Yoshihiko Tsumura

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Microsatellites or simple sequence repeats (SSRs) in expressed sequence tags (ESTs) are useful resources for genome analysis because of their abundance, functionality and polymorphism. The advent of commercial second generation sequencing machines has lead to new strategies for developing EST-SSR markers, necessitating the development of bioinformatic(More)
Survival and growth of Japanese larch (Larix kaempferi) from 25 provenances in the natural distributional range were examined at three test sites in central Japan. Climatic conditions of the sites and provenances indicated a contrast between northwest and southeast locations across the distributional range. Density, height, diameter, and crookedness of(More)
We developed microsatellite markers from newly isolated expressed sequence tags of an endangered tropical tree species, Shorea leprosula (Dipterocarpaceae). Twenty-four loci exhibited clear, polymorphic amplification patterns among 52 individuals from a population in Indonesia, with two to 16 alleles per locus. No locus showed significant departure from(More)
In this study, we sequenced 18S rRNA genes (rDNA) from 49 fungal strains representing 31 species from 15 genera. Most of these species are common airborne fungi and pathogens that may cause various public health concerns. Sequence analysis revealed distinct divergence between Zygomycota and Ascomycota. Within Ascomycota, several strongly supported clades(More)
High-density linkage maps facilitate the mapping of target genes and the construction of partial linkage maps around target loci to develop markers for marker-assisted selection (MAS). MAS is quite challenging in conifers because of their large, complex, and poorly-characterized genomes. Our goal was to construct a high-density linkage map to facilitate the(More)
In order to develop a large set of single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in Cryptomeria japonica, for a wide range of applications, we adopted a systematic EST (expressed sequence tags) re-sequencing approach. We examined a group of four genotypes comprising parents of a mapping population as well as representatives of two main lines from natural(More)
Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) are an alternative to bi-parental QTL mapping in long-lived perennials. In the present study, we examined the potential of GWAS in conifers using 367 unrelated plus trees of Cryptomeria japonica D. Don, which is the most widely planted and commercially important tree species in Japan, and tried to detect significant(More)
BACKGROUND In order to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) efficiently from a species with a large genome, SNPs were identified from an expressed sequence tag (EST) database combined with High Resolution Melting (HRM) analysis. FINDINGS A total of 574 sequence tagged sites (STSs) were generated from Cryptomeria japonica and HRM analysis was(More)
The extent of tropical forest has been declining, due to over-exploitation and illegal logging activities. Large quantities of unlawfully extracted timber and other wood products have been exported, mainly to developed countries. As part of the export monitoring effort, we have developed methods for extracting and analyzing DNA from wood products, such as(More)
The broadleaved evergreen forests of the East Asian warm temperate zone are characterised by their high biodiversity and endemism, and there is therefore a need to extend our understanding of its genetic diversity and phylogeographic patterns. Castanopsis (Fagaceae) is one of the dominant tree species in the broadleaved evergreen forests of Japan. In this(More)