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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    A negative-strand RNA virus is engineered to express both CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9) and single-guide RNAs, enabling gene editing as the virus infects the plant.

    • Savithramma P. Dinesh-Kumar
    •  & Daniel F. Voytas
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    Three genomes must cooperate in plants — those in the nucleus, mitochondria and chloroplasts. Biparental inheritance of the nucleus and maternal inheritance of the organelles has made studying these interactions difficult. A new method allows the nucleus to be inherited paternally so the ‘black box’ of interactions can be studied.

    • Alan C. Christensen
    Nature Plants 6, 5-6
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    The publication of two high-quality rose reference genomes opens new possibilities for a better understanding of the rise of the phenotypic diversity behind domestication.

    • Aureliano Bombarely
    Nature Plants 4, 406-407