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BACKGROUND The advent of genomics-based technologies has revolutionized many fields of biological enquiry. However, chromosome walking or flanking sequence cloning is still a necessary and important procedure to determining gene structure. Such methods are used to identify T-DNA insertion sites and so are especially relevant for organisms where large T-DNA(More)
This study describes a plant regeneration system for Rosa hybrida ‘Samantha’, a mainstream commercial cultivar, via direct somatic embryogenesis. Somatic embryogenesis was induced from in vitro-derived leaf explants, achieving a frequency of 7.5% following 8 weeks of culture on a Murashige and Skoog (MS) medium supplemented with 3.0 mg/L(More)
Anthocyanidin reductase (ANR) is a key enzyme involved in the biosynthesis of proanthocyanidins (PAs) and plays a role in the plant stress response. However, the mechanism by which ANR confers stress tolerance in plants is not understood. Here, we report the isolation of RrANR, the homologous gene from rose, and NtABF, an ABA-response related transcription(More)
An efficient protocol for secondary somatic embryogenesis in camphor tree is reported. Secondary somatic embryos (SSEs), initially obtained from the primary embryos of a nascent embryogenic culture in 2002, were proliferated and maintained for more than 4 yr via cyclic secondary somatic embryogenesis. Throughout this period, the embryo populations retained(More)
The single MYB-type protein, CAPRICE has long been thought to be a positive regulator of root hair development in Arabidopsis thaliana. To further probe the role of AtCPC and how conserved this role is across plant species, the AtCPC gene was constitutively overexpressed in tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum). Here, we show that flowers of transformants(More)
FBP21 is one of the SOC1-like genes isolated from Petunia hybrida. Based on sequence analysis, FPB21 is suggested to have a role in promoting flowering. In this study, FBP21 was expressed in a tobacco host plant under the control of the CaMV 35S promoter. Our results showed that the transgene accelerated flowering, i.e. the transgenic plants flowered just 3(More)
The potential for transgene dispersal through pollen, fruit, and seed is an important argument against the release of genetically modified plants. One approach toward addressing the concerns of gene flow from transgenic crops into closely related wild species involves in the use of tissue-specific promoters to engineer male and/or female sterility. In this(More)
Dove tree (Davidia involucrate) is a Tertiary relic species endemic to China and is reputed to be a ‘living fossil’ in the plant kingdom. Genetic diversity and genetic structure of this species were analyzed for its conservation and management, using inter-simple sequence repeat (ISSR) data obtained from eight populations distributed throughout seven(More)
A bizarre virus-like symptom of a leaf rosette formed by dense small leaves on branches of wild roses (Rosa multiflora Thunb.), designated as 'wild rose leaf rosette disease' (WRLRD), was observed in China. To investigate the presumed causal virus, a wild rose sample affected by WRLRD was subjected to deep sequencing of small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) for a(More)
Tissue-specific promoters can drive genes specifically expressed in the target organs and have been widely used in plant molecular breeding. In this study, a 1.2-kb promoter region of an anther-specific gene PhLRR from Petunia hybrida “Fantasy” was isolated and fused to the β-glucuronidase (GUS) gene. The pPhLRR::GUS vector was heterogeneously transformed(More)