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  1. Putative zeatin O-glucosyltransferase OscZOG1 regulates root and shoot development and formation of agronomic traits in rice

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    Fang-Qing Guo

    2016-01-01

    As a ubiquitous reaction, glucosylation controls the bioactivity of cytokinins in plant growth and development. Here we show that genetic manipulation of zeatin-O-glucosylation regulates the formation of important agronomic traits in rice by manipulating the expression of OscZOG1 gene, encoding a putative zeatin O-glucosyltransferase. We found that OscZOG1 was preferentially expressed in shoot and root meristematic tissues and nascent organs. The growth of lateral roots was stimulated in the overexpression lines, but inhibited in RNA interference lines. In shoots, knockdown of OscZOG1 expression by RNA interference significantly im-proved tillering, panicle branching, grain number per panicle and seed size, which are important agronomic traits for grain yield. In contrast, constitutive expression of OscZOG1 leads to negative effects on the formation of the grain-yielding traits with a marked increase in the accumulation levels of cis-zeatin O-glucoside (cZOG) in the transgenic rice plants. In this study, our findings demonstrate the feasibility of improving the critical yield-determinant agronomic traits, including tiller number, panicle branches, total grain number per panicle and grain weight by downregulating the expression level of OscZOG1. Our results suggest that modulating the levels of cytokinin glucosylation can function as a fine-tuning switch in regulating the formation of agronomic traits in rice.

  2. Development of iron and zinc enriched mungbean (Vigna radiata L.) cultivars with agronomic traits in consideration

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    Singh, R.

    2013-01-01

    Malnutrition in India, particularly among women, children and adolescents is an emergency that needs immediate attention in this fast growing and developing country. Micronutrient deficiencies are threatening public health in India more and more. Deficiencies of micronutrients drastically affect gro

  3. QTL Analysis of Major Agronomic Traits in Soybean

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    CHEN Qing-shan; ZHANG Zhong-chen; LIU Chun-yan; XIN Da-wei; QIU Hong-mei; SHAN Da-peng; SHAN Cai-yun; HU Guo-hua

    2007-01-01

    Soybean is a main crop, and most agronomic traits of soybean are quantitative; therefore, there is very important studying and applying value to locating these traits. A F2:10 RIL population containing 154 lines, derived from the cross between Charleston as female and Dongnong 594 as male parent, were used in this experiment. A genetic linkage map was constructed with 164 SSR primers, which were screened with the two parents and amplified on the 154 lines. 12 agronomic traits different between the two parents were investigated, and QTLs of all the traits were analyzed using the software Windows QTL Cartographer V2.0. The agronomic traits included quality traits: protein content, oil content, and content of protein and oil; yield traits: pods per plant, seed weight per plant, arnd 100 seeds weight; and other agronomic traits: plant height, days to maturity, branches, nod number in main stem, average leaf length, and average leaf width. The results showed that 68 QTLs in total were found for the 12 agronomic traits. The number of QTLs per trait varied from 3 for the average leaf width to 11 for 100 seeds weight and plant height, and was 5.8 on average. Good accordance was seen in many QTLs between the results of this study and the results obtained by other similar studies; therefore, these QTLs may be valuable for molecular marker assistant selection in soybean. In this study, 68 major QTLs of 12 important traits of soybean were analyzed.

  4. DNA polymorphisms and haplotype patterns of transcription factors involved in barley endosperm development are associated with key agronomic traits

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    Stracke Silke

    2010-01-01

    genes only explained a minor part of the total genetic variation although they are known to be important factors influencing the expression of seed quality traits. Therefore, we assume that grain quality as well as plant height and flowering time are influenced by many factors each contributing a small part to the expression of the phenotype. A genome-wide association analysis could provide a more comprehensive picture of loci involved in the regulation of grain quality, thousand grain weight and the other agronomic traits that were analyzed in this study. However, despite available high-throughput genotyping arrays the marker density along the barely genome is still insufficient to cover all associations in a whole genome scan. Therefore, the candidate gene-based approach will further play an important role in barley association studies.

  5. Quantitative Genetic Analysis of Agronomic and Morphological Traits in Sorghum, Sorghum bicolor

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    Riyazaddin eMohammed

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available The productivity in sorghum is low, owing to various biotic and abiotic constraints. Combining insect resistance with desirable agronomic and morphological traits is important to increase sorghum productivity. Therefore, it is important to understand the variability for various agronomic traits, their heritabilities and nature of gene action to develop appropriate strategies for crop improvement. Therefore, a full diallel set of 10 parents and their 90 crosses including reciprocals were evaluated in replicated trials during the 2013-14 rainy and postrainy seasons. The crosses between the parents with early- and late-flowering flowered early, indicating dominance of earliness for anthesis in the test material used. Association between the shoot fly resistance, morphological and agronomic traits suggested complex interactions between shoot fly resistance and morphological traits. Significance of the mean sum of squares for GCA (general combining ability and SCA (specific combining ability of all the studied traits suggested the importance of both additive and non-additive components in inheritance of these traits. The GCA/SCA, and the predictability ratios indicated predominance of additive gene effects for majority of the traits studied. High broad-sense and narrow-sense heritability estimates were observed for most of the morphological and agronomic traits. The significance of reciprocal combining ability effects for days to 50% flowering, plant height and 100 seed weight, suggested maternal effects for inheritance of these traits. Plant height and grain yield across seasons, days to 50% flowering, inflorescence exsertion and panicle shape in the postrainy season showed greater specific combining ability variance, indicating the predominance of non-additive type of gene action/epistatic interactions in controlling the expression of these traits. Additive gene action in the rainy season, and dominance in the postrainy season for days to 50

  6. Quantitative trait locus analysis of multiple agronomic traits in the model legume Lotus japonicus.

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    Gondo, Takahiro; Sato, Shusei; Okumura, Kenji; Tabata, Satoshi; Akashi, Ryo; Isobe, Sachiko

    2007-07-01

    The first quantitative trait locus (QTL) analysis of multiple agronomic traits in the model legume Lotus japonicus was performed with a population of recombinant inbred lines derived from Miyakojima MG-20 x Gifu B-129. Thirteen agronomic traits were evaluated in 2004 and 2005: traits of vegetative parts (plant height, stem thickness, leaf length, leaf width, plant regrowth, plant shape, and stem color), flowering traits (flowering time and degree), and pod and seed traits (pod length, pod width, seeds per pod, and seed mass). A total of 40 QTLs were detected that explained 5%-69% of total variation. The QTL that explained the most variation was that for stem color, which was detected in the same region of chromosome 2 in both years. Some QTLs were colocated, especially those for pod and seed traits. Seed mass QTLs were located at 5 locations that mapped to the corresponding genomic positions of equivalent QTLs in soybean, pea, chickpea, and mung bean. This study provides fundamental information for breeding of agronomically important legume crops.

  7. QTL consistency for agronomic traits across three generations and potential applications in popcorn

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    DONG Yong-bin; ZHANG Zhong-wei; SHI Qing-ling; WANG Qi-lei; ZHOU Qiang; DENG Fei; MA Zhi-yan; QIAO Da-he; LI Yu-ling

    2015-01-01

    Favorable agronomic traits are important to improve productivity of popcorn. In this study, a recombinant inbred line (RIL) population consisting of 258 lines was evaluated to identify quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for nine agronomic traits (plant height, ear height, top height (plant height subtracted ear height), top height/plant height, number of leaves above the top ear, leaf area, stalk diameter, number of tassel branches and the length of tassel) under three environments. Meta-anal-ysis was conducted then to integrate QTLs identiifed across three generations (RIL, F2:3 and BC2F2) developed from the same crosses. In total, 179 QTLs and 36 meta-QTLs (mQTL) were identiifed. The percentage of phenotypic variation (R2) explained by any single QTL varied from 3.86 to 28.4%, and 24 QTLs with contributions over 15%. Nine common QTLs located in the same or similar chromosome regions were detected across three generations. Five meta-QTLs were identiifed including QTLs in three independent studies. Seven important mQTLs were composed of 11–26 QTLs for 4–7 traits, respectively. Only 11 mQTLs were commonly identiifed in the same or similar chromosome regions across agronomic traits, popping characteristics (popping fold, popping volume and popping rate) and grain yield components (ear weight per plant, grain weight per plant, 100-grain weight, ear length, kernel number per row, ear diameter, row number per ear and kernel ratio) by meta-QTL analysis. In conclusion, we identiifed a list of QTLs, some of which with much higher contributions to agronomic traits should be valuable for further study in improving both popping characteristics and grain yield components in popcorn.

  8. Combining Abilities of Agronomic and Morphological Traits in Burley Tobacco

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    Jasminka Butorac

    2000-09-01

    Full Text Available Two-year investigations (1998-1999 of diallel crosses with four parent cultivars of burley tobacco (TN 86, Saturn, Bs 92, Bols 100 and their six F1 hybrids were carried out at the experimental field of Tobacco Institute Zagreb in Pitomača. The trial was set up according to the RCBD in four replications. Standard agrotehnics for this tobacco type were applied in tobacco growing. The goal of these investigation was to estimate on specific genetic materials the values of parent genotypes as combiners and the best specific cross combinations for agronomic (yield, price and income and morphological traits (topping height, leaf number, days to flowering, leaf length, leaf width and leaf area and internode length. Significant differences between parents and F1 hybrids were found for all investigation traits and years according to analysis of variance. Significant general and specific combining ability were also estimated for all investigation traits, except of specific combining ability for price in both investigation years. According to the GCA/SCA ratio, a higher GCA values were estimated for most traits. The cultivars TN 86 and Bs 92 were the best general combiners, while TN 86 x Bs 92, TN 86 x Bols 100 i Bs 92 x Bols 100 were the best specific combinations in both investigation years.

  9. Agronomic traits and RAPD analysis of two mutants derived from rice somatic cell culturing

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    2002-01-01

    Genetic variation, including agronomic trait variation, often occurs in somatic cell culturing. In this study, we compared the main agronomic traits of two rice mutants, M3 and M14, which were derived from Shenxiangjing 5 somatic cell culturing. Significant differences were found between the two mutants and the wild rice Shenxiangjing 5 (Table 1). Results were as follows:

  10. Early selection of agronomic traits in segregating black bean populations

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    Juliano Garcia Bertoldo

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available This study evaluated the agronomic performance of six segregating populations of black bean (BRS Supremo x CHP 97-01, BRS Supremo x CHP 97-04, BRS Supremo x CHP 97-05-16, BRS Supremo x CHP 97-26, BRS Supremo x IPR Graúna and BRS Supremo x Uirapuru IPR in the F3 generation, conducted by the bulk method. Populations and parents were evaluated in the 2007/08 growing season in a randomized block design with four replications. Results show promising traits of the segregating population BRS Supremo x CHP 97-04, which was superior to parent BRS Supremo, indicating the line for further selection. The segregating populations and their parents were grouped by Ward’s method, indicating the similarity of the selected lines.

  11. The development and application of molecular markers for linkage mapping and quantitative trait loci analysis of important agronomic traits in oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.)

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    Gan, Siou Ting

    2014-01-01

    Oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) produces over five times more oil/year/hectare than oil seed rape and accounted for 33% of world vegetable oil production in 2011. Being a cross-pollinated perennial tree crop with long breeding cycles (typically 12 years) and a large planting area requirement (usually 143 palms/hectare), utilization of molecular technology could greatly improve the efficiency of oil palm breeding. In the present study, various approaches were used to develop molecular markers for...

  12. Variability, heritability, and correlations of agronomic traits in an onion landrace and derived S1 lines

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    Bettina Porta

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available This study assessed variability, heritability and correlations of agronomic traits in an onion (Allium cepa L. landrace and derived S1 lines after a single selfing generation. Bulbs used to develop S1 lines were selected for shape, colour and high number of skins. Fifty-one S1 lines and the original population were evaluated using an incomplete random block design. The original population and S1 lines were highly diverse for quantitative and qualitative traits. S1 lines were significantly different, with transgressive segregation for number and maximum leaf length, bulbing index, bulb weight, diameter, and dry matter content. Variances within S1 lines were greater than among S1 lines for all traits. Bulb colour and number of skins responded to selection. Heritabilities for dry matter and soluble solids were 52.6% and 36.1% respectively. Both traits were highly correlated. The development of S1 lines allowed the expression of genetic variation and the identification of better genotypes for agronomic traits of interest.

  13. Agronomic Traits Development and Evolution of Winter Wheat in Huanghuai Basin%黄淮小麦农艺性状演变趋势

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    吴秀亭; 张正斌; 徐萍; 齐亚娟; 王玉莹; 何秀平; 高辉明

    2013-01-01

    [Objective]The objective of this research was to analyze the evolutionary regularity of wheat agronomic traits and study the adaptation of winter wheat to climate change and the artificial high yield breeding.[Method]The agronomic traits of diploid, tetraploid, hexaploid wheat and modern wheat varieties were recorded in different growth periods and the yield traits were measured after harvesting. [Result] The results showed that the tillering number and leaf number tended to reduce in wheat evolution. In the evolution of diploid→tetraploid→hexaploid, the plant height tended to increase;from the wild hexaploid wheat to modern wheat varieties, the plant height and biological yield per plant tended to decrease. In the returning green-heading period, the evolution of total leaf area per plant was diploidtetraploid>landraces and modern wheat varieties>diploid. The biological yield per plant tended to decrease while the grain yield and harvest index tended to increase.[Conclusion]These results indicated that the wheat wild species kept the genetic character and growth pattern of adapting to low temperature and grew slowly. Under the natural climate warming selection and high yield plant type breeding selection, modern wheat varieties tended to mature earlier with fewer tillering number to avoid cold damage and more dry matter transported to the grains from leaves.%[目的]通过对黄淮小麦品种农艺性状演变趋势分析,研究黄淮小麦适应气候变化自然选择和人工高产育种选择的规律。[方法]记载二倍体、四倍体、六倍体小麦进化材料和现代小麦品种不同生育期的农艺性状,收获后测定产量性状。[结果]小麦在进化过程中,分蘖和叶片数有减少的趋势。二倍体→四倍体→六倍体野生种,株高有增加的趋势;从六倍体野生小麦到现代小麦,株高和生物学产量又有明显降低的趋势。单株总叶面积在返青-抽穗期是二倍体<四倍体<六

  14. Genotype × Environment Interactions for Agronomic Traits of Rice Revealed by Association Mapping

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    XU Fei-fei; TANG Fu-fu; SHAO Ya-fang; CHEN Ya-ling; TONG Chuan; BAO Jin-song

    2014-01-01

    Agronomic traits are important determinants to rice yield, which are controlled by complex genetic factors as well as genotype by environment (G × E) interaction effects. The G × E effects for agronomic traits of rice have been dissected with various approaches, but not with the current available approach, the association studies. In this study, a total of 32 655 single nucleotide polymorphisms were used to carry out associations with 14 agronomic traits among 20 rice accessions in two environments. The G × E interaction effects for all the agronomic traits were at highly significant levels (P<0.01), accounting for 3.4%-22.3% of the total sum of squares except for the length of brown rice. Twenty three putative quantitative trait loci (QTLs), including five previously known and several new promising associations, were identified for 10 of 14 traits. Analysis of the relationships between the traits for which QTLs and the genotype effects could be identified suggested that the higher the genotypic effect, the higher the possibility to identify QTLs for the given trait. The new QTLs detected in this study will facilitate dissection of the complex agronomic traits and may give insight into the G × E effects with association mapping.

  15. Agronomic and seed quality traits dissected by genome-wide association mapping in Brassica napus

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    Niklas eKörber

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available In Brassica napus breeding, traits related to commercial success are of highest importance for plant breeders. However, such traits can only be assessed in an advanced developmental stage. % as well as require high experimental effort due to their quantitative inheritance and the importance of genotype*environment interaction. Molecular markers genetically linked to such traits have the potential to accelerate the breeding process of B. napus by marker-assisted selection. Therefore, the objectives of this study were to identify (i genome regions associated with the examined agronomic and seed quality traits, (ii the interrelationship of population structure and the detected associations, and (iii candidate genes for the revealed associations. The diversity set used in this study consisted of 405 Brassica napus inbred lines which were genotyped using a 6K single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP array and phenotyped for agronomic and seed quality traits in field trials. In a genome-wide association study, we detected a total of 112 associations between SNPs and the seed quality traits as well as 46 SNP-trait associations for the agronomic traits with a P-value 100 and a sequence identity of > 70 % to A. thaliana or B. rapa could be found for the agronomic SNP-trait associations and 187 hits of potential candidate genes for the seed quality SNP-trait associations.

  16. Agronomic and Seed Quality Traits Dissected by Genome-Wide Association Mapping in Brassica napus.

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    Körber, Niklas; Bus, Anja; Li, Jinquan; Parkin, Isobel A P; Wittkop, Benjamin; Snowdon, Rod J; Stich, Benjamin

    2016-01-01

    In Brassica napus breeding, traits related to commercial success are of highest importance for plant breeders. However, such traits can only be assessed in an advanced developmental stage. Molecular markers genetically linked to such traits have the potential to accelerate the breeding process of B. napus by marker-assisted selection. Therefore, the objectives of this study were to identify (i) genome regions associated with the examined agronomic and seed quality traits, (ii) the interrelationship of population structure and the detected associations, and (iii) candidate genes for the revealed associations. The diversity set used in this study consisted of 405 B. napus inbred lines which were genotyped using a 6K single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) array and phenotyped for agronomic and seed quality traits in field trials. In a genome-wide association study, we detected a total of 112 associations between SNPs and the seed quality traits as well as 46 SNP-trait associations for the agronomic traits with a P rapa could be found for the agronomic SNP-trait associations and 187 hits of potential candidate genes for the seed quality SNP-trait associations. PMID:27066036

  17. Assessment of genetic diversity in glandless cotton germplasm resources by using agronomic traits and molecular markers

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    Zhikun LI; Xingfen WANG; Yan ZHANG; Guiyin ZHANG; Liqiang WU; Jina CHI; Zhiying MA

    2008-01-01

    Seventy-one glandless cotton germplasm resources were firstly evaluated genetically by using nine agronomic traits,33 simple sequence repeat (SSR) primers and ten amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP)primer combinations.Principal component analysis (PCA) of the agronomic traits showed that the first six principal components (PCs) explained a total of 86.352% of the phenotypic variation.A total of 329 alleles were amplified for 33 SSR primers,and 232 polymorphic bands in a total of 389 bands were obtained by using ten AFLP primer combinations.The average polymorphic information content (PIC) value was 0.80 and 0.18 for SSR primers and AFLP primer combinations,respectively.The DIST (average taxonomic distance) and DICE (Nei and Li's pairwise distance) coefficients ranged from 0.373 to 3.164 and 0.786 to 0.948,respectively,for agronomic traits and SSR & AFLP data based on UPGMA analysis.This suggested that there was a higher diversity in the evaluated population for both agronomic traits and molecular markers.The Mantel's test showed that the correlation between the dendrograms based on agronomic traits and SSR & AFLP data was non-significant.

  18. Multi-trait QTL analysis for agronomic and quality characters of Agaricus bisporus (button mushrooms).

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    Gao, Wei; Baars, Johan J P; Maliepaard, Chris; Visser, Richard G F; Zhang, Jinxia; Sonnenberg, Anton S M

    2016-12-01

    The demand for button mushrooms of high quality is increasing. Superior button mushroom varieties require the combination of multiple traits to maximize productivity and quality. Very often these traits are correlated and should, therefore, be evaluated together rather than as single traits. In order to unravel the genetic architecture of multiple traits of Agaricus bisporus and the genetic correlations among traits, we have investigated a total of six agronomic and quality traits through multi-trait QTL analyses in a mixed-model. Traits were evaluated in three heterokaryon sets. Significant phenotypic correlations were observed among traits. For instance, earliness (ER) correlated to firmness (FM), cap color, and compost colonization, and FM correlated to scales (SC). QTLs of different traits located on the same chromosomes genetically explains the phenotypic correlations. QTL detected on chromosome 10 mainly affects three traits, i.e., ER, FM and SC. It explained 31.4 % phenotypic variation of SC on mushroom cap (heterokaryon Set 1), 14.9 % that of the FM (heterokaryon Set 3), and 14.2 % that of ER (heterokaryon Set 3). High value alleles from the wild parental line showed beneficial effects for several traits, suggesting that the wild germplasm is a valuable donor in terms of those traits. Due to the limitations of recombination pattern, we only made a start at understanding the genetic base for several agronomic and quality traits in button mushrooms. PMID:27620731

  19. Association of AFLP and SSR markers with agronomic and fibre quality traits in Gossypium hirsutum L.

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    Arunita Rakshit; S. Rakshit; J. Singh; S. K. Chopra; H. S. Balyan; P. K. Gupta; Shripad R. Bhat

    2010-08-01

    Molecular markers linked to QTL contributing to agronomic and fibre quality traits would be useful for cotton improvement. We have attempted to tag yield and fibre quality traits with AFLP and SSR markers using F2 and F3 populations of a cross between two Gossypium hirsutum varieties, PS56-4 and RS2013. Out of 50 AFLP primer combinations and 177 SSR primer pairs tested, 32 AFLP and four SSR primers were chosen for genotyping F2 individuals.Marker-trait associations were studied for eight agronomic and five fibre quality traits through simple and multiple regression analysis (MRA) using a set of 92 AFLP polymorphic loci and four SSR markers. Simple linear regression analysis (SLRA) identified 23 markers for eight different traits whereas multiple regression analysis identified 30 markers for at least one of the 13 traits. SSR marker BNL 3502 was consistently identified to be associated with fibre strength. While all the markers identified in SLRA were also detected in MRA, as many as 16 of the 30 markers were identified to be associated with respective traits in both F2 and F3 generations. The markers explained up to 41 per cent of phenotypic variation for individual traits. A number of markers were found to be associated with multiple traits suggesting clustering of QTLs for fibre quality traits in cotton.

  20. Genomic regions underlying agronomic traits in linseed (Linum usitatissimum L.) as revealed by association mapping‡

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    Soto-Cerda, Braulio J.; Duguid, Scott; Booker, Helen; Rowland, Gordon; Diederichsen, Axel; Cloutier, Sylvie

    2014-01-01

    The extreme climate of the Canadian Prairies poses a major challenge to improve yield. Although it is possible to breed for yield per se, focusing on yield-related traits could be advantageous because of their simpler genetic architecture. The Canadian flax core collection of 390 accessions was genotyped with 464 simple sequence repeat markers, and phenotypic data for nine agronomic traits including yield, bolls per area, 1,000 seed weight, seeds per boll, start of flowering, end of flowering...

  1. Characterization of QTL for unique agronomic traits of new-plant-type rice varieties using introgression lines of IR64

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    Analiza G. Tagle

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available To enhance the yield potential of an elite indica rice cultivar, an introgression (BC3-derived line of IR64, YTH288, was developed using a new-plant-type cultivar, IR66215-44-2-3, as a donor parent. YTH288 has agronomically valuable characteristics such as large panicles, few unproductive tillers, and large leaves inherited from NPT. To identify the genetic basis of these traits, we used 167 F2 plants derived from a cross between IR64 and YTH288 to conduct QTL analysis for five agronomic traits: days to heading (DTH, culm length (CL, flag leaf length (FLL, flag leaf width (FLW, and filled spikelet number per panicle (FSN. Six putative QTL were detected: four on chromosome 4 (for CL, FLL, FLW, and FSN and two on chromosome 2 (for DTH and FLL. All QTL with the IR66215-44-2-3 allele, except that for FLL on chromosome 2, had positive effects on each trait. To confirm the effects of these putative QTL, we developed NILs with the IR64 genetic background by marker-assisted selection. We observed significant differences in several agronomic traits between IR64 and NILs that carried these QTL on chromosomes 2 and 4. Additionally, four IR64-NILs carrying chromosomal segments derived from different NPT varieties on the long arm of chromosome 4 exhibited similar pleiotropic effects for unique agronomic traits. These NILs can be used as research materials for studying each trait and as breeding materials for yield improvement of indica rice cultivars. Abbreviations NPT, new plant type; QTL, quantitative trait loci (locus; GF, grain fertility; DTH, days to heading; CL, culm length; PL, panicle length; LL, leaf length; FLL, flag leaf length; LW, leaf width; FLW, flag leaf width; FSN, filled spikelet number per panicle; TSN, total spikelet number per panicle; PN, panicle number per plant; IRRI, International Rice Research Institute; NIL, near-isogenic line; IL, introgression line; SSR, simple sequence repeat; PCR, polymerase chain reaction

  2. Genetic mapping and QTL analysis of agronomic traits in Indian Mucuna pruriens using an intraspecific F2 population

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    S. Mahesh; M. Leelambika; Md Jaheer; A. M. Anithakumari; N. Sathyanarayana

    2016-03-01

    Mucuna pruriens is a well-recognized agricultural and horticultural crop with important medicinal use. However, antinutritional factors in seed and adverse morphological characters have negatively affected its cultivation. To elucidate the genetic control of agronomic traits, an intraspecific genetic linkage map of Indian M. pruriens has been developed based on amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) markers using 200 F2 progenies derived from a cross between wild and cultivated genotypes. The resulting linkage map comprised 129 AFLP markers dispersed over 13 linkage groups spanning a total distance of 618.88 cM with an average marker interval of 4.79 cM. For the first time, three QTLs explaining about 6.05–14.77% of the corresponding total phenotypic variation for three quantitative (seed) traits and, eight QTLs explaining about 25.96% of the corresponding total phenotypic variation for three qualitative traits have been detected on four linkage groups. The map presented here will pave a way for mapping of genes/QTLs for the important agronomic and horticultural traits contrasting between the parents used in this study.

  3. Genetic mapping and QTL analysis of agronomic traits in Indian Mucuna pruriens using an intraspecific F₂population.

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    Mahesh, S; Leelambika, M; Jaheer, Md; Anithakumari, A M; Sathyanarayana, N

    2016-03-01

    Mucuna pruriens is a well-recognized agricultural and horticultural crop with important medicinal use. However, antinutritional factors in seed and adverse morphological characters have negatively affected its cultivation. To elucidate the genetic control of agronomic traits, an intraspecific genetic linkage map of Indian M. pruriens has been developed based on amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) markers using 200 F₂ progenies derived from a cross between wild and cultivated genotypes. The resulting linkage map comprised 129 AFLP markers dispersed over 13 linkage groups spanning a total distance of 618.88 cM with an average marker interval of 4.79 cM. For the first time, three QTLs explaining about 6.05-14.77% of the corresponding total phenotypic variation for three quantitative (seed) traits and, eight QTLs explaining about 25.96% of the corresponding total phenotypic variation for three qualitative traits have been detected on four linkage groups. The map presented here will pave a way for mapping of genes/QTLs for the important agronomic and horticultural traits contrasting between the parents used in this study. PMID:27019430

  4. EFFECT OF PLANT DENSITY ON AGRONOMIC TRAITS AND PHOTOSYNTHETIC PERFORMANCE IN THE MAIZE IBM POPULATION

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    Mario Franić; Maja Mazur; Mirna Volenik; Josip Brkić; Andrija Brkić; Domagoj Šimić

    2015-01-01

    Photosynthesis is a vital process in plant physiology. Performance index is an indicator of plant vitality and is used as a main parameter in chlorophyll fluorescence measurements. Plant density is an important factor in maize production that can affect grain yield. Objective of this paper was to estimate the effect of plant density on agronomic traits and photosynthetic efficiency in the maize IBM population. The results showed a decrease in grain yield per plant basis (20 plants per plot) i...

  5. A Chromosome Segment Substitution Library of Weedy Rice for Genetic Dissection of Complex Agronomic and Domestication Traits.

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    Prasanta K Subudhi

    Full Text Available Chromosome segment substitution lines (CSSLs are a powerful alternative for locating quantitative trait loci (QTL, analyzing gene interactions, and providing starting materials for map-based cloning projects. We report the development and characterization of a CSSL library of a U.S. weedy rice accession 'PSRR-1' with genome-wide coverage in an adapted rice cultivar 'Bengal' background. The majority of the CSSLs carried a single defined weedy rice segment with an average introgression segment of 2.8 % of the donor genome. QTL mapping results for several agronomic and domestication traits from the CSSL population were compared with those obtained from two recombinant inbred line (RIL populations involving the same weedy rice accession. There was congruence of major effect QTLs between both types of populations, but new and additional QTLs were detected in the CSSL population. Although, three major effect QTLs for plant height were detected on chromosomes 1, 4, and 8 in the CSSL population, the latter two escaped detection in both RIL populations. Since this was observed for many traits, epistasis may play a major role for the phenotypic variation observed in weedy rice. High levels of shattering and seed dormancy in weedy rice might result from an accumulation of many small effect QTLs. Several CSSLs with desirable agronomic traits (e.g. longer panicles, longer grains, and higher seed weight identified in this study could be useful for rice breeding. Since weedy rice is a reservoir of genes for many weedy and agronomic attributes, the CSSL library will serve as a valuable resource to discover latent genetic diversity for improving crop productivity and understanding the plant domestication process through cloning and characterization of the underlying genes.

  6. Genomic regions underlying agronomic traits in linseed (Linum usitatissimum L.) as revealed by association mapping

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    Braulio J. Soto-Cerda; Scott Duguid; Helen Booker; Gordon Rowland; Axel Diederichsen; Sylvie Cloutier

    2014-01-01

    The extreme climate of the Canadian Prairies poses a major chal enge to improve yield. Although it is possible to breed for yield per se, focusing on yield-related traits could be advantageous because of their simpler genetic architecture. The Canadian flax core col ection of 390 accessions was genotyped with 464 simple sequence repeat markers, and phenotypic data for nine agronomic traits including yield, bol s per area, 1,000 seed weight, seeds per bol , start of flowering, end of flowering, plant height, plant branching, and lodging col ected from up to eight environments was used for association mapping. Based on a mixed model (principal component analysis (PCA) þ kinship matrix (K)), 12 significant marker-trait associations for six agronomic traits were identi-fied. Most of the associations were stable across environments as revealed by multivariate analyses. Statistical simulation for five markers associated with 1000 seed weight indicated that the favorable al eles have additive effects. None of the modern cultivars carried the five favorable al eles and the maximum number of four observed in any accessions was mostly in breeding lines. Our results confirmed the complex genetic architecture of yield-related traits and the inherent difficulties associated with their identification while il ustrating the potential for improvement through marker-assisted selection.

  7. Genomic regions underlying agronomic traits in linseed (Linum usitatissimum L.) as revealed by association mapping.

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    Soto-Cerda, Braulio J; Duguid, Scott; Booker, Helen; Rowland, Gordon; Diederichsen, Axel; Cloutier, Sylvie

    2014-01-01

    The extreme climate of the Canadian Prairies poses a major challenge to improve yield. Although it is possible to breed for yield per se, focusing on yield-related traits could be advantageous because of their simpler genetic architecture. The Canadian flax core collection of 390 accessions was genotyped with 464 simple sequence repeat markers, and phenotypic data for nine agronomic traits including yield, bolls per area, 1,000 seed weight, seeds per boll, start of flowering, end of flowering, plant height, plant branching, and lodging collected from up to eight environments was used for association mapping. Based on a mixed model (principal component analysis (PCA) + kinship matrix (K)), 12 significant marker-trait associations for six agronomic traits were identified. Most of the associations were stable across environments as revealed by multivariate analyses. Statistical simulation for five markers associated with 1000 seed weight indicated that the favorable alleles have additive effects. None of the modern cultivars carried the five favorable alleles and the maximum number of four observed in any accessions was mostly in breeding lines. Our results confirmed the complex genetic architecture of yield-related traits and the inherent difficulties associated with their identification while illustrating the potential for improvement through marker-assisted selection. PMID:24138336

  8. Genetic and Association Mapping Study of Wheat Agronomic Traits Under Contrasting Water Regimes

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    Dejan Dodig

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Genetic analyses and association mapping were performed on a winter wheat core collection of 96 accessions sampled from a variety of geographic origins. Twenty-four agronomic traits were evaluated over 3 years under fully irrigated, rainfed and drought treatments. Grain yield was the most sensitive trait to water deficit and was highly correlated with above-ground biomass per plant and number of kernels per m2. The germplasm was structured into four subpopulations. The association of 46 SSR loci distributed throughout the wheat genome with yield and agronomic traits was analyzed using a general linear model, where subpopulation information was used to control false-positive or spurious marker-trait associations (MTAs. A total of 26, 21 and 29 significant (P < 0.001 MTAs were identified in irrigated, rainfed and drought treatments, respectively. The marker effects ranged from 14.0 to 50.8%. Combined across all treatments, 34 significant (P < 0.001 MTAs were identified with nine markers, and R2 ranged from 14.5 to 50.2%. Marker psp3200 (6DS and particularly gwm484 (2DS were associated with many significant MTAs in each treatment and explained the greatest proportion of phenotypic variation. Although we were not able to recognize any marker related to grain yield under drought stress, a number of MTAs associated with developmental and agronomic traits highly correlated with grain yield under drought were identified.

  9. Genetic mapping of agronomic traits in false flax (Camelina sativa subsp. sativa).

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    Gehringer, A; Friedt, W; Lühs, W; Snowdon, R J

    2006-12-01

    The crucifer oilseed plant false flax (Camelina sativa subsp. sativa) possesses numerous valuable agronomic attributes that make it attractive as an alternative spring-sown crop for tight crop rotations. The oil of false flax is particularly rich in polyunsaturated C18-fatty acids, making it a valuable renewable feedstock for the oleochemical industry. Because of the minimal interest in the crop throughout the 20th century, breeding efforts have been limited. In this study, a genetic map for C. sativa was constructed, using amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) markers, in a population of recombinant inbred lines that were developed, through single-seed descent, from a cross between 'Lindo' and 'Licalla', 2 phenotypically distinct parental varieties. Three Brassica simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers were also integrated into the map, and 1 of these shows linkage to oil-content loci in both C. sativa and Brassica napus. Fifty-five other SSR primer combinations showed monomorphic amplification products, indicating partial genome homoeology with the Brassica species. Using data from field trials with different fertilization treatments (0 and 80 kg N/ha) at multiple locations over 3 years, the map was used to localize quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for seed yield, oil content, 1000-seed mass, and plant height. Some yield QTLs were found only with the N0 treatment, and might represent loci contributing to the competitiveness of false flax in low-nutrient soils. The results represent a starting point for future marker-assisted breeding. PMID:17426770

  10. Variation in the Agronomic and Morphological Traits of Iranian Chickpea Accessions

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    Mohammad Reza NAGHAVI; Mohammad Reza JAHANSOUZ

    2005-01-01

    Landraces of chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) in Iran have not been adequately characterized for their agronomic and morphological traits. Such characterization would be helpful in the development of improved cultivars, so in this study 362 chickpea accessions, collected from the major chickpea growing areas of Iran, were evaluated to determine their phenotypic diversity. High coefficients of variation (CVs)were recorded in pods/branch, seeds/pod, yield/plant, seeds/plant, pods/plant and branches/plant. Using principal component (PC) analysis, the first four PCs with eigenvalues more than 1 contributed 84.10% of the variability among accessions, whereas PC5 to PC10 were less than unity. PC1 was positively related to days to first maturity, days to 50% flowering and days to 50% maturity. The characters with the greatest weight on PC2 were seeds/plant and yield/plant, whereas PC3 was mainly related to pods/plant, seeds/pod and 100-seed weight, and PC4 was positively related to pods/branch and negatively to branches/plant. The germplasm was grouped into four clusters using cluster analysis. Each cluster had some specific characteristics of its own and the cluster I was clearly separated from clusters Ⅱ, Ⅲ and Ⅳ. These accessions are an important resource for the establishment of a core collection of chickpeas in the world.

  11. Agronomic Trait and Genetic Analysis of Latvian Flax Germplasm

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    Runģis, Dainis; Ļubinskis, Linards; Stramkale, Veneranda

    2015-01-01

    There is a long history of flax cultivation in Latvia, and breeding programs were active until 1970’s, when flax breeding in Latvia was halted. Since 1992, the Agriculture Science Centre of Latgale (ASCL) has repatriated Latvian flax germplasm from various genebanks, as well as renewed limited breeding activities in flax. Currently, the ASCL holds a collection of 497 flax accessions, as well as 9865 accessions of various lines and hybrids developed at the LLZC since 1993. To assist in the cha...

  12. THE EFFECTS OF DIFFERENT NITROGEN DOSES ON TUBER YIELD AND SOME AGRONOMICAL TRAITS OF EARLY POTATOES

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    GULLUOGLU, Leyla; ARIOGLU, Halis; BAKAL, Halil

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT This study was conducted to determine the effects of different nitrogen rates on tuber yield and some agronomical traits of early potatoes grown in 2011 and 2012. The field trial was conducted at the experimental field of Cukurova University, in the Randomized Complete Block Designs, with three replications, with Marfona a medium early table potato. Zero, 40, 80, 120, 160, 200, 240, 280, 320 and 360 kg ha-1 pure nitrogen doses were applied. According to the mean values of two years, ...

  13. Quantitative trait loci and underlying candidate genes controlling agronomical and fruit quality traits in octoploid strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa).

