Learn More
Amorphophallus is a genus of perennial plants widely distributed in the tropics or subtropics of West Africa and South Asia. Its corms contain a high level of water-soluble glucomannan; therefore, it has long been used as a medicinal herb and food source. Genetic studies of Amorphophallus have been hindered by a lack of genetic markers. A large number of(More)
The human body requires more than 22 mineral elements that can be supplied by an appropriate diet (Philip and Martin 2005). However, the diets of the populations subsisting largely on cereals, or inhabiting regions where soil mineral imbalances occur, often lack Fe, Zn, Ca, Mg and Mn. These minerals are known to play an essential role in the metabolism and(More)
BACKGROUND Combining ability effects are very effective genetic parameters in deciding the next phase of breeding programs. Although some breeding strategies on the basis of evaluating combining ability have been utilized extensively in hybrid breeding, little is known about the genetic basis of combining ability. Combining ability is a complex trait that(More)
Two cytosolic copper-zinc superoxide dismutase (cytCuZnSOD) complementary deoxyribonucleic acid were achieved in Nelumbo nucifera (Elian). The active sites and common characteristics of cytCuZnSOD family were showed by homology modeling. The two recombinant proteins expressed by PET-32a vector showed the similar SOD activity (89.94 ± 0.54 U/mg) and could(More)
The NCII design (North Carolina mating design II) has been widely applied in studies of combining ability and heterosis. The objective of our research was to estimate how different base populations, sample sizes, testcross numbers and heritability influence QTL analyses of combining ability and heterosis. A series of Monte Carlo simulation experiments with(More)
Konjac is one of the most important glucomannan crops worldwide. The breeding and genomic researches are largely limited by the genetic basis of Amorphophallus. In this study, the transcriptomes of A. konjac and A. bulbifer were constructed using a high-throughput Illumina sequencing platform. All 108,651 unigenes with average lengths of 430 nt in A. konjac(More)
Taro (Colocasia esculenta) is an important crop with a long history of cultivation. In this study 5278 SSRs were identified in taro transcriptome data. A total of 2858 primer pairs were designed for marker development. 100 primers were randomly selected and synthesized. Among them, 72 primer pairs were successfully amplified and 62 were polymorphic in taro(More)
A full-length cDNA clone encoding an 866 bp-length glutathione peroxidase protein (NnGPX) was isolated from lotus (Nelumbo nucifera L.). The deduced amino acid sequence of the NnGPX gene had significant homology with ATGPX6. A 3D structural model of the NnGPX was constructed by homology modeling. The cloned NnGPX gene was expressed in Escherichia coli, and(More)
A novel ascorbate peroxidase (APX) cDNA was obtained from Nelumbo nucifera (Elian). The phylogenetic analysis indicated that N. nucifera APX grouped together with chloroplastic APX of high plants. The recombinant protein expressed by PET-30a vector showed APX activity (0.04 mM ascorbate min−1 mg−1 protein). The APX mRNA was expressed in young leaves, roots,(More)
Rice breeding has achieved great productivity improvements by semi-dwarf varieties and hybrid vigour. Due to poor understanding of genetic basis of elite backbone varieties, the continuous increasing in rice yield still faces great challenges. Here, 52 elite rice varieties from three historical representative pedigrees were re-sequenced with 10.1× depth on(More)