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Distinct parental cytoplasms were combined in symmetric tetraploid hybrids of potato by somatic cell fusion. This allowed, in the presence of nearly isogenic nuclear genomes, to estimate the contribution of mitochondrial (mt) and chloroplast (cp) genomes to starch content. Analysis of mt-cp configurations in the complete gene pool of german potato cultivars(More)
The inheritance of extreme resistance to PVY (Ry (sto)) by a single dominant locus was confirmed by obtaining a 1:1 segregation ratio in a virus inoculation test with 28 resistant (Ryry) to 29 susceptible (ryry) anther culture-derived dihaploid lines (2n=2x=24) from cv. "Assia" (2n=4x=48) having extreme resistance derived from Solanum stoloniferum in(More)
The molecular mechanisms underlying cell wall digestibility in maize (Zea mays L.) have been studied in three sets of maize brown-midrib isogenic lines in the genetic background of inbreds 1332 (1332 and 1332 bm3), 5361 (5361 and 5361 bm3), and F2 (F2, F2 bm1, F2 bm2, and F2 bm3). Two complementary approaches, SSH (suppression subtractive hybridization) and(More)
Heterosis, the superior performance of hybrids as compared to their parental mean is an agronomically important phenomenon well-described morphologically. However, little is known about its molecular basis. We investigated four genetically unrelated maize (Zea mays L.) inbred lines and their F(1) crosses both at the phenotype and transcriptome level,(More)
Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and insertion-deletions (INDELs) are currently the important classes of genetic markers for major crop species. In this study, methods for developing SNP markers in rapeseed (Brassica napus L.) and their in silico mapping and use for genotyping are demonstrated. For the development of SNP and INDEL markers, 181(More)
BACKGROUND In traditional vine areas, the production should present a typicity that partly depends on the grapevine variety. Therefore, vine improvement is considered difficult because of the limited choice in the natural variability of the cultivars within the limits of their characteristics. A possibility to circumvent this problem is the use of somatic(More)
BACKGROUND Cell-wall digestibility is the major target for improving the feeding value of forage maize. An understanding of the molecular basis for cell-wall digestibility is crucial towards breeding of highly digestible maize. RESULTS 865 candidate ESTs for cell-wall digestibility were selected according to the analysis of expression profiles in 1) three(More)
BACKGROUND The potyviruses sugarcane mosaic virus (SCMV) and maize dwarf mosaic virus (MDMV) are major pathogens of maize worldwide. Two loci, Scmv1 and Scmv2, have ealier been shown to confer complete resistance to SCMV. Custom-made microarrays containing previously identified SCMV resistance candidate genes and resistance gene analogs were utilised to(More)
The effects of high and low N concentrations on the Solanum tuberosum-Phytophthora infestans interaction were studied in the potato cultivars Bettina, New York 121, Indira and Arkula, which exhibited different levels of resistance. Aboveground biomass and Chl and N content were significantly higher in all cultivars grown in higher N environments, while C:N(More)
BACKGROUND Forage quality of maize is influenced by both the content and structure of lignins in the cell wall. Biosynthesis of monolignols, constituting the complex structure of lignins, is catalyzed by enzymes in the phenylpropanoid pathway. RESULTS In the present study we have amplified partial genomic fragments of six putative phenylpropanoid pathway(More)