Mohamed Ali Ali-Benali

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Gene expression profiles of group 2 (dehydrins) and group 4 Late embryogenesis abundant (Lea) genes in developing seeds of Triticum durum and T. aestivum and in coleoptiles and coleorhizae of T. durum seedlings were monitored by real-time quantitative RT-PCR. The five genes exhibited clear differences in their accumulation pattern in wheat seed and in(More)
The transition to flowering in winter wheat requires prolonged exposure to low temperature, a process called vernalization. This process is regulated by a genetic pathway that involves at least three genes, Triticum aestivum VERNALIZATION 1 (TaVRN1), Triticum aestivum VERNALIZATION 2 (TaVRN2) and Triticum aestivum FLOWERING LOCUS T-like 1 (TaFT1). These(More)
The einkorn wheat mutant mvp-1 (maintained vegetative phase 1) has a non-flowering phenotype caused by deletions including, but not limited to, the genes CYS, PHYC, and VRN1. However, the impact of these deletions on global gene expression is still unknown. Transcriptome analysis showed that these deletions caused the upregulation of several(More)
Little is known about the capacity of Cannabis sativa to cold-acclimate and develop freezing tolerance. This study investigates the cold acclimation (CA) capacity of nine C. sativa varieties and the underlying genetic and epigenetic responses. The varieties were divided into three groups based on their contrasting CA capacities by comparing the survival of(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Cold is a major constraint for cereal cultivation under temperate climates. Winter-hardy plants interpret seasonal changes and can acquire the ability to resist sub-zero temperatures. This cold acclimation process is associated with physiological, biochemical and molecular alterations in cereals. Brachypodium distachyon is considered a(More)
Al tolerance is one of the most important trait for worldwide crop production. Using microarrays, we previously identified a transcription factor belonging to the C2H2 zinc finger protein (ZFP) family associated with Al tolerance in wheat (Houde and Diallo, BMC Genomics 9:400, 2008). The current work aimed to identify specific members of the C2H2 ZFP family(More)
Diabetes is a global epidemic that affects about 285million people worldwide. For severely-ill patients with type I diabetes, whole pancreas or islet transplantation is the only therapeutic option. Islet transplantation is hindered by the scarce supply of fresh functional islets and limitations in cryopreservation procedures. Thus, improved cryopreservation(More)
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