Plant breeding

Plant breeding is the production of plants by selective mating or hybridization. It is the traditional mechanism for producing new varieties of plants for horticulture and agriculture.

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News and Comment

  • News and Views |

    Self-compatible diploid potatoes have been developed by knocking out the self-incompatibility gene S-RNase using CRISPR–Cas9 editing, opening new avenues for diploid potato breeding.

    • Mark Taylor
    Nature Plants 4, 631-632
  • News and Views |

    Race-specific resistance genes represent essential genetic sources in crop breeding. Map-based cloning of the wheat Stb6 gene against Zymoseptoria tritici identified a wall-associated receptor kinase-like protein as a novel player in race-specific disease resistance.

    • Beat Keller
    •  & Simon G. Krattinger
    Nature Plants 4, 197-198
  • News and Views |

    Geneticists and breeders are enthralled with the variability of traits within a species, but fundamental questions remain about what types of molecular changes underlie phenotypic variation. An investigation of the transcriptomes of agricultural varieties of maize provides insights into the variability of gene expression and it’s phenotypic consequences.

    • Candice N Hirsch
    •  & Nathan M Springer
    Nature Plants 4, 193-194
  • Comments and Opinion |

    The recently published reference genome of Aegilops tauschii provides new insights into the originator of the D genome donor of hexaploid wheat. This will be a foundation for exploring the genomic diversity underpinning adaptive traits in wheat, and ultimately advance wheat improvement efforts.

    • Awais Rasheed
    • , Francis C. Ogbonnaya
    • , Evans Lagudah
    • , Rudi Appels
    •  & Zhonghu He
    Nature Plants 4, 56-58
  • Editorial |

    Breeding crops with a high yield and superior adaptability is vital to maintaining global food security. New technologies on multiple scales are re-engineering traditional plant breeding to meet these challenges.