Naoki Hirotsu

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Increases in the yield of rice, a staple crop for more than half of the global population, are imperative to support rapid population growth. Grain weight is a major determining factor of yield. Here, we report the cloning and functional analysis of THOUSAND-GRAIN WEIGHT 6 (TGW6), a gene from the Indian landrace rice Kasalath. TGW6 encodes a novel protein(More)
Cadmium (Cd) translocation and accumulation in the grain and aerial plant parts of rice (Oryza sativa L.) is an important aspect of food safety and phytoextraction in areas with contaminated soil. Because control of Cd translocation and accumulation is likely to be determined by the plants genetics, the Cd contents of grain and the aerial parts of rice may(More)
A new locus responsible for increased yield potential across the genetic background in rice (Oryza sativa L.) was identified and evaluated. Quantitative trait loci (QTLs) were analysed for the ratio of filled grains, a yield component, in backcrossed inbred lines of a japonica 'Nipponbare'xindica 'Kasalath' cross for 3 years. Only one QTL (rg5), with a(More)
Rice (Oryza sativa L.) chromosome segment substitution lines (CSSLs), in which chromosomal segments of the Indian landrace “Kasalath” replace the corresponding endogenous segments in the genome of the Japanese premium rice “Koshihikari”, are available and together cover the entire genome. Chromosome regions affecting a trait (CRATs) can be identified by(More)
Varietal differences among ten rice cultivars showed that stem diameter is a key factor in lodging resistance (measured in terms of pushing resistance). Two near-isogenic lines (NILs) were selected from a series of chromosome segment substitution lines developed between cultivars Nipponbar and Kasalath, one containing a single stem diameter QTL (sdm8;(More)
We investigated the reason for carbohydrate retention in the stem of rice (Oryza sativa L.) at full-ripe stage in a near-isogenic line (NIL63) carrying prl5, which confers lodging resistance without yield loss. NIL63 showed higher lodging resistance than Nipponbare (control) without reduced yield. At heading, the carbohydrate content in the NIL63 stem (culm(More)
Genotype analysis using multiple single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) is a useful but labor-intensive or high-cost procedure in plant research. Here we describe an alternative genotyping method that is suited to multi-sample or multi-locus SNP genotyping and does not require electrophoresis or specialized equipment. We have developed a simple method for(More)
We demonstrated the new target for lodging resistance in rice (Oryza sativa L.) by the analysis of physiological function of a locus for lodging resistance in a typhoon (lrt5) with the near isogenic line under rice “Koshihikari” genetic background (tentatively named S1). The higher lodging resistance of S1 was observed during a typhoon in September 2004 (28(More)
We studied the storage of sucrose, starch, and hexose before heading in rice (Oryza sativa L.) plants by quantitative trait locus (QTL) analysis with a population of backcross inbred lines (BILs) of japonica cv. Nipponbare x indica cv. Kasalath. Carbohydrates are accumulated in the rice plant before heading and are translated to the panicle after heading. A(More)
To elucidate the mechanism of plant growth we investigated chromosome region affecting traits (CRATs) using the chromosome segment substitution lines derived from a cross between japonica ‘Koshihikari’ and indica ‘Kasalath’ using rice (Oryza sativa L.). Four CRATs associated with increased plant growth rate were identified which were derived from ‘Kasalath’(More)