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    Zorrilla-Fontanesi, Yasmín; Cabeza, Amalia; Domínguez, Pedro; Medina, Juan Jesús; Valpuesta, Victoriano; Denoyes-Rothan, Beatrice; Sánchez-Sevilla, José F; Amaya, Iraida

    2011-09-01

    Breeding for fruit quality traits in strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa, 2n = 8x = 56) is complex due to the polygenic nature of these traits and the octoploid constitution of this species. In order to improve the efficiency of genotype selection, the identification of quantitative trait loci (QTL) and associated molecular markers will constitute a valuable tool for breeding programs. However, the implementation of these markers in breeding programs depends upon the complexity and stability of QTLs across different environments. In this work, the genetic control of 17 agronomical and fruit quality traits was investigated in strawberry using a F(1) population derived from an intraspecific cross between two contrasting selection lines, '232' and '1392'. QTL analyses were performed over three successive years based on the separate parental linkage maps and a pseudo-testcross strategy. The integrated strawberry genetic map consists of 338 molecular markers covering 37 linkage groups, thus exceeding the 28 chromosomes. 33 QTLs were identified for 14 of the 17 studied traits and approximately 37% of them were stable over time. For each trait, 1-5 QTLs were identified with individual effects ranging between 9.2 and 30.5% of the phenotypic variation, indicating that all analysed traits are complex and quantitatively inherited. Many QTLs controlling correlated traits were co-located in homoeology group V, indicating linkage or pleiotropic effects of loci. Candidate genes for several QTLs controlling yield, anthocyanins, firmness and L-ascorbic acid are proposed based on both their co-localization and predicted function. We also report conserved QTLs among strawberry and other Rosaceae based on their syntenic location.

  14. QTL and QTL x Environment Effects on Agronomic and Nitrogen Acquisition Traits in Rice

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    Senapathy Senthilvel; Kunnummal Kurungara Vinod; Palaniappan Malarvizhi; Marappa Maheswaran

    2008-01-01

    Agricultural environments deteriorate due to excess nitrogen application.Breeding for low nitrogen responsive genotypes can reduce soil nitrogen input.Rice genotypes respond variably to soil available nitrogen.The present study attempted quantification of genotype x nitrogen level interaction and mapping of quantitative trait loci (QTLs) associated with nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) and other associated agronomic traits.Twelve parameters were observed across a set of 82 double haploid (DH) lines derived from IR64/Azucena.Three nitrogen regimes namely,native (0 kg/ha; no nitrogen applied),optimum (100 kg/ha) and high (200 kg/ha) replicated thrice were the environments.The parents and DH lines were significantly varying for all traits under different nitrogen regimes.All traits except plant height recorded significant genotype x environment interaction.Individual plant yield was positively correlated with nitrogen use efficiency and nitrogen uptake.Sixteen QTLs were detected by composite interval mapping.Eleven QTLs showed significant QTL x environment interactions.On chromosome 3,seven QTLs were detected associated with nitrogen use,plant yield and associated traits.A QTL region between markers RZ678,RZ574 and RZ284 was associated with nitrogen use and yield.This chromosomal region was enriched with expressed gene sequences of known key nitrogen assimilation genes.

  15. Genetic architecture of complex agronomic traits examined in two testcross populations of rye (Secale cereale L.

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    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Rye is an important European crop used for food, feed, and bioenergy. Several quality and yield-related traits are of agronomic relevance for rye breeding programs. Profound knowledge of the genetic architecture of these traits is needed to successfully implement marker-assisted selection programs. Nevertheless, little is known on quantitative loci underlying important agronomic traits in rye. Results We used 440 F3:4 inbred lines from two biparental populations (Pop-A, Pop-B fingerprinted with about 800 to 900 SNP, SSR and/or DArT markers and outcrossed them to a tester for phenotyping. The resulting hybrids and their parents were evaluated for grain yield, single-ear weight, test weight, plant height, thousand-kernel weight, falling number, protein, starch, soluble and total pentosan contents in up to ten environments in Central Europe. The quality of the phenotypic data was high reflected by moderate to high heritability estimates. QTL analyses revealed a total of 31 QTL for Pop-A and 52 for Pop-B. QTL x environment interactions were significant (P  Conclusions QTL mapping was successfully applied based on two segregating rye populations. QTL underlying grain yield and several quality traits had small effects. In contrast, thousand-kernel weight, test weight, falling number and starch content were affected by several major QTL with a high frequency of occurrence in cross validation. These QTL explaining a large proportion of the genotypic variance can be exploited in marker-assisted selection programs and are candidates for further genetic dissection.

  16. Population structure and association mapping studies for important agronomic traits in soybean

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    Bhupender Kumar; Akshay Talukdar; Indu Bala; Khushbu Verma; Sanjay Kumar Lal; Ramesh Lal Sapra; B. Namita; Subhash Chander; Reshu Tiwari

    2014-12-01

    The present study was carried out with a set of 96 diverse soybean genotypes with the objectives of analysing the population structure and to identify molecular markers associated with important agronomic traits. Large phenotypic variability was observed for the agronomic traits under study indicating suitability of the genotypes for association studies. The maximum values for plant height, pods per plant, seeds per pod, 100-seed weight and seed yield per plant were approximately two and half to three times more than the minimum values for the genotypes. Seed yield per plant was found to be significantly correlated with pods per plant ($r = 0.77$), 100-seed weight ($r = 0.35$) and days to maturity ($r = 0.23$). The population structure studies depicted the presence of seven subpopulations which nearly corresponded with the source of geographical origin of the genotypes. Linkage disequilibrium (LD) between the linked markers decreased with the increased distance, and a substantial drop in LD decay values was observed between 30 and 35 cM. Genomewide marker-traits association analysis carried out using general linear (GLM) and mixed linear models (MLM) identified six genomic regions (two of them were common in both) on chromosomes 6, 7, 8, 13, 15 and 17, which were found to be significantly associated with various important traits viz., plant height, pods per plant, 100-seed weight, plant growth habit, average number of seeds per pod, days to 50% flowering and days to maturity. The phenotypic variation explained by these loci ranged from 6.09 to 13.18% and 4.25 to 9.01% in the GLM and MLM studies, respectively. In conclusion, association mapping (AM) in soybean could be a viable alternative to conventional QTL mapping approach.

  17. Genome Wide Single Locus Single Trait, Multi-Locus and Multi-Trait Association Mapping for Some Important Agronomic Traits in Common Wheat (T. aestivum L.).

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    Jaiswal, Vandana; Gahlaut, Vijay; Meher, Prabina Kumar; Mir, Reyazul Rouf; Jaiswal, Jai Prakash; Rao, Atmakuri Ramakrishna; Balyan, Harindra Singh; Gupta, Pushpendra Kumar

    2016-01-01

    Genome wide association study (GWAS) was conducted for 14 agronomic traits in wheat following widely used single locus single trait (SLST) approach, and two recent approaches viz. multi locus mixed model (MLMM), and multi-trait mixed model (MTMM). Association panel consisted of 230 diverse Indian bread wheat cultivars (released during 1910-2006 for commercial cultivation in different agro-climatic regions in India). Three years phenotypic data for 14 traits and genotyping data for 250 SSR markers (distributed across all the 21 wheat chromosomes) was utilized for GWAS. Using SLST, as many as 213 MTAs (p ≤ 0.05, 129 SSRs) were identified for 14 traits, however, only 10 MTAs (~9%; 10 out of 123 MTAs) qualified FDR criteria; these MTAs did not show any linkage drag. Interestingly, these genomic regions were coincident with the genomic regions that were already known to harbor QTLs for same or related agronomic traits. Using MLMM and MTMM, many more QTLs and markers were identified; 22 MTAs (19 QTLs, 21 markers) using MLMM, and 58 MTAs (29 QTLs, 40 markers) using MTMM were identified. In addition, 63 epistatic QTLs were also identified for 13 of the 14 traits, flag leaf length (FLL) being the only exception. Clearly, the power of association mapping improved due to MLMM and MTMM analyses. The epistatic interactions detected during the present study also provided better insight into genetic architecture of the 14 traits that were examined during the present study. Following eight wheat genotypes carried desirable alleles of QTLs for one or more traits, WH542, NI345, NI170, Sharbati Sonora, A90, HW1085, HYB11, and DWR39 (Pragati). These genotypes and the markers associated with important QTLs for major traits can be used in wheat improvement programs either using marker-assisted recurrent selection (MARS) or pseudo-backcrossing method.

  18. Genome Wide Single Locus Single Trait, Multi-Locus and Multi-Trait Association Mapping for Some Important Agronomic Traits in Common Wheat (T. aestivum L..

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    Full Text Available Genome wide association study (GWAS was conducted for 14 agronomic traits in wheat following widely used single locus single trait (SLST approach, and two recent approaches viz. multi locus mixed model (MLMM, and multi-trait mixed model (MTMM. Association panel consisted of 230 diverse Indian bread wheat cultivars (released during 1910-2006 for commercial cultivation in different agro-climatic regions in India. Three years phenotypic data for 14 traits and genotyping data for 250 SSR markers (distributed across all the 21 wheat chromosomes was utilized for GWAS. Using SLST, as many as 213 MTAs (p ≤ 0.05, 129 SSRs were identified for 14 traits, however, only 10 MTAs (~9%; 10 out of 123 MTAs qualified FDR criteria; these MTAs did not show any linkage drag. Interestingly, these genomic regions were coincident with the genomic regions that were already known to harbor QTLs for same or related agronomic traits. Using MLMM and MTMM, many more QTLs and markers were identified; 22 MTAs (19 QTLs, 21 markers using MLMM, and 58 MTAs (29 QTLs, 40 markers using MTMM were identified. In addition, 63 epistatic QTLs were also identified for 13 of the 14 traits, flag leaf length (FLL being the only exception. Clearly, the power of association mapping improved due to MLMM and MTMM analyses. The epistatic interactions detected during the present study also provided better insight into genetic architecture of the 14 traits that were examined during the present study. Following eight wheat genotypes carried desirable alleles of QTLs for one or more traits, WH542, NI345, NI170, Sharbati Sonora, A90, HW1085, HYB11, and DWR39 (Pragati. These genotypes and the markers associated with important QTLs for major traits can be used in wheat improvement programs either using marker-assisted recurrent selection (MARS or pseudo-backcrossing method.

  19. Correlation and path analysis of agronomic and morphological traits in maize

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    Tallyta Nayara Silva

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT The efficiency of selection can be broadened for certain traits using estimative of genetic parameters, which are fundamental for plant breeding. The estimative of genetic parameters allows identifying the nature of the action of genes involved in the control of quantitative traits and evaluates the efficiency of different breeding strategies to obtain genetic gains. Therefore, this study aimed to verify the variability and correlation between morphological and agronomic traits in synthetic maize populations, in order to practice indirect selection. Thirteen populations were evaluated in field experiments at Jaboticabal- SP and Campo Alegre de Goiás-GO, using randomized block design, for lodging (LOD, culm breakage (CB, plant height (PH, ear height (EH and grain yield (GY. The 13 populations were also sown in 1 kg-plastic bags under black shade cloth, using a randomized complete block design with nine replications, for evaluation of the morphological traits: main root length (MRL, root fresh matter (RFM, root dry matter (RDM, average root diameter (ARD, root surface area (RSA, root tissue density (RTD and shoots dry matter (SDM. The trait GY exhibited genetic variability enough to be effective if used for selection. The selection on the morphological traits is indicated on RDM, due to the ease in obtaining data and its accuracy, high correlation with all morphological traits and association with GY. The simultaneous selection based on RFM and RDM, for gains in GY, can be performed. The highest direct effect on GY was identified in LOD and CB, being indicated for indirect selection.

  20. Whole-Genome Mapping Reveals Novel QTL Clusters Associated with Main Agronomic Traits of Cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata L.)

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    Lv, Honghao; Wang, Qingbiao; Liu, Xing; Han, Fengqing; Fang, Zhiyuan; Yang, Limei; Zhuang, Mu; Liu, Yumei; Li, Zhansheng; Zhang, Yangyong

    2016-01-01

    We describe a comprehensive quantitative trait locus (QTL) analysis for 24 main agronomic traits of cabbage. Field experiments were performed using a 196-line double haploid population in three seasons in 2011 and 2012 to evaluate important agronomic traits related to plant type, leaf, and head traits. In total, 144 QTLs with LOD threshold >3.0 were detected for the 24 agronomic traits: 25 for four plant-type-related traits, 64 for 10 leaf-related traits, and 55 for 10 head-related traits; each QTL explained 6.0–55.7% of phenotype variation. Of the QTLs, 95 had contribution rates higher than 10%, and 51 could be detected in more than one season. Major QTLs included Ph 3.1 (max R2 = 55.7, max LOD = 28.2) for plant height, Ll 3.2 (max R2 = 31.7, max LOD = 13.95) for leaf length, and Htd 3.2 (max R2 = 28.5, max LOD = 9.49) for head transverse diameter; these could all be detected in more than one season. Twelve QTL clusters were detected on eight chromosomes, and the most significant four included Indel481–scaffold18376 (3.20 Mb), with five QTLs for five traits; Indel64–scaffold35418 (2.22 Mb), six QTLs for six traits; scaffold39782–Indel84 (1.78 Mb), 11 QTLs for 11 traits; and Indel353–Indel245 (9.89 Mb), seven QTLs for six traits. Besides, most traits clustered within the same region were significantly correlated with each other. The candidate genes at these regions were also discussed. Robust QTLs and their clusters obtained in this study should prove useful for marker-assisted selection (MAS) in cabbage breeding and in furthering our understanding of the genetic control of these traits.

  1. Whole-Genome Mapping Reveals Novel QTL Clusters Associated with Main Agronomic Traits of Cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata L.).

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    Lv, Honghao; Wang, Qingbiao; Liu, Xing; Han, Fengqing; Fang, Zhiyuan; Yang, Limei; Zhuang, Mu; Liu, Yumei; Li, Zhansheng; Zhang, Yangyong

    2016-01-01

    We describe a comprehensive quantitative trait locus (QTL) analysis for 24 main agronomic traits of cabbage. Field experiments were performed using a 196-line double haploid population in three seasons in 2011 and 2012 to evaluate important agronomic traits related to plant type, leaf, and head traits. In total, 144 QTLs with LOD threshold >3.0 were detected for the 24 agronomic traits: 25 for four plant-type-related traits, 64 for 10 leaf-related traits, and 55 for 10 head-related traits; each QTL explained 6.0-55.7% of phenotype variation. Of the QTLs, 95 had contribution rates higher than 10%, and 51 could be detected in more than one season. Major QTLs included Ph 3.1 (max R (2) = 55.7, max LOD = 28.2) for plant height, Ll 3.2 (max R (2) = 31.7, max LOD = 13.95) for leaf length, and Htd 3.2 (max R (2) = 28.5, max LOD = 9.49) for head transverse diameter; these could all be detected in more than one season. Twelve QTL clusters were detected on eight chromosomes, and the most significant four included Indel481-scaffold18376 (3.20 Mb), with five QTLs for five traits; Indel64-scaffold35418 (2.22 Mb), six QTLs for six traits; scaffold39782-Indel84 (1.78 Mb), 11 QTLs for 11 traits; and Indel353-Indel245 (9.89 Mb), seven QTLs for six traits. Besides, most traits clustered within the same region were significantly correlated with each other. The candidate genes at these regions were also discussed. Robust QTLs and their clusters obtained in this study should prove useful for marker-assisted selection (MAS) in cabbage breeding and in furthering our understanding of the genetic control of these traits. PMID:27458471

  2. Genetic analyses of agronomic traits in Tartary buckwheat (Fagopyrum tataricum (L.) Gaertn.).

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    Li, Chunhua; Kobayashi, Kiwa; Yoshida, Yasuko; Ohsawa, Ryo

    2012-12-01

    The consumption of products made from Tartary buckwheat (Fagopyrum tataricum (L.) Gaertn.) has increased in recent years in Japan. Increased consumer demand has led to recognition of the need for early varieties of this crop with high and stable yields. In order to accomplish this, more information is needed on the genetic mechanisms affecting earliness and yield. We conducted genetic analysis of 3 agronomic traits (days to flowering, plant height and total seed weight per plant) to segregate F(2) and F(3) populations derived from a cross between Tartary buckwheat cultivars 'Hokuriku No. 4' and 'Ishisoba'. Broad-sense heritability estimates for days to flowering, plant height and total seed weight were 0.70, 0.62 and 0.75, respectively, in F(3) population. Narrow-sense heritability for total seed weight (0.51) was highest, followed by heritability for days to flowering (0.37), with heritability for plant height (0.26) lowest. Later flowering was associated with increased plant height and higher yields. From the F(4) generation, we identified twelve candidate plants with earlier maturity and reduced plant height compared to 'Hokuriku No. 4', but almost the same total seed weight. These results suggest that hybridization breeding using the single seed descent (SSD) method is an effective approach for improving agronomic characteristics of Tartary buckwheat.

  3. Correlations and path analysis among agronomic and technological traits of upland cotton.

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    Farias, F J C; Carvalho, L P; Silva Filho, J L; Teodoro, P E

    2016-01-01

    To date, path analysis has been used with the aim of breeding different cultures. However, for cotton, there have been few studies using this analysis, and all of these have used fiber productivity as the primary dependent variable. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to identify agronomic and technological properties that can be used as criteria for direct and indirect phenotypes in selecting cotton genotypes with better fibers. We evaluated 16 upland cotton genotypes in eight trials conducted during the harvest 2008/2009 in the State of Mato Grosso, using a randomized block design with four replicates. The evaluated traits were: plant height, average boll weight, percentage of fiber, cotton seed yield, fiber length, uniformity of fiber, short fiber index, fiber strength, elongation, maturity of the fibers, micronaire, reflectance, and the degree of yellowing. Phenotypic correlations between the traits and cotton fiber yield (main dependent variable) were unfolded in direct and indirect effects through path analysis. Fiber strength, uniformity of fiber, and reflectance were found to influence fiber length, and therefore, these traits are recommended for both direct and indirect selection of cotton genotypes. PMID:27525939

  4. Gene Mapping of Brachytic Stem and Its Effect on Main Agronomic Traits in Soybean

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    2005-01-01

    Brachytic stem is a major trait in plant type of soybean and its yield potential may be higher under high population when compared with normal stem. In the present investigation, 152 recombinant inbred line (RIL) families derived from the cross of Bogao (normal stem) and Nannong 94-156 (brachytic stem) were used to map genes and QTLs of three plant type traits and to identify the effects of brachytic stem on agronomic traits such as yield. The primary results indicated that brachytic stem (sb) and determinate growth habit (dtl) were mapped on linkage groups B2 and L, three major QTLs related to plant height were detected and mapped on linkage group L near dtl, another minor QTL was mapped near sb on linkage group B2-1. Lines with brachytic stem had shorter plant height, lower biomass, yield, harvest index and pods per plant, and essentially no differences in days to maturity and 100-seed weight when compared with normal stem lines. It was obvious that the effect of brachytic stem on yield was due to the decreased height, biomass and harvest index.

  5. QTLs for agronomic traits in the Mediterranean environment identified in recombinant inbred lines of the cross 'Arta' × ¤H. spontaneum¤ 41-1

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    Baum, M.; Grando, S.; Backes, G.;

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    ). The linkage map extended to 890 cM. Agronomic traits such as grain yield, biological yield, days to heading, plant height, cold tolerance and others were evaluated at the ICARDA research stations Tel Hadya and Breda during the years 1996-97 and 1997-98. QTLs for agronomic traits related to drought...... other traits associated with adaptation to the Mediterranean environment such as cold tolerance, days to heading and tiller number. The identification of QTLs for agronomic traits is a first step to analyze and to dissect complex characters such as adaptation to drought tolerance....

  6. Univariate and Multivariate Analysis of Agronomical Traits of Preselected Argan Trees

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    Naima AIT AABD

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available A collection of thirty argan trees (Argania spinosa (L. Skeels, representing the Aoulouz provenance in southwest of Morocco were used to study genetic variability and selection for three years. In this study, the genetic diversity of thirty genotypes (tree mothers of argan (Argania spinosa collected from Aoulouz was evaluated using agro-morphological characters. The main objective of the study was to assess and describe with multivariate analysis the genetic diversity in order to select good candidate trees for a future breeding program. The results obtained showed a large variation for all the traits examined. Analysis of variance using general linear model provided a significant variation between genotypes. Furthermore, genotypic and phenotypic variances for quantitative traits, particularly for seed length, seed width, almond length and oil content were higher. Phenotypic coefficient of variation was higher than genotypic coefficient of variation for all the characters. High heritability was recorded for oil content (97.90%, seed width (72.68% and seed length (57.55% respectively, indicating the additive gene action. In addition, a three dimensional plot based on principal coordinate analysis method was used to evaluate the performance genotypes as to the production of oil for three years. The genotypes ‘Ao-12R’, ‘Ao-7R’, ‘Ao-4R’, ‘Ao-4V’, ‘Ao-11R’, ‘Ao-8V’ and ‘Ao-7V’ were found to be the best for high oil content. Identification and selection with superior agronomic traits may be an effective method for genetic improvement of argan trees, and a first step for further breeding studies.

  7. Main agronomic traits and resistance to rice blast of space-induced mutant lines of Zhong-er-ruan-zhan

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    The main agronomic traits and resistance to rice blast of 34 space-induced lines from an elite rice cultivar, Zhong-er-ruan-zhan were evaluated at their SP4. The resistance to blast of the mutant lines had been tested by two blast isolates previously. It was found that the mutant lines showed significant difference in plant height, effective panicles, panicle length and grains per panicle etc. from their parent. The range of variation in 1000-grain weight the largest, followed by the seed-setting rate, and that of effective panicles was the least among all the traits. Except for the line Z34, 33 mutant lines had broader resistance spectra than the wild-type based on the test with 38 different blast isolates, and all the 33 lines were also resistant to the panicle blast in the field. The result confirmed that selection for resistant to blast in lower generations was reliable. Taking account of agronomic traits and blast resistance, promising lines with resistance to blast and good agronomic characters could be selected from those mutant lines. Therefore, the elite rice germplasm with enhanced disease resistance can be produced. (authors)

  8. Evaluation of Agronomic Traits in Chromosome Segment Substitution Lines of KDML105 Containing Drought Tolerance QTL under Drought Stress

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    Vaiphot KANJOO; Kanchana PUNYAWAEW; Jonaliza L. SIANGLIW; Suwat JEARAKONGMAN; Apichart VANAVICHIT; Theerayut TOOJINDA

    2012-01-01

    Drought is a major abiotic constraint to rice production in rainfed lowland and insufficiently irrigated areas.The improvement of drought tolerant varieties is one of the strategies to reduce the negative effects of drought.Quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for primary and secondary traits related to drought toleranco (DT) on chromosomes 1,3,4,8 and 9 that determined from double haploid lines derived from a cross between CT9993 and IR62266 were introgressed and dissected into small pieces in the genetic background of Khao Dawk Mali 105 (KDML105) to develop chromosome segment substitution line (CSSL) population.The CSSLs were evaluated at the reproductive stage for their agronomic performance and yield components under drought stress,and results were compared with irrigated condition.The flowering of CSSL lines was 6 to 7 d earlier than KDML105.The mean values of grain yields in the CSSLs were higher than KDML105 under drought and irrigated conditions.At irrigated condition,the grain yields of introgression lines carrying DT-QTLs from chromosomes 4 and 8 were higher than that of KDML105,whereas other traits showed little difference with KDML105.Analysis indicated that grain yield has positive correlation with plant height,tiller and panicle number per plant,and total grain weight per plant under drought stress while negatively correlated with days to flowering.As mentioned above,CSSLs showing good adaptation under drought stress can be used as genetic materials to improve drought tolerance in Thai rainfed lowland rice breeding program,and as materials to dissect genes underlying drought tolerance.

  9. Gene action studies for agronomic traits in maize under normal and water stress conditions

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    A set of six drought tolerant and susceptible maize inbred lines were evaluated under normal and water stress conditions. Significant differences among the genotypes were found for all the characters. Plant height, leaf area, grain yield per plant and harvest index, under both conditions indicated additive gene action with partial dominance which suggested that these traits might be useful during selection for developing synthetics. However over-dominance type of gene action was recorded for kernels per row and 100-grain weight. Heritability estimates ranged from moderate to high (54- 85%) for various traits. Gene action (additive and overdominance) and heritability suggested selection of desirable parents for breeding drought tolerant hybrids. (author)

  10. Comparative study of QTLs for agronomic traits of rice (Oriza sativa L.) between salt stress and nonstress environment

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    2001-01-01

    Genotype-by-environment interactions (G′E) are commonly observedfor quantitative traits. In the present study, a doubled haploid (DH) population and its genetic linkage map were used to comparatively study QTLs in salt stress and nonstress environments. A total of 24 QTLs were detected for five agronomic traits, which were distributed on all the chromosomes except 9 and 11. Under the salt stress, nine (37.5%) QTLs were detected, including one for 1 000-grain weight (GW), two for heading date (HD), one for plant height (PH), two for grains per panicle (GPP), and three for effective tillers (ET), while in the nonstress environment, 17 QTLs (70.8%) were detected, including five for GW, six for HD, three for PH, two for GPP, and one for ET. Two QTLs (8.3%) were consistently detected in both environments. One was identified on chromosome 4 for HD and the other on Chr.6 for GPP. Furthermore, three regions carrying multiple QTLs were identified on chromosomes 1, 4 and 8 respectively. For example, on chromosome 8, three QTLs for HD, GW and PH, respectively were identified between RG885-GA408 in nonstress environment, but not in the stress environment. The comparative study of QTLs detected in extremely different (salt stress and nonstress) environments revealed that there existed several QTLs for important agronomic traits on chromosome 8 which were affected significantly by salt stress.

  11. 胡麻农艺性状与品质性状的相关性分析%Correlation Analysis Between Agronomic Traits and Quality Traits in Flax

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    王利民; 党占海; 张建平; 赵利; 党照; 赵玮

    2013-01-01

    为了研究胡麻主要农艺性状与品质性状间的相互关系,为胡麻品质育种提供理论依据,以256份胡麻品种资源为材料,应用简单相关和典型相关分析方法,对胡麻主要农艺性状和品质性状间的相关性进行了分析。结果表明:胡麻农艺性状和品质性状间存在显著地相关性,通过典型相关分析可以归纳出6对主要典型变量,占两组性状间总相关信息的99.30%,在二者典型相关中起决定作用的主要性状有千粒重、单株果数、单株产量、单株分茎数及含油率、油酸、亚油酸、亚麻酸含量。其中,前3对典型变量所包含的相关信息分别占两组性状间全部相关信息的45.47%、30.53%和13.51%,所凝聚的生物学信息主要是千粒重与含油率、单株果数与油酸及亚麻酸含量、单株分茎数与含油率的相关性,表明千粒重大、单株果数多而分茎数较少的品种含油率及油酸的含量较高。因此,通过农艺性状可以实现对胡麻品质性状的间接选择。%To analyze the correlation between agronomic traits and quality traits in flax and provide scientific basis for flax quality breeding, the simple correlation and canonical correlation analysis was used to study the correlation between agronomic traits and quality traits in 256 flax cultivars. The results showed that, the correlation between agronomic traits and quality traits of flax was extremely significant. Using canonical correlation analysis, 6 pairs of canonical variables were obtained which contained 99.3%of the total correlation information between agronomic and quality traits. The main traits that played a decisive role in canonical correlation were 1000-seeds weight, fruits per plant, plant yield, stems per plant, oil content, oleic acid, linoleic acid and linolenic acid. Among the 6 pairs of canonical variables, the correlation information involved in front 3 pairs of canonical variables were 45

  12. Genome wide association study for drought, aflatoxin resistance, and important agronomic traits of maize hybrids in the sub-tropics.

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    Farfan, Ivan D Barrero; De La Fuente, Gerald N; Murray, Seth C; Isakeit, Thomas; Huang, Pei-Cheng; Warburton, Marilyn; Williams, Paul; Windham, Gary L; Kolomiets, Mike

    2015-01-01

    The primary maize (Zea mays L.) production areas are in temperate regions throughout the world and this is where most maize breeding is focused. Important but lower yielding maize growing regions such as the sub-tropics experience unique challenges, the greatest of which are drought stress and aflatoxin contamination. Here we used a diversity panel consisting of 346 maize inbred lines originating in temperate, sub-tropical and tropical areas testcrossed to stiff-stalk line Tx714 to investigate these traits. Testcross hybrids were evaluated under irrigated and non-irrigated trials for yield, plant height, ear height, days to anthesis, days to silking and other agronomic traits. Irrigated trials were also inoculated with Aspergillus flavus and evaluated for aflatoxin content. Diverse maize testcrosses out-yielded commercial checks in most trials, which indicated the potential for genetic diversity to improve sub-tropical breeding programs. To identify genomic regions associated with yield, aflatoxin resistance and other important agronomic traits, a genome wide association analysis was performed. Using 60,000 SNPs, this study found 10 quantitative trait variants for grain yield, plant and ear height, and flowering time after stringent multiple test corrections, and after fitting different models. Three of these variants explained 5-10% of the variation in grain yield under both water conditions. Multiple identified SNPs co-localized with previously reported QTL, which narrows the possible location of causal polymorphisms. Novel significant SNPs were also identified. This study demonstrated the potential to use genome wide association studies to identify major variants of quantitative and complex traits such as yield under drought that are still segregating between elite inbred lines.

  13. Genome wide association study for drought, aflatoxin resistance, and important agronomic traits of maize hybrids in the sub-tropics.

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    Ivan D Barrero Farfan

    Full Text Available The primary maize (Zea mays L. production areas are in temperate regions throughout the world and this is where most maize breeding is focused. Important but lower yielding maize growing regions such as the sub-tropics experience unique challenges, the greatest of which are drought stress and aflatoxin contamination. Here we used a diversity panel consisting of 346 maize inbred lines originating in temperate, sub-tropical and tropical areas testcrossed to stiff-stalk line Tx714 to investigate these traits. Testcross hybrids were evaluated under irrigated and non-irrigated trials for yield, plant height, ear height, days to anthesis, days to silking and other agronomic traits. Irrigated trials were also inoculated with Aspergillus flavus and evaluated for aflatoxin content. Diverse maize testcrosses out-yielded commercial checks in most trials, which indicated the potential for genetic diversity to improve sub-tropical breeding programs. To identify genomic regions associated with yield, aflatoxin resistance and other important agronomic traits, a genome wide association analysis was performed. Using 60,000 SNPs, this study found 10 quantitative trait variants for grain yield, plant and ear height, and flowering time after stringent multiple test corrections, and after fitting different models. Three of these variants explained 5-10% of the variation in grain yield under both water conditions. Multiple identified SNPs co-localized with previously reported QTL, which narrows the possible location of causal polymorphisms. Novel significant SNPs were also identified. This study demonstrated the potential to use genome wide association studies to identify major variants of quantitative and complex traits such as yield under drought that are still segregating between elite inbred lines.

  14. GENOTYPIC VARIABILITY ESTIMATES OF AGRONOMIC TRAITS FOR SELECTION IN A SWEETPOTATO (IPOMOEA BATATAS POLYCROSS POPULATION IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA

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    Boney Wera

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Successful crop breeding program incorporating agronomic and consumer preferred traits can be achieved by recognizing the existence and degree of variability among sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas, (L. Lam. genotypes. Understanding genetic variability, genotypic and phenotypic correlation and inheritance among agronomic traits is fundamental to improvement of any crop. The study was carried out with the objective to estimate the genotypic variability and other yield related traits of highlands sweetpotato in Papua New Guinea in a polycross population. A total of 8 genotypes of sweetpotato derived from the polycross were considered in two cycles of replicated field experiments. Analysis of Variance was computed to contrast the variability within the selected genotypes based on high yielding β-carotene rich orange-fleshed sweetpotato. The results revealed significant differences among the genotypes. Genotypic coefficient of variation (GCV % was lower than phenotypic coefficient of variation (PCV % for all traits studied. Relatively high genetic variance, along with high heritability and expected genetic advances were observed in NMTN and ABYield. Harvest index (HI, scab and gall mite damage scores had heritability of 67%, 66% and 37% respectively. Marketable tuber yield (MTYield and total tuber yield (TTYield had lower genetic variance, low heritability and low genetic advance. There is need to investigate correlated inheritance among these traits. Selecting directly for yield improvement in polycross population may not be very efficient as indicated by the results. Therefore, it can be conclude that the variability within sweetpotato genotypes collected from polycross population in Aiyura Research Station for tuber yield is low and the extent of its yield improvement is narrow.

  15. Glucose, stem dry weight variation, principal component and cluster analysis for some agronomic traits among 16 regenerated Crotalaria juncea accessions for potential cellulosic ethanol.

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    Morris, J Bradley; Antonious, George F

    2013-01-01

    The objectives of this research were to identify candidate sunn hemp accessions having high concentrations of cellulose for use as parents in breeding for cellulose and to determine variability for glucose content and some important agronomic traits among sunn hemp accessions. Since sunn hemp is an under-utilized species, glucose content and agronomic trait variation is essential for the identification of superior sunn hemp accessions for use as potential ethanol for biofuel. Sixteen sunn hemp accessions including the following plant introductions (expressed as glucose concentration) and stem dry weights were studied. "Sixteen sunn hemp accessions including the following plant introductions (expressed as glucose concentration) and stem dry weights were studied." In addition, to verify variability, these traits plus morphological, phenological, and seed reproductive traits were analyzed using multivariate and cluster analysis. The accessions, PI 250487, PI 337080, and PI 219717 produced the highest glucose concentrations (859, 809, and 770 mg g(-1) stem dry weight, respectively), however PI 468956 produced the highest stem dry weight (258 g). Branching significantly correlated with foliage (r(2) = 0.67**) and relative maturity (r(2) = 0.60*), while maturity had a significantly negative correlation with seed number (r(2) = -0.67**) and plant width (r(2) = -0.53*) as well. Seed number significantly correlated with plant width (r(2) = 0.57*). Average linkage cluster analysis grouped the 16 sunn hemp accessions into well-defined phenotypes with four distinct seed-producing groups and one outlier. Based on multivariate and cluster analysis, sufficient variation among these16 sunn hemp accessions exists to support the development of cellulosic ethanol producing cultivars with improved architecture, early maturity, seed yield, glucose concentrations, and stem dry weights. PMID:23356343

  16. Heterosis studies for agronomic trait under different environmental conditions in sesame (Sesamum indicum L.

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    Narendra Kumar, S. B. S. Tikka, Bhagirath Ram, M. C. Dagla

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available An investigation was carried out to study extent of heterosis under four different environments for yield and its component traits in sesame. Diallel mating design excluding reciprocals was used to develop 28 F1 crosses from eight parents. Analysis of variance revealed highly significant differences among the parents vs hybrids was observed under four environments for all the characters, indicating the presence of significant amount of genetic variability for all traits under studied. Heterosis was worked out over mid parent, better parent and standard check, GT-2. For seed yield, crosses Pbtil-1 × AT-124, GT-10 × Pbtil-1 and GT-2 × PT-64 in E1, crosses GT-10 × TMV-3, GT-2 × PT-64 and GT-10 × Pbtil-1 in E2 and crosses TMV-3 × C-1013, TMV-3 × Pbtil-1 and GT-10 × Pbtil-1 in environment E3 having high per se performance along with significant mid parent, batter parent and standard heterosis. Hence, these crosses would be exploited for isolating transgressive segregants for seed yield and its component traits for genetic improvement in sesame.

  17. Determining the most important physiological and agronomic traits contributing to maize grain yield through machine learning algorithms: a new avenue in intelligent agriculture.

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    Avat Shekoofa

    Full Text Available Prediction is an attempt to accurately forecast the outcome of a specific situation while using input information obtained from a set of variables that potentially describe the situation. They can be used to project physiological and agronomic processes; regarding this fact, agronomic traits such as yield can be affected by a large number of variables. In this study, we analyzed a large number of physiological and agronomic traits by screening, clustering, and decision tree models to select the most relevant factors for the prospect of accurately increasing maize grain yield. Decision tree models (with nearly the same performance evaluation were the most useful tools in understanding the underlying relationships in physiological and agronomic features for selecting the most important and relevant traits (sowing date-location, kernel number per ear, maximum water content, kernel weight, and season duration corresponding to the maize grain yield. In particular, decision tree generated by C&RT algorithm was the best model for yield prediction based on physiological and agronomical traits which can be extensively employed in future breeding programs. No significant differences in the decision tree models were found when feature selection filtering on data were used, but positive feature selection effect observed in clustering models. Finally, the results showed that the proposed model techniques are useful tools for crop physiologists to search through large datasets seeking patterns for the physiological and agronomic factors, and may assist the selection of the most important traits for the individual site and field. In particular, decision tree models are method of choice with the capability of illustrating different pathways of yield increase in breeding programs, governed by their hierarchy structure of feature ranking as well as pattern discovery via various combinations of features.

