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Plant population genetics

Section edited by Michele Morgante and Roland Kölliker

This section incorporates all aspects of the genetics of plant populations including but not limited to: analysis of evolutionary, ecological and conservation genetics of plant populations.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers coupled with allele dosage information has emerged as a powerful tool for studying complex traits in cultivated autotetraploid potato (Solanum tuberosum L....

    Authors: Alicia N. Massa, Norma C. Manrique-Carpintero, Joseph Coombs, Kathleen G. Haynes, Paul C. Bethke, Tina L. Brandt, Sanjay K. Gupta, G. Craig Yencho, Richard G. Novy and David S. Douches

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:87

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    The ability of maize populations/landraces to tolerate drastically extreme environments over the past four centuries in Algeria leads to characterize these genetic resources for germplasm management as well as...

    Authors: Miyassa Meriem Aci, Antonio Lupini, Antonio Mauceri, Abdelkader Morsli, Lakhdar Khelifi and Francesco Sunseri

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:51

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    The Hessian fly response genes, Hfr-1 and Hfr-2, have been reported to be significantly induced in a Hessian fly attack. Nothing is known about the allelic variants of these two genes in susceptible (S) and resis...

    Authors: Mui-Keng Tan, Mustapha El-Bouhssini, Ossie Wildman, Wuletaw Tadesse, Grant Chambers, Shuming Luo and Livinus Emebiri

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:50

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The changing climate and the desire to use renewable oil sources necessitate the development of new oilseed crops. Field cress (Lepidium campestre) is a species in the Brassicaceae family that has been targeted f...

    Authors: Cecilia Gustafsson, Jakob Willforss, Fernando Lopes-Pinto, Rodomiro Ortiz and Mulatu Geleta

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:36

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Genomic selection (GS) can accelerate genetic gains in breeding programmes by reducing the time it takes to complete a cycle of selection. Puccinia coronata f. sp lolli (crown rust) is one of the most widespread ...

    Authors: Sai Krishna Arojju, Patrick Conaghan, Susanne Barth, Dan Milbourne, Michael D. Casler, Trevor R. Hodkinson, Thibauld Michel and Stephen L. Byrne

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:35

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Snake melon (Cucumis melo var. flexuosus, “Faqqous”) is a traditional and ancient vegetable in the Mediterranean area. A collection of landraces from 42 grower fields in Israel and Palestinian territories was gro...

    Authors: Samer Omari, Yuri Kamenir, Jennifer I. C. Benichou, Sarah Pariente, Hanan Sela and Rafael Perl-Treves

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:34

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Genetics 2018 19:44

  7. Content type: Research article

    A great interest exists in the production of hybrid plants of the genus Passiflora given the beauty and exotic features of its flowers which have ornamental value. Hybrid paternity confirmation is therefore impor...

    Authors: Gonçalo Santos Silva, Margarete Magalhães Souza, Cláusio Antônio Ferreira de Melo, Juan Domingo Urdampilleta and Eliana Regina Forni-Martins

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:26

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The tertiary gene pool of bread wheat, to which Leymus racemosus belongs, has remained underutilized due to the current limited genomic resources of the species that constitute it. Continuous enrichment of public...

    Authors: Offiong Ukpong Edet, June-Sik Kim, Masanori Okamoto, Kousuke Hanada, Tomoyuki Takeda, Masahiro Kishii, Yasir Serag Alnor Gorafi and Hisashi Tsujimoto

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:18

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Loropetalum subcordatum is an endangered species endemic to China that is characterized by narrow distribution, small population size, and delayed fertilization. However, the genetic diversity of the entire extan...

    Authors: Bai-Jun Li, Jie-Yu Wang, Zhong-Jian Liu, Xue-Ying Zhuang and Jiu-Xiang Huang

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:12

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    Plant elicitor peptides (Peps) are endogenous molecules that induce and amplify the first line of inducible plant defense, known as pattern-triggered immunity, contributing to protect plants against attack by ...

    Authors: Cristina Ruiz, Anna Nadal, Laura Foix, Laura Montesinos, Emilio Montesinos and Maria Pla

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:11

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Lolium perenne L. is the most important forage grass species in temperate regions. It is also considered as a sustainable source of biomass for energy production. However, improvement in biomass yield has been li...

    Authors: Siyang Liu, Ulf Feuerstein, Wilbert Luesink, Sabine Schulze, Torben Asp, Bruno Studer, Heiko C. Becker and Klaus J. Dehmer

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:10

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Balancing panicle-related traits such as panicle length and the numbers of primary and secondary branches per panicle, is key to improving the number of spikelets per panicle in rice. Identifying genetic infor...

