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Improved understanding of genetic diversity in onion and shallot (Allium cepa L.) is required to inform breeding and genetic resource conservation, and to enable development of association genetics and seed quality assurance methods. To develop quantitative estimates of diversity we estimated within- and among-population heterozygosity in a set of onion(More)
BACKGROUND Arabidopsis thaliana is a useful model organism for deciphering the genetic determinants of seed size; however the small size of its seeds makes measurements difficult. Bulk seed weights are often used as an indicator of average seed size, but details of individual seed is obscured. Analysis of seed images is possible but issues arise from(More)
Onion (Allium cepa L.) is a biennial crop that in temperate regions is planted in the spring and, after a juvenile stage, forms a bulb in response to the lengthening photoperiod of late spring/summer. The bulb then overwinters and in the next season it flowers and sets seed. FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT) encodes a mobile signaling protein involved in regulating(More)
Although modern sequencing technologies permit the ready detection of numerous DNA sequence variants in any organisms, converting such information to PCR-based genetic markers is hampered by a lack of simple, scalable tools. Onion is an example of an under-researched crop with a complex, heterozygous genome where genome-based research has previously been(More)
BACKGROUND Simple Sequence Repeat (SSR) or microsatellite markers are valuable for genetic research. Experimental methods to develop SSR markers are laborious, time consuming and expensive. In silico approaches have become a practicable and relatively inexpensive alternative during the last decade, although testing putative SSR markers still is time(More)
We present the first evidence for a QTL conditioning an adaptive trait in bulb onion, and the first linkage and population genetics analyses of candidate genes involved in photoperiod and vernalization physiology. Economic production of bulb onion (Allium cepa L.) requires adaptation to photoperiod and temperature such that a bulb is formed in the first(More)
Vegetables of the genus Allium are widely consumed but remain poorly understood genetically. Genetic mapping has been conducted in intraspecific crosses of onion (Allium cepa L.), A. fistulosum and interspecific crosses between A. roylei and these two species, but it has not been possible to access genetic maps and underlying data from these studies easily.(More)
Fluorophore-assisted carbohydrate electrophoresis (FACE) is an analytical method for characterizing carbohydrate chain length that has been applied to neutral, charged, and N-linked oligosaccharides and that has been implemented using diverse separation platforms, including polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and capillary electrophoresis. In this article,(More)
Disease resistance is an important objective of global potato breeding programmes. The use of resistant cultivars is a significant tool for disease management. Recent advances in plant molecular genetics have identified several genes for resistance to potato diseases from within the germplasm pool available to potato breeders. Antimicrobial peptides, such(More)
BACKGROUND Somatic cell selection in plants allows the recovery of spontaneous mutants from cell cultures. When coupled with the regeneration of plants it allows an effective approach for the recovery of novel traits in plants. This study undertook somatic cell selection in the potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) cultivar 'Iwa' using the sulfonylurea herbicide,(More)
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