Peter G. Isaac

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The timing of flowering during the year is an important adaptive character affecting reproductive success in plants and is critical to crop yield. Flowering time has been extensively manipulated in crops such as wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) during domestication, and this enables them to grow productively in a wide range of environments. Several major genes(More)
Artemisinin is a plant natural product produced by Artemisia annua and the active ingredient in the most effective treatment for malaria. Efforts to eradicate malaria are increasing demand for an affordable, high-quality, robust supply of artemisinin. We performed deep sequencing on the transcriptome of A. annua to identify genes and markers for fast-track(More)
An F2 population of pea (Pisum sativum L.) consisting of 174 plants was analysed by restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) and random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) techniques. Ascochyta pisi race C resistance, plant height, flowering earliness and number of nodes were measured in order to map the genes responsible for their variation. We have(More)
The single copy of the gene for cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COX I) present in the mitochondrial genome of fertile maize (Zea mays L.) is encoded by a continuous open reading frame of 1584 nucleotides. The predicted polypeptide encoded by the gene has a mol. wt. of 58 219 daltons and shows >60% amino acid sequence homology with the corresponding fungal(More)
Four genomic arrangements of the maize mitochondrial atpA gene (encoding the alpha subunit of the F(1) ATPase), have been characterized. Most N (fertile) and S (male-sterile) cytoplasms contain two atpA arrangements of equal abundance. Prolonged exposure of blots of maize mitochondrial DNA probed with atpA-specific sequences show that cytoplasms previously(More)
Tendrils are contact-sensitive, filamentous organs that permit climbing plants to tether to their taller neighbors. Tendrilled legume species are grown as field crops, where the tendrils contribute to the physical support of the crop prior to harvest. The homeotic tendril-less (tl) mutation in garden pea (Pisum sativum), identified almost a century ago,(More)
Pod development in oilseed rape (Brassica napus) culminates in a process known as dehiscence (shatter) which can result in the loss of seed before the crop is harvested. In order to investigate the biochemical and the genetic basis controlling this process, a cDNA library was constructed from the dehiscence zone of developing pods. This resulted in the(More)
A microarray-based method has been developed for scoring thousands of DNAs for a co-dominant molecular marker on a glass slide. The approach was developed to detect insertional polymorphism of transposons and works well with single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers. Biotin- terminated allele-specific PCR products are spotted unpurified onto(More)
Heading of cereals is determined by complex genetic and environmental factors in which genes responsible for vernalization and photoperiod sensitivity play a decisive role. Our aim was to use diagnostic molecular markers to determine the main allele types in VRN-A1, VRN-B1, VRN-D1, PPD-B1 and PPD-D1 in a worldwide wheat collection of 683 genotypes and to(More)