    Authors: Su Jang, Yunjoo Lee, Gileung Lee, Jeonghwan Seo, Dongryung Lee, Yoye Yu, Joong Hyoun Chin and Hee-Jong Koh

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:5

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Late embryogenesis abundant (LEA) proteins are large groups of hydrophilic proteins with major role in drought and other abiotic stresses tolerance in plants. In-depth study and characterization of LEA protein...

    Authors: Richard Odongo Magwanga, Pu Lu, Joy Nyangasi Kirungu, Hejun Lu, Xingxing Wang, Xiaoyan Cai, Zhongli Zhou, Zhenmei Zhang, Haron Salih, Kunbo Wang and Fang Liu

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:6

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Clarifying genetic diversity in a large germplasm resource plays important roles in experimental designs that provides flexible utility in fundamental research and breeding in crops. However, the work is limit...

    Authors: Qijun Xu, Xingquan Zeng, Bin Lin, Zeqing Li, Hongjun Yuan, Yulin Wang, Zhasang and Nyima Tashi

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:102

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Assessment of genetic diversity of Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp (cowpea) accessions using informative molecular markers is imperative for their genetic improvement and conservation. Use of efficacious molecular ma...

    Authors: David Okeh Igwe, Celestine Azubike Afiukwa, Benjamin Ewa Ubi, Kenneth Idika Ogbu, Omena Bernard Ojuederie and George Nkem Ude

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:98

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Seedling characteristics play significant roles in the growth and development of barley (Hordeum vulgare L.), including stable stand establishment, water and nutrients uptake, biotic resistance and abiotic stress...

    Authors: Qifei Wang, Genlou Sun, Xifeng Ren, Jibin Wang, Binbin Du, Chengdao Li and Dongfa Sun

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:94

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Borassus flabellifer or Asian Palmyra palm is an important crop for local economies in the South and Southeast Asia for its fruit and palm sugar production. Archeological and historica...

    Authors: Kwanjai Pipatchartlearnwong, Akarapong Swatdipong, Supachai Vuttipongchaikij and Somsak Apisitwanich

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:88

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    Seedling establishment is a crucial and vulnerable stage in the crop life cycle which determines further plant growth. While many studies are available on salt tolerance at the vegetative stage, the mechanisms...

    Authors: Wentao Xue, Jun Yan, Gang Zhao, Yan Jiang, Jianping Cheng, Luigi Cattivelli and Alessandro Tondelli

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:79

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Korarima [Aframomum corrorima (Braun) P.C.M. Jansen] is a spice crop native to Ethiopia. Understanding the extent and partitioning of diversity within and among crop landraces and their wild relatives is among th...

    Authors: Dagmawit Chombe, Endashaw Bekele, Tomas Bryngelsson, Abel Teshome and Mulatu Geleta

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:72

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  20. Content type: Research article

    The Elaeis oleifera genetic materials were assembled from its center of diversity in South and Central America. These materials are currently being preserved in Malaysia as ex situ living collections. Maintaining...

    Authors: Maizura Ithnin, Chee-Keng Teh and Wickneswari Ratnam

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:37

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Late blight, caused by oomycetes pathogen Phytophthora infestans (Mont.) de Bary, is the most devastating potato disease in the world. RB gene from Solanum bulbocastanum has been shown to impart broad spectrum re...

    Authors: Rajesh K. Shandil, Swarup K. Chakrabarti, Bir Pal Singh, Sanjeev Sharma, S. Sundaresha, Surinder K. Kaushik, Arvind K. Bhatt and Nitya Nand Sharma

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:22

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  22. Content type: Research article

    As seed oil content (OC) is a key measure of rapeseed quality, better understanding the genetic basis of OC would greatly facilitate the breeding of high-oil cultivars. Here, we investigated the components of ...

    Authors: Yanli Guo, Ping Si, Nan Wang, Jing Wen, Bin Yi, Chaozhi Ma, Jinxing Tu, Jitao Zou, Tingdong Fu and Jinxiong Shen

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:1

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Conservation of genetic diversity is an essential prerequisite for developing new cultivars with desirable agronomic traits. Although a large number of germplasm collections have been established worldwide, ma...

    Authors: Hea-Young Lee, Na-Young Ro, Hee-Jin Jeong, Jin-Kyung Kwon, Jinkwan Jo, Yeaseong Ha, Ayoung Jung, Ji-Woong Han, Jelli Venkatesh and Byoung-Cheorl Kang

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2016 17:142

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  24. Content type: Research article

    MYB family proteins are one of the most abundant transcription factors in the cotton plant and play diverse roles in cotton growth and evolution. Previously, few studies have been conducted in upland cotton, Goss...

    Authors: Haron Salih, Wenfang Gong, Shoupu He, Gaofei Sun, Junling Sun and Xiongming Du

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2016 17:129

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  25. Content type: Research article

    The knowledge of the extent and pattern of diversity in the crop species is a prerequisite for any crop improvement as it helps breeders in deciding suitable breeding strategies for their future improvement. R...

