of grass SI.

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    • "As gametophytic SI has been reported in both diploid and polyploid species within the tribes Triticeae, Poeae, and Paniceae, and seems to be monophyletic in the Poaceae family (Yang, et al. 2008), our work will be of major significance for evolutionary studies of speciation in some of the most important crop species. In the long run, we envisage, on the basis of our findings, modelling the SI cascade in Poaceae species. "
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