David Jasper G. Rees

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The woodland strawberry, Fragaria vesca (2n = 2x = 14), is a versatile experimental plant system. This diminutive herbaceous perennial has a small genome (240 Mb), is amenable to genetic transformation and shares substantial sequence identity with the cultivated strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa) and other economically important rosaceous plants. Here we(More)
An apple rootstock progeny raised from the cross between the very dwarfing ‘M.27’ and the more vigorous ‘M.116’ (‘M.M.106’ × ‘M.27’) was used for the construction of a linkage map comprising a total of 324 loci: 252 previously mapped SSRs, 71 newly characterised or previously unmapped SSR loci (including 36 amplified by 33 out of the 35 novel markers(More)
RBBP6 is a 250 kDa splicing-associated protein that has been identified as an E3 ligase due to the presence of a RING finger domain. In humans and mice it interacts with both p53 and Rb, and plays a role in the induction of apoptosis and regulation of the cell cycle. RBBP6 has recently been shown to be highly up-regulated in oesophageal cancer, and to be a(More)
Double stranded RNA, isolated from 44 pooled randomly selected vines from a diseased South African vineyard, has been used in a deep sequencing analysis to build a census of the viral population. The dsRNA was sequenced in an unbiased manner using the sequencing-by-synthesis technology offered by the Illumina Genome Analyzer II and yielded 837 megabases of(More)
The global importance of apple as a fruit crop necessitates investigations into molecular aspects of the processes that influence fruit quality and yield, including plant development, fruit ripening and disease resistance. In order to study and understand biological processes it is essential to recognise the range of molecules, which influence these(More)
Cisplatin (cis-diamminedichloroplatinum) was first identified for its anti-bacterial activity, and was later also shown to be an efficient anticancer agent. However, the therapeutic use of this anticancer drug is somewhat limited by its toxic side effects, which include nephrotoxicity, nausea, and vomiting. Furthermore the development of drug-resistant(More)
Time of flowering was studied during 3 years in a BC1 apricot progeny of 73 seedlings derived from a cross between the F1 selection “Z506-07” (“Orange Red” × “Currot”) and the Spanish cultivar “Currot”. Results indicated a quantitative inheritance of flowering time in apricot with an influence of juvenility and environmental conditions (chill accumulation)(More)
Using the latest sequencing and optical mapping technologies, we have produced a high-quality de novo assembly of the apple (Malus domestica Borkh.) genome. Repeat sequences, which represented over half of the assembly, provided an unprecedented opportunity to investigate the uncharacterized regions of a tree genome; we identified a new hyper-repetitive(More)
Plant small RNAs (sRNAs) associated with virulent virus infections have been reported by previous studies, while the involvement of sRNAs in latent virus infection remains largely uncharacterised. Apple trees show a high degree of resistance and tolerance to viral infections. We analysed two sRNA deep sequencing datasets, prepared from different RNA size(More)
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE Infusions of Tulbaghia violacea (wild garlic) in water are used in traditional medicine in Southern Africa to treat numerous diseases, including cancer. Several studies have previously demonstrated the cytotoxic activities of extracts of T. violacea in cultured cancer cells. Their findings support the potential anti-cancer(More)