  18. Gene Action and Combing Ability of Some Agronomic Traits in Corn Using Diallel Analysis

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    Hossein Haddadi Mohammad

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Combining ability estimates are important genetic attributes to maize breeders in anticipating improvement via hybridization and selection. To determine the combining ability for yield and yield associated traits, 8 diverse corn inbred lines were used in a half diallel mating design. Twenty eight F1 progenies along with their parents were planted in randomized complete block design with four replications in two locations during two years. Combined analysis of variance showed significant mean squares of general combining ability (GCA and specific combing ability (SCA for Days to silking emergence (DS, plant height (PH, 1000-kernel weight (KW, number of kernels in ear row (KR, number of rows in ear( NR , ear diameter (ED, cob diameter (CD, kernel yield (KY indicating that the importance of both additive and non additive genetic effects for these traits. However, high narrow-sense heritability estimates, low degree of dominance and the ratio of estimates of GCA to SCA effects for DS , NR and CD indicated that additive genetic effect was more important for these traits. Most of the crosses with significant SCA effects for KY had at least one parent with significant GCA effects for the same traits. Significant positive correlations were detected between KY and other yield components including KW, KR, NR and ED, therefore these traits can be used as indirect selection criteria for KY improvement. The crosses MO17 × Line8, MO17 × Line 10 and MO17 × Line 12, Line 8 × Line 10 and Line 8 × Line 21 with high values of KY were considered as good cross combinations for improving the trait.

  19. Identification of QTLs influencing agronomic traits in Miscanthus sinensis Anderss. II. Chlorine and potassium content

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    Atienza, S.G.; Satovic, Z.; Petersen, K.K.; Dolstra, O.; Martin, A.

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    Yield increase in processing cucumber ( Cucumis sativus L.) is positively correlated with an increase in number of fruit-bearing branches. Multiple lateral branching (MLB) is a metric trait controlled by at least five effective factors. Breeding efficacy might be improved through marker-assisted sel

  20. Genetic analysis of some agronomic traits in groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.

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    M.K. Alam

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available A 10×10 half diallel experiment was conducted on groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L. to ascertain the gene action and genetic parameters of ten traits including 50% flowering, no. of pods per plant, plant height, harvest index, pod index, 100 pod weight, 100 kernel weight, pod size, diseases infection and yield per plot. The experiments were carried out in the Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding, Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU, Mymensingh during the cropping season of 2010-2011. The estimates of gene effects indicated that significance of both additive and non-additive variance for pod size, 100 pod weight and diseases infection among the traits and presence of over dominance satisfying assumptions of diallel except dormancy. However, both the additive and non-additive gene affects together importance to control of most quantitative traits in the groundnut. The average degree of dominance (H1/D 1/2 (H1 = dominance variance, D = additive variance was higher than one, indicating over dominance for all the traits. The narrow-sense heritability was high for 50% flowering (38%, harvest index (35%, pod size (52%, 100 pod weight (35% and yield per plot (41% indicating that great genetic gain could be achieved for them.

  1. Grain yield and agronomic traits in soybean according to crop rotation systems

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    Henrique Pereira dos Santos

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The effects of crop rotation systems (CRS on soybean yield and agronomic characteristics were evaluated from 1996/1997 to 2010/2011 at Embrapa Trigo, Passo Fundo (RS, Brazil. Four soil management systems (SMS were compared, namely: 1 no tillage, 2 minimum tillage, 3 conventional tillage using a disk plow and a disk harrow, and 4 conventional using a moldboard and a disk harrow - and three CRS: system I (wheat/soybean, system II (wheat/soybean and common vetch/corn or sorghum and system III (wheat/soybean, white oats/soybean and common vetch/corn or sorghum. This is a split-plot, randomized, complete block design with three replications. SMS were assigned in the main plot and CRS systems in the split-plots. This work addressed only data on crop rotation systems. There were no significant differences between the CRS for number of grains per plant, 1,000 grain weight and first pod height in soybean. The crop rotation for a summer, with corn or sorghum, propitiates a higher soybean yield compared with the other systems and monoculture soybean. The combination of conservation systems (no tillage and minimum tillage and CR resulted in a higher soybean yield. The lowest grain yield and grain weight per plant were obtained in monoculture soybean.

  2. Breeding potential of S4 maize lines in topcrosses for agronomic and forage traits

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    Mariana Martins Marcondes

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed to evaluate the performance of 46 maize lines (S4 obtained from crosses between the commercial hybrids Penta x P30F53 in topcrosses with the commercial simple cross hybrid Dow8460 (tester and checks (hybrids Penta, P30F53, Dow8460 and Status. The grain yield was evaluated in two environments in Guarapuava, Paraná State, and the effects of genotype, environment and genotype x environment interaction were significant. The grain yield of the topcross hybrids ranged from 8,416 to 13,428 kg ha-1. The agronomic characteristics of the forage and the bromatological characteristics of the silage were evaluated in environment 1. The green mass yield of the forage ranged from 48,767 to 87,714 kg ha-1 and the dry mass yield ranged from 14,749 to 26,130 kg ha-1. The neutral detergent fiber content ranged from 44.85 to 58.45% and the acid detergent fiber content ranged from 28.28 to 37.06%. The relative feed value of the silage ranged between 100.5 and 138.5. The tester, hybrid Dow8460, was efficient to discriminate the relative performance of the S4 lines in the topcrosses.

  3. Genomewide association studies for 50 agronomic traits in peanut using the 'reference set' comprising 300 genotypes from 48 countries of the semi-arid tropics of the world.

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    Manish K Pandey

    Full Text Available Peanut is an important and nutritious agricultural commodity and a livelihood of many small-holder farmers in the semi-arid tropics (SAT of world which are facing serious production threats. Integration of genomics tools with on-going genetic improvement approaches is expected to facilitate accelerated development of improved cultivars. Therefore, high-resolution genotyping and multiple season phenotyping data for 50 important agronomic, disease and quality traits were generated on the 'reference set' of peanut. This study reports comprehensive analyses of allelic diversity, population structure, linkage disequilibrium (LD decay and marker-trait association (MTA in peanut. Distinctness of all the genotypes can be established by using either an unique allele detected by a single SSR or a combination of unique alleles by two or more than two SSR markers. As expected, DArT features (2.0 alleles/locus, 0.125 PIC showed lower allele frequency and polymorphic information content (PIC than SSRs (22.21 alleles /locus, 0.715 PIC. Both marker types clearly differentiated the genotypes of diploids from tetraploids. Multi-allelic SSRs identified three sub-groups (K = 3 while the LD simulation trend line based on squared-allele frequency correlations (r2 predicted LD decay of 15-20 cM in peanut genome. Detailed analysis identified a total of 524 highly significant MTAs (p value > 2.1 × 10-6 with wide phenotypic variance (PV range (5.81-90.09% for 36 traits. These MTAs after validation may be deployed in improving biotic resistance, oil/ seed/ nutritional quality, drought tolerance related traits, and yield/ yield components.

  4. Identification of Introgressed Lines by the SSR Markers and Agronomic Traits

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    ZHANG Jie; LIU Xiao-jie; SUN Jun-ling; DU Xiong-ming

    2008-01-01

    @@ The wild cotton cultivars and species have abundant genetic polymorphisms,and they possess lots of excellent genes,such as drought resistance,insect resistance,fine and strong fiber,and so on.So cotton breeding experts have widely carried out interspecific hybridization and obtained more than 20 types of advanced generation hybrids with good quality and stable traits between wild resources and upland cotton.

  5. Variance components and correlations of agronomic traits among cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata L. maturity groups

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    Cervenski Janko

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we studied the variability and correlation of cabbage traits in different maturity groups. The study included early spring cabbages (planted in early spring, harvested in early summer and autumn cabbages (planted in mid-summer, harvested in late autumn. Using coefficients of variation and correlation coefficients, we analyzed 17 cabbage traits in 35 commercially grown cultivars, F1 hybrids, and experimental F1 hybrids. The traits were analyzed separately for each maturity group. In the early cabbages, the coefficients of variation ranged from 4.8 to 44.2%. The calculated correlation coefficients differed between the two maturity groups. The early cabbages had 26 significant positive correlations. The positive correlations calculated among different traits of early cabbages defined this group fully and made it distinct from the late-maturing genotypes. Plant height and rosette diameter in the early genotypes were highly positively correlated with rosette weight, whole plant weight, head weight, usable portion of head, head height, and head diameter. Plant height and rosette diameter participate in the formation of active photosynthetic area in early cabbages. Rosette width in these genotypes provides a greater influx of light and heat, which results in greater head weight. Also, in early cabbages that have greater plant height, the leaf rosette will not lie on the cold surface of the ground in the spring. The activity of the cabbage plant is thus more focused towards the formation of larger head weight. Head volume in the late genotypes was highly positively correlated with rosette diameter, whole plant weight, head weight, usable portion of head, inner stem length, and head height. In late cabbages plant activity is directed towards the formation of head volume due to the longer duration of the growth period, larger leaves, and differences in climatic conditions.

  6. Combining ability and heterosis for agronomic traits in chili pepper Capacidade combinatória e heterose para características agronômicas em pimenta

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    Rosana Rodrigues

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The Capsicum breeding has been developed with emphasis in bell pepper (Capsicum annuum and few studies are available in other species, especially C. baccatum, which has potential use not only as disease resistance source but also in obtaining new genotypes suitable for farmers' production. In the present work, the combining ability of ten C. baccatum hybrids, along with their five parentals, were tested considering 12 agronomic traits. The hybrids were produced from a complete diallel without reciprocals and assessed in greenhouse conditions, in Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, during the period July to December 2009. The experimental design was a randomized block with three replications and the following agronomic traits evaluated: canopy diameter (CD, plant height (PH, days to fructification (DF, number of fruits per plant (NFP, mean fruit weight (FW, dry fruit matter weight (FDM, dry matter content (DM, fruit length (FL, fruit diameter (FD, pulp thickness (PT, total soluble solids (TSS and yield per plant (PP. Significant differences were observed only for general combining ability (GCA in regard to PH, FW, FDM, DM, PT and TSS, indicating that additive effects were involved on the control of these characters. For CD, DF, NFP, FL, FD and PP, there was significance not only for GCA but also for specific combining ability (SCA indicating that non-additive and additive effects were important in genetic control of these traits. The hybrids UENF 1629 X UENF 1732, UENF 1616 X UENF 1732 and UENF 1624 X UENF 1639 were considered superior because they have favorable agronomic traits.O melhoramento de Capsicum tem sido desenvolvido dando-se ênfase à espécie C. annuum, com pouca pesquisa sendo conduzida em outras espécies, sobretudo com C. baccatum, que possui potencial de uso não somente como fonte de resistência a doenças, mas também na obtenção de novos genótipos para uso pelos produtores. Neste trabalho, a capacidade

  7. Effects of Non-flooded Cultivation with Straw Mulching on Rice Agronomic Traits and Water Use Efficiency

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    QIN Jiang-tao; HU Feng; LI Hui-xin; WANG Yi-ping; HUANG Fa-quan; HUANG Hua-xiang

    2006-01-01

    A field experiment was conducted to study water use efficiency and agronomic traits in rice cultivated in flooded soil and non-flooded soils with and without straw mulching. The total amount of water used by rice under flooded cultivation (FC) was 2.42 and 3.31 times as much as that by rice under the non-flooded cultivation with and without straw mulching, respectively. The average water seepage was 13 560 m3/ha under the flooded cultivation, 4 750 m3/ha under the non-flooded cultivation without straw mulching (ZM)and 4 680 m3/ha under non-flooded cultivation with straw mulching (SM). The evapotranspiration in the SM treatment was only 38.2% and 63.6% of the FC treatment and ZM treatment, respectively. Compared with the ZM treatment, straw mulching significantly increased leaf area per plant, main root length, gross root length and root dry weight per plant of rice. The highest grain yield under the SM treatment (6 747 kg/ha) was close to the rice cultivated in flooded soil (6 811.5 kg / ha). However, the yield under the ZM treatment (4 716 kg/ha) was much lower than that under the FS treatment and SM treatment. The order of water use efficiency and irrigation water use efficiency were both as follows: SM> ZM> FC.

  8. Combining ability and heterosis for grain yield, fodder yield and other agronomic traits in Sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L. Moench

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    S. K. Jain and P. R. Patel

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Thirty six hybrids derived from a diallel mating design of nine parents and one standard check GJ-39 were evaluated for general and specific combining ability effects and standard heterosis for grain yield/plant, dry fodder yield/plant, days to 50 per cent flowering, plant height, number of leaves/plant, leaf length, leaf breadth and 100- seed weight. The mean square due to general and specific combining ability was significant for all the characters. Both additive and non additive genetic effects were present in the material under study. However the ratio of σ2gca/ σ2sca suggested that the preponderance of non additive gene action in expression of all the characters under study. Out of the nine parents GJ-39, GFS-5, CSV-15, SSV 84 and SPV 2113 identified as good general combiner for grain yield/plant, dry fodder yield/plant and other agronomical traits. The hybrid SPV 2110 x GFS 5 and GFS 5 x GJ 39 for grain yield/plant and hybrid CSV 15 x SSV 84, SPV 2113 x SPV 1616 and SPV 2110 x GFS 5 for dry fodder yield/plant exhibited higher magnitude of positive significant specific combining ability effect with highest standard heterosis and per se performance. These hybrids were also found suitable for two or three yield contributing traits. In general, close association between specific combining ability effects and standard heterosis was observed among the best hybrids identified on the basis of specific combining ability effects for grain and dry fodder yield.

  9. Mapping and analysis of quantitative trait loci for grain oil content and agronomic traits using AFLP and SSR in sunflower ( Helianthus annuus L.).

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    Mokrani, L; Gentzbittel, L; Azanza, F; Fitamant, L; Al-Chaarani, G; Sarrafi, A

    2002-12-01

    Crosses were made between two inbred lines of sunflower. Parents and 118 F(3) families were planted in the field in a randomized complete block design in two replications. Genetic control for some agronomical traits: grain weight by plant (GWP), 1,000-grain weight (TGW), percentage of oil in grain (POG) and sowing to flowering date (STF) was investigated in F(3) families and their parents. Genetic variability was observed among the 118 F(3) families for all the traits studied. Genetic gain was obtained when the best F(3) family, or the mean of 10% of the selected families was compared with the best parent for GWP, TWG and POG. Heritability was 0.23 for GWP, 0.55 for TGW, 0.57 for POG and 0.32 for STF. A set of 244 F(3) families from the same cross, including the above 118 mentioned families and their two parents, were screened with 276 AFLP and microsatellite markers and a linkage map was constructed based on 170 markers. Two putative QTLs for the GWP trait ( gmp), one QTL for TGW ( tgw), six QTLs for POG ( pog) and two for STF ( stf) were detected. The percentage of phenotypic variance explained by each QTL ranged from 2.6% to 70.9%. The percentage of total phenotypic variance explained was 50.7% for GWP, 5.4% for TGW, 90.4% for POG and 89.3% for STF. Although these regions need to be more-precisely mapped, the information obtained should help in marker-assisted selection.

  10. Influence of Bulk and Nanoparticles Titanium Foliar Application on some Agronomic Traits, Seed Gluten and Starch Contents of Wheat Subjected to Water Deficit Stress

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    Amir JABERZADEH; Payam MOAVENI; Hamid Reza TOHIDI MOGHADAM; Hossein ZAHEDI

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    Titanium (Ti) is a very interesting chemical element, especially physiologically. Although Ti is not toxic for animals and humans, its effects on plants show remarkable concentration dependence. Whereas for plants, it shows beneficial effects on various physiological parameters at low doses. This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of bulk and nanoparticles titanium foliar. Application on some agronomic traits, seed gluten and starch contents of wheat under water deficit stress conditi...

  11. YIELD COMPONENTS ANALYSIS AND HERITABILITY OF AGRONOMIC TRAITS AMONG SOME ACCESSIONS OF SORGHUM IN GHANA

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    Daniel Nyadanu

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench is an important staple food crop in Ghana. It is used to prepare ‘tuo zaafi’, porridge and cake and to brew local beer known as ‘pito’.  Unfortunately, sorghum attracts limited research attention to improve its low productivity which is of great disincentive to farmers. Understanding of yield and its components in sorghum is needed to improve the yield of existing local varieties. A study was carried out under field conditions in Navrongo in the Kassena-Nankana district of the Upper East region of Ghana using four local accessions of sorghum; Banina, Kadaga, Naga red and Kapala to investigate yield and its components and their genetic parameters. There were significant (P<0.05 differences in yield traits among the accessions. High values for phenotypic coefficient of variation (PCV and genotypic coefficient of variation (GCV were recorded for harvest index and number of grains per panicle. High heritability and high genetic advance (GA were observed for number of days to flowering, number of primary panicles, grain weight per panicle, and days to maturity. Banina variety produced the highest number of leaves, panicle height, panicle width, plant height, number of grains per panicle, grains weight, economic and biological yield. There were also significant and positive correlation among most of the characters studied. Principal components analysis revealed that Banina was the highest yielding accession and number of grains per panicle was the principal contributing factor of this accession.

  12. Mapping Heterotic Loci for Yield and Agronomic Traits Using Chromosome Segment Introgression Lines in Cotton

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    Xian Guo; Yuping Guo; Jun Ma; Fang Wang; Mizhen Sun; Lijuan Gui; Jiajia Zhou

    2013-01-01

    In the present study,a set of chromosome segment introgression lines (CSILs) using Gossypium hirsutum L.TM-1 as the recipient parent and G.barbadense Hai7124 as the donor parent were used to explore the genetic basis of heterosis for interspecific hybrids.Two sets of F1 populations individually derived from CSlLs crossing with both parents were configured to investigate heterotic loci (HL) and substitution effect loci (SL).A total of 58 HL and 39 SL were identified in 3 years.One stable HL,hLP-A4-3,could be detected in all 3 years.Three HLs,hBS-A8-1,hLP-D6-1,and hSI-D7-11,could be detected in 2 years.Four SLs,sBS-D7-1,sLP-A8-1,sLP-D7-1,and sLP-D12-1,could be detected in 2 years.HL and SL tended to be distributed in some HL-rich chromosome segments with close positions.Compared with QTL detected in a former study,HL showed little overlap with QTL,indicating that trait phenotype and heterosis might be controlled by different sets of loci.All three forms of genetic effects (partial-,full-,over-dominant) were identified,while the over-dominant effect made the main contribution to heterosis.These results may help lay the foundation for clarifying the heredity mechanism of heterosis in cotton.

  13. Comparative study of QTLs for agronomic traits of rice (Oriza sativa L.) between salt stress and nonstress environment

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    GONG; Jiming; (

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    [1]Yoshiyo Mano, Kazuyoshi Takeda, Mapping quantitative trait loci for salt tolerance at germination and the seed-ling stage in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.), Euphytica, 1997, 94: 263.[2]Breto, M. P., Asins, M. J., Carbonell, E. A., Salt tolerance in Lycopersicon Species III-- Detection of quanti-tative trait loci by means of molecular markers, Theor. Appl. Genet., 1994, 88: 395.[3]Foolad, M. R., Chen, F. Q., Lin, G. Y., RFLP mapping of QTLs conferring salt tolerance during germination in an interspecific cross of tomato, Theor. Appl. Genet., 1998, 97: 1133.[4]Foolad, M. R., Jones, R. A., Mapping salt-tolerance genes in tomato (Lycopersicon esculeutum) using trait-based marker analysis, Theor. Appl. Genet., 1993, 87: 184.[5]Li, Z. K., Pinson, S. R. M., Stansel, J. W. et al., Identification of quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for heading date and plant height in cultivated rice (Oryza sativa L.), Theor. Appl. Genet., 1995, 91: 374.[6]Lin, H. X., Qian, H. R., Zhang, J. Y. et al., RFLP mapping of QTLs for yield and related characters in rice (Oryza sativa L.), Theor. Appl. Genet., 1996, 92: 920.[7]Lu, C., Shen, L., Tan, Z. et al., Comparative mapping of QTLs for agronomic traits of rice across environments by using a doubled-haploid population, Theor. Appl. Genet., 1997, 94: 145.[8]Wu, P., Zhang, G., Huang, N., Identification of QTLs controlling quantitative characters in rice using RFLP markers, Euphytica, 1996, 89: 349.[9]Champoux, M. C., Wang, G., Sarkarung, S. et al., Locating genes associated with root morphology and drought avoidance in rice via linkage to molecular markers, Theor. Appl. Genet., 1995, 90: 969.[10] Gong, J., He, P., Qian, Q. et al., Identification of salt tolerance QTLs in rice (Oryza sativa L.), Chinese Science Bulletin, 1999, 44(1): 68.[11] Lin, H., Yanagihara, S., Zhuang, J. et al., Identification of QTL for salt tolerance in rice via molecular markers, Chinese Journal of Rice Science, 1998, 12 (2): 72

  14. Identification of loci governing eight agronomic traits using a GBS-GWAS approach and validation by QTL mapping in soya bean.

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    Sonah, Humira; O'Donoughue, Louise; Cober, Elroy; Rajcan, Istvan; Belzile, François

    2015-02-01

    Soya bean is a major source of edible oil and protein for human consumption as well as animal feed. Understanding the genetic basis of different traits in soya bean will provide important insights for improving breeding strategies for this crop. A genome-wide association study (GWAS) was conducted to accelerate molecular breeding for the improvement of agronomic traits in soya bean. A genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) approach was used to provide dense genome-wide marker coverage (>47,000 SNPs) for a panel of 304 short-season soya bean lines. A subset of 139 lines, representative of the diversity among these, was characterized phenotypically for eight traits under six environments (3 sites × 2 years). Marker coverage proved sufficient to ensure highly significant associations between the genes known to control simple traits (flower, hilum and pubescence colour) and flanking SNPs. Between one and eight genomic loci associated with more complex traits (maturity, plant height, seed weight, seed oil and protein) were also identified. Importantly, most of these GWAS loci were located within genomic regions identified by previously reported quantitative trait locus (QTL) for these traits. In some cases, the reported QTLs were also successfully validated by additional QTL mapping in a biparental population. This study demonstrates that integrating GBS and GWAS can be used as a powerful complementary approach to classical biparental mapping for dissecting complex traits in soya bean.

  15. Genome-wide association studies of morphological and agronomical traits in cultivated tepary beans (Phaseolus acutifolius)

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    Tepary bean (Phaseolus acutifolius A. Gray) is adapted to high temperature arid agroecological zones. In light of the ongoing and rapid changes in the world climate, the evaluation and development of alternate grain legume species that have similar nutritional and culinary characteristics as common ...

  16. Characterization of Boerhavia diffusa L. mutant lines by RAPD and isozyme, selected for agronomically valuable traits

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    Boerhavia diffusa is a medicinally important plant and finds extensive uses in traditional herbal drug preparations. For the development of improved varieties in terms of superior yield and quality of herb/root of B. diffusa, mutation breeding was attempted. Mutants generated by physical and chemical mutagenic treatments were screened for yield and quality parameters of the root/herb up to three consecutive generations. The selected-screened lines generated by physical and chemical mutagenic treatments on two selected genotypes I and II were molecularly analyzed using eight isozymes and eleven RAPD primers producing good amplification. Mutants from BD10 (selected genotype I) were distinct, while, in case of BD22 (selected genotype II), only one mutant BDMu7 was recorded distinct by isozyme analysis. The wild mutant (BDMu16, with maximum height and mouve coloured flower) was distinct in RAPD banding pattern. Isozymes differentiated the mutants from their respective controls, whereas RAPD differentiated the mutants and controls and also distinguished the mutants. The RAPD analysis was found to be better suited than isozymes for detecting genetic differences among controls and their mutants. However, both RAPD and isozyme analyses gave similar patterns of genetic relationships

  17. Genome-wide association mapping for yield and other agronomic traits in an elite breeding population of tropical rice (Oryza sativa).

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    Begum, Hasina; Spindel, Jennifer E; Lalusin, Antonio; Borromeo, Teresita; Gregorio, Glenn; Hernandez, Jose; Virk, Parminder; Collard, Bertrand; McCouch, Susan R

    2015-01-01

    Genome-wide association mapping studies (GWAS) are frequently used to detect QTL in diverse collections of crop germplasm, based on historic recombination events and linkage disequilibrium across the genome. Generally, diversity panels genotyped with high density SNP panels are utilized in order to assay a wide range of alleles and haplotypes and to monitor recombination breakpoints across the genome. By contrast, GWAS have not generally been performed in breeding populations. In this study we performed association mapping for 19 agronomic traits including yield and yield components in a breeding population of elite irrigated tropical rice breeding lines so that the results would be more directly applicable to breeding than those from a diversity panel. The population was genotyped with 71,710 SNPs using genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS), and GWAS performed with the explicit goal of expediting selection in the breeding program. Using this breeding panel we identified 52 QTL for 11 agronomic traits, including large effect QTLs for flowering time and grain length/grain width/grain-length-breadth ratio. We also identified haplotypes that can be used to select plants in our population for short stature (plant height), early flowering time, and high yield, and thus demonstrate the utility of association mapping in breeding populations for informing breeding decisions. We conclude by exploring how the newly identified significant SNPs and insights into the genetic architecture of these quantitative traits can be leveraged to build genomic-assisted selection models.

  18. Integration of QTL detection and marker assisted selection for improving resistance to Fusarium head blight and important agronomic traits in wheat

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    Chao; Lv; Yanxia; Song; Lifeng; Gao; Qin; Yao; Ronghua; Zhou; Rugen; Xu; Jizeng; Jia

    2014-01-01

    Fusarium head blight(FHB), caused by Fusarium graminearum, is one of the most destructive wheat(Triticum aestivum L.) diseases worldwide. Identification of quantitative trait loci(QTL) conferring FHB resistance followed by marker assisted selection(MAS) is an efficient approach to breed FHB-resistant varieties. In this study, 38 additive QTL and 18 pairs of epistatic QTL for FHB resistance were detected in four environments using a population of recombinant inbred lines(RILs) derived from varieties Neixiang 188 and Yanzhan 1. Six QTL clusters were located on chromosomes 2D, 4B, 4D, 5A, 5D and 7B, suggesting possible polytrophic functions. Six elite lines with good FHB resistance and agronomic traits were selected from the same population using the associated markers. Our results suggest that MAS of multiple QTL will be effective and efficient in wheat breeding.

  19. Integration of QTL detection and marker assisted selection for improving resistance to Fusarium head blight and important agronomic traits in wheat

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    Chao Lv

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Fusarium head blight (FHB, caused by Fusarium graminearum, is one of the most destructive wheat (Triticum aestivum L. diseases worldwide. Identification of quantitative trait loci (QTL conferring FHB resistance followed by marker assisted selection (MAS is an efficient approach to breed FHB-resistant varieties. In this study, 38 additive QTL and 18 pairs of epistatic QTL for FHB resistance were detected in four environments using a population of recombinant inbred lines (RILs derived from varieties Neixiang 188 and Yanzhan 1. Six QTL clusters were located on chromosomes 2D, 4B, 4D, 5A, 5D and 7B, suggesting possible polytrophic functions. Six elite lines with good FHB resistance and agronomic traits were selected from the same population using the associated markers. Our results suggest that MAS of multiple QTL will be effective and efficient in wheat breeding.

  20. Genetic analyses of agronomic and seed quality traits of synthetic oilseed Brassica napus produced from interspecific hybridization of B. campestris and B. oleracea

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    Guoqing Zhang; Weijun Zhou

    2006-04-01

    The heritability, the number of segregating genes and the type of gene interaction of nine agronomic traits were analysed based on F2 populations of synthetic oilseed Brassica napus produced from interspecific hybridization of B. campestris and B. oleracea through ovary culture. The nine traits—plant height, stem width, number of branches, length of main raceme, number of pods per plant, number of seeds per pod, length of pod, seed weight per plant and 1000-seed weight—had heritabilities of 0.927, 0.215, 0.172, 0.381, 0.360, 0.972, 0.952, 0.516 and 0.987 respectively, while the mean numbers of controlling genes for these characters were 7.4, 10.4, 9.9, 12.9, 11.5, 21.7, 20.5, 19.8 and 6.4 respectively. According to estimated coefficients of skewness and kurtosis of the traits tested, no significant gene interaction was found for plant height, stem width, number of branches, length of main raceme, number of seeds per pod and 1000-seed weight. Seed yield per plant is an important target for oilseed production. In partial correlation analysis, number of pods per plant, number of seeds per pod and 1000-seed weight were positively correlated with seed yield per plant. On the other hand, length of pod was negatively correlated ($r = -0.69$) with seed yield per plant. Other agronomic characters had no significant correlation to seed yield per plant. In this experiment, the linear regressions of seed yield per plant and other agronomic traits were also analysed. The linear regression equation was $y = 0.074x_{8} + 1.819x_{9} + 6.72x_{12} - 60.78 (R^{2} = 0.993)$, where $x_{8}$, $x_{9}$ and $x_{12}$ represent number of pods per plant, number of seeds per pod and 1000-seed weight respectively. The experiment also showed that erucic acid and oil contents of seeds from F2 plants were lower than those of their maternal parents. However, glucosinolate content was higher than that of the maternal plants. As for protein content, similar results were found in the F2 plants and

  1. Genetic parameter estimation for agronomic traits in grain-only and forage-plus-grain winter wheat systems

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    Dual purpose winter wheat utilized for both livestock forage and grain yield is frequently grown throughout the Southern Great Plains of USA, yet no cultivars to date were bred specifically under a dual-purpose management system. This research was initiated to determine whether breeders should select winter wheat genotypes in a forage-plus-grain system, or continue the current practice of indirect selection in the grain-only system. Thirty-seven random winter wheat lines were evaluated in three experiments for 3 yr at the North Central Research Station, Lahoma, OK. Each experiment represented either an early-planted forage-plus-grain (FG) system, a normal-planted grain-only (GO) system, or a forage-plus-grain control (FGC) system, in which the forage was not removed. To simulate continuous grazing, the FG experiments were mechanically clipped three to four times from November until first-hollowstem development in late-February. Though significant genetic variation was observed among wheat lines for all traits under each system, the genotype X system interactions were not significant due to strong genetic (rG > 0.94) and phenotypic (rP > 0.71, P < 0.01) correlations. Genetic variances and heritability estimates for all traits were equal to or slightly higher in the GO system than those in FG and FGC systems. Indirect selection in the GO system was as effective as direct selection for trait improvement in the FG system. It is concluded that separate selection of wheat genotypes should not be applied in FG and GO systems. (author)

  2. Genome wide association studies using a new nonparametric model reveal the genetic architecture of 17 agronomic traits in an enlarged maize association panel.

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    Yang, Ning; Lu, Yanli; Yang, Xiaohong; Huang, Juan; Zhou, Yang; Ali, Farhan; Wen, Weiwei; Liu, Jie; Li, Jiansheng; Yan, Jianbing

    2014-09-01

    Association mapping is a powerful approach for dissecting the genetic architecture of complex quantitative traits using high-density SNP markers in maize. Here, we expanded our association panel size from 368 to 513 inbred lines with 0.5 million high quality SNPs using a two-step data-imputation method which combines identity by descent (IBD) based projection and k-nearest neighbor (KNN) algorithm. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) were carried out for 17 agronomic traits with a panel of 513 inbred lines applying both mixed linear model (MLM) and a new method, the Anderson-Darling (A-D) test. Ten loci for five traits were identified using the MLM method at the Bonferroni-corrected threshold -log10 (P) >5.74 (α=1). Many loci ranging from one to 34 loci (107 loci for plant height) were identified for 17 traits using the A-D test at the Bonferroni-corrected threshold -log10 (P) >7.05 (α=0.05) using 556809 SNPs. Many known loci and new candidate loci were only observed by the A-D test, a few of which were also detected in independent linkage analysis. This study indicates that combining IBD based projection and KNN algorithm is an efficient imputation method for inferring large missing genotype segments. In addition, we showed that the A-D test is a useful complement for GWAS analysis of complex quantitative traits. Especially for traits with abnormal phenotype distribution, controlled by moderate effect loci or rare variations, the A-D test balances false positives and statistical power. The candidate SNPs and associated genes also provide a rich resource for maize genetics and breeding.

  3. Genome wide association studies using a new nonparametric model reveal the genetic architecture of 17 agronomic traits in an enlarged maize association panel.

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    Ning Yang

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Association mapping is a powerful approach for dissecting the genetic architecture of complex quantitative traits using high-density SNP markers in maize. Here, we expanded our association panel size from 368 to 513 inbred lines with 0.5 million high quality SNPs using a two-step data-imputation method which combines identity by descent (IBD based projection and k-nearest neighbor (KNN algorithm. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS were carried out for 17 agronomic traits with a panel of 513 inbred lines applying both mixed linear model (MLM and a new method, the Anderson-Darling (A-D test. Ten loci for five traits were identified using the MLM method at the Bonferroni-corrected threshold -log10 (P >5.74 (α=1. Many loci ranging from one to 34 loci (107 loci for plant height were identified for 17 traits using the A-D test at the Bonferroni-corrected threshold -log10 (P >7.05 (α=0.05 using 556809 SNPs. Many known loci and new candidate loci were only observed by the A-D test, a few of which were also detected in independent linkage analysis. This study indicates that combining IBD based projection and KNN algorithm is an efficient imputation method for inferring large missing genotype segments. In addition, we showed that the A-D test is a useful complement for GWAS analysis of complex quantitative traits. Especially for traits with abnormal phenotype distribution, controlled by moderate effect loci or rare variations, the A-D test balances false positives and statistical power. The candidate SNPs and associated genes also provide a rich resource for maize genetics and breeding.

  4. Observation of Main Agronomic Traits of Piper nigrum L. in Three Different Cultivation Modes%3种不同栽培模式下胡椒主要农艺性状观测

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    沈绍斌; 刘光华; 刘倩; 左红

    2011-01-01

    Main agronomic traits of Piper nigrum L.in three different cultivation modes in Baihua Village of Baoshanlujiang Town were observed. The results showed that in different cultivation modes ,the main agronomic traits of Piper nigrum L.were significant ,agronomic traits of Piper nigrum L. and coffee interplant mode as well as Piper nigrum L. as well as corn interplant mode were better than that in Piper nigrum L. purebred mode,main agronomic traits in Piper nigrum L. and coffee interplant mode were the best.%对保山潞江镇百花村知青农场3种不同栽培模式下的胡椒主要农艺性状进行观测。结果表明:不同栽培模式下胡椒的主要农艺性状差异明显,其中胡椒与咖啡套种栽培模式及胡椒与包谷套种栽培模式下农艺性状表现较胡椒纯种模式好,胡椒与咖啡套种栽培模式下农艺性状表现最好。

  5. Analysis on Maize Agronomic traits by Multivariate Statistical Method%应用多元统计分析玉米农艺性状

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    谭贤杰; 覃兰秋; 廖金秀; 周锦国; 江禹奉; 谢和霞; 程伟东; 吴子恺

    2011-01-01

    在作物遗传育种研究中,产量及其相关性状多属于数量性状范畴,这类性状由多基因控制,易受环境影响使其遗传极为复杂,并且性状间常存在复杂相关关系.产量及其相关性状间的复杂关系使得育种中对以产量为目标的选择极为困难.多元统计分析是研究客观事物中多个变量之间相互依赖的统计规律性综合分析方法.合理利用多元统计分析可以加深对性状间相互关系的遗传规律及各相关性状对产量影响的主次和依存关系认识,为新品种选育和改良提供理论依据.对35个玉米品种(组合)的20个农艺性状应用GGE双标图、因子分析和聚类分析研究,结果表明,平均日产量、千粒重、穗长与产量呈显著正相关;20个农艺性状可综合为6个公因子;以6个公因子为综合指标对35个品种(组合)聚类结果聚成17个类群,其中G8、G14、G12、G10和G17为综合性状优良品种(组合).%In crop breeding, yield and yield related traits are mostly quantitative traits. These traits are controlled by multiple genes and apt to affect by environment, the relationship between traits arecomplex. The complex relationship between yield and yield related traits are hindrances to crops breeding for yield as target trait. Multivariate statistical analysis is a comprehensive and powerful tool for multivariate statistical analysis, it has been comprehensively applied in genetic breeding for discovering the discipline and the major and minor relationship of trait heredity. In this study,20 agronomic traits of 35 maize varieties (combination) were analyzed by GGE biplot, and carried out factor analysis and cluster analysis. The results showed that: (1) yield per day, kilo grain weight and ear length were significantly correlated with yield. (2)20 agronomic traits could be consolidated into six factors. (3)35 varieties clustered into 17 groups scoring by 6 factors. (4) variety (combination) G 8, G 14, G 12, G

  6. QTLs Associated with Agronomic Traits in the Cutler × AC Barrie Spring Wheat Mapping Population Using Single Nucleotide Polymorphic Markers.

