Agricultural genetics

Agricultural genetics is the applied study of the effects of genetic variation and selection used to propagate valuable heritable trait combinations in crop plants and farm animals. The discipline includes use of genetic markers to guide traditional breeding, and introgression and introduction of traits from other species into farmed organisms.

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    Wild relatives of crop plants are invaluable germplasm for genetic improvement. Here, Xie et al. report a reference-grade wild soybean genome and show that it can be used to identify structural variation and refine quantitative trait loci.

    • Min Xie
    • , Claire Yik-Lok Chung
    • , Man-Wah Li
    • , Fuk-Ling Wong
    • , Xin Wang
    • , Ailin Liu
    • , Zhili Wang
    • , Alden King-Yung Leung
    • , Tin-Hang Wong
    • , Suk-Wah Tong
    • , Zhixia Xiao
    • , Kejing Fan
    • , Ming-Sin Ng
    • , Xinpeng Qi
    • , Linfeng Yang
    • , Tianquan Deng
    • , Lijuan He
    • , Lu Chen
    • , Aisi Fu
    • , Qiong Ding
    • , Junxian He
    • , Gyuhwa Chung
    • , Sachiko Isobe
    • , Takanari Tanabata
    • , Babu Valliyodan
    • , Henry T. Nguyen
    • , Steven B. Cannon
    • , Christine H. Foyer
    • , Ting-Fung Chan
    •  & Hon-Ming Lam
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    Despite the importance of grapevine cultivation in human history and the economic values of cultivar improvement, large-scale genomic variation data are lacking. Here the authors resequence 472 Vitis accessions and use the identified genetic variations for domestication history, demography, and GWAS analyses.

    • Zhenchang Liang
    • , Shengchang Duan
    • , Jun Sheng
    • , Shusheng Zhu
    • , Xuemei Ni
    • , Jianhui Shao
    • , Chonghuai Liu
    • , Peter Nick
    • , Fei Du
    • , Peige Fan
    • , Ruzhi Mao
    • , Yifan Zhu
    • , Weiping Deng
    • , Min Yang
    • , Huichuan Huang
    • , Yixiang Liu
    • , Yiqing Ding
    • , Xianju Liu
    • , Jianfu Jiang
    • , Youyong Zhu
    • , Shaohua Li
    • , Xiahong He
    • , Wei Chen
    •  & Yang Dong
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    Brassica napus is a globally important oil crop, but the origin of the allotetraploid genome and its improvement process are largely unknown. Here, the authors take a population genetic approach to resolve its origin and evolutionary history, and identify candidate genes related to important agricultural traits.

    • Kun Lu
    • , Lijuan Wei
    • , Xiaolong Li
    • , Yuntong Wang
    • , Jian Wu
    • , Miao Liu
    • , Chao Zhang
    • , Zhiyou Chen
    • , Zhongchun Xiao
    • , Hongju Jian
    • , Feng Cheng
    • , Kai Zhang
    • , Hai Du
    • , Xinchao Cheng
    • , Cunming Qu
    • , Wei Qian
    • , Liezhao Liu
    • , Rui Wang
    • , Qingyuan Zou
    • , Jiamin Ying
    • , Xingfu Xu
    • , Jiaqing Mei
    • , Ying Liang
    • , You-Rong Chai
    • , Zhanglin Tang
    • , Huafang Wan
    • , Yu Ni
    • , Yajun He
    • , Na Lin
    • , Yonghai Fan
    • , Wei Sun
    • , Nan-Nan Li
    • , Gang Zhou
    • , Hongkun Zheng
    • , Xiaowu Wang
    • , Andrew H. Paterson
    •  & Jiana Li
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    Analysis of high-quality genomes and transcriptomes of 13 closely related Oryza species coupled with proteomics finds about 50 de novo genes per million years.

    • Li Zhang
    • , Yan Ren
    • , Tao Yang
    • , Guangwei Li
    • , Jianhai Chen
    • , Andrea R. Gschwend
    • , Yeisoo Yu
    • , Guixue Hou
    • , Jin Zi
    • , Ruo Zhou
    • , Bo Wen
    • , Jianwei Zhang
    • , Kapeel Chougule
    • , Muhua Wang
    • , Dario Copetti
    • , Zhiyu Peng
    • , Chengjun Zhang
    • , Yong Zhang
    • , Yidan Ouyang
    • , Rod A. Wing
    • , Siqi Liu
    •  & Manyuan Long

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