    Authors: Nivedita Singh, Debjani Roy Choudhury, Gunjan Tiwari, Amit Kumar Singh, Sundeep Kumar, Kalyani Srinivasan, R. K. Tyagi, A. D. Sharma, N. K. Singh and Rakesh Singh

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2016 17:127

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Sainfoin is a perennial forage legume with beneficial properties for animal husbandry due to the presence of secondary metabolites. However, worldwide cultivation of sainfoin is marginal due to the lack of var...

    Authors: Katharina Kempf, Marina Mora-Ortiz, Lydia M. J. Smith, Roland Kölliker and Leif Skøt

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2016 17:124

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Chloroplast DNA is a primary source of molecular variations for phylogenetic analysis of photosynthetic eukaryotes. However, the sequencing and analysis of multiple chloroplastic regions is difficult to apply ...

    Authors: Amel Oueslati, Frederique Ollitrault, Ghada Baraket, Amel Salhi-Hannachi, Luis Navarro and Patrick Ollitrault

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2016 17:118

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Cultivated crops have repeatedly faced new climatic conditions while spreading from their site of origin. In Sweden, at the northernmost fringe of Europe, extreme conditions with temperature-limited growth sea...

    Authors: Tytti Vanhala, Kjersti R. Normann, Maria Lundström, James L. Weller, Matti W. Leino and Jenny Hagenblad

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2016 17:117

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Hill rices (Oryza sativa L.) are direct seeded rices grown on hill slopes of different gradients. These landraces have evolved under rainfed and harsh environmental conditions and may possess genes governing adap...

    Authors: Somnath Roy, B. C. Marndi, B. Mawkhlieng, A. Banerjee, R. M. Yadav, A. K. Misra and K. C. Bansal

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2016 17:107

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Presence of Kunitz trypsin inhibitor (KTI) in soybean seeds necessitates pre-heat treatment of the soy-flour for its inactivation before using it in food and feed products. The heat treatment not only enhances...

    Authors: Shivakumar Maranna, Khushbu Verma, Akshay Talukdar, Sanjay Kumar Lal, Anil Kumar and Keya Mukherjee

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2016 17:106

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Increasing the yield of barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) is a main breeding goal in developing barley cultivars. A high density genetic linkage map containing 1894 SNP and 68 SSR markers covering 1375.8 cM was constru...

    Authors: Jibin Wang, Genlou Sun, Xifeng Ren, Chengdao Li, Lipan Liu, Qifei Wang, Binbin Du and Dongfa Sun

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2016 17:103

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Morphological traits related to flag leaves are determinant traits influencing plant architecture and yield potential in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). However, little is known regarding their genetic controls und...

    Authors: Delong Yang, Yuan Liu, Hongbo Cheng, Lei Chang, Jingjing Chen, Shouxi Chai and Mengfei Li

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2016 17:94

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Phytophthora root and stem rot (PRR) caused by Phytophthora sojae is one of the most serious diseases affecting soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.) production all over the world. The most economical and environmenta...

    Authors: Jing Huang, Na Guo, Yinghui Li, Jutao Sun, Guanjun Hu, Haipeng Zhang, Yanfei Li, Xing Zhang, Jinming Zhao, Han Xing and Lijuan Qiu

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2016 17:85

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Pears (Pyrus spp.) are one of the most important fruit crops in temperate regions. Japanese pear breeding has been carried out for over 100 years, working to release new cultivars that have good fruit quality and...

    Authors: Sogo Nishio, Norio Takada, Toshihiro Saito, Toshiya Yamamoto and Hiroyuki Iketani

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2016 17:81

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Partially clonal organisms are very common in nature, yet the influence of partial asexuality on the temporal dynamics of genetic diversity remains poorly understood. Mathematical models accounting for clonali...

    Authors: Katja Reichel, Jean-Pierre Masson, Florent Malrieu, Sophie Arnaud-Haond and Solenn Stoeckel

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2016 17:76

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Astrocaryum aculeatum is a palm tree species native to the tropical regions of South America, exploited commercially by local farmers for the pulp extracted from its fruits. The object...

    Authors: Santiago Linorio Ferreyra Ramos, Gabriel Dequigiovanni, Alexandre Magno Sebbenn, Maria Teresa Gomes Lopes, Paulo Yoshio Kageyama, Jeferson Luis Vasconcelos de Macêdo, Matias Kirst and Elizabeth Ann Veasey

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2016 17:63

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Rice (Oryza sativa L.) is the staple food of more than half of the world’s population. The identification of genetic diversity in local varieties of rice compared with that of improved or introduced varieties is ...