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    Perez-Lara, Enid; Semagn, Kassa; Chen, Hua; Iqbal, Muhammad; N'Diaye, Amidou; Kamran, Atif; Navabi, Alireza; Pozniak, Curtis; Spaner, Dean

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    We recently reported three earliness per se quantitative trait loci (QTL) associated with flowering and maturity in a recombinant inbred lines (RILs) population derived from a cross between the spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) cultivars 'Cutler' and 'AC Barrie' using 488 microsatellite and diversity arrays technology (DArT) markers. Here, we present QTLs associated with flowering time, maturity, plant height, and grain yield using high density single nucleotide polymorphic (SNP) markers in the same population. A mapping population of 158 RILs and the two parents were evaluated at five environments for flowering, maturity, plant height and grain yield under field conditions, at two greenhouse environments for flowering, and genotyped with a subset of 1809 SNPs out of the 90K SNP array and 2 functional markers (Ppd-D1 and Rht-D1). Using composite interval mapping on the combined phenotype data across all environments, we identified a total of 19 QTLs associated with flowering time in greenhouse (5), and field (6) conditions, maturity (5), grain yield (2) and plant height (1). We mapped these QTLs on 8 chromosomes and they individually explained between 6.3 and 37.8% of the phenotypic variation. Four of the 19 QTLs were associated with multiple traits, including a QTL on 2D associated with flowering, maturity and grain yield; two QTLs on 4A and 7A associated with flowering and maturity, and another QTL on 4D associated with maturity and plant height. However, only the QTLs on both 2D and 4D had major effects, and they mapped adjacent to well-known photoperiod response Ppd-D1 and height reducing Rht-D1 genes, respectively. The QTL on 2D reduced flowering and maturity time up to 5 days with a yield penalty of 436 kg ha-1, while the QTL on 4D reduced plant height by 13 cm, but increased maturity by 2 days. The high density SNPs allowed us to map eight moderate effect, two major effect, and nine minor effect QTLs that were not identified in our previous study using

  7. [Chromosome composition of wheat-rye lines and the influence of rye chromosomes on disease resistance and agronomic traits].

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    Chumanova, E V; Efremova, T T; Trubacheeva, N V; Arbuzova, V S; Rosseeva, L P

    2014-11-01

    Identification of the chromosomal composition of common wheat lines with rye chromosomes was carried out using genomic in situ hybridization and 1RS- and 5P-specific PCR markers. It was demonstrated that wheat chromosomes 5A or 5D were substituted by rye chromosome 5R in the wheat-rye lines. It was established that one of the lines with complex disease resistance contained rye chromosome 5R and T1RS.1BL, while another line was found to contain, in addition to T1RS.1BL, a new Robertsonian translocation, T5AS.5RL. Substitution of the wheat chromosome 5A with the dominant Vrn-A1 gene for the Onokhoiskaya rye chromosome 5R led to lengthening of the germination-heading period or to a change in the type of development. A negative influence of T1RS.1BL on SDS sedimentation volume and grain hardness was demonstrated, along with a positive effect of the combination of T1RS. BL and 5R(5D) substitution on grain protein content. Quantitative traits of the 5R(5A) and 5R(5D) substitution lines were at the level of recipient cultivars. A line with two translocations, T1RS.1BL + T5AS.5R1, appeared to be more productive as compared to the line carrying T1RS.1BL in combination with the 5R(5D) substitution.

  8. GA-responsive dwarfing gene Rht12 affects the developmental and agronomic traits in common bread wheat.

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    Full Text Available Opportunities exist for replacing reduced height (Rht genes Rht-B1b and Rht-D1b with alternative dwarfing genes, such as the gibberellin-responsive gene Rht12, for bread wheat improvement. However, a comprehensive understanding of the effects and mode of action of Rht12 is lacking. In the present study, the effects of Rht12 were characterized by analyzing its effects on seeding vigour, seedling roots, leaf and stem morphology, spike development and carbohydrate assimilation and distribution. This was carried out in the four genotypes of F2:3 lines derived from a cross between Ningchun45 and Karcagi (12 in two experiments of autumn sowing and spring sowing. Rht12 significantly decreased stem length (43%∼48% for peduncle and leaf length (25%∼30% for flag leaf while the thickness of the internode walls and width of the leaves were increased. Though the final plant stature was shortened (40% by Rht12, the seedling vigour, especially coleoptile length and root traits at the seedling stage, were not affected adversely. Rht12 elongated the duration of the spike development phase, improved the proportion of spike dry weight at anthesis and significantly increased floret fertility (14% in the autumn sowing experiment. However, Rht12 delayed anthesis date by around 5 days and even the dominant Vrn-B1 allele could not compensate this negative effect. Additionally, grain size was reduced with the ability to support spike development after anthesis decreased in Rht12 lines. Finally, grain yield was similar between the dwarf and tall lines in the autumn sowing experiment. Thus, Rht12 could substantially reduce plant height without altering seeding vigour and significantly increase spikelet fertility in the favourable autumn sowing environment. The successful utilization of Rht12 in breeding programs will require careful selection since it might delay ear emergence. Nonetheless, the potential exists for wheat improvement by using Rht12.

  9. Intra-population genetic variance for grain iron and zinc contents and agronomic traits in pearl millet

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    Mahalingam Govindaraj; Kedar N. Rai; Ponnusamy Shanmugasundaram

    2016-01-01

    Crop biofortification is a sustainable approach for fighting micronutrient malnutrition in the world. The estimation of variance components in genetically broad-based populations provides information about their genetic architecture, allowing the design of an appropriate biofortification breeding method for cross-pollinated crops such as pearl millet. The objective of this study was to estimate intra-population genetic variance using self (S1) and half-sib (HS) progenies in two populations, AIMP92901 and ICMR312. Field trials were evaluated in two contrasting seasons (2009 rainy and 2010 summer; otherwise called environments) in Alfisols at ICRISAT, Patancheru. Analyses of variance showed highly significant variation for S1s and HS progenies, reflecting high within-population genetic variation for both micronutrients and other key traits. However, the HS showed narrow ranges and lower genetic variances than the S1 for all of the traits. The micronutrients were highly positively correlated in S1 (r=0.77 to 0.86;P<0.01) and HS (r=0.74 to 0.77;P<0.01) progenies of both populations, implying concurrent genetic improvement for both micronutrients. The genetic variance component was different among populations for Fe and Zn contents across environments, with AIMP92901 showing a greater proportion of dominance and ICMR312 greater additive variance for these micronutrients. The estimates of variance (additive and dominance) were specific for each population, given their dependence on the additive and dominance effects of the segregating loci, which also differ among populations. The possible causes for such differences were discussed. The results showed that the expression of these micronutrients in pearl millet shows largely additive variance, so that breeding high-iron hybrids will require incorporation of these micronu-trient traits into both parental lines.

  10. Evaluation of recurrent radiation with Cobalt 60 gamma rays on agronomic traits of barley (Hordeum Vulgare L.) in the R2M1 generation

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    The objective of this work was to evaluate the effect of recurrent radiation on agronomic traits in two barley varieties. The research was carried out at experimental fields pertaining to the Instituto de Investigacion Agropecuaria, Acuicola y Forestal of the Estado de Mexico (ICAMEX). The biological material was irradiated in the Gamma Cell 220 at the Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares (ININ). The experimental design was divided plots in the randomized blocks, with four replications. The factor varieties (Cerro Prieto and Puebla) was assigned to the big plots mean while in the factor doses was assignated to the small plots (0, 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 krad of gamma rays). The variables under study were: germination, number of shoots, plant height, incidence of Puccinia striiformis, days to flowering, days to physiological maturity, spike length and yield. The analysis of variance exhibited no significant differences between varieties for all the studied variables. Regarding to dose, most of the studied variables exhibited significant differences, except for incidence of Puccinia striiformis and days to flowering. The interaction variety x doses showed significance only for the variable days to flowering and days to physiological maturity. The mean separation by Tukey test at 0.05 and the regression analysis showed that the variables: germination, number of shoots, plant height, spike length and yield decreased as the dose increased. On the other hand in the variables incidence of Puccinia striiformis, days to flowering and days to physiological maturity exhibited a direct relationship with the dose. (Author)

  11. Allelic variations of a light harvesting chlorophyll a/b-binding protein gene (Lhcb1 associated with agronomic traits in barley.

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    Full Text Available Light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b-binding protein (LHCP is one of the most abundant chloroplast proteins in plants. Its main function is to collect and transfer light energy to photosynthetic reaction centers. However, the roles of different LHCPs in light-harvesting antenna systems remain obscure. Exploration of nucleotide variation in the genes encoding LHCP can facilitate a better understanding of the functions of LHCP. In this study, nucleotide variations in Lhcb1, a LHCP gene in barley, were investigated across 292 barley accessions collected from 35 different countries using EcoTILLING technology, a variation of the Targeting Induced Local Lesions In Genomes (TILLING. A total of 23 nucleotide variations were detected including three insert/deletions (indels and 20 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs. Among them, 17 SNPs were in the coding region with nine missense changes. Two SNPs with missense changes are predicted to be deleterious to protein function. Seventeen SNP formed 31 distinguishable haplotypes in the barley collection. The levels of nucleotide diversity in the Lhcb1 locus differed markedly with geographic origins and species of accessions. The accessions from Middle East Asia exhibited the highest nucleotide and haplotype diversity. H. spontaneum showed greater nucleotide diversity than H. vulgare. Five SNPs in Lhcb1 were significantly associated with at least one of the six agronomic traits evaluated, namely plant height, spike length, number of grains per spike, thousand grain weight, flag leaf area and leaf color, and these SNPs may be used as potential markers for improvement of these barley traits.

  12. Phenotypic variation in the agronomic and morphological traits of Pisum sativum L. germplasm obtained from different parts of the world.

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    Nisar, M; Ghafoor, A; Khan, M R

    2011-01-01

    A total of 286 genotypes were collected from 39 countries of the world and were evaluated to determine the phenotypic diversity for 17 quantitative traits. Higher degree of coefficient of variation were recorded for grain yield(-5) (52.46%), biomass(-5) (45.73%), fresh pod width(-10) (47.24%), dry pod weight(-1) (40.33%), plant height(-1) (35.25%), harvest index (32.70%) and number of branches(-5). Cluster-II clearly reflected that late genotypes were having lightest pods weight, shortest pod width, and pod length; low grain yield, biomass and harvest index. While genotypes in Cluster-III were in contrast to Cluster-II having heaviest pods weight, longest pods width and length, highest grain yield, biomass and harvest index. Higher PC(-1) values have been determined for days to flower initiation which consequently were contributing weighed positive to days to pods picking, days to flower completion, days to dry pod appearance, days to plant harvesting while negatively contributed to yield producing traits, indicating that late flowering pea germplasm emphasizes more on the vegetative growth and was low yielding. However, higher PC(-2) values have been obtained for number of branches(-5), grain yield and biomass while lower values for days to flowering, days to pods picking, days to flower completion, days to dry pod appearance and days to plant harvesting confirming the fact that early genotypes were high yielding.

  13. Transcriptome landscape of perennial wild Cicer microphyllum uncovers functionally relevant molecular tags regulating agronomic traits in chickpea

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    Srivastava, Rishi; Bajaj, Deepak; Malik, Ayushi; Singh, Mohar; Parida, Swarup K.

    2016-01-01

    The RNA-sequencing followed by de-novo transcriptome assembly identified 11621 genes differentially xpressed in roots vs. shoots of a wild perennial Cicer microphyllum. Comparative analysis of transcriptomes between microphyllum and cultivated desi cv. ICC4958 detected 12772 including 3242 root- and 1639 shoot-specific microphyllum genes with 85% expression validation success rate. Transcriptional reprogramming of microphyllum root-specific genes implicates their possible role in regulating differential natural adaptive characteristics between wild and cultivated chickpea. The transcript-derived 5698 including 282 in-silico polymorphic SSR and 127038 SNP markers annotated at a genome-wide scale exhibited high amplification and polymorphic potential among cultivated (desi and kabuli) and wild accessions suggesting their utility in chickpea genomics-assisted breeding applications. The functional significance of markers was assessed based on their localization in non-synonymous coding and regulatory regions of microphyllum root-specific genes differentially expressed predominantly in ICC 4958 roots under drought stress. A high-density 490 genic SSR- and SNP markers-anchored genetic linkage map identified six major QTLs regulating drought tolerance-related traits, yield per plant and harvest-index in chickpea. The integration of high-resolution QTL mapping with comparative transcriptome profiling delineated five microphyllum root-specific genes with non-synonymous and regulatory SNPs governing drought-responsive yield traits. Multiple potential key regulators and functionally relevant molecular tags delineated can drive translational research and drought tolerance-mediated chickpea genetic enhancement. PMID:27680662

  14. Genotype x environment interaction of agronomic and processing quality traits in potato Interação genótipo x ambiente em caracteres agronômicos e qualidade de processamento em batata

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    Lizete Augustin

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available At the main crop production region of Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, potato is cultivated in two different growing seasons: autumn and spring. The objectives of this research paper were: i identify potato clones with high yield potential and industrial quality for Autumn and Spring growing seasons in the northern/northeastern region of the state; ii estimate the effects of environment and of the genotype x environment interaction on the expression of agronomic and processing quality traits of potato clones in order to determine the appropriate strategy for breeding potato for the target region. One hundred and seventy clones of nine families were developed and compared to the cultivars Atlantic, Baronesa, Catucha, Ciclamen, Hertha, Lady Roseta, Macaca, Monalisa and Vivaldi and to the clone SMIJ 461-1, in the autumn and spring of 2006, in Passo Fundo, northern Rio Grande do Sul state. The evaluated traits included number of tubers per plant, tuber weight, plant yield, presence of deep eyes, dry matter content and chip color. Genotype x environment interaction (G x E was significant for the expression of all traits but processing quality traits like chip color were most influenced by the growing season conditions. Genetic potential expression for yield traits was maximized in the spring season. Superior clones combining agronomic and quality traits were identified at the two growing seasons. High correlation between the two growing seasons was observed for the presence of deep eyes and dry matter, indicating they can be selected at either season.Nas principais regiões produtoras do Rio Grande do Sul a batata é cultivada em dois períodos do ano: na primavera, sob condições de fotoperíodo e temperatura crescentes e, no outono, sob fotoperíodo e temperatura decrescentes. Devido às diferenças nas condições de cultivo nessas duas épocas, é fundamental a avaliação e a identificação de clones adaptados a ambas. Os objetivos do trabalho

  15. Comparative genetic analysis of quantitative traits in sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.). 2. Characterisation of QTL involved in developmental and agronomic traits.

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    Bert, P-F; Jouan, I; Tourvieille de Labrouhe, D; Serre, F; Philippon, J; Nicolas, P; Vear, F

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    Seed weight and oil content are important properties of cultivated sunflower under complex genetic and environmental control, and associated with morphological and developmental characteristics such as plant height or flowering dates. Using a genetic map with 290 markers for a cross between two inbred sunflower lines and 2 years of observations on F3 families, QTL controlling seed weight, oil content, plant height, plant lodging, flowering dates, maturity dates and delay from flowering to maturity were detected. QTL detected were compared between the F2 and F3 generations and between the 2 years of testing for the F3 families in 1997 and 1999. Some of the QTL controlling seed weight overlapped with those controlling oil content. Several other co-localisations of QTL controlling developmental or morphological characteristics were observed and the relationships between the traits were also shown by correlation analyses. The relationships between all these traits and with resistance to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum and Diaporthe helianthi are discussed.

  16. 甘蓝主要农艺性状的遗传相关及因子分析%Genetic Analysis of Main Agronomic Traits in Cabbage

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    方荣; 陈学军; 周坤华

    2011-01-01

    To realize the variations of the main agronomic characters of cabbage and their relationship, genetic analysis and correlation analysis of angular divergence, number of outer leaves, head height , head diameter, index of head shape, length of central column, length of central column/head height, density of head, growth period and head mean weight were conducted in 14 varieties of different types in Brassica oleracea var. capitata. The results showed the 10 traits had high genetic diversity, and the coefficient of variation (CV) of the 10 traits ranged from 6.97% (head height) to 25.44% (head diameter), and heritability ranged from 22.52% ( head height) to 97.79% ( growth period). Except head height, the other 9 traits had close correlation. Factor analysis indicated that the 10 traits of the varieties might be simplified to 3 independent traits groups controlled by 3 main factors. Factor 1 was a high - yield factor; Factor 2 was considered to control the length of central column; Factor 3 was a head height factor. The accumulative contribution rate of the 3 major factors to total variation accounted for 96.38%, maintaining most information of the 10 traits.%为掌握甘蓝主要农艺性状的变化特点及其相瓦关系,以14个不同类型品种为试材,对甘蓝开展度、外叶数、球高、球径、球形指数、中心柱长、中心柱长/球高、紧实度、生育期和叶球质量等10个性状进行遗传相关分析,结果表明:甘蓝主要农艺性状具有较高的遗传多态性,其变异系数(CV)范围为6.97%(球高)~25.44%(球径);遗传力为22.52%(球高)~97.79%(生育期);除球高外,其他9个性状之间存在较为紧密的相关关系.因子分析表明:10个农艺性状集约于3个丰因子上,F1为丰产因子,F2为中心柱长因子,F3为球高因子,这3个主因子对变异的累汁贞献率达96.38%,保持了10个性状的绝大部分信息.

  17. Seed Priming Improves Agronomic Trait Performance under Flooding and Non-flooding Conditions in Rice with QTL SUB1

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    Ramni Kumar SARKAR

    2012-01-01

    Farmers in South East Asia are adopting rice crop establishment methods from transplanting to direct wet or dry seeding as it requires less labour and time and comparatively less energy than transplanting.In contrast to irrigated condition,in rainfed lowland,direct seeding is a common practice.Early flooding controls weeds but decreases seedling establishment in direct seeded rice.Anaerobic germination is an important trait to counteract damages caused by early flooding.Management options which can help in crop establishment and improve crop growth under flooding might remove the constraints related to direct seeding.The investigation was carried out with two near isogenic lines Swarna and SwarnaSub1.Swarna-Sub1 is tolerant to submergence whereas Swarna is susceptible.Seed priming was done with water and 2%Jamun (Syzygium cumini) leaf extract,and it improved seedling establishment under flooding.Acceleration of growth occurred due to seed pretreatment,which resulted longer seedling and greater accumulation of biomass.Seed priming greatly hastened the activities of total amylase and alcohol dehydrogenase in Swarna-Sub1 than in Swarna.Swarna-Sub1 outperformed Swarna when the plants were cultivated under flooding.Weed biomass decreased significantly under flooding compared to non-flooding conditions.Seed priming had positive effects on yield and yield attributing parameters both under non-flooding and early flooding conditions.

  18. Caracterização agronômica e pungência em pimenta de cheiro Agronomic traits and pungency of chilli pepper

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    Carolina I Domenico

    2012-09-01

    údo de capsaicina, resultado inédito para uma pimenta de cheiro brasileira.Nine accessions of the Active Capsicum chinense Germplasm Bank of Instituto Agronômico were characterized and evaluated in climate and soil conditions of Campinas, São Paulo state, Brazil. The experiment was carried out from January to October 2010. The experimental design was randomized blocks, with nine treatments, five replications and eight plants per plot. Evaluated traits were plant height, plant growth habit, first flower anthesis, fruit yield, fresh fruit weight, fruit height and width, capsaicin content, ripe fruit color, fruit shape and fruit surface. For fruit and plant characterization were considered the four central plants of each plot; for capsaicin content evaluation were used three samples of five fruits of each accession. Capsaicin content was measured by ultra-high pressure liquid chromatography. Plant height ranged from 1.13 to 0.85 m. The most accessions presented compact growth habit of plants. Accessions IAC 1644, IAC 1645 and IAC 1643 were the earliest for anthesis of first flower. IAC 1646 showed high fruit yield, fruit width and fresh weight, and IAC 1641 showed the longest fruits. IAC 1552 ('Murupi' stood out with highest capsaicin content, outperforming IAC 1646 ('Scotch Bonnet' and IAC 1644 ('Fidalga', habanero types. Fruits presented yellow, orange, salmon and red colors. The fruits presented the elongated, round, triangular, campanulated and blocked shape. The fruit surface was characterized as smooth, semi-rough and rough. In the climate and soil conditions where the research was developed and, regarding the accessions evaluated, there was high variability in chili peppers for agronomic traits and capsaicin content. IAC 1552 stood out with highest capsaicin content, first result for a Brazilian chilli pepper.

  19. 春谷子农艺和品质性状的变异分析%Variation analysis on agronomic and quality traits in spring foxtail millet

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    孙宇燕; 李书田; 陈晓敏; 刘斌; 张立媛; 王丹丹; 郭世华

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    为有效利用糯谷子种质材料,以引进的53份谷子为材料,采用 SAS9.0软件对其农艺和品质性状的变异进行分析。主要结果如下:农艺性状的变异幅度为5.7%~36.08%,其中穗粒重的变异幅度最大(C .V 为36.08%),生育日数的变异幅度最小(5.7%)。株高与穗长、节数呈极显著正相关,与叶片数、穗下节间长呈显著正相关,但与穗粒重呈显著负相关。穗越紧,穗下节间和穗毛越短。采用类平均法,在欧式距离4.1148,将供试材料聚为八大类,其中第二、第三和第八类群共25份材料为高产潜力组合类型。非糯、低直链淀粉和糯质类型频率分别为24.5%、60.4%和0。丰谷12、利谷21等16份材料的糊化温度为70℃~74℃(碱消值在4~5),频率为30.2%。赤谷10号、利谷21等29份材料(频率54.7%)的胶稠度大于115 cm 。%In order to effectively utilize waxy millet germplasms ,fifty-three millet strains were used for analysis on variation of agronomic and quality traits by SAS9 .0 software .Main results were as follows :Variability range of agronomic traits were 5 .7% ~ 36 .08% .Variability of grain weight per spike was the highest than that of the other thaits associated with variation coefficient of 36 .08% ,but that of mature days was the smallest with 5 .7% .The plant height had signifi-cantly positive correlation with ear length ,pitch numer ,the numer of leaves ,lenght of internode under spike ,but had significantly negative correlation with grain weight .The more firm in ear firmness ,the more there was short in lenght of internode under spike and ear hair length .The tested strains were divided into eight groups using class average method at euclidean distance 4 .1148 .Of which ,the second ,third and eighth groups had higher yield potential with 25 cultivars . The frequency of nonwaxy ,low amylase content and waxy type were 24 .5% ,60 .4

  20. 宁夏灌区扁豆农艺及产量性状分析%Analysis on Agronomic and Yield Traits of Lentils in Irrigation of Ningxia

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    The article is analysis lentils agronomic and yield traits in irrigation of Ningxia ,The results showed that lentils needs from planting to maturity about 80 d in irrigation.The correlation analysis showed growth peri⁃od and the number of pods per plant with plant height was significantly negatively correlated,But stem branches and 1000-grains weight with yileld was a significant positive correlation.The principal component analysis showed three main components,were yield,1000-grains weight and the number of grain per pod. The pods per plant,the number of grain per pod were no significant differences,but 1000- grains weight was significant difference in va⁃rieties.the change of yield was mainly due to the changes caused by the grain weight.%  对宁夏灌区引种扁豆的农艺及产量性状进行分析,结果表明,宁夏灌区引种的扁豆从播种到成熟需要80d左右;株高与生育期、单株荚数呈显著负相关;小区产量与主茎分枝、千粒重均呈显著正相关;主成分分析表现为3个主成分,分别是产量主成分、千粒重主成分和荚粒数主成分;产量及其构成因素分析表明单株荚数、单荚粒数品种间均无显著差异,而千粒重差异显著,产量的变化主要是由千粒重的变化引起的。

  1. Study on Agronomic Traits of Genetic Diversity in 17 Waxy Corn Inbred Lines%17份糯玉米自交系农艺性状的遗传多样性分析

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    2015-01-01

    [目的]对辽南地区选育和引进的17个糯玉米自交系农艺性状的遗传多样性及其杂种优势类群进行分析。[方法]采用NCⅡ试验设计,选用不同杂种优势类群且国内常用的4个糯玉米自交系为测验种,对辽南地区17个外引和自选糯玉米自交系进行研究。[结果]17份糯玉米自交系的主要农艺性状间存在显著遗传差异,通过聚类分析划分为4个杂优类群。[结论]17份糯玉米自交系农艺性状好,优良性状遗传力高、一般配合力好,各个类群间存在杂种优势,但遗传基础不宽。%Objective] Genetic diversity and heterosis groups of 17 Waxy maize inbreed lines introduced in Liaonan area were analyzed. [Method] By NC II experiment design, the 4 inbred lines belonged to different heterosis groups were selected as the testing varieties, and the agronomic traits and heterosis groups of 17 Waxy maize inbreed lines were also studied in Liaonan. [Result] There were significant genetic diversity in the main agronomic traits and 17 inbreed lines were divided into 4 heterosis groups through the cluster analysis. [Conclusion] 17 waxy maize inbred lines had good agronomic traits, high good trait heritability, GCA of good features, problems heterosis among the various groups, but the genetic basis between them was not wide.

  2. The 'PUCE CAFE' Project: the First 15K Coffee Microarray, a New Tool for Discovering Candidate Genes correlated to Agronomic and Quality Traits

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    Leroy Thierry

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Understanding the genetic elements that contribute to key aspects of coffee biology will have an impact on future agronomical improvements for this economically important tree. During the past years, EST collections were generated in Coffee, opening the possibility to create new tools for functional genomics. Results The "PUCE CAFE" Project, organized by the scientific consortium NESTLE/IRD/CIRAD, has developed an oligo-based microarray using 15,721 unigenes derived from published coffee EST sequences mostly obtained from different stages of fruit development and leaves in Coffea Canephora (Robusta. Hybridizations for two independent experiments served to compare global gene expression profiles in three types of tissue matter (mature beans, leaves and flowers in C. canephora as well as in the leaves of three different coffee species (C. canephora, C. eugenoides and C. arabica. Microarray construction, statistical analyses and validation by Q-PCR analysis are presented in this study. Conclusion We have generated the first 15 K coffee array during this PUCE CAFE project, granted by Génoplante (the French consortium for plant genomics. This new tool will help study functional genomics in a wide range of experiments on various plant tissues, such as analyzing bean maturation or resistance to pathogens or drought. Furthermore, the use of this array has proven to be valid in different coffee species (diploid or tetraploid, drastically enlarging its impact for high-throughput gene expression in the community of coffee research.

  3. 长春花中长春质碱含量与农艺性状的分析%Analysis of catharanthine content and agronomic traits in Catharanthus roseus

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    孙小芬; 陈雨; 潘俊松; 王玉亮; 孙克兴; 蔡润; 唐克轩

    2009-01-01

    目的:对国内外长春花主栽品种的长春质碱含量和农艺性状进行了分析.方法:记录长春花盛花期的农艺性状,反相高效认相色谱仪测定长春质碱含量.结果:发现不同品种的长春质碱含量和农艺性状均存在很大差异,太平洋系列(Pacifica)品种Polka Dot(PPD)中长春质碱质量分数最高,达到叶片干重的3.79 mg·g~(-1);清凉系列(cooler)品种Pink(CP)中长春质碱质量分数最低,仅为叶片干重的0.9 mg·g~(-1).长春花中长春质碱含量与农艺性状之间存在一定程度的相关性.通径分析表明,长春花主要农艺性状中,节间距对长春质碱含量的正影响达到了显著水平(P<0.05),通径系数为1.473.结论:本研究对高含量长春质碱长春花引种和育种具有参考价值.%Catharanthine content and agronomic traits in major Catharanthus resells varieties were analyzed.It was found that there existed great difference in catharanthine content and agronomic traits among the varieties.Catharanthine content was the highest in variety Pacifica Polka Dot(PPD),reaching 3.79 mg·g~(-1) dry leaf weight,and the lowest in variety Cooler Pink(CP)with only 0.9 mg·g~(-1) dry leaf weight.Correlation existed in certain extent between catharanthine content and agronomic traits in C. roseus.Path analysis showed that among all the agronomic traits analyzed,intemodal distance positively affected catharanthine content at significant level(P<0.05),with the path coefficient being 1.473.This study provides useful information for high-catharanthine content C.roseus introduction and breeding.

  4. Correlation Analysis Between Biomass, Active Components and Agronomic Traits of B. purpurascens%岩白菜的生物量和有效成分与农艺性状间的相关性分析

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    朱映安; 王仕玉; 李玉强; 赵桂茹; 陈骊君; 郭凤根

    2013-01-01

      为了探明不同种源岩白菜的农艺性状与生物量及有效成分间的相关性,为岩白菜的良种选育和永续利用提供理论依据。观测了24份岩白菜种源的7个农艺性状和3个生物量性状,并利用HPLC法测定岩白菜的有效成分含量。结果表明:株根状茎干重与株干重、株高、根状茎直径间均呈极显著正相关关系(P<0.01);株叶片干重与株高呈显著正相关关系(P<0.05),与根状茎直径极显著正相关关系(P<0.01)。岩白菜素单株产量与根状茎直径间呈显著正相关关系(P<0.05),与其他农艺性状间相关性不显著;叶片中熊果苷的含量与株高呈显著负相关(P<0.05),与其他农艺性状间呈负相关,但没有达到显著水平;而根状茎中岩白菜素的含量和熊果苷的单株产量与7个农艺性状间相关性均不强。株高和根状茎直径是岩白菜选育种时需重点关注的2个农艺性状。%In order to provide a theory basis for breeding and sustainable utilization of Bergenia purpurascens, the correlations between agronomic traits and biomass and effective components in different resources of B. purpurascens had been discussed. 7 agronomic characters and 3 biomass characters from 24 resources were observed, and the contents of effective component were determined in the method of HPLC. It was showed that there was a very significant positive correlation (P<0.01) between dry weight of rhizomes per plant, total dry weight of plant and plant height, diameter of rhizomes. A significant positive correlation (P<0.05) between dry weight of leaves per plant and plant height and a very significant positive correlation (P<0.01) between dry weight of leaves per plant and diameter of rhizomes per plant were found too. There also was a significant positive correlation (P<0.05) between the yield of bergenin per plant and diameter of rhizomes, although there was no significant correlation between the yield of

  5. Evolution of Agronomic and Quality Traits of Wheat Cultivars Released in Shandong Province Recently%山东省近年来审定小麦品种农艺和品质性状演变分析

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    宋健民; 戴双; 李豪圣; 程敦公; 刘爱峰; 曹新有; 刘建军; 赵振东

    2013-01-01

    [Objective] In order to provide a theoretical basis for further improvement of yield potential and processing quality,agronomic and quality traits of 55 wheat cultivars released in Shandong province recently were investigated.[Method] Eighteen agronomic and quality traits of wheat cultivars released in Shandong province from 1999 to 2010 were analyzed,and their evolution and correlation were also discussed.[Result] The yields of wheat cultivars released recently in Shandong province increased annually by 61.65 kg·hm-2,though main yield components such as spike number per unit area and kernels per spike changed insignificantly.The growth duration decreased annually by 0.57 d,and plant height and maximum tillers also decreased annually,whereas fertile tiller increased.Compared to the cultivars with lower yield,the cultivars with higher yield had more spikes per unit area and fertile tiller,suggesting that it may be an effective measure to increase yield by improving fertile spikes.Shandong wheat cultivars released recently had relatively high protein and wet gluten content,low Zeleny sedimentation volume and stability time,which was not suitable to end use.The grain test weight,wet gluten content and dough water absorption increased annually,while protein content,dough development time and stability time decreased.The cultivars with good quality had lower kernel weight,which may be the key trait to improve yield.Quality traits had a negative effect on yield and agronomic traits in general,while they can be coordinated to some extent,which had been verified by breeding program.[Conclusion] Wheat cultivars released recently in Shandong province increased steadily in yield and cultivars with 600 spikes per m2,40 kernels per spike and 40 mg kernel weight may be more suitable to local weather and production situations.Shandong wheat cultivars released recently had poorer quality in total,and more effective measures should be taken for quality improvement greatly.%[目

  6. Genetic Diversity among Agronomic Traits of Flax%亚麻品种主要农艺性状遗传多样性分析

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    关虎; 王振华; 曹禹; 魏凌基; 李卫华

    2011-01-01

    [目的]了解亚麻的遗传多样性,有助于种质资源的搜集、管理和利用,有利于对核心种质进行研究.[方法]选择来自不同地区的66份亚麻种质资源,对其株高、蒴果数和千粒重等7个主要农艺性状进行遗传多样性和聚类分析.[结果]遗传多样性指数最高的为分枝数;性状变异系数最大的是株粒重,其后依次为蒴果数和分枝数,最小的为株高.通过聚类分析,把66个品种(系)划分为4类,第Ⅰ大类群可以作为高产、抗倒伏等育种目标选育的杂交亲本;第Ⅱ和第Ⅲ类株高和枝下长均较大,可以作为高秆纤维用亚麻的育种目标的亲本,但由于第Ⅲ类株粒重和蒴果数均较差,做亲本时应慎重;第Ⅳ类可以作为矮秆、大粒亚麻育种目标选育的杂交亲本.[结论]亚麻各性状的遗传多样性指数均较大,遗传资源丰富.%[ Objective ] The studies of flax genetic diversity not only contributed to the collection, management and utilization of germplasm, but also benefited the conducting of the research of core collection. [ Method ] 66 of flax germplasm were selected from different regions, and cluster analysis of the genetic diversity of the plant height, number of capsule and its thousand - grain weight of the 7 main agronomic traits were conducted. [ Result] The highest number of genetic diversity is branches; The variation coefficient of the grain weight per plant was the maximal, while the number of capsules and branches were the next, the minimum was plant height. According to genetic difference of each characteristic among varieties, the 66 accessions could be classified into 4 categories by cluster analysis. The first group could be used as parents of high - yield and lodging resistance breeding of hybrid parents. The second group and the third group of plant height and branch length were large, which could be used as breeding goals of the parents of high - fiber flax, but due to the poor grain

  7. 基因型与环境互作对黄早四及其衍生系农艺性状的影响%Effect of GEI on agronomic traits of Huangzaosi and its derived lines

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    庄文锋; 王永力; 李钊; 王晶; 杨猛; 杨德光

    2012-01-01

    选用黄早四及其衍生系共30份自交系为材料,通过在不同生态条件下两年三点的大田试验,对农艺性状的稳定性进行研究.结果表明,农艺性状在哈尔滨表现最好,有利于产量水平的发挥;农艺性状中受GEI影响程度最大的是百粒重,其次为单株产量.文章对黄早四及其衍生系产量的稳定性比较得出高产稳产型自交系,同时对黄早四及其衍生系的改良方向进行了探讨.%Huangzaosi and its derived lines were selected as experimental material to research the stability of agronomic traits. The results showed the agronomic traits had the best performance in Harbin, and Harbin is good for yield. The interaction of genotype and environment (GEI) has the greatest significant influence on 100-grain weight, and yield per plant followed. Inbred lines which had high and stable yield was chosen throw the comparison, this article discussed on the improvement of Huangzaosi and its derived lines.

  8. Political attitudes develop independently of personality traits.

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    Peter K Hatemi

    Full Text Available The primary assumption within the recent personality and political orientations literature is that personality traits cause people to develop political attitudes. In contrast, research relying on traditional psychological and developmental theories suggests the relationship between most personality dimensions and political orientations are either not significant or weak. Research from behavioral genetics suggests the covariance between personality and political preferences is not causal, but due to a common, latent genetic factor that mutually influences both. The contradictory assumptions and findings from these research streams have yet to be resolved. This is in part due to the reliance on cross-sectional data and the lack of longitudinal genetically informative data. Here, using two independent longitudinal genetically informative samples, we examine the joint development of personality traits and attitude dimensions to explore the underlying causal mechanisms that drive the relationship between these features and provide a first step in resolving the causal question. We find change in personality over a ten-year period does not predict change in political attitudes, which does not support a causal relationship between personality traits and political attitudes as is frequently assumed. Rather, political attitudes are often more stable than the key personality traits assumed to be predicting them. Finally, the results from our genetic models find that no additional variance is accounted for by the causal pathway from personality traits to political attitudes. Our findings remain consistent with the original construction of the five-factor model of personality and developmental theories on attitude formation, but challenge recent work in this area.

