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The successful exploitation of natural genetic diversity requires a basic knowledge of the extent of the variation present in a species. To study natural variation in Arabidopsis thaliana, we defined nested core collections maximizing the diversity present among a worldwide set of 265 accessions. The core collections were generated based on DNA sequence(More)
Exploiting genetic diversity requires previous knowledge of the extent and structure of the variation occurring in a species. Such knowledge can in turn be used to build a core-collection, i.e. a subset of accessions that aim at representing the genetic diversity of this species with a minimum of repetitiveness. We investigate the patterns of genetic(More)
Loci detected by Southern blot hybridization of 3,977 expressed sequence tag unigenes were mapped into 159 chromosome bins delineated by breakpoints of a series of overlapping deletions. These data were used to assess synteny levels along homoeologous chromosomes of the wheat A, B, and D genomes, in relation to both bin position on the centromere-telomere(More)
The existence of a large-scale population structure was investigated in Arabidopsis thaliana by studying patterns of polymorphism in a set of 71 European accessions. We used sequence polymorphism surveyed in 10 fragments of approximately 600 nucleotides and a set of nine microsatellite markers. Population structure was investigated using a model-based(More)
Despite the economic and cultural importance of the indigenous “Amerindian” yam Dioscorea trifida, very little is known about their origin, phylogeny, diversity and genetics. Consequently, conventional breeding efforts for the selection of D. trifida genotypes resistant to potyviruses which are directly involved in the regression of this species have been(More)
Introgressive events (e.g., hybridization, gene flow, horizontal gene transfer) and incomplete lineage sorting of ancestral polymorphisms are a challenge for phylogenetic analyses since different genes may exhibit conflicting genealogical histories. Grasses of the Triticeae tribe provide a particularly striking example of incongruence among gene trees.(More)
Self-fertilization is hypothesized to be an evolutionary dead end because reversion to outcrossing can rarely happen, and selfing lineages are thought to rapidly become extinct because of limited potential for adaptation and/or accumulation of deleterious mutations. We tested these two assumptions by combining morphological characters and(More)
After two selfing generations of two different Triticum turgidum –Aegilops ovata amphiploids carrying the Ph1 gene, or lacking it (ph1c mutant), karyotypes of their offspring were scored by GISH (genomic in situ hybridization). On average, the chromosome number was lower than expected (56 chromosomes) on the basis of the parental constitutions (T. turgidum,(More)
The effects of factors known to influence the level of polymorphism at microsatellite loci were studied using 99 markers and seven lines of bread wheat. Mutational factors as well as indirect selective events shape diversity at these loci. Theory predicts that the selection of favorable alleles should reduce polymorphism at neutral neighboring loci in(More)