From model to crop: functional characterization of SPL8 in M. truncatula led to genetic improvement of biomass yield and abiotic stress tolerance in alfalfa

@inproceedings{Gou2018FromMT,
  title={From model to crop: functional characterization of SPL8 in M. truncatula led to genetic improvement of biomass yield and abiotic stress tolerance in alfalfa},
  author={Jiqing Gou and Smriti Debnath and Liang Sun and Amy K Flanagan and Yuhong Tang and Qingzhen Jiang and Jiangqi Wen and Zeng-Yu Wang},
  booktitle={Plant biotechnology journal},
  year={2018}
}
Biomass yield, salt tolerance and drought tolerance are important targets for alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) improvement. Medicago truncatula has been developed into a model plant for alfalfa and other legumes. By screening a Tnt1 retrotransposon-tagged M. truncatula mutant population, we identified three mutants with enhanced branching. Branch development determines shoot architecture which affects important plant functions such as light acquisition, resource use and ultimately impacts biomass… CONTINUE READING
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