  9. Impact of Different Application Ways of Biogas Manure on Agronomic Traits and Yield of Maize%沼肥不同施用方式对玉米农艺性状及产量的影响

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    苗林

    2014-01-01

    为玉米生产上合理利用沼肥提供科学依据,采用直播地膜覆盖栽培试验方法,研究了沼肥不同施用方式对玉米农艺性状及产量的影响。结果表明:1)沼液浸种子24 h 后,发芽率和成苗率分别达98.73%和99.36%,比对照组高7.06%和14.63%;2)农艺性状,与对照组相比均以处理5最佳,株高达247 cm、茎粗达3.3 cm,穗位高为120 cm,穗长达26.5 cm,秃尖仅1.5 cm,穗行数为15.5行,百粒重达40 g;3)产量表现,处理5达10100.29 kg/hm2,均比对照组和其余处理组高。4)经济效益,处理5的玉米和玉米秸秆的总收入为30990.7元/hm2,均比对照组和其余处理组高。沼肥不同施用方式均能促进玉米种子发芽率和成活率,促进玉米植株生长发育,以浸种24 h,底肥施入沼渣75 t/hm2,60%沼液追肥效果最好。%For the purpose of providing scientific reference for using biogas manure in the production of corn appropriately,through the experiments of cultivating corns with direct seeding and plastic film mulching,the effect of different ways of treatment on agronomic traits and output of corn was studied. Results:1)The germination rate and seedling rate of seeds soaked in biogas slurry for 24 hours were respectively 98.73% and 99.36%,7.06% and 14.63% higher than the control group;2)Compared with the control group,the agronomic traits of treatment 5 was the best,of which the plant height was 247 cm, stem diameter was 3.3 cm,ear height was 120 cm,ear length was 26.5 cm,ear barren tip was only 1.5 cm,ear row number was 15,and hundred grain weight was 40 g;3)As for the output,the output of treatment 5 was 10 100.29 kg/hm2 ,which was higher than the control group and other treatments;4)As for economic benefits,the total income of corn and maize straw was 30 990.7 Yuan/hm2 ,which was also higher than the control group and other treatments.All different use methods of biogas manure

  10. Agronomic traits and comprehensive utilization values analysis of Swiss chard%叶用甜菜农艺特性及综合利用价值分析

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    闫秀显; 刘巧环; 牟善伟; 田庆彬; 刘丽萍; 徐伟丽; 刘巧红

    2014-01-01

    Swiss chard ( Beta vulgaris cicla ) belongs to biennial herbaceous plant , which Leaves are used as main raw material for planter .Its foliage possesses the characteristics of rich nutrition , tender, juicy and good palatability .Swiss chard not only is one of fodders for pigs , cattle and other animal , also can be used as vegeta-bles and herbal medicines .Leaf beet is sibling species of sugar beet .As rare genetic germplasm materials , Swiss chard is one of the important resources for improving genetic basis of sugar beet .In recent years , researchers have breeding some new varieties regard leaf morphology , color and flavor quality , which have the combination features of edible and ornamental .Leaf beet has a broad prospect of development and utilization .In this paper , agronomic characteristics , such as biology classification , botany characteristics and comprehensive utilization of nutrition function value for foods , fodders , medicines are analyzed .%叶用甜菜是以叶片作为主要原料的二年生草本植物。其营养丰富,柔嫩多汁,适口性好,不仅是猪、牛等喜食的青饲料之一,也可用作草药或作为蔬菜食用。叶用甜菜是糖甜菜的近缘种,作为不可多得的甜菜遗传种质材料,是改良糖甜菜遗传基础的重要资源之一。近年来国内外科研人员从叶用形态学、色泽以及风味品质等方面入手培育出了一些新的品种,具有食用、观赏等兼用的特性,有着广阔的开发利用前景。本文针对叶用甜菜的生物学分类、植物学特性等农艺特征及食用、饲用、药用等营养功能的综合利用价值进行了分析。

  11. 不同灌溉上限对芥蓝生长及农艺性状的影响%Effect of Different Irrigation Upper Limit on Growth and Agronomic Traits of Chinese Kale

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    曹健; 张白鸽; 陈琼贤; 宋钊

    2015-01-01

    用相同灌溉频率、不同灌溉上限研究土壤含水量对芥蓝生长及农艺性状的影响。结果表明:增加土壤水分显著提早芥蓝生育期,水分亏缺使生长受到抑制,同时引起不同器官的生长速度及其性状差异;土壤水分亏缺显著影响芥蓝的叶长、叶宽、叶面积,以第8叶位左右叶片影响较大;根和茎的性状总体上随着土壤水分的增加而逐步增加,基茎长与土壤含水量之间呈极显著线性相关;生物产量、菜薹产量和薹叶比总体上随着土壤水分增加逐步提高,土壤水分较多使经济系数下降,菜薹产量、薹叶比和薹粗均有所下降。通过调节土壤水分能控制芥蓝生长和农艺性状,提高菜薹产量和品质。%The influence of different soil moisture on the growth and agronomic traits of Chinese kale is studied by employing the same irrigation frequency while different amount treatments .The results show that increasing soil moisture greatly accelerates the com‐modity maturity of Chinese kale ,but lack of water largely lags developmental period and induces discrepancy on the growth and de‐velopmental speed of each organ and relevant traits ;the size and area of leaf are significantly affected by soil water shortage and a‐round the 8th leaf is the most susceptible one ;in general ,the traits of root and stem of Chinese kale gradually increase with an in‐crease of soil moisture ,while a remarkable positive linear correlation is observed between base-stem length and soil moisture ;the bi‐omass ,yield and stem-leaf ratio increase with an increase of soil moisture ,but excessive water induces reduction of economic coeffi‐cient and yield ,as well as stem-leaf ratio ,stem thickness .Thus adjusting soil moisture can control the growth and agronomic traits of Chinese kale to improve yield and quality .

  12. Chemical and agronomic development of Kalanchoe brasiliensis Camb. and Kalanchoe pinnata Pers under light and temperature levels.

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    Cruz, Bruna P; Chedier, Luciana M; Fabri, Rodrigo L; Pimenta, Daniel S

    2011-12-01

    This study compares the development of Kalanchoe brasiliensis and Kalanchoe pinnata, which are medicinal species known as "saião" and "folha da fortuna" that are used interchangeably by the population for medicinal purposes. The experiment consisted of 20 plots/species planted in plastic bags with homogeneous substrate in a randomized design, which grown under light levels (25%, 50%, 70%, full sunlight) at environment temperature, and a treatment under a plastic with greater temperature range than the external environment. It was obtained for K. pinnata a greater plant height, total length of sprouts, stems, production and dry matter content of leaves than that obtained for K. brasiliensis, which achieved higher averages only for the length of lateral branches. The species showed increases in height, which varied in inverse proportion to the light, and it was observed the influence of temperature in K. pinnata. The production and dry matter content of leaves were proportional to the luminosity; the same occurred in the thickness of leaves for K. brasiliensis. In the swelling index and Brix degree, K. brasiliensis showed higher averages than K. pinnata. In relation to the total content of flavonoids it was not observed significant differences for both species. The analyzed parameters showed the main differences in the agronomic development of the two species. PMID:22146966

  13. Stability of PAC (Psy-2A-CrtI) gene and agronomic traits in the F2:3 of IR36/PAC transgenic plants

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    Hyun Suk Lee; Gihwan Yi; Kyung Min Kim

    2015-01-01

    This study was carried out to evaluate the expression of yel ow endosperm color in the progeny of Psy-2A-CrtI (β-carotene gene, PAC) transgenic plants crossed with IR36. The selected 25 lines of F2 progeny exhibited stable expression of yel ow endosperm color and high agronomic characteristics. IR36 and PAC transgenic plant of the grain length, width and ratio showed the same tendency of normal distribution. For progeny selection, colorimeters were as employed to distinguish differing visible colors. Correlation analysis was conducted to investigate the relationship between b*value and the expres-sion of speciifc genes. b*value was associated with the relative expression of the PAC-Rev and MAR product by real-time PCR and t-test revealed signiifcant difference. Based on this study, correlation between colorimetric values and real-time PCR was effective to detect gene expression. Yel ow endosperm progenies represent a new genetic pool that might be useful to increase the genetic diversity of yel ow endosperm rice.

  14. 杂交棉主要农艺性状与产量品质的相关分析%Correlation Analysis on Main Agronomic Traits and Yield and Quality of Hybrid Cotton

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    周利平; 周桃华; 张诗军

    2013-01-01

    [目的]对杂交棉主要农艺性状与产量品质进行相关分析.[方法]对13个杂交抗虫棉的生育期、主要农艺性状、产量构成因素及产量品质的差异进行比较以及主要农艺性状、产量构成因素与产量品质进行相关性分析.[结果]各参试品种的生育期在123 d左右,在整个生育期生长势较强;皮棉产量与第一果枝节位、株高、株果枝数、株铃数、总铃数和籽棉产量都呈极显著正相关,第一果枝节位与马克隆值呈显著正相关;科杂1号和春杂棉1号马克隆值最优,均为4.5;各品种的比强度在27~30 cN/tex之间,差异较大;品种间皮棉产量间的差异达极显著水平.[结论]该研究为杂交棉的优质高产栽培提供了理论参考.%[Objective] This study aimed to analyze the correlations of the main agronomic traits,yield and quality of hybrid cotton cultivars.[Method] The growth period,main agronomic traits,yield components,yield and quality of 13 hybrid cotton cultivats were compared,and the correlations of their main agronomic traits,yield components,yield and quality were analyzed.[Result] The growth period of the 13 cultivars was about 123 d,and all of them presented strong growth potential throughout the growth period.The ginned cotton yield shared an extremely significant positive correlation with the first fruiting branch position,plant height,number of fruiting branches,number of bolls per plant,number of bolls per hectare and seed cotton yield; the first fruiting branch position and micronaire value shared a significant positive correlation.Keza No.1 and Chunzamian No.1 had the lowest micronaire value,4.5.The specific strength of all the cotton cultivars ranged from 27 cN/tex to 30 cN/tex,presenting significant difference.In addition,there was extremely significant difference in the ginned cotton yield among all the cotton cultivars.[Conclusion] The study provides theoretical reference for the cultivation of high-yield hybrid

  15. 南通扁豆品种主要农艺性状的主成分与聚类分析%Analysis of Principal Component and Cluster Analysis of Main Agronomic Traits of Nantong Lentils

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    姜永; 邱海荣; 章洪娟; 宋益民

    2015-01-01

    Taking 16 cultivars of Nantong lentils 〔Lablab purpureus (L.) Sweet〕as experimental material, we analyzed the principal components of 10 major agronomic traits using principal component analysis and cluster analysis to investigate the genetic distance and the main factors affecting yield of lentils.The results showed that under the premise of keeping 84.889 3% of information amount,10 agronomic traits could be simplified as the following 4 principal components:grain type factor,grain weight factorⅠ,pod type factor and grain weight factorⅡ.During the breeding process,the reasonable principal component values should be determined combining with the breeding objectives.The genetic distances between these 16 varieties were 0.886 6-7.775 7, and the average was 4.047 4.These 16 varieties could be divided into 4 classes,pod color and geographical source could not be used as the basis for judging germplasm genetic differences.%以16个南通扁豆品种为试材,采用主成分和聚类分析方法对10个主要农艺性状进行分析,探讨影响扁豆产量的主要因子及品种间的遗传距离。结果表明:在保留84.8893%信息量的前提下,10个农艺性状可简化为粒型因子、粒重因子Ⅰ、荚型因子和粒重因子Ⅱ等4个主成分,在育种过程中需结合育种目标确定合理的主成分值;16个品种间的遗传距离为0.8866~7.7757,平均4.0474;16个品种可分为4类,荚色与地理来源不能作为判断种质间遗传差异的依据。

  16. Effect of Salt-Stress on Agronomic Traits and Yield of Different Varieties of Sorghum%盐胁迫对不同高粱品种农艺性状和产量的影响

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    朱元刚; 王乐政; 高凤菊; 曹鹏鹏; 王士岭; 田文铎

    2013-01-01

    Two varieties (JZ123 and LZ11) of sorghum were used as materials to study their tolerance to salt in different concentrations.The result showed that agronomic traits and yield of sorghum were inhibited obvigusly with increasing of salt concentration,and there were extremely significant(P < 0.01) differences between all treatments and control.The agronomic traits and yield of two varieties of sorghum showed:relative survival seedling rate was dropped,the time of emergence was delayed,plant height was shorter,stem diameter was thinner,and 1000-grain weight,grain weight per spike,and yield were decreased,especially,grain weight per spike and yield declined obviously.LZ11 had stronger tolerance than that of JZ123,and could be more suitable for planting in saline-alkali land.%以2个高粱品种吉杂123(JZ123)和龙杂11(LZ11)为材料,设置5个不同盐浓度(0、0.3%、0.4%、0.5%、0.6%)处理,探讨了盐胁迫对不同高粱品种农艺性状和产量形状的影响.试验结果表明:不同浓度盐胁迫下,高粱的农艺性状和产量均受到不同程度抑制,且盐浓度越高,抑制作用越明显,与对照差异均达到极显著(P<0.01),2个品种的农艺性状和产量随盐浓度的升高均表现出以下变化:相对成苗率下降,出苗时间延迟,株高变矮,茎粗变细,千粒重、穗粒重和产量下降,尤其穗粒重和产量的下降幅度最为明显.综合2个高粱品种的性状表现,LZ11的耐盐能力较强于JZ123,更适于盐碱地栽培.

  17. Development and agronomical validation of new fertilizer compositions of high bioavailability and reduced potential nutrient losses.

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    Erro, Javier; Urrutia, Oscar; San Francisco, Sara; Garcia-Mina, Jose M

    2007-09-19

    To optimize the economical cost of each unit of fertilizer applied and to reduce the environmental contamination caused by nutrient losses, the development of highly efficient granulated fertilizers is of great importance. This study proposes a strategy that consists of developing specific fertilizers having nutrient release patterns that are dependent on plant activity in the rhizosphere. This type of fertilizer is named "rhizosphere-controlled fertilizer" (RCF fertilizer). This fertilizer is based on the introduction of an organomineral matrix composed of metal [Mg (Ca is also possible), Zn (Fe and other metals are also possible)]-humic phosphates. The presence of this matrix modifies the nutrient release pattern of the fertilizer. In this way there are two main nutrient fractions: (i) a water-soluble fraction or "starter" fraction and (ii) a "rhizosphere-controlled" fraction insoluble in water but soluble by the action of the rhizospheric acids released by plants and microorganisms. This study shows the chemical and structural characterization of the organomineral matrix, as well as its efficiency in slowing the nutrient release rate of the RCF fertilizer, principally with respect to P and N. It is demonstrated how these properties of the matrix were also reflected in the significant reduction in both ammonia volatilization and N leaching in a pot system consisting of wheat plants cultivated in a calcareous soil and fertilized with a RCF fertilizer.

  18. Correlation among agronomic, physiological and phytochemical traits in Artemisia annua L. varieties Correlação entre caracteres agronômicos, fisiológicos e fitoquímicos em variedades de Artemisia annua L

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to estimate the correlations among agronomic, physiological and phytochemical traits of two varieties of Artemisia annua and to identify correlations that can be used in selection and breeding processes for this species. The design was completely randomized and the treatments were for Artemisia annua varieties 2/39x5x3M and 2/39x1V, which were subjected to agronomic, physiological and phytochemical evaluations. The relationship among the studied traits was estimated with Pearson's correlation coefficient, and the significance level of correlations was established by the t-test using Genes software. A significant positive correlation was found between the traits canopy volume and essential oil yield for 2/39x5x3M variety, showing that the selection of plants with a larger canopy volume would facilitate indirect selection of the trait essential oil yield. This correlation was not found for the 2/39x1V variety. In both varieties, there was a significant negative correlation between canopy volume and artemisinin content, which suggested that the selection of plants with a large canopy volume and a large number of branches should be avoided if the goal is to increase artemisinin content.O objetivo deste trabalho foi estimar as correlações existentes entre caracteres agronômicos, fisiológicos e fitoquímicos em duas variedades de Artemisia annua e identificar correlações que possam ser utilizadas em processos de seleção e melhoramento da espécie. O delineamento foi inteiramente casualizado e os tratamentos foram às variedades 2/39x5x3M e 2/39x1V de Artemisia annua, submetidas a avaliações agronômicas, fisiológicas e fitoquímicas. A relação existente entre os caracteres estudados foi estimada através do coeficiente de correlação de Pearson e o nível de significância das correlações pelo teste t, realizadas no programa Genes. Encontrou-se correlação positiva e significativa entre os caracteres volume

  19. Research of Agronomic Trait for Winter Wheats%冬小麦种质材料主要农艺性状研究

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    刘新月; 裴磊; 董双全; 卫云宗

    2012-01-01

    Wheat germ plasm resources are very important for breeding program. Genetic diversity study on wheat is beneficial to the collection, management and utilization of wheat genetic resources, and the establishment of core collection. In order to make efficient use of wheat germplasm resources and reduce blindness in combination selection of crosses, this study selected 73 cultivars in China to investigate the traits plant height, the grain number per spike, 1000-grain weight, the number of productive ear and grain yield, and all accessions were made clustering analysis based on these agricultural traits. The results showed that: the coefficient of variation among traits size under rain-fed cultivation: yield > spikes > grains per spike > 1000-grain weight > plant height; Yield components and yield related degree: spikes> grains per spike > 1000-grain weight. The cultivars could be divided into six groups. The character and application in breeding of per group were appreciated. Comprehensive trait of 18th FAWWON-IR-023 and 18th FAWWON-IR-111 and 18th FAWWON-IR-027 and 18th FAWWON-IR-169 are good in fourth group, it may be provide fine gene for breeding wheat variety with resistance drought and high quality and high yield.%小麦种质资源是小麦育种的重要基础,小麦遗传多样性评价不仅有助于种质资源的搜集、管理和利用,也有利于核心种质的研究.为了合理利用小麦种质资源,降低组配小麦杂交组合的盲目性,选取73份国内外种质材料,在旱地条件种植,以株高、穗粒数、千粒重、有效穗数和产量为指标对其进行了聚类分析.结果表明,在雨养条件下各性状的变异系数大小为:产量>有效穗数>穗粒数>千粒重>株高;产量构成因素与产量的相关程度为:有效穗数>穗粒数>千粒重;供试材料可以分为6类,并对各类种质材料的特点及在育种中的应用作了评述.试验中综合表现较好的4个亲本材料为第Ⅵ组的18th

  20. Highly interactive nature of flower-specific enhancers and promoters, and its potential impact on tissue-specific expression and engineering of multiple genes or agronomic traits.

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    Wen, Zhifeng; Yang, Yazhou; Zhang, Jinjin; Wang, Xiping; Singer, Stacy; Liu, Zhongchi; Yang, Yingjun; Yan, Guohua; Liu, Zongrang

    2014-09-01

    Molecular stacking enables multiple traits to be effectively engineered in crops using a single vector. However, the co-existence of distinct plant promoters in the same transgenic unit might, like their mammalian counterparts, interfere with one another. In this study, we devised a novel approach to investigate enhancer-promoter and promoter-promoter interactions in transgenic plants and demonstrated that three of four flower-specific enhancer/promoters were capable of distantly activating a pollen- and stigma-specific Pps promoter (fused to the cytotoxic DT-A gene) in other tissues, as revealed by novel tissue ablation phenotypes in transgenic plants. The NtAGI1 enhancer exclusively activated stamen- and carpel-specific DT-A expression, thus resulting in tissue ablation in an orientation-independent manner; this activation was completely abolished by the insertion of an enhancer-blocking insulator (EXOB) between the NtAGI1 enhancer and Pps promoter. Similarly, AGL8 and AP1Lb1, but not AP1La, promoters also activated distinct tissue-specific DT-A expression and ablation, with the former causing global growth retardation and the latter ablating apical inflorescences. While the tissue specificity of the enhancer/promoters generally defined their activation specificities, the strength of their activity in particular tissues or developmental stages appeared to determine whether activation actually occurred. Our findings provide the first evidence that plant-derived enhancer/promoters can distantly interact/interfere with one another, which could pose potential problems for the tissue-specific engineering of multiple traits using a single-vector stacking approach. Therefore, our work highlights the importance of adopting enhancer-blocking insulators in transformation vectors to minimize promoter-promoter interactions. The practical and fundamental significance of these findings will be discussed.

  1. Effect of Plant Density and Base Fertilizer on The Yield and Agronomic Traits of Gentiana scabra Bge%不同种植密度和基肥对龙胆某些农艺性状的影响

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    魏云洁; 张舒娜; 张亚玉

    2015-01-01

    This study evaluated the effects of different density and base fertilizers on agronomic traits of Gentiana sca‐bra Bge .The result showed that plant density have no significantly affected on aerial part traits of Gentiana scabra Bge .The highest value of stem diameter were found in 20 plant per row treatment ,which were significantly higher than 15 plant per row treatment .Plant density have significantly affected on root length ,single root weight and plot yield ,and these values increased with an increase in plant density .The optimum plant density was 20 and 25 plant per row which could promote yield and aerial part growth .Base fertilizer could promote growth except 100g/m2 ,the value of plant heigh ,stem diameter ,leaf length and leaf width all higher than control .For root characters ,the value of root length ,single root weight ,the number of fibrous root and plot yield ,all higher than control except 100g/m2 treatment .Comprehensive analysis of agronomic traits ,the optimum applied amount of chemical fertilizer was 75g/m2 .%通过对龙胆草种植密度及基肥的试验研究,分析二者对龙胆草地上部和地下部农艺性状的影响。结果表明,不同种植密度对龙胆草地上部性状株高、叶长和叶宽影响不大,各处理之间差异不显著,茎粗以20株/行处理最好,与15株/行之间差异达到显著水平。根部各性状随着种植密度的增加而增加,尤其对根长、根重和小区产量的影响达到显著水平,龙胆种植密度以25株/行和20株/行处理比较好,可促进植株生长,并能提高其产量;复合肥基肥试验中,除100g/m2处理外,各处理地上部株高、茎粗、叶长和叶宽值均高于对照,对植株生长起到促进作用;地下部各性状,除100g/m2处理外,各处理根长、根粗、须根数、根重和小区产量值均高于或显著高于对照,综合分析龙胆植株各生长性状和产量性状以75g/m2处理最好。

  2. 不同辣椒株系自交系主要农艺性状研究%Study on Main Agronomic Traits of Different Hot Pepper(Capsicum annuum L.) Inbred Lines

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    高晶霞; 颜秀娟; 梁生蕃; 马守才; 王学梅; 崔静英

    2012-01-01

    [Objective] The purpose was to investigate and identify the main agronomic traits of 15 pepper inbred lines, and the correlation analysis and principal component analysis were done. [Method] Test materials were 15 inbred lines of pepper, 3 times, 5 plants were surveyed in each plot and then their botanical characters, photosynthetic characteristics and fruit quality were measured. Yield was actual harvest yield of plot, and recorded singly when harvesting. [Result] Petiole length had significant positive correlation with leaf length and leaf width, leaf length had very significant positive correlation with leaf width and the correlation coefficient was about 0.938 00. Fruit stalk length had very significant negative correlation with fruit pulp thickness, and the correlation coefficient reached -0.677 00. In 16 indices, green mature fruit Vc content was very significant positive correlation only with red fruit Vc content, and the correlation coefficient reached 0.907 00. First flower node position had very significant negative correlation with fruit pulp thickness, namely higher first flower node position, smaller green mature fruit pulp thickness, while single fruit weight had very significant positive correlation with fruit pulp thickness. Single fruit weight had very significant positive correlation with fruit pulp thickness, and significant positive correlation with fruit shoulder width. Early yield and reduced yield showed significant positive correlation, and the correlation coefficient reached 0.739 00. At the 5% significance level, single fruit weight of No. 69, fruit length and thickness of No. 56 were most outstanding performance. [Conclusion] The study reveals the relationship among the agronomic trait, between agronomic traits and yield traits, and provides a scientific basis for hot pepper breeding, and lays a theoretical reference for its high yield and good quality cultivation.%[目的]对15个辣椒(Capsicum annuum L.)自交系主要农艺性状进

  3. 5个木薯品种的农艺相关性状及亲缘性分析%Agronomic Traits and Genetic Relationship of five Cassava Varieties

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    赖杭桂; 朱楠楠; 陈庚华; 韩平原; 蔡秀清

    2011-01-01

    以木薯华南5号、华南7号、华南8号、面包木薯以及多倍体8229为材料,分析了这5个木薯品种的基本农艺性状、叶片叶绿素含量和品种抗性,同时利用RAPD以及过氧化物同工酶分析了这5个木薯品种的亲缘关系。结果表明:华南7号与面包木薯生长优势明显,株高、茎粗显著高于其它3个品种。多倍体8229小裂叶呈短粗状、叶柄较短、叶形指数较小,低温处理后相对电解质渗出率最低,表明该品种对低温的抗性相对较强。叶片叶绿素含量以华南8号最高,达到4.63 mg/g,显著高于其余4个品种;RAPD分析技术和过氧化物同工酶分析结果表明:引物S76能够有效的对5个木薯品种进行分离和鉴定,华南5号与华南7号的亲缘关系较近,在分子水平存在较大的相似性。%Five cassava varieties of South China 5(SC5),SC7,SC8,Bread cassava and Polyploid 8229 were used in this research.The agronomic traits,chlorophyll content and evaluation of cold resistance have been done,and the genetic relationship has been analyzed by using RAPD as well as peroxidase isozyme analysis technique.The results showed that the varieties of Bread cassava and SC7 had significantly better agronomic traits than the other three ones such as higher in plant height and bigger in stem diameter.The dehiscent leaves of the Polyploid 8229 are shorter in length,but wider in width;with shorter stem and lesser dehiscent number;Meanwhile it had smaller electrolytic exudation rate after cold stress,which suggests that the Polyploid 8229 is better in cold resistance.The chlorophyll content was the highest in SC8(4.63 mg/g),compare to other species.The results showed that the primer S76 could functionally identify the five Varieties of Cassava by RAPD.SC5 and SC7 show close genetic relationship from the RAPD and peroxidase isozyme analyses.

  4. Effects of Different Planting Densities on Agronomic Traits and Yield Components of Hybrid Cotton%种植密度对杂交棉农艺性状及产量构成因素的影响

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    李玉芳; 李景龙; 杨春安; 郭利双

    2011-01-01

    以湘杂棉8号为材料,2008~2010年在湖南常德研究了不同密度下杂交棉生育期的差异、农艺性状的变化以及对产量构成的影响.结果表明:生育期方面,现蕾前无差异,现蕾后各生育期随着密度的增加而推迟但差异不大;农艺性状变化总体上符合随着密度的增加第一果枝节位、株高增高,而果枝数、果节数和单株成铃数减少的规律;从单位面积产量构成来看,铃数、衣分总体上有随密度增加而降低的趋势,单铃重随着密度的增加而减轻,籽棉和皮棉产量均随着密度的增加而降低.其中1 400株/667m的处理铃数最多、单铃重最重、籽棉和皮棉产量均最高,而800株/667m的处理铃数最少,籽棉和皮棉均最低.天气条件正常的年份1 400株,667m的处理为最佳的密度,但遇到干旱少雨的年份可适当增加密度,但以不超过2 000株/667m为宜.%Taking Xiangzamian No.8 as the material to study the differences of growth period and the variation of some agronomic traits of hybrid cotton and their impacts on yield components under different planting densities in Changde of Hunan from 2008 to 2010.The resulls showed that in growth aspect, there was no difference before squaring stage, and each growth period delayed with increasing planting density after squaring stage but the difference was not big; changes of agronomic traits generally consistent with the law that with increasing planting density, the first fruit with minor bits and plant height increased, but fruit branch number, fruit node number and section number of bolls per plant reduced; from the aspect of yield component per unit area, with increasing planting density, boll number and ginning outturn showed a decreasing trend, single boll weight and yield of seed cotton and lint all decreased.In which, the treatment with planting density of 21000 shoots/hm2 had the most boll number, the highest single boll weight and the highest yield of seed

  5. Analysis of Main Agronomic Traits of Wheat Near Isogentic Lines for Three Pistils Character%小麦三雌蕊近等基因系的主要农艺性状分析

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    杨在君; 蔡鹏; 魏淑红; 彭丽娟; 彭正松

    2013-01-01

      为充分利用小麦三雌蕊品系的优良性状,全面分析小麦三雌蕊基因pis1对其农艺性状的遗传效应,本研究利用Excel和SPSS软件对小麦三雌蕊近等基因系‘CSTP’、‘CM28TP’、‘MY29TP’和‘NM9TP’及其相应的轮回亲本的主要农艺性状进行了差异性、相关性和聚类分析。结果表明,各近等基因系与其轮回亲本在株高、茎粗、旗叶长、旗叶宽、有效穗数、穗长以及小穗数等7个农艺性状上差异不显著,除CSTP外,其他3个近等基因系的穗粒数明显高于其轮回亲本。但千粒重和小区产量均低于轮回亲本。相关性分析表明,小区产量与千粒重呈极显著正相关。而小区产量和千粒重都与穗粒数呈不显著的正相关,即仅提高穗粒数不能有效的提高产量。因而要利用小麦TP品系进行育种研究,其首要目标是提高千粒重。聚类分析表明,近等基因系与相应的轮回亲本聚在一起,这说明构建的近等基因系是成功的。%In order to fully utilize the fine traits of three pistils line and comprehensive analysis the genetic effects of pis1 gene on the agronomical characters, the main agronomic traits of wheat near isogentic lines, CSTP, CM28TP, MY29TP, NM9TP and their recurrent parents were investigated in this studies. The data were analyzed by Excel and SPSS software. The results showed that there were no obvious difference of plant height, stem diameter, flag leaf length, flag leaf width, effective panicle, spike length and spikelet number among near isogentic lines and their recurrent parents. The grain number per spike in near isogentic lines was superior to their recurrent parents except CSTP. But the 1000-kernel weight and plot yield lower than their recurrent parents. The positive correlation was found that plot yield was very significantly positive correlated with 1000-kernel weight. But the plot yield and 1000-kernel weight were no

  6. 苦荞生态因子及农艺性状与产量的相关分析%Correlation Analysis of Tartary Buckwheat Seed Yield with Ecological Factors and Agronomic Traits

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    李月; 石桃雄; 黄凯丰; 汤晓辛; 何娟; 简永; 陈庆富

    2013-01-01

    The purpose was to select main ecological factors and agronomic traits affecting seed yield of tartary buckwheat, differences of seed yield among eight tartary buckwheat varieties in 18 different locations were tested and their relations of seed yield with main ecological factors and agronomic traits were studied by using correlation and path analysis. The results showed that there were significant variation of seed yield among different varieties and among different locations. The widest variation was observed for grain weight per plant (c.v. = 94.2 % ) and following by grains per plant (c.v. = 92.4 % ). Seed yield was significantly correlated to plant height (r = 0.336 * * ) , primary stalk pitch number (r=0.334* * ), grain numbers per plant (r =0.277** ) , grain weight per plant (r =0.259* * ) , whole growth period (r= -0. 392 * * ) , primary branch number ( r = 0. 190 * ). Partial correlation analysis showed that seed yield was much significantly correlated to whole growth period (r = - 0.646 * * ), plant height ( r = 0.591 * * ) and elevation ( r = 0.304 * * ). The path analysis showed that elevation , whole growth period, plant height and mean temperature in the growth period were the important factors influencing seed yield, and latitude, 1000-grain weight, and primary stalk pitch number were the secondary factors of tartary buckwheat, in addition, the suitable primary branch number, grain weight per plant should be paid attention to.%为筛选影响苦荞产量的主要生态因子和农艺性状,调查了8个苦荞品种在全国18个不同地区的产量差异,并对产量和主要生态因子与农艺性状进行相关性和通径分析.方差分析表明,苦荞种子产量差异在品种之间、地点之间分别达显著和极显著水平.苦荞品种单株粒重和单株粒数的变异系数最大,分别为94.2%和92.4%.简单相关分析表明,产量与株高、主茎节数、单株粒数、单株粒重、全生育期、主茎分枝数呈(极)

  7. Effects of Different SIow -ReIease Potassium FertiIizers on Agronomic Traits and QuaIity of FIue -cured tobacco%缓释钾肥对烤烟农艺性状和品质的影响

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    何永秋; 张卓; 范才银; 刘顺

    2015-01-01

    采用田间试验,研究了不同缓释钾肥对烤烟农艺性状和品质的影响。结果表明:相比普通钾肥,缓释钾肥可以在不同程度上促进烟株的生长发育,但差异不显著。缓释钾肥可以提高烤后烟叶石油醚提取物含量,促进常规化学成分的协调,提高烟叶的钾含量,其中添加生物质炭的缓释钾肥的效果要明显优于添加腐殖酸的缓释钾肥。%A field experiment was conducted to investigate the effect of different slow -release potassium fertilizers on agro-nomic traits and quality of flue -cured tobacco.The results showed that compared to common potassium fertilizer,slow -release potassium fertilizers could promote the growth of flue -cured tobacco,but the difference was not significant.The slow -release potassium fertilizers could heighten the content of petroleum ether extract and promote the coordination of conventional chemical compositions,and improve the content of potassium in tobacco leaves.The effects of slow -release potassium fertilizer which be added biomass charcoal were clearly better than those of slow -release potassium fertilizer which be added humic acid.

  8. Research on Morphology and Agronomic Traits Diversity of Weedy Rice in Shanghai%上海地区杂草稻形态学和农艺性状多样性研究

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    温广月; 沈国辉; 钱振官; 李涛

    2012-01-01

    It was carried out the research on morphology and agronomic traits diversity of transplanting weedy rice in Shanghai, in order to provide theoretical support to field identification and utilization. The results showed that, the diversity was abundant and variant degree was greater. Weedy rice types were indica type and partial indica type mostly. Thirty-six materials could be classified into three clusters by cluster analysis. The cumulative contribution of panicle type factor, growth period factor, plant type factor, grain type factor, tiller angle factor and seed setting rate factor came up to 85% by main factor analysis.%为了明确上海地区杂草稻形态学和农艺性状的多样性,为杂草稻的田间识别和利用提供理论支持,采用杂草稻田间育苗移栽方法,对杂草稻形态学和农艺性状进行观察,明确上海地区杂草稻形态学和农艺性状多样性.结果表明,上海地区杂草稻形态学和农艺性状多样性较丰富,变异程度较大.上海地区杂草稻主要以籼型和偏籼型为主.通过聚类分析可将36份杂草稻样本主要分为3类.主成分分析结果表明,上海地区杂草稻穗形因子、生育期因子、株型因子、粒型因子、分蘖角因子、结实率因子6个指标累计贡献率达到了85%以上.

  9. 转OsbHLH1和Bar基因水稻及相关特性分析%Transgenic Rice with Bar and OsbHLH1 Genes and Its Agronomic Trait Analyses

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    罗伯祥; 肖自友; 肖国樱

    2012-01-01

    The OsbHLHl gene encoded one of transcription factors in bHLH (basic helix-loop-helix) family, which is involved in cold tolerance. The expression of Bar gene can relieve the toxicity of glufosinate, a highly effective and low toxicity herbicide.The OsbHLHl and Bar genes were transformed into rice cultivar Huai C17 {Oryza saliva L. Subsp. Japonica Kato) by Agrobacterium tumefaciens mediation. The herbicide resistance, cold tolerance and agronomic traits of transformants with Bar and OsbHLHl genes were identified in this study. The existance of Bar gene and its expression in transgenic lines were identified by stress of glufosinate. The integration of OsbHLHl gene and its expression were also detected and confirmed by PCR, Southern blot, RT-PCR and Real-time PQR. The T3 generation of the transgenic line No. 6 had been treated with 2°C for 6 days at the germination stage. And the dead seedling of this transgenic line was 17.8% while that of control was 61.1%. Under stress of 8~10°C for 7 days at the seedling stage, the root length of transgenic lines No. 5, 6, 9 and 11 of T3 generation were longer than that of control (P<0.05), and the root number of line No. 3, 5 and 11 were more than that of control (P<0.05) and the fresh weight of No. 3 line was higher than that of control (PO.05). The increase of cold tolerance at germination and seedling stage of transgenic lines showed that the over-expression of OsbHLHl gene could improve the cold tolerance of rice. Based on the investigation of the main agronomic traits, there were differences (P<0.05) in plant height, panicle length, 1000-grain weight, seed setting and theoretical yield between transgenic lines of T2 generation and control, which indicated that the over-expression of exogenous gene had obvious influence on rice agronomic traits. The new germplasm created in this study will be available for breeding of new japonica hybrid rice with cold and herbicide tolerance.%OsbHLH1基因编码bHLH(basic helix-loop-helix

  10. Next biotech plants: new traits, crops, developers and technologies for addressing global challenges.

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    Ricroch, Agnès E; Hénard-Damave, Marie-Cécile

    2016-08-01

    Most of the genetically modified (GM) plants currently commercialized encompass a handful of crop species (soybean, corn, cotton and canola) with agronomic characters (traits) directed against some biotic stresses (pest resistance, herbicide tolerance or both) and created by multinational companies. The same crops with agronomic traits already on the market today will continue to be commercialized, but there will be also a wider range of species with combined traits. The timeframe anticipated for market release of the next biotech plants will not only depend on science progress in research and development (R&D) in laboratories and fields, but also primarily on how demanding regulatory requirements are in countries where marketing approvals are pending. Regulatory constraints, including environmental and health impact assessments, have increased significantly in the past decades, delaying approvals and increasing their costs. This has sometimes discouraged public research entities and small and medium size plant breeding companies from using biotechnology and given preference to other technologies, not as stringently regulated. Nevertheless, R&D programs are flourishing in developing countries, boosted by the necessity to meet the global challenges that are food security of a booming world population while mitigating climate change impacts. Biotechnology is an instrument at the service of these imperatives and a wide variety of plants are currently tested for their high yield despite biotic and abiotic stresses. Many plants with higher water or nitrogen use efficiency, tolerant to cold, salinity or water submergence are being developed. Food security is not only a question of quantity but also of quality of agricultural and food products, to be available and accessible for the ones who need it the most. Many biotech plants (especially staple food) are therefore being developed with nutritional traits, such as biofortification in vitamins and metals. The main

  11. Next biotech plants: new traits, crops, developers and technologies for addressing global challenges.

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    Ricroch, Agnès E; Hénard-Damave, Marie-Cécile

    2016-08-01

    Most of the genetically modified (GM) plants currently commercialized encompass a handful of crop species (soybean, corn, cotton and canola) with agronomic characters (traits) directed against some biotic stresses (pest resistance, herbicide tolerance or both) and created by multinational companies. The same crops with agronomic traits already on the market today will continue to be commercialized, but there will be also a wider range of species with combined traits. The timeframe anticipated for market release of the next biotech plants will not only depend on science progress in research and development (R&D) in laboratories and fields, but also primarily on how demanding regulatory requirements are in countries where marketing approvals are pending. Regulatory constraints, including environmental and health impact assessments, have increased significantly in the past decades, delaying approvals and increasing their costs. This has sometimes discouraged public research entities and small and medium size plant breeding companies from using biotechnology and given preference to other technologies, not as stringently regulated. Nevertheless, R&D programs are flourishing in developing countries, boosted by the necessity to meet the global challenges that are food security of a booming world population while mitigating climate change impacts. Biotechnology is an instrument at the service of these imperatives and a wide variety of plants are currently tested for their high yield despite biotic and abiotic stresses. Many plants with higher water or nitrogen use efficiency, tolerant to cold, salinity or water submergence are being developed. Food security is not only a question of quantity but also of quality of agricultural and food products, to be available and accessible for the ones who need it the most. Many biotech plants (especially staple food) are therefore being developed with nutritional traits, such as biofortification in vitamins and metals. The main

  12. Preliminary Study on the Relationship between Yield and Other Agronomic Traits in Wheat%小麦品种(系)籽粒产量与其他若干性状关系初探

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    何贤芳; 赵莉; 朱昭进; 汪建来

    2011-01-01

    [ Objective ] The study was aimed to seek the key indices for high-yield and super high-yield breeding of wheat. [ Method ] Ten wheat varieties (or lines), which are suitable for cultivation under Anhui conditions, were chosen as the experimental materials to study the relationships between yield and yield components ( the number of spikes, grain weight, grain number, grain weight, grain number per unit area, pike length, fruit spikelet number, spikelet number of abortive spikelet), biomass, plant height, and the harvest index. [ Results] Coefficient between yield and other traits varied in direction and degree was different. Among the studied agronomic traits, there were significant differences. For most of the varieties (or lines) studied, grain yield was significantly related to biomass and grain weight per spike. For some of the other varieties (or lines), grain yield was significantly related to other parameters. [ Conclusion] Yield parameter itself can be adopted effectively in selecting potential high-yield and super high-yield wheat varieties.%[目的]寻求小麦高产和超高产育种的关键指标.[方法]以安徽省种植的10个小麦品种(系)为试验材料,研究不同品种(系)的产量与产量构成因素(有效穗数、千粒重、穗粒数、穗粒重、单位面积粒数、穗长、结实小穗数、不实小穗数)、生物学产量、株高、收获指数等性状之间的相关性.[结果]产量与其他若干性状在相关方向和程度上均有差异,且其他性状之间相关性及差异显著性均有不同;大多数品种(系)的产量与产量构成因素中的生物学产量及穗粒重显著相关,同时某些品种(系)的产量与其他性状之间显著相关.[结论]以产量作为小麦高产及超高产育种的选择指标之一是有效的.