    Authors: Qun Xu, Xiaoping Yuan, Shan Wang, Yue Feng, Hanyong Yu, Yiping Wang, Yaolong Yang, Xinghua Wei and Ximing Li

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2016 17:53

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  38. Content type: Methodology article

    Durum wheat (Triticum turgidum L.) is a cereal crop widely grown in the Mediterranean regions; the amber grain is mainly used for the production of pasta, couscous and typical breads. Single nucleotide polymorphi...

    Authors: Pasqualina Colasuonno, Ornella Incerti, Maria Luisa Lozito, Rosanna Simeone, Agata Gadaleta and Antonio Blanco

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2016 17:43

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  39. Content type: Research article

    The cultivated peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) is an important oil and food crop in the world. Pod- and kernel-related traits are direct factors involved in determining the yield of the peanut. However, the genetic ...

    Authors: Weigang Chen, Yongqing Jiao, Liangqiang Cheng, Li Huang, Boshou Liao, Mei Tang, Xiaoping Ren, Xiaojing Zhou, Yuning Chen and Huifang Jiang

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2016 17:25

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Sainfoin (Onobrychis viciifolia) is a promising alternative forage plant of good quality, moderate nutrient demand and a high content of polyphenolic compounds. Its poor adoption is caused by the limited availabi...

    Authors: Katharina Kempf, Christoph Grieder, Achim Walter, Franco Widmer, Sonja Reinhard and Roland Kölliker

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2015 16:117

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Accurate identification of crop cultivars is crucial in assessing the impact of crop improvement research outputs. Two commonly used identification approaches, elicitation of variety names from farmer intervie...

    Authors: Ismail Y. Rabbi, Peter A. Kulakow, Joseph A. Manu-Aduening, Ansong A. Dankyi, James Y. Asibuo, Elizabeth Y. Parkes, Tahirou Abdoulaye, Gezahegn Girma, Melaku A. Gedil, Punna Ramu, Byron Reyes and Mywish K. Maredia

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2015 16:115

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Invasive species can be a major threat to native biodiversity and the number of invasive plant species is increasing across the globe. Population genetic studies of invasive species can provide key insights in...

    Authors: Jenny Hagenblad, Jennifer Hülskötter, Kamal Prasad Acharya, Jörg Brunet, Olivier Chabrerie, Sara A. O. Cousins, Pervaiz A. Dar, Martin Diekmann, Pieter De Frenne, Martin Hermy, Aurélien Jamoneau, Annette Kolb, Isgard Lemke, Jan Plue, Zafar A. Reshi and Bente Jessen Graae

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2015 16:103

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Field pea (Pisum sativum L.) is among the prominent crops in the world as food and feed. There are relatively few simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers developed from expressed sequence tags (ESTs) in P. sativum. ...

    Authors: Abel Teshome, Tomas Bryngelsson, Kifle Dagne and Mulatu Geleta

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2015 16:102

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Enset (Ensete ventricosum (Welw.) Cheesman; Musaceae) is a multipurpose drought-tolerant food security crop with high conservation and improvement concern in Ethiopia, where it supplements the human calorie requi...

    Authors: Temesgen Magule Olango, Bizuayehu Tesfaye, Mario Augusto Pagnotta, Mario Enrico Pè and Marcello Catellani

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2015 16:98

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Copy number variation was found to be a frequent type of DNA polymorphism in the human genome often associated with diseases but its importance in crops and the effects on agronomic traits are still largely un...

    Authors: Tobias Würschum, Philipp H. G. Boeven, Simon M. Langer, C. Friedrich H. Longin and Willmar L. Leiser

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2015 16:96

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  46. Content type: Research article

    The most economically important Citrus species originated by natural interspecific hybridization between four ancestral taxa (Citrus reticulata, Citrus maxima, Citrus medica, and Citrus micrantha) and from limite...

    Authors: Franck Curk, Gema Ancillo, Andres Garcia-Lor, François Luro, Xavier Perrier, Jean-Pierre Jacquemoud-Collet, Luis Navarro and Patrick Ollitrault

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2014 15:152

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Host plant resistance has been proposed as one of the most promising approaches in whitefly management. Already in 1995 two quantitative trait loci (Tv-1 and Tv-2) originating from S. habrochaites CGN1.1561 were ...

    Authors: Alejandro F Lucatti, Fien RG Meijer-Dekens, Roland Mumm, Richard GF Visser, Ben Vosman and Sjaak van Heusden

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2014 15:142

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Lentil is a self-pollinated annual diploid (2n = 2× = 14) crop with a restricted history of genetic improvement through breeding, particularly when compared to cereal crops. This limited breeding has probably ...

    Authors: Maria Lombardi, Michael Materne, Noel O I Cogan, Matthew Rodda, Hans D Daetwyler, Anthony T Slater, John W Forster and Sukhjiwan Kaur

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2014 15:150

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