Claude Bomal

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The involvement of two R2R3-MYB genes from Pinus taeda L., PtMYB1 and PtMYB8, in phenylpropanoid metabolism and secondary cell wall biogenesis was investigated in planta. These pine MYBs were constitutively overexpressed (OE) in Picea glauca (Moench) Voss, used as a heterologous conifer expression system. Morphological, histological, chemical (lignin and(More)
Conifers have very large genomes (13 to 30 Gigabases) that are mostly uncharacterized although extensive cDNA resources have recently become available. This report presents a global overview of transcriptome variation in a conifer tree and documents conservation and diversity of gene expression patterns among major vegetative tissues. An oligonucleotide(More)
Transcription factors play a fundamental role in plants by orchestrating temporal and spatial gene expression in response to environmental stimuli. Several R2R3-MYB genes of the Arabidopsis subgroup 4 (Sg4) share a C-terminal EAR motif signature recently linked to stress response in angiosperm plants. It is reported here that nearly all Sg4 MYB genes in the(More)
A desiccation protocol was developed to evaluate the effect of different levels of desiccation on germination and plantlet regeneration of black spruce somatic embryos. Large desiccation chambers (80 l) with four liters of saturated salt solutions provided constant relative humidities (RH) of 63, 79, 88, and 97% (± 2%). Under these conditions, an embryo(More)
This research aimed to investigate the role of diverse transcription factors (TFs) and to delineate gene regulatory networks directly in conifers at a relatively high-throughput level. The approach integrated sequence analyses, transcript profiling, and development of a conifer-specific activation assay. Transcript accumulation profiles of 102 TFs and(More)
Redundancy and competition between R2R3-MYB activators and repressors on common target genes has been proposed as a fine-tuning mechanism for the regulation of plant secondary metabolism. This hypothesis was tested in white spruce [Picea glauca (Moench) Voss] by investigating the effects of R2R3-MYBs from different subgroups on common targets from distinct(More)
Background R2R3-MYB transcription factors are regulatory genes that have been linked to key aspects of plant development and secondary metabolism. They have been implicated in the transcriptional control of phenylpropanoid, and flavonoid metabolic pathways in model plant systems. However, in trees, knowledge is still limited about the role of R2R3-MYBs in(More)
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