Hong-bin Zhang

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Draft genome sequences have been determined for the soybean pathogen Phytophthora sojae and the sudden oak death pathogen Phytophthora ramorum. Oömycetes such as these Phytophthora species share the kingdom Stramenopila with photosynthetic algae such as diatoms, and the presence of many Phytophthora genes of probable phototroph origin supports a(More)
Brown fat is specialized for energy expenditure and has therefore been proposed to function as a defense against obesity. Despite recent advances in delineating the transcriptional regulation of brown adipocyte differentiation, cellular lineage specification and developmental cues specifying brown-fat cell fate remain poorly understood. In this study, we(More)
Rice is a leading grain crop and the staple food for over half of the “world” population. Rice is also an ideal species for genetic and biological studies of cereal crops and other monocotyledonous plants because of its small genome and well developed genetic system. To facilitate rice genome analysis leading to physical mapping, the identification of(More)
Drought is the major constraint to chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) productivity worldwide. Utilizing early-flowering genotypes and advancing sowing from spring to autumn have been suggested as strategies for drought avoidance. However, Ascochyta blight (causal agent: Didymella rabiei (Kov.) v. Arx.) is a major limitation for chickpea winter cultivation. Most(More)
Genome-wide physical maps are crucial to many aspects of advanced genome research. We report a genome-wide, bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) and plant-transformation-competent binary large-insert plasmid clone (hereafter BIBAC)-based physical map of the soybean genome. The map was constructed from 78001 clones from five soybean BAC and BIBAC libraries(More)
A synergistic combination of two next-generation sequencing platforms with a detailed comparative BAC physical contig map provided a cost-effective assembly of the genome sequence of the domestic turkey (Meleagris gallopavo). Heterozygosity of the sequenced source genome allowed discovery of more than 600,000 high quality single nucleotide variants. Despite(More)
Genome research promises to promote continued and enhanced plant genetic improvement. As a world's leading crop and a model system for studies of many biological processes, genomics research of cottons has advanced rapidly in the past few years. This article presents a comprehensive review on the recent advances of cotton genomics research. The reviewed(More)
A genome-wide physical map constructed with bacterial artificial chromosomes (BACs) is an essential component in linking phenotypic traits to the responsible genetic variation in the genomes of plants and animals. We have constructed a physical map of the chicken genome from 57,091 BACs (7.9-fold haploid genome coverage) by restriction fingerprint analysis(More)
The nucleotide-binding site-leucine-rich repeat (NBS-LRR)-encoding gene family has attracted much research interest because approximately 75% of the plant disease resistance genes that have been cloned to date are from this gene family. We cloned the NBS-LRR-encoding genes from polyploid cotton by a polymerase chain reaction-based approach. A sample of 150(More)
BACKGROUND Aortic root rupture is a major concern with balloon-expandable transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). We sought to identify predictors of aortic root rupture during balloon-expandable TAVR by using multidetector computed tomography. METHODS AND RESULTS Thirty-one consecutive patients who experienced left ventricular outflow tract(More)