  13. Performance of Several Agronomic Traits and Their Correlation Analysis of Flax(Linum usitatissimum)%亚麻几个农艺性状表现及相关分析

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    吴建忠; 姜卫东; 赵茜; 关凤芝

    2013-01-01

    [Objective] The aim was to provide a theoretical basis for the next breeding work of Linum usitatissimum.[Method] 210 high-generation materials in flax germplasm resources were selected randomly and then analyzed their performances and correlation of five agronomic traits,plant height,stem length,branching number,the number of capsule and the fiber rate per plant.[Result] The results showed that the capsule number had the largest range and the coefficient of variation was 25.74%,the five traits all showed unimodal approximately normal distribution.The correlation analysis showed that the capsule number was significant negative correlation with the fiber rate per plant and significantly related to the branching number,plant height and stem length shoued significant correlation.[Conclusion] Some excellent germplasm can be used in a high yield and quality breeding in the high-generation material in flax germplasm resources.%[目的]为亚麻(Linum usitatissimum)下一步的育种工作提供理论基础.[方法]随机挑选210份亚麻高世代材料,分析了5个农艺性状(株高、工艺长、分枝数、蒴果数、单株麻率)的表现特征及其相关性.[结果]蒴果数变幅最大,变异系数为25.74%,5个性状的表现均呈单峰近似正态分布.相关性分析显示,蒴果数和单株麻率呈极显著负相关,与分枝数显著相关,株高和工艺长表现出极显著的相关性.[结论]高世代材料中存在一些优异的品系,通过筛选可以获得高产优质育种材料.

  14. Chemical and agronomic development of Kalanchoe brasiliensis Camb. and Kalanchoe pinnata (Lamk. Pers under light and temperature levels

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    Bruna P. Cruz

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available This study compares the development of Kalanchoe brasiliensis and Kalanchoe pinnata, which are medicinal species known as "saião" and "folha da fortuna" that are used interchangeably by the population for medicinal purposes. The experiment consisted of 20 plots/species planted in plastic bags with homogeneous substrate in a randomized design, which grown under light levels (25%, 50%, 70%, full sunlight at environment temperature, and a treatment under a plastic with greater temperature range than the external environment. It was obtained for K. pinnata a greater plant height, total length of sprouts, stems, production and dry matter content of leaves than that obtained for K. brasiliensis, which achieved higher averages only for the length of lateral branches. The species showed increases in height, which varied in inverse proportion to the light, and it was observed the influence of temperature in K. pinnata. The production and dry matter content of leaves were proportional to the luminosity; the same occurred in the thickness of leaves for K. brasiliensis. In the swelling index and Brix degree, K. brasiliensis showed higher averages than K. pinnata. In relation to the total content of flavonoids it was not observed significant differences for both species. The analyzed parameters showed the main differences in the agronomic development of the two species.Este estudo compara o desenvolvimento de Kalanchoe brasiliensis e Kalanchoe pinnata, espécies medicinais conhecidas como "saião" e "folha da fortuna" que são utilizadas indiferenciadamente pela população para fins medicinais. O experimento consistiu em 20 parcelas/espécie plantadas em sacos plásticos com substrato homogêneo, em delineamento ao acaso, cultivadas sob níveis de luminosidade (25%, 50%, 70%, luz plena em temperatura ambiente, e um tratamento sob plástico com maior amplitude térmica que o meio externo. Obteve-se para K. pinnata maiores alturas de plantas, comprimentos

  15. Agronomic traits and seed yield produced in the soybean-corn crop in succession cropping = Desempenho agronômico e produtividade na sucessão soja – milho safrinha

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    Alessandro de Lucca e Braccini

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    Full Text Available Competition experiments were installed at the COODETEC unit inPalotina, Paraná State, with the objective of evaluating the influence of the cultivation of soybean in succession to a second crop season on different sowing dates on the agronomic traits and seed yield in both cultures. The experiment consisted of four field replicates, arranged in a completely randomized block design and carried out in two agricultural years (2003/2004 and 2004/2005. The individual blocks were comprised of three early-maturing soybean cultivars (CD 202, CD 215 and CD 216 sowed on five different dates (9/15, 9/30, 10/15, 10/30 and 11/15 and also three corn hybrids (CD 305, CD 306 and CD 308 that were sowed on different dates (1/30, 2/15, 3/1, 3/15 and 3/30. Data were submitted to a joint analysis, and the interaction decompositions were made when verified significance. Based on the results obtained, it can be concluded that early season second crop growing is a valid strategy for obtaining a good agronomical performance and better productivity in off-season corn sowing. The succession of early soybean/early corn in the off-season is a potentially viable alternative for the west region of Paraná State, as long as the soybean sowing is done by the first half of October and the second crop season corn is sown in the first half of February.O objetivo do presente trabalho foi avaliar a influência do cultivo em sucessão da soja com o milho safrinha, em diferentes épocas de semeadura, no desempenho agronômico das plantas e na produtividade de soja e milho. Utilizou-se o delineamento em blocos casualizados, com quatro repetições. O experimento foi realizado em dois anos agrícolas,2003/2004 e 2004/2005, utilizando as cultivares de soja CD 202, CD 215 e CD 216, semeadas em 15/9, 30/9, 15/10, 30/10 e 15/11. Em sucessão utilizou-se três híbridos de milho (CD 305, CD 306 e CD 308 semeados em 30/01, 15/2, 1/3, 15/3, 30/3. Os dados coletados foram submetidos à an

  16. Agronomic traits and chemical composition of single hybrids of sweet corn Caracteres agronômicos e composição química de híbridos simples de milho doce

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    Angela Kwiatkowski

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available In Brazil, the greengrocery market of sweet corn has been expanding along the country. In contrast, there have been few agri-industries canning sweet corn (Zea mays because of the lack of cultivars with agronomic characteristics proper to industrial purposes. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the general combining ability (GCA of seven inbred lines of sweet corn, and the specific combining ability (SCA of their hybrid combinations based on their agronomic traits, and the chemical composition of the grain. In the growing season 2006/2007, twenty-one single hybrids were evaluated in the Iguatemi Research Station, Maringá County, Northwestern Paraná, in Brazil using a complete randomized block design with four replications. Data were subjected to the analysis of variance and the genotypes were clustered by the Scott-Knott test. We estimated the GCA and SCA effects using the Griffing's method IV with the fixed model for plant height (PH, height of ear (EH, dehusked ears yield (DEY, reducing (RS and total sugars (TS, starch (ST, proteins (PTN, ether extract (EE and fibers (FB. The inbred line L4, which was originated from the 'Doce de Cuba', had the best GCA for crop yield and grain quality and therefore should be used in the next hybrid combinations. The hybrids L4xL5 and L3xL7 were the most promising with regard to crop yield and grain quality.No Brasil, poucas indústrias envazam o milho doce (Zea mays por causa da falta de cultivares para o processamento industrial. Em compensação, o mercado de milho verde doce aumentou. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar a capacidade geral de combinação (CGC de sete linhagens de milho doce e da capacidade específica de combinação (CEC das combinações híbridas, com base em características agronômicas e composição química dos grãos. Os vinte e um híbridos simples foram avaliados em blocos casualizados, com quatro repetições, durante o ano agrícola 2006/2007, no distrito de Iguatemi

  17. Molecular Markers and Agronomic Traits of a New Kind of Genic Male Sterile Material Mian 7AB-4-2 in Brassica napus L.%新型甘蓝型油菜核不育材料绵7AB-4-2农艺性状鉴定及分子检测

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    李浩杰; 汤天泽; 袁代斌; 蒙大庆; 蒲晓斌; 张锦芳; 蒋梁材

    2009-01-01

    [Objective] The study was to investigate the agronomic traits and breeding characteristics of genic male sterile material Mian 7AB-4-2 in Brassica napus. [Method] The differences in agronomic traits and polymorphisms in SSR markers, between the genic male sterile material Mian 7AB-4-2 in Brassica napus and its sisterly line Mian 7AB-4-1 were investigated by hybridization and molecular identification; and the percentage of sterile individuals of Mian 7AB-4-2 and of the hybrids with its sisterly line Mian 7AB-4-1 from test cross and back cross were also studied. [Result] Mian 7AB-4-2 was not significantly different in agronomic traits from its sisterly line Mian 7AB-4-1 at 0.05 probability level. The percentages of sterile individuals in the pollinated fertile Mian 7AB-4-2 plants were over 60%, and that in its sisterly line Mian 7AB-4-1 was about 25%. In test crosses with other nine sterile lines, Mian 7AB-4-1 kept the percentage of sterile individuals of sterile lines over 90%, and the percentage of sterile individuals from back cross over 80%. With regard to molecular markers, Mian 7AB-4-2 and its sisterly line Mian 7AB-4-1 were different in the band number from SSR primers a2 and E10. [Conclusion] The results indicate that Mian 7AB-4-2 is helpful for rapeseed breeding, quickening the application of new materials in field breeding.

  18. Comprehensive evaluation of agronomic traits of castor (Ricinus communis L.) germplasm resources%蓖麻种质资源主要农艺性状的综合评价与分析

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    胡学礼; 王沛琦; 胡尊红; 张锡顺; 杨谨; 严洪斌; 刘旭云

    2016-01-01

    For better utilization of castor ( Ricinus communis L.) germplasm resources,the principal component a⁃nalysis and cluster analysis were employed to analyze ten agronomic traits of fifty castor germplasm resources. Five principal components were defined with cumulative contribution of 91. 02%, representing yield component, growth potential, the number of capsules, plant height and the 100⁃kernel weight, respectively. Fifty germplasm resources were clustered into three categories. With the lowest productivity per plant, the first category could be used as a resource to breed dwarf stem and compact planting variety. The 100⁃kernel weight of the second category was the highest, and the category could be ap⁃plied to breed large⁃grain type variety. The third category showed the greatest number of main spike capsules, number of ef⁃fective spikes per plant, number of capsules per plant, and the productivity per plant, which could be used to breed high yield and middle⁃grain type variety.%为了加强蓖麻种质资源开发和利用,在对筛选出的50份优异蓖麻种质材料的10个主要农艺性状进行相关性分析的基础上进行主成分分析和聚类分析。确定了5个主成分,其累计贡献率为91�018%。5个主成分分别反映产量构成、植物长势、蒴果数、株高和百粒质量。把50份蓖麻种质聚类并划分为3大类群,第I类资源的单株生产力表现最低,可用于选育矮秆密植型品种;第II类资源百粒质量在3类材料中最高,表现较好,可用于选育大粒型品种;第III类资源的主穗蒴果数、单株有效穗数、单株蒴果数等性状都最高,单株生产力表现最好,可用于选育高产、中粒型的品种。

  19. Impact of Cultivation Modes of Puna Chicory on its Agronomic Traits and Yield%不同栽培模式对黔引普那菊苣农艺性状及产量的影响

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    陈志祯; 何胜礼; 黄河斋; 陈克庆; 陈进碧; 高巍

    2012-01-01

    采取撒播、条播、穴播和育苗移栽4种栽培模式种植黔引普那菊苣,观测其生育期、再生速度、产草量.结果表明:黔引普那菊苣在黔南温热地区4种栽培模式上均能很好地完成生育期,不同栽培模式之间生育天数、生长天数以及再生速度差异不显著(P>0.05).4种栽培模式以穴播产量最高,撒播次之,育苗移栽最低,条播、撒播、穴播分别比育苗移栽提高8194、9134和10146kg/hm2,差异显著(P<0.05).建议田间规模种植时采取穴播.%The agronomic traits and yields of puna chicory under four cultivation modes (taking sowing, drilling, dibbling and transplanting seedling )were compared by observing their growth period, regeneration rate and grass yield in warm area of Qian-nan Prefecture. The results showed that the puna chicory completed the reproductive phase of growth well under four cultivation modes, there were no significant differeneesC/MJ.OS) in the fertility day, growth day and regeneration speed of puna chicory un-der the cultivation modes. In the four cultivation modes, the yield in dibble mode was the highest, and the yield in the trans-planting seedling was the lowest. Compared with the transplanting seedling, the yields in drilling mode, sowing mode and dib-bling mode were higher by 8 194 kg/hm2, 9 134 kg/hm2 and 10 146 kg/hm2 respectively. So the dibbling mode was the best for puna chicory plant.

  20. 矮杆大穗高产小麦育种亲本SW3243重要农艺性状特性及育种应用效果%Agronomic Traits and Utilization of Large-Spike and High-Yield Dwarf Wheat Breeding Parent SW3243

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    杨恩年; 李俊; 杨武云; 邹裕春

    2011-01-01

    [Objective] The study aimed to investigate the utilization value of parent material SW3243 in wheat breeding, and its pedigree was 1426/4/IR68 -77/YAA//ALD' S'/3/YAZ//ST2022/983. [ Method] The selection, agronomic traits, some quality - related genetic traits, and the application of 1BL/1 RS translocation line in breeding were analyzed. [ Result] SW3243 had the following characteristics: the SW3243 was high resistant to stripe rust race CYR29 and CYR30, and did not suppress the pedormance of resistant genes; SW3243 showed lots of advantages such as dwart, more spike lets, large spike, high yield potential and early maturity even in late planting; the high molecular weight glutenin subunit (HMW-GS) of SW3243 was composed in the form of 1,7 +8, 2 +12, containing 232 bp fragment of PPO allele; Waxy protein subunit was not lost; its grain contains a small amount late maturing α- amylase; SW3243 contained 1 BL/1 RS translocation line, but it was significantly different from the tested translocation lines; a large number of new lines had been developed from SW3243 in Sichuan, among them, 42 derived lines attended provincial and national yield trial respectively, and seven varieties were released in Sichuan Province and three were released in national level; the planting area of SW3243 and its derived varieties were totally extended to 4.33 million hm2 in Sichuan. [ Conclusion] The wheat variety SW3243, which had excellent agronomic traits, was the impodant parent material for wheat breeding in Sichuan. The research will provide reference for the innovation in germplasm resources and high -yield breeding of wheat.%[目的]研究小麦亲本材料SW3243(组合为1426/4/IR68-77/YAA//ALD'S'/3/YAZ//ST2022/983)的育种利用价值.[方法]对SW3243的选育、农艺特性、部分品质相关遗传性状、1BL/1RS易位系及育种的应用情况进行了分析.[结果]SW3243具有如下特点:SW3243高抗条中29、30,对抗性基因不具有抑制作用;具有矮杆、多

  1. The Key to a Librarian's Success: Developing Entrepreneurial Traits.

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    Toftoy, Charles N.

    2002-01-01

    Discusses the need for librarians to develop effective strategic plans and to regard the library operation as a business operation. Explains 12 entrepreneurial traits that are needed for success in librarianship and information services, including passion, enthusiasm, trustworthiness, creativity, persistence, responsibility, flexibility,…

  2. The Development of the Meta-Affective Trait Scale

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    Uzuntiryaki-Kondakci, Esen; Kirbulut, Zubeyde Demet

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to develop a Meta-Affective Trait Scale (MATS) to measure the meta-affective inclinations related to emotions that students have while they are studying for their classes. First, a pilot study was performed with 380 10th-grade students. Results of the exploratory factor analysis supported a two-factor structure of the…

  3. Business success and psychological traits of housing developers

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    Mastura Jaafar

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Although the issues on entrepreneurship in the real estate industry are disparaging and have received little interest from global researchers, the significant roles played by the industry players warrant further investigation. The personal traits of the owners/managers are deemed to be the key factors to the business success of housing development firms. This paper examined the main determinants of successful business in the housing development sector under the lens of psychological traits of the owners/managers. To identify the success factors of housing development firms, interviews were conducted on 10 housing developers in Peninsular Malaysia. The study shows the significant psychological traits that distinguish the business success of housing developers compared with those in the existing literature. These factors are (1 high confidence and ambition, (2 vision and foresight, (3 industriousness, (4 perseverance and (5 integrity. As housing development is a risky industry, developers can use these findings as a guideline in managing their business toward superior performance.

  4. Agronomic Traits and Wheat Leaf Rust Resistance of Ten Turkey Wheat Accessions%土耳其8个小麦品种农艺性状及抗叶锈性分析

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    刘彦慧; 赵轩宇; 杨文香; 刘大群

    2012-01-01

    为确定8个来自土耳其的普通小麦品种在我国的应用前景,对其进行全生育期农艺性状观察,并利用44个以Thatcher为背景的近等基因系(单基因系)作为已知基因的鉴别寄主,接种8个小麦叶锈菌致病型进行苗期抗叶锈基因推导,结合成株期抗病鉴定,初步明确了这些品种(系)的抗性和可能携带的抗病基因.利用20个与Lr基因紧密连锁或共分离的分子标记,对8个土耳其小麦品种进行抗叶锈病基因的进一步鉴定.推测YJ000900中可能含有Lr1、Lr3、Lr17、Lr20;YJ000906中可能含有Lr1、Lr17、Lr20;YJ000901、YJ000902、YJ000904、YJ000905、YJ000907中可能含有Lr1;8个材料中均不含Lr9、Lr19、Lr20、Lr21、Lr24、Lr26、Lr28、Lr29、Lr34、Lr35、Lr37、Lr38和Lr47基因.结果表明,来自土耳其的8个小麦材料具有较差的抗叶锈性、抗寒和抗倒伏能力,而且产量低,不适宜于太规模推广种植,也不能作为我国小麦抗叶锈的抗源使用.%To evaluate the leaf rust resistance and the application prospect of eight wheat cultivars from Turkey, the agronomic traits were surveyed in whole growth period for two years and forty-four near isogenic lines (or single gene lines) in Thatcher background with known wheat leaf rust resistance genes were used as differential hosts. All genotypes were inoculated with eight pathotypes of Puccinina triticina at seedling stage. The results indicated that Lr1 ,Lr3,Lr17,Lr20 and some unknown resistance genes might present in the 8 accessions. As revealed by 20 molecular markers closely linked or co-segregated with part of the known Lr genes,the 8 accessions from Turkey were postulated to carry 4 resistance genes, such as Lr1 , Lr3 , Lr1 7 and Lr20 in YJ000900 , Lr1 , Lr1 7 and Lr2O in YJ000906,Lr7 in YJ000901 , YJ000902 , Y J000904 , Y J000905 and YJ000907. However, Lr9 , Lr19, Lr20,Lr21, Lr24 , Lr26 ,Lr28 ,Lr29 ,Lr34 ,Lr35, Lr37,Lr38 and Lr47 were not detected in the 8 accessions

  5. CARACTERÍSTICAS AGRONÔMICAS DE CULTIVARES DE SORGO (Sorghum bicolor (L. Moench SOB TRÊS DOSES DE NITROGÊNIO AGRONOMIC TRAITS OF SORGHUM CULTIVARS AT THREE LEVELS OF NITROGEN FERTILIZER

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    Susana Queiroz Santos Mello

    2007-09-01

    test was used for comparison of treatment means. The yields of natural matter, with general average 59.31 t.ha-1, were significantly different among sorghum cultivars; but there was no difference caused by nitrogen levels in this trait. The dry matter yield mean (15.17 t.ha-1 did not differ among cultivars or nitrogen levels. As opposed, dry matter and panicle and stalk contents in the natural matter were different among cultivars as well as among N levels. The plant height (with general average 2.39 m and stalk dry matter means were different only among cultivars. BR 700 and CMSXS 762 cultivars showed the best panicle/stalk/leaf ratio and the largest panicle percentage. Increased amounts of nitrogen resulted in increased panicle and decreased stalk percentage.

    KEY-WORDS: Sorghum; nitrogen fertilization; agronomic valuation.

  6. AMMI模型在马铃薯产量及农艺性状分析中的应用%Application of AMMI model in evaluation of yield and agronomic traits of potato

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    李亚杰; 范士杰; 张俊莲; 白江平; 王蒂

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study is to use AMMI model to analyze yield and agronomic traits,including plant height,tuber quantity per plant,stem quantity per plant,mature days,and tuber fresh weight per plant,in 2010-2011 potato regional test results in Guizhou province.The study results showed that the interact principle component of AMMI model is capable of explaining 90.64%,90%,86%,82%,81% of total sum of squares of yield,tuber quantity per plant,stem quantity per plant,mature days,tuber fresh weight per plant,respectively.The species stability,adaptability and high yield ability of three varieties,W04-36,0402-2 and Mila,were better than rest species among the eleven of species tested in Guizhou potato regional test.W04-36 can be promoted and planted in large areas.Yield ability of Heimeiren was the worst among all the tested varieties.Among the five test sites,Di values of Bijie and Anshun were larger than others.Both sites have a high discriminability for variety.Liupanshui has the lowest discriminability for variety; therefore it is suitable for planting many different species.%使用AMMI模型对2010-2011年贵州省马铃薯区域试验结果中的产量及其农艺性状,包括株高、单株块茎数、单株主茎数、生育期、单株块茎重量进行了分析.分析结果表明,AMMI模型中的主成分轴能够解释产量、单株主茎数、单株块茎数、生育期、单株块茎质量等性状90.64%,90%,86%,82%,81%交互作用平方和,在参加贵州省马铃薯区试的11个品种中,W04-36,0402-2,米拉等品种稳定性、适应性与丰产性表现良好,W04-36可作为大面积推广种植品种,0402-7,宣薯2号,2005-1,盘薯1号,丽薯200202,威薯001号,B01-41-4产量表现一般,黑美人产量表现差.参加区试的5个试点中,通过对其鉴别力参数Di进行计算可知,毕节和安顺地区Di值大,鉴别力高,对品种具有较强选择性,六盘水地区的鉴别力最低,对品种选择性弱,适合多品种种植.

  7. MARKER ASSISTED SELECTION (MAS FOR DEVELOPMENT OF BARLEY AND WHEAT LINES WITH REQUESTED TRAITS

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    M. Hudcovicová

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Molecular markers closely linked to interesting genes enable early, proper and fast detection of plant individuals with desired allele during backcross breeding, what can make plant breeding faster and cheaper. We are focused on molecular breeding of barley and wheat lines for disease resistance and some important quality traits. As acceptors of interesting genes we use especially elite Slovak and Czech cultivars and lines. After five backcross generations with the help of MAS new created lines carrying markers linked to desired genes undergo resistance, agronomic and technological tests. In breeding of winter barley for resistance to BaYMV/BaMMV viruses we use codominant STS and SSR markers linked to rym4 and rym11 resistance genes. Cultivar Romanze has been used as a donor of rym4 gene and landrace Russia57 as gene rym11 donor. In spring barley we are focused on transfer of Yd2 gene from landraces Shannon and Sutter resistant to BYDV by use of dominant ASPCR marker. We are also working on transfer of effective leaf rust resistance genes Lr19, Lr24 derived from Thinopyrum ponticum and gene Lr35 from Aegilops speltoides into hexaploid wheat by use of dominant STS and SCAR markers. Near isogenic lines with these genes are used in gene pyramiding to develop a single line with all three genes. By use of protein markers we develop near isogenic wheat lines for higher sedimentation values, higher dough strength and better breadmaking quality. These are lines with new combination of HMW glutenin subunits (21*, 7+8, 5+10 as well as wheat lines with new unknown HMW-GS and with new HMW-GS pair.

  8. 叶用莴苣种质资源的主要农艺性状鉴定与耐热性评价%Evaluation of Major Agronomic Traits and Heat Tolerance of Lettuce Germplasm Resources

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    陈青君; 韩莹琰; 谷建田; 范双喜

    2011-01-01

    In 2 environment conditions of open field and greenhouse, in spring and summer 2 cultivation seasons, the agronomic traits of 110 accessions of lettuce ( Lactuca sativa L. ) germplasm were investigated. At the same time, the heat tolerance was evaluated by the center column length, number of bolting days and the index of heat injury. The results showed that the leaves traits of no-heading lettuce tip, leaf shape, leaf color, plant height, petiole length, stem thickness, plant weight and fresh-cut vegetables weight all varied greatly, showing that the no-heading lettuce bears great potential in germplasm variation and innovation ability. Heading lettuce varieties have a higher similarity. Only in the petiole thick, rosette leaves, fresh-cut vegetables weight ( head weight), there is a big variation. In early summer, the no-heading lettuce bolts 12-36 days earlier than the spring, and the heading lettuce bolts18-38 days earlier. In greenhouse under strong high temperature stress, the no-heading lettuce bolts further ahead of schedule, and 82% of them holt within 10 days, showing sensitivity to high temperature. Some heading lettuce varieties die of heat injury. The heat injury index can accurately reflect the heat tolerance between varieties of heading lettuce. The number of bolting days, center column length and single plant weight, head weight, leaf /shape ratio, etc. Show remarkable correlation. They are also important indicators to evaluate the heat tolerance of lettuce. In spring greenhouse cultivation, the heat tolerance of lettuce germplasm resources are preferably evaluated by heat injury index and the number of bolting days.%在露地和大棚两种环境、春季和初夏两种栽培季节下,对110份叶用莴苣种质资源的农艺性状进行了调查,同时以中心柱长、抽薹天数和热害指数3个指标综合评价叶用莴苣种质资源的田间耐热性.结果表明:散叶莴苣叶尖形状、叶形、叶色、株高、叶柄长、叶柄厚

  9. Options for development of transgenic pigs with enhanced performance traits

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    Full text: Traditional breeding practices have yielded a slow but steady genetic improvement of domestic animals. Unfortunately, these practices often do not enable the separation of desirable production traits from undesirable traits, and furthermore, do not enable the transfer of advantageous genetic traits from one species to another. Transgenic methodologies surmount these barriers, and transgenic pigs have been developed that have a variety of novel enhanced performance traits, the capability to serve as factories for the production of pharmaceuticals, and soon may provide a reliable supply of organs for xenotransplantation. This presentation will focus primarily on the expression of novel performance traits, since they have the potential to provide the greatest benefit to farmers in countries with a less well developed agricultural infrastructure. The first hurdle in the development of animals with novel production characteristics is the availability of reliable methods for the production of transgenic animals. This requires the combination of a suitable transgenic technique and an appropriate genetic construct. Classic pronuclear microinjection, the original method for producing transgenic animals may soon be surpassed by the more convenient sperm-mediated transgenesis, use of a retroviral vector system, or by techniques involving nuclear transfer. Despite the complexity involved in generating transgenic animals, a variety of interesting performance enhancing genes have been introduced into pigs. These include porcine growth hormone and IGF1 to enhance growth characteristics and carcass quality, α-lactalbumin to enhance the growth of nursing piglets, plant oleate desaturase (http://www.newscientist.com/hottopics/gm/gm.jsp?id=ns99991841) to increase the proportion of unsaturated fatty acids in tissues, and phytase to enhance plant phosphorus utilization. No information is available on the performance or meat quality characteristics of pigs expressing the

  10. SOVIET POSTERS IN PROMOTING AGRONOMIC KNOWLEDGE

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available We attempt to combine professional agronomic knowledge with familiarity with graphic art presented in the form of a poster in the paper. The term "poster" is considered a large loose-leaf edition, combines visual and typographic elements and execute graphic communications. The main idea of the poster is to convey the information to the reader quickly and accurately. In the study of the material we have formed complex scientific and educational resources on the history of agricultural science, including the history of the popularization of agronomic knowledge. In our work, the poster is treated as an object of analysis, as the material of social and cultural analysis and as a tool to gather information on the development of agronomic knowledge through their visualization. In the course "History and methodology of scientific agronomy" one of the competencies of students is familiarity with the methodology popularization of agronomic knowledge, understanding of what is happening. In this regard, an attempt was made to consider the Soviet poster as a source of information on the development of scientific agriculture in the period from 1917 to 1980. The aim was to analyze the main events of this period, elements of the technology of agricultural production, species and varietal diversity of crops, as well as various events in the agricultural sector. The article considers four basic types of posters: promotional, political, instructional, scientific and educational. Each of these types of posters performs its function. The poster covered all stages of agrarian sector of the country, was a historical reflection of the Soviet period and always remained mobile, online and popular art form. Today, his role is small, because it has changed the ways of presenting information. However, its historical role unchanged, he has served as the Foundation of the modern advertising industry, including agronomic knowledge

  11. Mid-low Castor Agronomic Traits under Different Density Level and the Oil Content of the Correlation and Path Analysis%不同密度水平下矮秆蓖麻各农艺性状与含油量的相关及通径分析

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    贾娟霞; 朱国立; 衣海会; 何智彪; 莫德乐吐; 张智勇; 乔文杰

    2013-01-01

    对5个不同种植密度处理下2个矮秆蓖麻品种含油量与个农艺性状态进行相关及通径分析。总结出不同密度水平下,影响矮秆蓖麻含油量的主要农艺性状,并提出提高密植矮秆蓖麻的含油量,一定要主攻容重,在增加容重的基础上增加株穗数,并选择适中的株高、茎粗及主穗与一级分枝夹角。%through the analysis of 5 different planting densities of 2 dwarf castor varieties of oil content and agronomic state correlation and path ,it could be summarized that the main agronomic traits of dwarf castor oil content in different density level, and be put forward improving oil content close planting dwarf castor-oil plant,and the bulk density must be the main part, increasing on the number of spike per plant based on increased bulk density, and choose the moderate plant height, stem diameter and main spike and a branch angle.

  12. Quantitative trait loci for yield and morphological traits in maize under drought stress

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    Nikolić Ana

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Drought is one of the most important factors contributing to crop yield loss. In order to develop maize varieties with drought tolerance, it is necessary to explore the genetic basis. Mapping quantitative trait loci (QTL that control the yield and associate agronomic traits is one way of understanding drought genetics. QTLs associated with grain yield (GY, leaf width (LW3, LW4 plant height (PH, ear height (EH, leaf number (NL, tassel branch number (TBN and tassel length (TL were studied with composite interval mapping. A total of 43 QTLs were detected, distributed on all chromosomes, except chromosome 9. Phenotypic variability determined for the identified QTLs for all the traits was in the range from 20.99 to 87.24%. Mapping analysis identified genomic regions associated with two traits in a manner that was consistent with phenotypic correlation among traits, supporting either pleiotropy or tight linkage among QTLs.

  13. PLANT DENSITY AND AGRONOMIC TRAITS OF MAIZE HYBRIDS IN NARROW ROW SPACING DENSIDADE DE PLANTAS E CARACTERÍSTICAS AGRONÔMICAS DE HÍBRIDOS DE MILHO SOB ESPAÇAMENTO REDUZIDO ENTRE LINHAS

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    Cleber Morais Guimarães

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    The objective of this study was to evaluate the behavior of maize hybrids cultivated under different population densities in narrow row spacing (0.45 m. Two field experiments were installed to evaluate six commercial hybrids (A 2555, A 2288, AG 9010, AG 6690, P 30F88 and Valent grown in five plant densities (40,000; 53,000; 71,000; 84,000; and 97,000 plants per hectare, in Goiânia and Jataí, Goiás State, during the growing season of 2002/2003. The experimental design was a randomized complete blocks, arranged in a 6x5 factorial design with four replicates. In the Goiânia experiment, the treatments were carried out using a split plot design. In the experiment of Goiânia, the treatments were carried out using a split plot design. The means of ear insertion, plant height, stalk lodging, ear length, ear diameter, corncob diameter, kernels per ear, weight of 100 kernels and grain yield was significantly influenced by plant density in both experiments. Grain yield was increased for plant densities higher than 70,000 plants per hectare, indicating that the use of narrow row spacing associated to the presence of shorter plant stature hybrids, favors enhancements in plant density. The grain yield was significantly affected by the interaction between hybrid and plant density in both fields. This indicates that, depending of the hybrid, the reduction of row spacing to 0.45 m is a managing practice that allows an increment in the sowing density.

    KEY-WORDS: Zea mays; cultivar; plant arrangement; agronomic trait; grain yield.

    O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o comportamento de híbridos de milho (A 2555, A 2288, AG 9010, AG 6690, P 30F88 e Valent, cultivados em diferentes densidades populacionais (40 mil, 53 mil, 71 mil, 84 mil e 97 mil plantas por hectare e sob espaçamento reduzido

  14. 重组自交系群体对大豆胞囊线虫3号生理小种抗性与主要农艺性状的相关分析%Correlation between Resistance to Soybean Cyst Nematode Race No.3 and Major Agronomic Traits of Recombinant Inbred Lines

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    胡海波; 韩英鹏; 滕卫丽; 常玮; 李文滨

    2012-01-01

    A total of 164 F6 and F7 recombinant inbred lines( RILs) ,derived from ' Suinong 10' × ' L-10' ,was used to study relationship between resistance to Soybean Cyst Nematode race No. 3 and main agronomic traits. Magenta staining identification method was used to analyze SCN female index(FI)in the RIL population. Relationship between FI and main agronomic trait was analyzed through Software SPSS 10. 0. The results showed that FI was significantly correlated with growth duration and main stem nodes per plant, and negatively correlated with plant height, branch number, pods per plant, seeds and 100-seed weight. Moreover,FI had no correlation with hilum color, grain shape and pubescence color, while significantly related with nodules.%2009和2010年以绥农10与L-10杂交衍生的164个株系组成的F6和F7重组自交系群体为试验材料,利用品红染色法对大豆胞囊线虫抗性进行了鉴定.并分析了大豆胞囊线虫病3号生理小种抗病性与主要农艺性状之间的相关性,结果表明:大豆胞囊线虫病3号生理小种抗病性与生育期、节数呈显著负相关,与株高、分枝数、单株荚数、粒数、百粒重呈负相关;与种脐颜色、粒形、茸毛色无明显的相关性,与根瘤呈极显著相关.

  15. Assessing the Basic Traits Associated with Psychopathy: Development and Validation of the Elemental Psychopathy Assessment

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    Lynam, Donald R.; Gaughan, Eric T.; Miller, Joshua D.; Miller, Drew J.; Mullins-Sweatt, Stephanie; Widiger, Thomas A.

    2011-01-01

    A new self-report assessment of the basic traits of psychopathy was developed with a general trait model of personality (five-factor model [FFM]) as a framework. Scales were written to assess maladaptive variants of the 18 FFM traits that are robustly related to psychopathy across a variety of perspectives including empirical correlations, expert…

  16. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for High-Throughput Phenotyping and Agronomic Research.

