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Salinity tolerance in soybean is modulated by natural variation in GmSALT3
Spring 2015
28 February 2015

Soybean is a one of the globe’s most important agricultural crops. However, relative to other crops, little is known about its intrinsic ability to tolerate stress. The identification of genes that improve the salt tolerance of crops is essential for the effective utilisation of saline soils for agriculture. In this manuscript, Guan et al used fine mapping in a soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.) population derived from the commercial cultivars Tiefeng 8 and 85–140 to identify the gene (GmSALT3) underlying its major salt tolerance quantitative trait locus

Photosynthetic activity influences cellulose biosynthesis and phosphorylation of proteins involved therein in Arabidopsis leaves
Spring 2015
28 February 2015

The photosynthetic carbon assimilatory pathway provides intermediates that enter directly into an array of metabolic pathways including starch, sucrose, isoprenoid, shikimate, thiamine and nucleotide.The relative flux of carbon to these pathways will change dependent on rates of assimilation and developmental stage of the leaf

Characterization of polyploid wheat genomic diversity using a highdensity 90,000 single nucleotide polymorphism array
Spring 2015
28 February 2015

In this paper, which was contributed by authors from ten different countries and four continents and was also our most cited article in 2014, Wang et al describe the production and assessment of an Illumina genotyping array consisting of 81,587 SNPs and demonstrate that 46,977 (58%) of these SNPs could be genetically anchored following the screening of eight mapping populations. This first large scale wheat genotyping array opens the door for detailed genetic characterisation of diverse wheat populations.

Suppression among alleles
Autumn 2014
03 October 2014

Stirnweis et al. describe resistance suppression in the context of hybridization or allele-pyramiding, while at the same time reporting findings on functional and mechanistic aspects.