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    Shi, Yeyin; Thomasson, J Alex; Murray, Seth C; Pugh, N Ace; Rooney, William L; Shafian, Sanaz; Rajan, Nithya; Rouze, Gregory; Morgan, Cristine L S; Neely, Haly L; Rana, Aman; Bagavathiannan, Muthu V; Henrickson, James; Bowden, Ezekiel; Valasek, John; Olsenholler, Jeff; Bishop, Michael P; Sheridan, Ryan; Putman, Eric B; Popescu, Sorin; Burks, Travis; Cope, Dale; Ibrahim, Amir; McCutchen, Billy F; Baltensperger, David D; Avant, Robert V; Vidrine, Misty; Yang, Chenghai

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    Advances in automation and data science have led agriculturists to seek real-time, high-quality, high-volume crop data to accelerate crop improvement through breeding and to optimize agronomic practices. Breeders have recently gained massive data-collection capability in genome sequencing of plants. Faster phenotypic trait data collection and analysis relative to genetic data leads to faster and better selections in crop improvement. Furthermore, faster and higher-resolution crop data collection leads to greater capability for scientists and growers to improve precision-agriculture practices on increasingly larger farms; e.g., site-specific application of water and nutrients. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have recently gained traction as agricultural data collection systems. Using UAVs for agricultural remote sensing is an innovative technology that differs from traditional remote sensing in more ways than strictly higher-resolution images; it provides many new and unique possibilities, as well as new and unique challenges. Herein we report on processes and lessons learned from year 1-the summer 2015 and winter 2016 growing seasons-of a large multidisciplinary project evaluating UAV images across a range of breeding and agronomic research trials on a large research farm. Included are team and project planning, UAV and sensor selection and integration, and data collection and analysis workflow. The study involved many crops and both breeding plots and agronomic fields. The project's goal was to develop methods for UAVs to collect high-quality, high-volume crop data with fast turnaround time to field scientists. The project included five teams: Administration, Flight Operations, Sensors, Data Management, and Field Research. Four case studies involving multiple crops in breeding and agronomic applications add practical descriptive detail. Lessons learned include critical information on sensors, air vehicles, and configuration parameters for both. As the first and

  17. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for High-Throughput Phenotyping and Agronomic Research.

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    Shi, Yeyin; Thomasson, J Alex; Murray, Seth C; Pugh, N Ace; Rooney, William L; Shafian, Sanaz; Rajan, Nithya; Rouze, Gregory; Morgan, Cristine L S; Neely, Haly L; Rana, Aman; Bagavathiannan, Muthu V; Henrickson, James; Bowden, Ezekiel; Valasek, John; Olsenholler, Jeff; Bishop, Michael P; Sheridan, Ryan; Putman, Eric B; Popescu, Sorin; Burks, Travis; Cope, Dale; Ibrahim, Amir; McCutchen, Billy F; Baltensperger, David D; Avant, Robert V; Vidrine, Misty; Yang, Chenghai

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    Advances in automation and data science have led agriculturists to seek real-time, high-quality, high-volume crop data to accelerate crop improvement through breeding and to optimize agronomic practices. Breeders have recently gained massive data-collection capability in genome sequencing of plants. Faster phenotypic trait data collection and analysis relative to genetic data leads to faster and better selections in crop improvement. Furthermore, faster and higher-resolution crop data collection leads to greater capability for scientists and growers to improve precision-agriculture practices on increasingly larger farms; e.g., site-specific application of water and nutrients. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have recently gained traction as agricultural data collection systems. Using UAVs for agricultural remote sensing is an innovative technology that differs from traditional remote sensing in more ways than strictly higher-resolution images; it provides many new and unique possibilities, as well as new and unique challenges. Herein we report on processes and lessons learned from year 1-the summer 2015 and winter 2016 growing seasons-of a large multidisciplinary project evaluating UAV images across a range of breeding and agronomic research trials on a large research farm. Included are team and project planning, UAV and sensor selection and integration, and data collection and analysis workflow. The study involved many crops and both breeding plots and agronomic fields. The project's goal was to develop methods for UAVs to collect high-quality, high-volume crop data with fast turnaround time to field scientists. The project included five teams: Administration, Flight Operations, Sensors, Data Management, and Field Research. Four case studies involving multiple crops in breeding and agronomic applications add practical descriptive detail. Lessons learned include critical information on sensors, air vehicles, and configuration parameters for both. As the first and

  18. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for High-Throughput Phenotyping and Agronomic Research

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    Shi, Yeyin; Thomasson, J. Alex; Murray, Seth C.; Pugh, N. Ace; Rooney, William L.; Shafian, Sanaz; Rajan, Nithya; Rouze, Gregory; Morgan, Cristine L. S.; Neely, Haly L.; Rana, Aman; Bagavathiannan, Muthu V.; Henrickson, James; Bowden, Ezekiel; Valasek, John; Olsenholler, Jeff; Bishop, Michael P.; Sheridan, Ryan; Putman, Eric B.; Popescu, Sorin; Burks, Travis; Cope, Dale; Ibrahim, Amir; McCutchen, Billy F.; Baltensperger, David D.; Avant, Robert V.; Vidrine, Misty; Yang, Chenghai

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    Advances in automation and data science have led agriculturists to seek real-time, high-quality, high-volume crop data to accelerate crop improvement through breeding and to optimize agronomic practices. Breeders have recently gained massive data-collection capability in genome sequencing of plants. Faster phenotypic trait data collection and analysis relative to genetic data leads to faster and better selections in crop improvement. Furthermore, faster and higher-resolution crop data collection leads to greater capability for scientists and growers to improve precision-agriculture practices on increasingly larger farms; e.g., site-specific application of water and nutrients. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have recently gained traction as agricultural data collection systems. Using UAVs for agricultural remote sensing is an innovative technology that differs from traditional remote sensing in more ways than strictly higher-resolution images; it provides many new and unique possibilities, as well as new and unique challenges. Herein we report on processes and lessons learned from year 1—the summer 2015 and winter 2016 growing seasons–of a large multidisciplinary project evaluating UAV images across a range of breeding and agronomic research trials on a large research farm. Included are team and project planning, UAV and sensor selection and integration, and data collection and analysis workflow. The study involved many crops and both breeding plots and agronomic fields. The project’s goal was to develop methods for UAVs to collect high-quality, high-volume crop data with fast turnaround time to field scientists. The project included five teams: Administration, Flight Operations, Sensors, Data Management, and Field Research. Four case studies involving multiple crops in breeding and agronomic applications add practical descriptive detail. Lessons learned include critical information on sensors, air vehicles, and configuration parameters for both. As the first

  19. 1978-2007年河南省棉花品种遗传改良成效研究Ⅲ.抗枯、黄萎病及农艺性状的改良%The Research of Genetic Improvement Effectiveness on Cotton Varieties of Henan Province from 1978 to 2007 Ⅲ. Improvement of Disease Resistance and Agronomic Traits

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    唐中杰; 李武; 谢德意

    2011-01-01

    By comprehensive analysis of the data of region trials on 87 cotton varities authorized by Henan province from 1978 to 2007(the latest three decades) , the paper researches on effectiveness about helminthosporium turcicum,verticillium wilt and agronomic traits for cotton. It shows that,slow progress toward improvement of cultivars resistant to verticillium wilt, but effectiveness on helminthosporium turcicum is good in latest three decades. Verticillium wilt and Helminthosporium turcicum still harm production of cotton,they increased as 0. 967 9 and 0. 248 0 as per year respectively. The effectiveness of agronomic traits is significant, increasing potential of cotton single plant production is improved greatly, the increasment of cotton bolls per plant (0. 383 1), boll weight (0. 045 5 g) and fruit branch quantity (0. 071 9) etc. Traits, which closely related to productivity reached highly significant level. The influence of traits on lint cotton yield as below: cotton bolls per plant > fruit branch quantity > proportion of mature bolls before frost > ginning outturn > plant height > boll weight.%以1978-2007年河南省审定的87个棉花品种的区域试验资料为材料,研究了河南省棉花品种在抗枯萎病、黄萎病和农艺性状方面遗传改良的成效.结果表明,棉花抗枯萎病改良成效相对较好,抗黄萎病改良进展缓慢,枯萎病、黄萎病病指分别以每年0.2480和0.9679的速度增加,分别达显著、极显著水平,这2种病害对棉花生产危害依然严重;农艺性状遗传改良成效显著,棉花个体增产潜力明显提高,株铃数、铃质量和果枝数等与丰产性密切相关的指标分别为0.3831个、0.0455 g、0.0719台.年均增加量达极显著水平,各性状对皮棉产量的影响力顺序为:株铃数>果枝数>霜前花率>衣分>株高>铃质量.

  20. Chemical and agronomic development of Kalanchoe brasiliensis Camb. and Kalanchoe pinnata (Lamk.) Pers under light and temperature levels

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    Bruna P. Cruz; Luciana M. Chedier; Rodrigo L. Fabri; Daniel S. Pimenta

    2011-01-01

    This study compares the development of Kalanchoe brasiliensis and Kalanchoe pinnata, which are medicinal species known as "saião" and "folha da fortuna" that are used interchangeably by the population for medicinal purposes. The experiment consisted of 20 plots/species planted in plastic bags with homogeneous substrate in a randomized design, which grown under light levels (25%, 50%, 70%, full sunlight) at environment temperature, and a treatment under a plastic with greater temperature range...

  1. 小麦易位系1BL/1RS×7DL.7Ag的F2分子检测及其农艺和品质性状分析%F2 Molecular Detection and the Agronomic and Quality Traits of Chromosome Translocations 1BL/1RS× 7DL.7Ag in Common Wheat

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    李佳彬; 胡阳杰; 王宇娟; 宋全昊; 田芳慧; 李法计; 孙道杰

    2012-01-01

    The 1BL/1RS translocation and 7DL. 7Ag translocation have been widely used by wheat breeders to enhance agronomic performance and disease resistance. In the past decades,the introduction and application of 1BL/1RS translocation significantly increased yield potentials and adaptability in China;now it still plays an important role in wheat breeding and production. Currently,the positive effects of 7DL. 7Ag translocation in terms of increasing the yield have caused attention of wheat breeders over the world. The objective of this study was to analysis the effects of 1BL/1RS and 7DL. 7Ag chromosome translocations on the main agronomic,yield and quality traits in wheat. A total of 900 F2 population and F2:3 family derived from the cross 'Yunong 982'(1BL/1RS translocation)/wheatear(7DL. 7Ag translocation) were planted in Yan-gling of Shaanxi Province during 2009-2011. This study identified the chromosome translocation types of F2 population using SSR and STS. In addition,a total of 15 traits of the two parents,F2 population and F2:3 family, such as plant height, spike length, grain number per spike, thousand-grain weight, grain weight per spike and days from emerge to maturity,were investigated (this study took the agronomic traits of F2 population as a reference, the main agronomic traits of F2:3 family were this study's key point). The F-test and multiple comparisons of the agronomic traits of no-translocation lines,homozygous 1BL/1RS translocation lines,homozygous 7DL. 7Ag translocation lines and Double Translocation Lines (1BL/1RS, 7DL. 7Ag) in F2:3 family were done using the SAS8. 2 System. At the same time, the effects of 1BL/1RS translocation and 7DL. 7Ag translocation on wheat quality were tested. The results showed that;STS Lrl9130 maker and Xgwm428 marker were identified,which could effectively distinguish the heterozygous 7DL. 7Ag translocation from homozygous 7DL. 7Ag translocation when they were used together. In terms of agronomic traits and yield traits

  2. Autochthonous arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and Bacillus thuringiensis from a degraded Mediterranean area can be used to improve physiological traits and performance of a plant of agronomic interest under drought conditions.

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    Armada, Elisabeth; Azcón, Rosario; López-Castillo, Olga M; Calvo-Polanco, Mónica; Ruiz-Lozano, Juan Manuel

    2015-05-01

    Studies have shown that some microorganisms autochthonous from stressful environments are beneficial when used with autochthonous plants, but these microorganisms rarely have been tested with allochthonous plants of agronomic interest. This study investigates the effectiveness of drought-adapted autochthonous microorganisms [Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) and a consortium of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi] from a degraded Mediterranean area to improve plant growth and physiology in Zea mays under drought stress. Maize plants were inoculated or not with B. thuringiensis, a consortium of AM fungi or a combination of both microorganisms. Plants were cultivated under well-watered conditions or subjected to drought stress. Several physiological parameters were measured, including among others, plant growth, photosynthetic efficiency, nutrients content, oxidative damage to lipids, accumulation of proline and antioxidant compounds, root hydraulic conductivity and the expression of plant aquaporin genes. Under drought conditions, the inoculation of Bt increased significantly the accumulation of nutrients. The combined inoculation of both microorganisms decreased the oxidative damage to lipids and accumulation of proline induced by drought. Several maize aquaporins able to transport water, CO2 and other compounds were regulated by the microbial inoculants. The impact of these microorganisms on plant drought tolerance was complementary, since Bt increased mainly plant nutrition and AM fungi were more active improving stress tolerance/homeostatic mechanisms, including regulation of plant aquaporins with several putative physiological functions. Thus, the use of autochthonous beneficial microorganisms from a degraded Mediterranean area is useful to protect not only native plants against drought, but also an agronomically important plant such as maize. PMID:25813343

  3. Agronomic Evaluation and Genetic Characterization of Different Accessions in Lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.

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    Monica Bacchi

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Lentil is an important winter-sown legume for semi-arid and temperate areas, food consumption of seed is considerable in several countries of Mediterranean Basin. In Central and Southern Italy different lentil landraces are cultivated within specific marginal areas and commercialized with a recognizable geographical indication of origin. Considering the extensive germplasm and the economic importance of lentil in several rural areas, detailed knowledge of existing genetic variation from different regions is the first important step both for conservation and exploitation of genetic resources, allowing to develop breeding programs. In field experiments over three cropping seasons (2002-2005, 25 lentil accessions from Plant Genetic Institute of National Research Council (Bari, representing part of a large germplasm collection from different areas, were carried out at the University of Reggio Calabria in order to characterize the agronomic performances in a semi-arid environment and to study genetic variability. For this purpose, 10 AFLP primer combinations and 6 SSR markers were used. The agronomic results highlighted the influence of different climatic conditions on phenological, biometrical and yielding traits. A considerable production level of lentil (2,55 t ha-1 and a low yield variability in the three years was observed, showing the high adaptability of the germplasm tested to semi-arid environment. The earliness and the plant height appeared as the most important traits negatively correlated to grain yield; in particular the earliness was confirmed as suitable mechanism of escape from abiotic stress. Genetic characterization showed that a few number of microsatellites and primer combinations are able to provide significant insights on genetic diversity combining the 25 accessions in 3 large clusters that mainly mirror their geographic origin. Principal Component Analysis that consider genetic as well as morphological and agronomic data

  4. Tracing QTLs for Leaf Blast Resistance and Agronomic Performance of Finger Millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn.) Genotypes through Association Mapping and in silico Comparative Genomics Analyses

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    Ramakrishnan, M.; Antony Ceasar, S.; Duraipandiyan, V.; Vinod, K. K.; Kalpana, Krishnan; Al-Dhabi, N. A.; Ignacimuthu, S.

    2016-01-01

    Finger millet is one of the small millets with high nutritive value. This crop is vulnerable to blast disease caused by Pyricularia grisea, which occurs annually during rainy and winter seasons. Leaf blast occurs at early crop stage and is highly damaging. Mapping of resistance genes and other quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for agronomic performance can be of great use for improving finger millet genotypes. Evaluation of one hundred and twenty-eight finger millet genotypes in natural field conditions revealed that leaf blast caused severe setback on agronomic performance for susceptible genotypes, most significant traits being plant height and root length. Plant height was reduced under disease severity while root length was increased. Among the genotypes, IE4795 showed superior response in terms of both disease resistance and better agronomic performance. A total of seven unambiguous QTLs were found to be associated with various agronomic traits including leaf blast resistance by association mapping analysis. The markers, UGEP101 and UGEP95, were strongly associated with blast resistance. UGEP98 was associated with tiller number and UGEP9 was associated with root length and seed yield. Cross species validation of markers revealed that 12 candidate genes were associated with 8 QTLs in the genomes of grass species such as rice, foxtail millet, maize, Brachypodium stacei, B. distachyon, Panicum hallii and switchgrass. Several candidate genes were found proximal to orthologous sequences of the identified QTLs such as 1,4-β-glucanase for leaf blast resistance, cytokinin dehydrogenase (CKX) for tiller production, calmodulin (CaM) binding protein for seed yield and pectin methylesterase inhibitor (PMEI) for root growth and development. Most of these QTLs and their putatively associated candidate genes are reported for first time in finger millet. On validation, these novel QTLs may be utilized in future for marker assisted breeding for the development of fungal

  5. Tracing QTLs for Leaf Blast Resistance and Agronomic Performance of Finger Millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn.) Genotypes through Association Mapping and in silico Comparative Genomics Analyses.

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    Ramakrishnan, M; Antony Ceasar, S; Duraipandiyan, V; Vinod, K K; Kalpana, Krishnan; Al-Dhabi, N A; Ignacimuthu, S

    2016-01-01

    Finger millet is one of the small millets with high nutritive value. This crop is vulnerable to blast disease caused by Pyricularia grisea, which occurs annually during rainy and winter seasons. Leaf blast occurs at early crop stage and is highly damaging. Mapping of resistance genes and other quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for agronomic performance can be of great use for improving finger millet genotypes. Evaluation of one hundred and twenty-eight finger millet genotypes in natural field conditions revealed that leaf blast caused severe setback on agronomic performance for susceptible genotypes, most significant traits being plant height and root length. Plant height was reduced under disease severity while root length was increased. Among the genotypes, IE4795 showed superior response in terms of both disease resistance and better agronomic performance. A total of seven unambiguous QTLs were found to be associated with various agronomic traits including leaf blast resistance by association mapping analysis. The markers, UGEP101 and UGEP95, were strongly associated with blast resistance. UGEP98 was associated with tiller number and UGEP9 was associated with root length and seed yield. Cross species validation of markers revealed that 12 candidate genes were associated with 8 QTLs in the genomes of grass species such as rice, foxtail millet, maize, Brachypodium stacei, B. distachyon, Panicum hallii and switchgrass. Several candidate genes were found proximal to orthologous sequences of the identified QTLs such as 1,4-β-glucanase for leaf blast resistance, cytokinin dehydrogenase (CKX) for tiller production, calmodulin (CaM) binding protein for seed yield and pectin methylesterase inhibitor (PMEI) for root growth and development. Most of these QTLs and their putatively associated candidate genes are reported for first time in finger millet. On validation, these novel QTLs may be utilized in future for marker assisted breeding for the development of fungal

  6. Tracing QTLs for Leaf Blast Resistance and Agronomic Performance of Finger Millet (Eleusine coracana (L. Gaertn. Genotypes through Association Mapping and in silico Comparative Genomics Analyses.

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    Full Text Available Finger millet is one of the small millets with high nutritive value. This crop is vulnerable to blast disease caused by Pyricularia grisea, which occurs annually during rainy and winter seasons. Leaf blast occurs at early crop stage and is highly damaging. Mapping of resistance genes and other quantitative trait loci (QTLs for agronomic performance can be of great use for improving finger millet genotypes. Evaluation of one hundred and twenty-eight finger millet genotypes in natural field conditions revealed that leaf blast caused severe setback on agronomic performance for susceptible genotypes, most significant traits being plant height and root length. Plant height was reduced under disease severity while root length was increased. Among the genotypes, IE4795 showed superior response in terms of both disease resistance and better agronomic performance. A total of seven unambiguous QTLs were found to be associated with various agronomic traits including leaf blast resistance by association mapping analysis. The markers, UGEP101 and UGEP95, were strongly associated with blast resistance. UGEP98 was associated with tiller number and UGEP9 was associated with root length and seed yield. Cross species validation of markers revealed that 12 candidate genes were associated with 8 QTLs in the genomes of grass species such as rice, foxtail millet, maize, Brachypodium stacei, B. distachyon, Panicum hallii and switchgrass. Several candidate genes were found proximal to orthologous sequences of the identified QTLs such as 1,4-β-glucanase for leaf blast resistance, cytokinin dehydrogenase (CKX for tiller production, calmodulin (CaM binding protein for seed yield and pectin methylesterase inhibitor (PMEI for root growth and development. Most of these QTLs and their putatively associated candidate genes are reported for first time in finger millet. On validation, these novel QTLs may be utilized in future for marker assisted breeding for the development of

  7. 川麦42的1BS染色体臂对小麦主要农艺性状的遗传效应%Genetic Effects of 1BS Chromosome Arm on the Main Agronomic Traits in Chuanmai 42

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    李俊; 魏会廷; 杨粟洁; 李朝苏; 汤永禄; 胡晓蓉; 杨武云

    2009-01-01

    川麦42的1BS染色体臂来源于人工合成小麦亲本Syn769.利用川麦42与含1BL/1RS易位系的四川小麦品种川农16构建的127个重组自交系(RIL,F_8),经3年4个环境的遗传评价,比较了川麦42的1BS和川农16的1RS染色体臂对小麦产量构成因子和产量的遗传效应.结果表明,RIL群体中川麦42的1BS染色体臂株系和川农16的1RS染色体臂株系在分蘖力、成穗率、全生育期、小穗数、收获指数和籽粒产量6个性状上存在显著差异;1BS染色体臂有利于提高成穗率和收获指数,而1RS染色体臂有利于提高分蘖能力和增加小穗数,1BS株系的籽粒平均产量比1RS株系增加2.91%.鉴于1RS染色体臂上的抗条锈病基因丧失抗性,其携带的黑麦碱基因对加工品质有明显的负向作用,而川麦42的1BS染色体臂携带高抗条锈病基因YrCH42,并对小麦籽粒产量有正向作用,因此建议在小麦遗传改良中利用川麦42的1BS替换1RS染色体臂.%Chuanmai 42 (Syn769/Sw3243//Chuan6415) is a non-1BL/1RS wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) cultivar with high-yield potential and good resistance to strip rust (Puccinia striiformis f. Sp. Tritici), which has been developed from an elite synthetic hexaploid wheat Syn769 (Decoy 1/Aegilops tauschii 188, 1BS/1BL). The 1BS chromosome arm of Chuanmai 42 is originated from Syn769 and carries a stripe rust resistance gene YrCH42. In purpose of understanding the genetic effects of 1BS and 1RS chromosome arm on yield-related traits in wheat, 127 recombinant inbred lines (RILs, F_8) derived from Chuanmai 42 and Chuan-nong 16 (1BL/1RS translocation cultivar) were evaluated in three years across four environments in Sichuan province from 2005 to 2008. A total of 16 traits of the two parents (Chuanmai 42 and Chuannong 16) and the RIL population, such as spike number, grain number per spike, thousand-grain weight, and grain yield, were investigated. 1BS chromosome arm lines derived from Chuanmai 42 and 1RS

  8. 小麦1BL/1RS和7DL·7Ag易位对小麦主要农艺性状的遗传效应%Genetic Effects of Chromosome Translocations 1BL/1RS and 7DL · 7Ag on the Main Agronomic Traits of Common Wheat

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    胡阳杰; 田芳慧; 宋全昊; 李法计; 孙道杰

    2012-01-01

    为了解染色体易位对小麦农艺性状的影响,以豫农982(1BL/1RS易位系)和wheatear(7DL.7Ag易位系)杂交后代的900个F2群体及其F2∶3家系为实验材料,对F2群体进行1BL/1RS易位和7DL.7Ag易位类型的分子检测,并对F2群体及F2∶3家系的主要农艺性状进行田间调查(F2群体的农艺性状仅作参考,重点分析F2∶3家系的农艺性状)。结果表明,(1)STS标记Lr19130与SSR引物Xgwm428联合使用可作为共显性标记鉴定纯合与杂合的7DL.7Ag易位,完善了7DL.7Ag易位的分子检测方法;(2)1BL/1RS易位可显著降低株高,提高穗粒数与小穗数;(3)7DL.7Ag易位在籽粒千粒重和饱满度上有显著的正向作用,但7DL.7Ag易位的穗粒数显著低于非7DL.7Ag易位,且有延迟小麦成熟和增加株高的趋势;(4)1BL/1RS和7DL.7Ag双重易位可同时提升小穗数和千粒重,但穗粒数减少。%The 1BL/1RS translocation and 7DL ·7Ag translocation have been widely used by wheat breeders to enhance agronomic performance and disease resistance. The objective of this study was to analyze the genetic effects of 1BL/1RS and 7DL ·7Ag chromosome translocations on the main agro- nomic traits of wheat. A total of 900 F2 population and F2.3 family derived from the cross Yunong 982 (1BL/1RS translocation) / wheatear (TDL · 7Ag translocation) were planted in Yangling of Shaanxi Province during 2009--2011. The chromosome translocation types of F2 population were identified u- sing SSR and STS. In addition, a total of 15 traits of the two parents, F2 population and F2. a family, such as plant height, spike length, grain number per spike, thousand-grain weight, grain weight per spike and days from emergeto maturity, were investigated (this study took the agronomic traits of F2 population as a reference, the main agronomic traits of F2.3 family were the key point of this study). The F-test and multiple comparisons of the agronomic traits of no

  9. Psychosocial Development and the Big Five Personality Traits among Chinese University Students

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    Zhang, Li-fang

    2013-01-01

    This study explores how psychosocial development and personality traits are related. In particular, the study investigates the predictive power of the successful resolution of the Eriksonian psychosocial crises for the Big Five personality traits beyond age and gender. Four hundred university students in mainland China responded to the Measures of…

  10. Fine-tuning tomato agronomic properties by computational genome redesign.

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    Full Text Available Considering cells as biofactories, we aimed to optimize its internal processes by using the same engineering principles that large industries are implementing nowadays: lean manufacturing. We have applied reverse engineering computational methods to transcriptomic, metabolomic and phenomic data obtained from a collection of tomato recombinant inbreed lines to formulate a kinetic and constraint-based model that efficiently describes the cellular metabolism from expression of a minimal core of genes. Based on predicted metabolic profiles, a close association with agronomic and organoleptic properties of the ripe fruit was revealed with high statistical confidence. Inspired in a synthetic biology approach, the model was used for exploring the landscape of all possible local transcriptional changes with the aim of engineering tomato fruits with fine-tuned biotechnological properties. The method was validated by the ability of the proposed genomes, engineered for modified desired agronomic traits, to recapitulate experimental correlations between associated metabolites.

  11. Temperature-dependent development and reproductive traits of Tetranychus macfarlanei (Acari: Tetranychidae)

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    Ullah, Mohammad Shaef; Haque, Md. Ahsanul; Nachman, Gösta;

    2012-01-01

    Development and reproductive traits of Tetranychus macfarlanei Baker & Pritchard (Acari: Tetranychidae) were investigated on kidney bean, Phaseolus vulgaris L., at eleven constant temperatures. Tetranychus macfarlanei was able to develop and complete its life cycle at temperatures ranging from 17...

  12. 整合农艺性状和分子标记数据构建新疆野苹果核心种质%Combining Agronomic Traits and Molecular Marker Data for Constructing Malus sieversii Core Collection

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    刘遵春; 刘大亮; 崔美; 李敏; 焦其庆; 高利平; 陈学森

    2012-01-01

    以新疆野苹果[Malussieversii(Ledeb.)Roem.]60份初级核心种质为试材,采用不同遗传距离构建新疆野苹果核心种质,利用数量性状参数均值差异百分率(MD)、方差差异百分率(VD)、极差符合率(CR)、变异系数变化率(VR)和分子标记参数多态位点百分率(p)、平均有效等位基因数(MNe)、平均多态信息含量(MPIC)和平均Shannon’S信息指数(M1)等8个指标评价不同方法构建核心种质的优劣,用选出的合适方法构建新疆野苹果核心种质。研究结果表明:利用混合遗传距离(Dmix)构建的核心种质整合了两类不同数据,优于单独使用农艺性状表型值数据或分子标记数据构建的核心种质,其VD为50%,CR为96.56%,VR为117.98%,P为97.67%,MNe为97.15%,MPIC为101.88%,%为100.44%;利用15个农艺性状检测表明,所构建的42份新疆野苹果核心种质保留了300份原始种质93%以上的农艺性状,很好地代表了原始种质的遗传多样性。%To construct Malus sieversii (Ledeb.)Roem. core collection, based on 15 agrinomic traits data and molecular maker from M. sieversii primary core collection, a serials of subsets were sampled at 50% proportion by different genetic distances, respectively. The genetic variation among collections was compared by evaluating the MD (mean difference percentage), VD (variance difference percentage), CR ( coincidence rate of range), VR ( changeable rate of coefficient of variation) of agrinomic traits and the p (percentage of polymorphic loci), M~ (average effective number of alleles), Mt (average Shannon's information index) and Melc (average polymorphism information content) of molecular marker information. The results showed that the core collection constructed on the basis of a combinationof data for agrinomic traits and molecular marker data is more

  13. [Development of the Trait Respect-Related Emotions Scale for late adolescence].

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    Muto, Sera

    2016-02-01

    This study developed a scale to measure the respect-related emotional traits (the Trait Respect-Related Emotions Scale) for late adolescence and examined the reliability and validity. In study 1,368 university students completed the items of the Trait Respect-Related Emotions Scale and other scales of theoretically important personality constructs including adult attachment style, the "Big Five," self-esteem, and two types of narcissistic personality. Factor analysis indicated that there are three factors of trait respect-related emotions: (a) trait (prototypical) respect; (b) trait idolatry (worship and adoration); and (c) trait awe. The three traits associated differentially with the daily experience (frequency) of the five basic respect-related emotions (prototypical respect, idolatry, awe, admiration, and wonder), and other constructs. In Study 2, a test-retest correlation of the new scale with 60 university students indicated good reliability. Both studies generally supported the reliability and validity of the new scale. These findings suggest that, at Ieast in late adolescence, there are large individual differences in respect-related emotion experiences and the trait of respect should be considered as multi-dimensional structure. PMID:26964371

  14. Effects of Successive Selfing on Agronomic Traits of Brassica napus L.%连续自交对甘蓝型油菜主要农艺性状的影响

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    张亚宏; 孙万仓; 雷建明; 武军艳; 张建学

    2012-01-01

      In this experiment, four Brassica napus L. lines as the test materials, the changes of major economic traits were studied after four years selfing, and the impact on Brassica napus L. by selfing were discussed . The results showed that selfing had significant impacts on the main economic characters of Brassica napus L. Plant height, branch height, effective branch, pods in the main inflorescence, pods of whole-plant and yield per plant were reduced as self-generations increased . The correlation coefficient between the major economic traits and selfing is from -0.979 to 0.289, and selfing with plant height, branch height, the number of pods of whole-plant, yield and other traits was a significant negative correlation, while the impact on seeds per pods and 1 000-seed-weight was smaller .%  研究了4个甘蓝型油菜品系连续自交四代主要经济性状的变化.结果表明,自交对甘蓝型油菜主要经济性状有显著影响,株高、分枝部位、有效分枝数、主花序有效结角数、单株角果数及单株产量均随着自交世代的增加而减小.自交与主要经济性状之间的相关系数在-0.979~0.289之间变化,株高、分枝部位、单株角果数、单株产量等与自交世代数呈显著负相关,而千粒重和角果粒数受到的影响较小

  15. Preliminary Identification to One Mutant of Sweet Potato Variety Fengshoubai by Agronomic Trait and SRAP Marker Analysis%利用农艺性状和SRAP标记方法初步鉴定甘薯丰收白突变体

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    穆国俊; 何丽君; 李朋飞; 杜丽芬; 段会军; 崔顺立; 孟庆荣; 刘立峰

    2013-01-01

    Different agronomic trait cluster analysis of 11 sweet potato varieties(lines)was completed by UPGMA method.The 11 varieties were divided into three groups at the similarity coefficient of 0.17,which included 2,3,and 6 varieties respectively.SRAP clustering analysis showed that group Ⅱ was divided into two sub-groups named Ⅱ A and Ⅱ B at the similarity coefficient of 0.77 and the twosub-groups both included three varieties.While group Ⅲ was divided into two sub-groups named ⅢA and Ⅲ B at the similarity coefficient of 0.75 and the two sub-groups both included two varieties.Fengshoubai wild-type and its mutant M-0 were clustered into one group in the cluster analysis of agronomic traits and SRAP markers.Six biological traits included leaf shape,vein color,young leaf color,root skin color,root shape,and root flesh color were observed and compared between wild type and mutant.The results showed that the two did not have significant difference among first five traits,but had significant difference on root flesh color.Fengshoubai M-0 was pink flesh color while its wild type was white.The percentage of polymorphic bands between fengshoubai mutant M-0 and its wild type was 29.49% and effective alleles were 1.2085,the above of which showed there were no obvious genetic differences.Also we preliminary deduced that the mutation was from point mutation of root flesh color gene.%采用UPGMA法对11个甘薯品种(系)不同农艺性状进行聚类分析.在相似系数为0.17处被划分为3大类群,分别包括2、3、6个品种.SRAP聚类分析表明:在相似系数为0.77处,第Ⅱ类群划分为2个亚类:ⅡA和ⅡB,ⅡA有3个品种,ⅡB有3个品种;在相似系数为0.75处,第Ⅲ类群划分为2个亚类:ⅢA和ⅢB,ⅢA有2个品种,ⅢB有2个品种.丰收白野生型与突变体M-0在农艺性状以及SRAP分子标记的聚类分析中均聚为一类.对丰收白野生型及其突变体M-0的叶型、叶脉颜色、新生叶色

  16. Genetic Diversity of Agronomic and Quality Traits in Local Dragon Peanut Varieties (Arachis hypogaea var.hirsuta) of Henan Province%河南省龙生型花生农家品种农艺及品质性状的遗传分化

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    黄冰艳; 张新友; 苗利娟; 董文召; 高伟; 臧秀旺; 汤丰收

    2012-01-01

    研究了河南省龙生型农家品种的农艺性状和蛋白质、脂肪含量等品质性状的变异规律,并进行了聚类分析.结果表明,河南省龙生型花生品种具有遗传多样性.河南省龙生型花生品种蛋白质和脂肪含量均属平均水平,但平均油酸含量高于平均水平.龙生型花生在中、小果型及单株荚果数、油酸含量方面性状表现突出,具有育种利用价值.南阳花生和柘城麻壳在低蛋白品种选育、东明集小花生及郏县三四粒在食用品质及抗病性方面具有利用潜力.%The variation of agronomic traits and quality traits in local varieties of Henan dragon peanut were investigated , and the cluster analysis was conducted. The result showed that the genetic diversity existed in local varieties of Henan dragon peanut. The protein content and oil content were among the average level,while oleic acid content was above the average. The dragon peanut varieties all belonged to medium or small pod size,and had more advantages in pod numbers per plant and oleic acid content, so they had the utility value in variety improvement. The two varieties of Nanyang and Zhecheng Make had the breeding value for low protein content improvement, while the other two varieties of Dongmingji and Jiaxian Sansili had the potential usage value for the improvement of edible quality and disease resistance.

  17. Características produtivas, agronômicas e nutricionais do capim-tanzânia em cinco diferentes idades ao corte Productivity, agronomical and nutritional traits of Tanzânia grass cut on five different ages

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    Full Text Available Avaliou-se o capim-tanzânia (Panicum maximum cv Tanzânia cortado aos 42, 63, 84, 107 e 126 dias quanto à produtividade, às características agronômicas, à composição bromatológica e à digestibilidade in vitro. Observou-se aumento na altura da planta do capim-tanzânia até os 84 dias, com aumento da produção de massa verde de forragem e aumento na produção de matéria seca com o avançar da idade ao corte. O aumento da idade ao corte resultou em diminuição do percentual de folhas e em aumento no percentual de hastes. Na composição bromatológica, observaram-se diminuição do teor de proteína bruta e aumento das frações fibrosas, com aumento do nitrogênio retido nessa última com o avançar da idade. Os resultados obtidos refletiram-se na cinética de fermentação ruminal, descrita pela técnica in vitro semiautomática de produção de gases, demonstrando menor potencial de produção de gases, menor taxa fraccional de fermentação e, consequentemente, menor degradabilidade efetiva da matéria seca. Recomenda-se o corte do capim-tanzânia no intervalo de 42 a 63 dias de crescimento.The potential for use of Tanzania grass (Panicum maximum cv. Tanzania cut at different ages for the production of silage was evaluated. In the first experiment, Tanzania grass, cut at 42, 63, 84, 107, and 126 days of growth, was evaluated considering its productivity, agronomic characteristics and chemical composition. It was observed gain in height of Tanzania grass until the 84th day, with increased the production of green fodder and mass production of dry material with the advancing age of cutting. It also resulted in a decrease in the percentage of leaves and an increase in the percentage of stems. Regarding chemical composition, it was detected a decrease in crude protein percentage and an increase of fibrous fractions with the advancing of age. The results were reflected in the kinetics of rumen fermentation of Tanzania grass cut on the

  18. Potencial de genótipos de trigo duro para produtividade e caracteres agronômicos no Estado de São Paulo Potential of durum wheat genotypes for productivity and agronomic traits in São Paulo State

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    Allan Henrique da Silva

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available O trigo duro produz a semolina que, extraída dos grãos, é a matéria-prima empregada na elaboração de macarrão. Assim, o objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar o potencial produtivo e comportamento agronômico de 17 linhagens de trigo duro (BH-1146/LGN//2*IAC-1003 oriundas do programa de melhoramento do Instituto Agronômico (IAC e três cultivares-controle: IAC-1001, IAC-1002 e IAC-1003, originárias de introduções do Centro Internacional de Melhoramento de Milho e Trigo (CIMMYT, México. Os experimentos foram instalados em Capão Bonito (sequeiro e em Mococa (irrigado, em 2007 e 2008. Foram avaliados os seguintes caracteres: produtividade (kg ha-1, altura das plantas, comprimento da espiga e comprimento do internódio da raque (cm, número de grãos por espiga e massa de cem grãos (g. A tolerância à toxicidade de alumínio foi realizada empregando soluções nutritivas, no laboratório. As cultivares IAC-1001 e IAC-1003 destacaram-se quanto à produção de grãos nos dois locais. As linhagens 2, 9 e 13 possuem porte semianão mais baixo; as linhagens 4, 15 e a cultivar IAC-1001 exibiram espigas mais compridas; as cultivares IAC-1001 e IAC-1002 sobressaíram-se pelo grande número de grãos por espiga; a 'IAC-1003' pelos grãos mais pesados e as linhagens 1, 4, 15 e 17 revelaram maior comprimento do internódio da raque. Houve tendência dos genótipos de porte semianão mais alto serem mais produtivos, com maior número de grãos por espiga e grãos mais pesados. As linhagens obtidas pelo programa de melhoramento do IAC foram tolerantes à toxicidade de alumínio e as cultivares-controle sensíveis.Semolina extracted from grains of durum wheat is used for manufacturing pastas. Therefore, it is of interest to evaluate the yield potential and agronomic behavior of seventeen durum wheat inbred lines (BH-1146/LGN//2*IAC-1003 originated from Instituto Agronômico (IAC breeding program and three check cultivars IAC-1001, IAC-1002 and IAC-1003

  19. Agronomic Characteristic Performance of Sorghum (Sorghum Bicolor (L). Moench) Mutant Lines in Bogor District

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    Sorghum has a large potential to be grown and developed in Indonesia especially during dry season since it has wide adaptability and is more tolerant to drought than any other food crops. Research on mutation induction in sorghum using gamma irradiation have been conducted at the Center for the Application Isotopes and Radiation Technology (PATIR), National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN). The objective is to improve agronomic and quality traits of sorghum for being used as alternative food, animal feed and raw material for industries. A number of seven promising mutant lines was obtained. In dry season 2005 and 2006, those mutant lines were evaluated for their agronomic characteristic performance in three locations i.e. Muara, Cikemeuh and Citayam, Bogor. The original parent (Durra variety) and two national variety (UPCA-S1 and Mandau) were used as controls. Results showed that lines B-100 and Zh-30 have significantly higher yield (7.233 and 7.224 ton/ha) than the three control varieties (4.914 - 5.442 ton/ha). (author)

  20. Compositional and Agronomic Evaluation of Sorghum Biomass as a Potential Feedstock for Renewable Fuels

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    Dahlberg, J.; Wolfrum, E.; Bean, B.; Rooney, W. L.

    2011-12-01

    One goal of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee was to replace 30% of current U.S. petroleum consumption with biofuels by 2030. This will take mixtures of various feedstocks; an annual biomass feedstock such as sorghum will play an important role in meeting this goal. Commercial forage sorghum samples collected from field trials grown in Bushland, TX in 2007 were evaluated for both agronomic and compositional traits. Biomass compositional analysis of the samples was performed at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, CO following NREL Laboratory Analytical Procedures. Depending on the specific cultivar, several additional years of yield data for this location were considered in establishing agronomic potential. Results confirm that sorghum forages can produce high biomass yields over multiple years and varied growing conditions. In addition, the composition of sorghum shows significant variation, as would be expected for most crops. Using theoretical estimates for ethanol production, the sorghum commercial forages examined in this study could produce an average of 6147 L ha{sup -1} of renewable fuels. Given its genetic variability, a known genomic sequence, a robust seed industry, and biomass composition, sorghum will be an important annual feedstock to meet the alternative fuel production goals legislated by the US Energy Security Act of 2007.

  1. Research on the Agronomic, Quality Traits and the Corresponding Background Genes Distribution of Wheat Germplasm Ningchun No. 4 and Its Parents%小麦宁春4号及其亲本农艺性状·品质性状及相关背景基因的研究

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    亢玲; 袁汉民; 陈东升; 王晓亮; 张维军; 来长凯; 赵桂珍

    2011-01-01

    [目的]研究在同一环境条件下宁春4号及其亲本的农艺、产量及品质性状表现,并对其相关性状的背景基因分布进行分子检测.[方法]以宁春4号及其亲本索诺拉64、宏图、阿勃碧玉麦为材料,对其农艺性状、品质性状进行测定,并用分子检测法对其遗传变异规律进行分析.[结果]宁春4号遗传了索诺拉64大穗,红粒,硬质和宏图千粒重高等优点,同时也遗传了索诺拉64晚熟、宏图分蘖力低等缺点;宁春4号籽粒品质略低于索诺拉64;宁春4号具有5+10的优质亚基,具有良好的面团流变学特性;宁春4号遗传了宏图长光周期特性和不抗慢叶锈和条锈特性及双亲低PPO活性、高黄色素含量.[结论]该研究结果为小麦种质资源的遗传分析奠定了基础.%[ Objective ] The aim of this study was to observe the agronomic, yield and quality traits of Ningchun No. 4 and its parents under the same environmental conditions, as well as to carry out molecular detection on the background genes distribution of the corresponding traits.[ Method] Ningchun No. 4 and its parents Sonora 64, Hongtu, Abo, Biyumai were used as materials to detect the agronomic and quality traits, as well as to analyze the genetic variation laws by molecular determination method. [ Result] Ningchun No. 4 had inherited the advantages of bigger spike, red and hard grain from Sonora 64 and higher 1 000-grain weight from Hongtu. However, it had also inherited the disadvantages of late-maturing from Sonora 64 and lower tillering ability from Hongtu; the grain quality of Ningchun No. 4 was slightly lower than the Sonora 64; Ningchun No. 4 had 5 + 10 subunit with high quality, which had good dough rheologieal properties. Ningchun No. 4 had inherited the long photoperiod characteristics and no-resistant to slow-leaf rusting aad stripe rust characteristics from Hongtu and low PPO activity,high yellow pigments content from two parents. [ Conclusion ] This study ahd

  2. Genome-wide association study for behavior, type traits, and muscular development in Charolais beef cattle.

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    Vallée, A; Daures, J; van Arendonk, J A M; Bovenhuis, H

    2016-06-01

    Behavior, type traits, and muscular development are of interest for beef cattle breeding. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) enable the identification of candidate genes, which enables gene-based selection and provides insight in the genetic architecture of these traits. The objective of the current study was to perform a GWAS for 3 behavior traits, 12 type traits, and muscular development in Charolais cattle. Behavior traits, including aggressiveness at parturition, aggressiveness during gestation period, and maternal care, were scored by farmers. Type traits, including udder conformation, teat, feet and legs, and locomotion, were scored by trained classifiers. Data used in the GWAS consisted of 3,274 cows with phenotypic records and genotyping information for 44,930 SNP. When SNP had a false discovery rate (FDR) smaller than 0.05, they were referred to as significant. When SNP had a FDR between 0.05 and 0.20, they were referred to as suggestive. Four significant and 12 suggestive regions were detected for aggressiveness during gestation, maternal care, udder balance, teat thinness, teat length, foot angle, foot depth, and locomotion. These 4 significant and 12 suggestive regions were not supported by other significant SNP in close proximity. No SNP with major effects were detected for behavior and type traits, and SNP associations for these traits were spread across the genome, suggesting that behavior and type traits were influenced by many genes, each explaining a small part of genetic variance. The GWAS identified 1 region on chromosome 2 significantly associated with muscular development, which included the myostatin gene (), which is known to affect muscularity. No other regions associated with muscular development were found. Results showed that the myostatin region associated with muscular development had pleiotropic effects on udder volume, teat thinness, rear leg, and leg angle. PMID:27285908

  3. 云南高原稻作区影响水稻单株籽粒产量的主要农艺性状分析%Analysis of Main Agronomic Traits Affecting Yield Level in Alpine-cold Ecological Regions of Japonica Rice in Yunnan Province

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    杨树明; 张素华; 杜娟; 杨涛; 普晓英; 杨晓梦; 曾亚文

    2015-01-01

    In order to explicit objective breeding traits in various alpine-cold ecological regions of japonica rice in Yunnan Province.A set of 105 near-isogenic lines,BC4 F8 was developed by backcrossing between Lijiangxintuan-heigu(the stongly cold-tolerant japonica landrace,grant No.2)as a donor parent and Towada(cold-sensitive japoni-ca cultivar)as a recurrent parent,and was used as materials,and were grown in Baiyi(alpine-cold Japonica rice re-gion,AJRR),Xundian(cool-warm Japonica rice region,CWJRR)and Yuxi(Indica and Japonica rice interlace re-gion,IJRIR)in Yunnan,respectively.The regulation pattern for 22 growth and grain yield-related traits in three loca-tions was discussed by two-way ANOVA,principle component analysis,stepwise regression analysis and path analy-sis.The results indicated that No.of panicles per plant(NPP),peduncle length(PDL),node length under spike (NLUS),panicle length ( PL),No.of primary rachis branches( NPRB),number of secondary rachis branches (NSRB)and number of spikelets per panicle(NSPP)were mainly attributed by genotypes.The difference of environ-mental conditions was the main factor affecting plant height(PH),length of flag leaf(LFL),blighted grains per pan-icle(BGPP),dry straw weight per plant(DSWP)and biomass yield per plant(BYP).Width of flag leaf(WFF), width of the 2nd leaf from the top(WWLF),filled grains per panicle(FGPP),seed setting rate(SSR),thousand-grain weight(TGW)and grains yield per plant(GPP)were mainly influenced by genotypes ×environments interac-tion.The results of principle components analysis showed that the main factors influencing GPP were NPP,NSPP, TGW,SSR,LFL,WFF,anther development,panicle exsertion and dry matter accumulation.The conclusions accord-ing to multiple stepwise regression analysis and path analysis were consistent,which showed that there were different dominant factors in various locations.The comprehensive effects of 3 main agronomic traits on GPP ranked as fol-lows:TGW >SSR >NPRB

  4. Personality trait development in midlife: exploring the impact of psychological turning points

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    Allemand, Mathias; Gomez, V.; Jackson, J J

    2010-01-01

    This study examined long-term personality trait development in midlife and explored the impact of psychological turning points on personality change. Selfdefined psychological turning points reflect major changes in the ways people think or feel about an important part of their life, such as work, family, and beliefs about themselves and about the world. This study used longitudinal data from the Midlife in the US survey to examine personality trait development in adults aged 40–60 years. The...

  5. Correlações entre caracteres agronômicos em dois ciclos de seleção recorrente em milho-pipoca Correlations among agronomic traits in two recurrent selection cycles in popcorn

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    Full Text Available Com o propósito de monitorar o comportamento de blocos gênicos em diferentes gerações de seleção recorrente em milho pipoca, quantificaram-se as correlações fenotípica, genotípica e de ambiente entre caracteres agronômicos, em dois ciclos de seleção recorrente. O primeiro ciclo foi formado por famílias de irmãos completos e o segundo ciclo por famílias S1. Embora não significativa, em ambos os ciclos, houve correlação genotípica negativa entre capacidade de expansão e rendimento de grãos. Para o segundo ciclo, as maiores magnitudes de correlação genotípica positiva ocorreram entre rendimento de grãos, número de espigas sadias e estande, indicando a possibilidade de sucesso na seleção de uma ou outra, com base no rendimento de grãos. Embora não significativa e em baixa magnitude, houve acréscimo da correlação genotípica entre rendimento de grãos e capacidade de expansão do primeiro para o segundo ciclo, denotando aumento na concentração de alelos favoráveis na população.This work was carried out to estimate environment, genotypic and phenotypic correlations among traits in two intrapopulational recurrent selection cycles in popcorn. The first cycle was composed by full sib families and the second cycle by S1 families. Seventy-five families of full sib and two hundred and twenty two families S1 were evaluated in randomized complete block design with two replicates in two environments. Although not statistically significant, genotypic correlation between grain yield and popping expansion was negative in both selection cycles. For the second cycle of recurrent selection, the highest positive estimates of genotypic correlations were found between: grain yield and number of ears and grain yield and stand, indicating the perspective of the success for selection based on grain yield. Although in less magnitude there was an increase in genotypic correlation between the grain yield and popping expansion from the

  6. Combining Ability and Heritability Analysis of Main Agronomic Traits in Seedless Watermelon%无籽西瓜主要农艺性状配合力及遗传力分析

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    刘勇; 刘童光; 任怀富; 王朋成; 王磊; 谈敏

    2011-01-01

    Twelve watermelon inbreds were used to create triploid hybrids with 6 × 6 incomplete diallel mating design and to study combining ability and heritability of yield and quality in seedless watermelon. Heterosis was observed on 11 traits (except main shoot length and rind thickness )among 13 traits evaluated. The general combining ability of the 6 male parental lines was Huaxin ( A 1 ) >Damingjingxinerhao ( A2 ) >Fengyuan W- 1 ( A6 ) >Zaokanglijia ( A5 ) >Yulinglong ( A4 ) >Jingxinerhao ( A3 ). The general combining ability of the 6 female parental lines was Tianba ( M5 ) >8424 ( M4 ) >Luqingqihao ( M6 ) >Tianxinerhao(M2)>Guoyuerhao(M1 )and Chunyi (M3). Inbred lines M5 and A1 are the best parental lines for improving hybrid yield and nutritional quality.%选用12个西瓜高世代自交系进行6×6不完全双列杂交试验,分析了后代产量及品质等性状的配合力和遗传力.结果表明:除主蔓长度、果皮厚度外,其余11个性状从育种角度,适宜采用优势育种.根据各个亲本的综合评价,6个父本一般配合力优劣顺序为:华欣(Al)>大明京欣2号(A2)>丰园W-1(A6)>早抗丽佳(A5)>玉玲珑(A4)>京欣2号(A3);6个母本一般配合力优劣顺序为:甜霸(M5)>8424(M4)>鲁青7号(M6)>甜欣2号(M2)>国豫2号(M1)、春一(M3).其中,自交系M5与Al在提高杂交一代果实产量和营养品质方面是表现良好的母本和父本.

  7. A Study on the Effects of Drought Stress on the Agronomic Traits of Yunyan87 and K326%干旱对云烟87和K326的农艺性状影响研究

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    丁雪丹; 肖玉; 周紫燕; 肖金香

    2012-01-01

    The responses of agronomic characters of flue-cured tobacco Yunyan87 and K326 to drought stress were studied in the rosette stage, the vigorously growing stage and the budding stage respectively by controlling water under rainproof shelter. The drought time was set to 7 d, 10 d, 13 d, 16 d, long term drought with one group as the control. The long term drought was used for measuring the soil water content. The result showed that; the plant heights of Yunyan87 and K326 showed a downward trend while prolonging the dry spells, the most influential time was drought 16 d especially in the vigorously growing stage and the amplitude reduction was 42. 2% and 41. 3% respectively. The worst inhibitory effect of drought time on the stem and average effective leaf area of the two varieties in each growing stage was 16 d, the descent of stem of Yunyan87 in the rosette stage, vigorously growing stage and budding stage was 22. 9% , 17. 5% and 34. 6% respectively which of K326 was 31. 1% , 21.6% and 13.2%. The decreasing ranges of leaf area of Yunyan87 in the rosette stage, vigorously growing stage and budding stage was 20. 6% , 35. 6% and 27. 9% which of K326 were 42. 5% , 20. 4% and 20. 2%. Both of the root - shoot ratios rose first and then fell in the rosette stage and vigorously growing stage which fell slowly in the budding stage. The stage of largest water consumption of the two varieties was in the vigorously growing stage and the soil moisture content under Yunyan87 stopped growing in the resettling growth stage, vigorously growing stage and budding period and the soil water contents were 5.7% , 7. 4% and 5. 5% respectively, while those under K326 were 6. 0% ,7. 3% and 6. 4% . Overall, the capacity of drought resistance of Yunyan87 is a little bit better than that of K326.%以烤烟云烟87和K326为试验材料,采用盆栽防雨控水试验,干旱时间设为7d、10d、13d、16d、长期干旱(DL)和CK(对照)6个处理,分别在2个品种的团棵期、旺长期、现

  8. Características agronômica de híbridos diploides de bananeira em três ciclos de produção em Cruz das Almas, Bahia Agronomic traits of banana diploid hybrids in three cycle of production in Cruz das Almas, Bahia

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    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar agronomicamente híbridos diploides de bananeira, em três ciclos de produção, visando à seleção de genótipos para utilização em programas de melhoramento. O experimento foi conduzido entre os anos de 2005 e 2007, em blocos casualizados, no esquema de parcela subdividida no tempo, com quatro repetições, em Cruz das Almas, Bahia. Os híbridos diploides 4279-06, TH03-01, 8987-01, 0323-03, 1318-01, 0116-01, 8694-20, 1304-06 e 9179-03 foram avaliados quanto à altura de plantas, diâmetro do pseudocaule, número de folhas vivas na floração e na colheita, presença de pólen, período de formação do cacho, número de pencas e frutos, e massa média dos frutos. O híbrido 1304-06 apresentou a maior altura nos três ciclos estudados, enquanto o 0323-03 e o 1318-01 apresentaram porte intermediário. À exceção des 8987-01, 0323-03, 1304-06 e 9179-03, os demais híbridos apresentaram número de folhas, na floração, superior a oito. Na colheita, 0323-03, 1318-01, 0116-01, 1304-06 e 9179-03 destacaram-se com os maiores números de folhas. Existe variabilidade genética entre os híbridos diploides de bananeira estudados. Os híbridos 4279-06, 0323-03, 1318-01, 0116-01, 1304-06 e 9179-03 apresentaram características agronômicas favoráveis e podem ser utilizados como genitores em programas de melhoramento genético da bananeira.Objective this work was to evaluate agronomic traits of banana diploid hybrids, in three production cycles, seeking the selection of genotypes for use in banana breeding programs. Experiment was conducted between years 2005 and 2007, at complete randomized block in split plot design, with four replicates, in Cruz das Almas, Bahia, Brazil. Diploids hybrids 4279-06, TH03-01, 8987-01, 0323-03, 1318-01, 0116-01, 8694-20, 1304-06 and 9179-03, were evaluated regarding the characters plant height, pseudostem diameter, number of fresh leaves in flowering and harvest, pollen presence

  9. Study on the Genetic Diversity and Association Analysis of Yield and Agronomic Traits with SSR Primers in Waxy Maize Inbred Lines%糯玉米自交系遗传多样性及其产量、农艺性状与SSR分子标记的关联研究

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    蒋思霞; 倪正斌; 印志同; 徐志英; 邓德祥

    2012-01-01

    [目的]研究糯玉米自交系的遗传多样性,确定其亲缘关系远近,为糯玉米的新品种选育提供依据.[方法]以84个糯玉米自交系为试验材料,利用分布在玉米全基因组上的71个SSR标记对供试材料的遗传多样性进行分析,并对其产量及农艺性状与SSR标记进行了关联分析.[结果]150对SSR引物中有71对在糯玉米自交系中能扩增出多态性条带,共检测到342个等位基因,每对引物可检测到2~11个数目不等的等位基因,多态性信息量为0.249 ~0.876;糯玉米自交系间的遗传距离为0.02~0.32,均值为0.17,84个自交系可划分为8个组别;玉米10个连锁群上71个SSR位点的2485个组合,都存在一定程度的连锁不平衡;共检测出21个SSR座位与10个产量、农艺性状显著相关.[结论]该试验阐明了所选糯玉米自交系的遗传多样性及相互间的亲缘关系,为有目的的组配糯玉米杂交种及其新品种选育提供了参考.%[Objective]To study the genetic diversity of waxy maize inbred lines and determine their genetic relationship,so as to provide references for the new varieties breeding of waxy maize. [ Method] A total of 84 waxy corn inbred lines were used as experimental materials. Seventy one SSR markers in maize 10 chromosomes were adopted to explore the genetic diversity of waxy maize. The association of the agronomic and yield traits of waxy corn with the SSR primers was analyzed. [ Result]Of the 150 SSR primers,71 could obtain polymorphic bands among waxy corn inbred lines. Seventy one pairs of primers in maize 10 chromosomes detected 342 alleles. The number of detected alleles was within a range of 2 -11. Polymorphism information content (PIC) value ranged from 0. 249 to 0. 876, the genetic distance among the inbred lines was 0.02 -0. 32 with an average of 0.17; 84 waxy maize inbred lines could be divided into 8 groups. The 2 485 combinations of 71 SSR primers at 10 linkage group were in linkage

  10. Seleção de linhagens experimentais de soja para características agronômicas e tolerância a insetos Soybean experimental lines selected for agronomic traits and insect tolerance

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    Maria Clideana Cabral Maia

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Esta pesquisa visou avaliar linhagens experimentais de soja, com a finalidade de identificar genótipos que reúnam características de alta produtividade e tolerância a insetos. O material foi composto por três populações obtidas de um dialelo parcial 4 x 4 envolvendo quatro genitores tolerantes a insetos e quatro cultivares de elevada produtividade. Foram conduzidos 24 experimentos no delineamento aleatório, em blocos com duas repetições subdivididas em conjuntos experimentais com testemunhas comuns, combinando as três populações e oito ambientes. Com base na produtividade de grãos, concluiu-se que: existe variabilidade genética remanescente entre as linhagens nas três populações; o manejo diferenciado com controle intensivo de insetos e controle ecológico de insetos (CII vs. CEI é um representante eficiente de ambientes diversos; o local Anhembi destacou-se como de alta produtividade em todas as situações; para a capacidade de gerar linhagens superiores, sobressaíram-se os genitores IAC-100, D72-9601-1, BR-6, Davis e IAS-5; destaques especiais envolveram os cruzamentos do genitor IAC-100 com IAS-5, Davis, OCEPAR-4 e BR-6.This research aimed to evaluate experimental soybean lines, with the finality to identify genotypes that contine traits of elevate yield and insect tolerance. Plant material included three populations derived from a 4×4 partial diallel having four parents insect resistants and four with elevated yield cultivars. The 24 experiments were carried out in randomized complete block design with two replications subdivided in three sets with common checks, testing the three populations in eight environments. There is genetic variability among lines in the three populations; the management systems were efficient as representative of the environmental diversity; the Anhembi location exhibited with high seed yield in all situations; as for the ability in originating superior lines, the following parents stand out

  11. Seed germination photobiology. Physiological and agronomic aspects

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    Seed germination photobiology is an important aspect of seed biology research for both physiological and agronomic aspects. Such knowledge is of extreme importance for the optimization of seed crop germination and for the prediction of weed seed bank emergence dynamics in field. Several aspects of photobiology research are reported and discussed in order to evidencing some of the relative agronomic involvements

  12. Agronomic performance and stability of andean common bean lines with white grains in Brazil

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    Helton Santos Pereira

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available This work evaluated the effect of genotype by environment interaction in Andean common bean lines with white grains, in Central Southern Brazil, to identify lines with high agronomic performance, stability and adaptability, aiming to meet domestic demand and to increase the Brazilian participation in the foreign market of common bean. Nineteen trials with twelve Andean lines were conducted in 2007, 2008 and 2009, in Central Southern Brazil. Grain yield and other agronomic traits were evaluated. Data were subjected to analysis of variance and of adaptability/stability using Annicchiarico and modified AMMI methods. Significant differences were found between lines for all traits evaluated. Genotype by environment interaction was important for lines with Andean origin and white seed. The utilization of weighted mean of absolute scores and yield with the AMMI results enabled the identification of the most stable and adapted lines. Lines Poroto Alubia, CNFB 16211, Ouro Branco and WAF 160 were stable and adapted, using both methods. CNFB 16211 line presented high agronomic performance, stability and adaptability and therefore this line may be a new cultivar. USWA 70 and WAF 75 lines presented grain size similar to that required by the foreign market and superior to the Brazilian cultivars, besides favorable agronomic traits, and thus these lines may be indicated as new cultivars.

  13. Genetic characterisation of agronomic and morphological traits and the development of DNA markers associated with total glycoalkaloid content in the tubers of tetraploid potato (Solanum tuberosum L.)

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    Dam, van J.

    2002-01-01

    Glycoalkaloids are secondary metabolites that are characterised by an undesirable taste, and which are known to be toxic when consumed in large quantities. Some wild potato germplasms that are used for the introgression of genes

  14. Biochar from Biomass and its Potential Agronomic and Environmental Use in Washington: A Promising Alternative to Drawdown Carbon from the Atmosphere and Develop a New Industry

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    Amonette, James E. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Garcia-Perez, Manuel [Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA (United States); Sjoding, David [Washington State Energy Program Office, Olympia, WA (United States); Fuchs, Mark R. [Washington Dept. of Ecology, Spokane, WA (United States)

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    document is a companion to a white paper titled Biochar from Wood Biomass and Agricultural Residues and its Potential Agronomic Use in Washington: A Tool to Improve Irrigation Water Use Efficiency, Energy Efficiency and Sequester Carbon (Amonette, et al., 2016, in preparation).

  15. Estimation of economic values for traits of dairy sheep: I. Model development.

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    Wolfová, M; Wolf, J; Krupová, Z; Kica, J

    2009-05-01

    A bioeconomic model was developed to estimate effects of change in production and functional traits on profit of dairy or dual-purpose milked sheep under alternative management systems. The flock structure was described in terms of animal categories and probabilities of transitions among them, and a Markov chain approach was used to calculate the stationary state of the resultant ewe flock. The model included both deterministic and stochastic components. Performance for most traits was simulated as the population average, but variation in several traits was taken into account. Management options included lambing intervals, mating system, and culling strategy for ewes, weaning and marketing strategy for progeny, and feeding system. The present value of profit computed as the difference between total revenues and total costs per ewe per year, both discounted to the birth date of the animals, was used as the criterion for economic efficiency of the production system in the stationary state. Economic values (change in system profit per unit change in the trait) of up to 35 milk production, growth, carcass, wool, and functional traits may be estimated. PMID:19389977

  16. Effects of Aerobic Fermentation Seedling-breeding in Higher Temperature on Agronomic Characters and Economic Traits of Flue-cured Tobacco%有氧发酵增温育苗对烤烟农艺性状和经济性状的影响

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    罗福命; 邓世媛; 谢文婷; 凌寿军; 王维; 王俊; 陈建军; 文俊

    2011-01-01

    In order to resolve the influence of low temperature during seedling-breeding on the growth of tobacco in southern tobacco planting region,aerobic fermentation materials were paved on the bottom of nutrition pool, then the water temperature, growth status of tobacco and agronomic characters,accumulation of dry matter after transplanting and economic traits such as yield and output value were determined.Results showed that laying aerobic fermentation materials especially peanut bran under the seedling-bed could increase the temperature of nutrition pool,shorten seedling growing period by 13 days, and the ratio of strong seedling reached 95 %.After transplanting, the stem length, stem girth and root length were greater but the pitch was less than the control, so there were more leaves.There existed significant difference on accumulation of dry matter include overground and underground between treatment of peanut bran and the control.The yield,output value,ratios of grade A and grade B leaves were better than the control obviously.%为解决南方烟区育苗时温度过低影响烟苗后期生长的问题,进行了在育苗池底部铺设有氧发酵材料(稻草秸秆、稻草秸秆+猪粪、稻草秸秆+花生麸)的增温育苗试验,对育苗池温度、烟苗生长状况和移栽后的大田农艺性状、干物质积累及产量产值等经济性状进行了测定.结果表明,有氧发酵增温育苗,尤其是稻草秸秆+花生麸处理,可以有效提高育苗池温度(1℃以上),使苗龄缩短13d,其壮苗率达95%;有氧发酵增温育苗移栽后株高、茎围、根长等都显著大于对照(常规浅水育苗),节距则小于对照,因而叶片数更多;地上部和地下部的干物质积累与对照的差异显著,产量、产值、上中等烟比例等也明显优于对照.

  17. Analysis of Production,Quality,Resistance and Agronomic Traits in Cultivated Peanut Released by Henan Province%河南省育成花生品种的产量、品质、抗性及农艺性状分析

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    董文召; 张新友; 汤丰收; 韩锁义

    2011-01-01

    59 cultivated peanuts were registered by Henan Province, since establishment of crop variety examination and approval system. The results of the regional test of peanut showed that there were great changes in average yield, the highest yield, quality, resistance and agronomic traits. The average production was 4306.35 kg/hm2 between 2006 and 2009, which was 615 kg/hm2 higher than that was 3694.05 kg/hm2 between 1982 and 1990. Meanwhile, the average high yield was 6345.90 kg/hm2, which was 415 kg/hm2 higher than that was 5879.55 kg/hm2. The results showed that yield of registered peanut cultivars could be raised year by year, the resistances of new released peanut varieties were significantly higher than that of the check cultivars. Average quality of new released peanut was no significant improvement although qualities of individual species had obviously improved. The key of further improving yield were reduced the height,appropriate increasing in branch, increasing of mature pods per plant and 100-ped weight.%河南省开展农作物品种审定制度以来,河南省选育并通过审定的花生品种59个.从审定品种区域试验平均产量、最高产量、品质、抗性、农艺性状等方面对品种进行分析,平均产量由1982-1990年3694.05 kg/hm2,上升到2006-2009年的4306.35 kg/hm2,最高产量也从平均5879.55kg/hm2,提高到6345.90 kg/hm2,增长了465 kg.研究结果表明,审定品种的产量在逐年提高,抗性有明显增强,虽有个别品种品质明显改善但品种平均品质改善不大;降低株高,适当增加分枝、单株结果数、增加百果重是进一步提高产量的关键.

  18. The Mediator Effect of Career Development between Personality Traits and Organizational Commitment: The Example of Sport Communication Technology Talents

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    Lo, Hung-Jen; Lin, Chun-Hung; Tung-Hsing, Lin; Tu, Peng-Fei

    2014-01-01

    This paper explored the relationships among career development, personality trait, and organizational commitment and examines whether career development mediates the relationship between personality trait and organizational commitment. The sample was 275 sport communication technology talents in Taiwan. The instrument included the Personality…

  19. QTL of Three Agronomically Important Traits and Their Interactions with Environment in a European × Chinese Rapeseed Population%应用中国和欧洲油菜建立的双二倍体群体对3个重要农艺性状的QTL定位以及与环境的互作分析

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    赵坚义; Heiko; C.Becker; 丁厚栋; 张尧锋; 张冬青; Wolfgang; Ecke

    2005-01-01

    相关的遗传基础,两个生育性状均表现有较弱的QTL间加加上位互作,但以主效QTL的作用为主.%A rapeseed population consisted of 282 doubled haploid (DH) lines derived from a cross between a European vality "Sallux" and a Chinese inbred line "Gaoyou" was planted in 4 locations,2 in Xi'an and Hangzhou,China, and 2 in Goettingen,Germany.Field experiments were carried out to obtain agronomically phenotypic data from above four environments.A linkage map including 125 SSR-markers was constructed and QTL analyses was performed using mixed model approach to detect QTLs showing additive(a),epistasis(aa) as well as their interactions with environments (QE) for three important agronomic traits:plant height,flowering time and maturity.The results demonstrated that each trait was controlled by several QTLs with additive effect and a number of QTLs with epistatic and QE interaction effects.Plant height was controlled by many QTLs (12 loci with a or combined ae ,5 loci with ae).Additive effects were predominant,totally explained 75% of the phenotypic variation and often combined with digenic epistasis.Of 12 main QTLs,9 showed Gaoyou alleles decreasing plant height.Most of QTLs with QE effects showed ecologically favourable alleles in diverse regions.Five of 7 ae loci showed Gaoyou alleles in Hangzhou and all the ae loci but one had Sollux alleles in two locations of Germany increasing plant height.The digenic epistatic main effect accounted for one third of total additive main effects.In this study,we discovered 7 and 8 loci having significant additive main effects upon flowering time and maturity,respectively.Of them,early flowering and maturity alleles were respectively 6 and 5 derived from Chinese parent Gaoyou.All these QTLs together accounted for around 60% of the phenotypic variation for each trait.Significant ae interactions were detected for flowering time and maturity and parental alleles showed almost evenly dispersal at all environments

  20. A Baseline Study of Biofuel Feedstock Growth on Non-Traditional Agronomic Land in Utah

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    Hanks, Dallas A.

    2012-01-01

    The goal of the Non-Traditional Agronomic Land (NTAL) Project is to develop sustainable, agronomic, crop growth methods that will allow biofuel feedstock production to occur on marginal or non-traditional plots of land, e.g., roadways, railroads, airports, and military installations. Recent economic feasibility models by Utah State University (USU) indicate these lands could, in theory, produce one billion gallons of economically viable new feedstock annually. Specifically, USU models show th...

  1. Finding Relationships between Socio-Technical Aspects and Personality Traits by Mining Developer E-mails

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    Paruma-Pabón, Oscar Hernán; GONZÁLEZ, FABIO A.; Aponte, Jairo; Camargo, Jorge E.; Restrepo-Calle, Felipe

    2016-01-01

    Personality traits influence most, if not all, of the human activities, from those as natural as the way people walk, talk, dress and write to those most complex as the way they interact with others. Most importantly, personality influences the way people make decisions including, in the case of developers, the criteria they consider when selecting a software project they want to participate. Most of the works that study the influence of social, technical and human factors in software develop...

  2. The impact of Information Systems Development Education on Entrepreneurial Personality Traits and Cognitions

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    Lyng, Brendan

    2008-01-01

    This study investigated the effectiveness of entrepreneurship modules at developing entrepreneurial personality traits and cognitions of Information Systems Development (ISD) students studying at Irish Institutes of Technology (IoT). Current Irish government policy dictated that entrepreneurship education should be embedded in all technical third-level courses. In theory, such an education should create an entrepreneurial mind-set amongst students and increase the probability of graduates eng...

  3. Biotechnology and the Development of Food Markets: Retrospect and Prospects

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    GianCarlo Moschini

    2008-01-01

    Biotechnology has had an important impact on the agricultural and food industries over the last twelve years by way of fast and extensive adoption of a few genetically modified (GM) crops. This has produced large efficiency gains, including higher yields and reduced costs of weed and pest control, as well as some environmental benefits. The expected development of crops with additional agronomic traits, and with output traits to improve the nutrition and health attributes of food products, ho...

  4. Participatory assessment of potato production constraints and trait preferences in potato cultivar development in Rwanda

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    Jean Baptiste Muhinyuza; Hussein Shimelis; Rob Melis; Julia Sibiya; Magnifique Ndambe Nzaramba

    2012-01-01

    Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) is the major food and cash crop in the highland regions of Rwanda. However, farmers are not integrated into the potato breeding process. The objectives of this research were to identify farmers’ key potato production constraints and establish preferred traits in potato cultivar development in Rwanda. A participatory rural appraisal (PRA) study was conducted through structured survey involving 144 households and 22 focus groups with 258 participants in Musanze, Gi...

  5. Effects of the Triticum aestivum-Haynaldia villosa T4DL·4VS Translocation Chromosome on the Agronomic Important Traits in Different Backgrounds%小麦-簇毛麦T4DL·4VS易位染色体对小麦农艺性状的影响

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    王海燕; 赵仁慧; 袁春霞; 张守忠; 肖进; 王秀娥

    2012-01-01

    It has been found that the T4DL·4VS translocation can be used in wheat breeding programs as a donor of resistance to wheat yellow mosaic bymovirus and take-all disease and can be used in wheat breeding for disease resistance.In order to further elucidate the potential application of this translocation line,five F2 population derived from crosses of the T4DL·4VS with 5 wheat varieties from different ecological wheat grown areas were used to assess the effects of the T4DL·4VS translocation on agronomic characters in different genetic backgrounds.It was found for all the used cross combinations,there was no significant difference between T4DL·4VS lines and non-T4DL·4VS lines on the number of effective spikes,the total spikelets per spike and the number of grains per spike.Positive effect of the T4DL·4VS lines on plant height was found in the background of Zheng 9023,Zhou 9823 and Mianyang 26,while negative effects were found on thousand-kernel weight in the background of Zhou 9823,Shi 4185 and Yangmai 15,on spike length in the background of Zheng 9023,Zhou 9823,and Yangmai 15,on the flag leaf area in the background of Yangmai 15.These results showed that significant variation occurred for some traits among different crosses,indicating that parent selection could lead to further improvements.%为了进一步探究小麦-簇毛麦T4DL·4VS易位系的育种利用价值,选用以T4DL·4VS易位系为亲本组配的5个F2群体为试验材料,研究了T4DL·4VS易位染色体在不同遗传背景中对小麦农艺性状的影响。结果表明,在所有组合中,T4DL·4VS易位染色体对有效穗数、每穗小穗数和穗粒数无明显影响;在与郑麦9023、周9823和绵阳26配置的3个组合中,T4DL·4VS易位染色体对株高表现出一定的正向效应;在与周9823、石4185和扬麦15配置的3个组合中,T4DL·4VS易位染色体对千粒重表现出负向效应;在与郑麦9023、周9823和扬麦15配置的3个组合中,T4DL·4VS易位染色体

  6. 15个苦荬菜新品种(系)在川西南地区农艺性状综合评价%Agronomic traits of 15 annual Ixeris polycephala varieties in the southwest of Si-chuan Province

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    班骞; 黄琳凯; 张新全; 蒋林峰

    2016-01-01

    Agronomic traits of 15 Ixeris polycephala varieties were studied in field trials in Ya’an,in the southwest of Sichuan Province.The growth periods of new lines Chuanxuan No.1 and L5-4 were longer than Longmu (P <0.01).In the two years 2013 and 2014,the yields of new line Chuanxuan No.1 were the highest, with a notable yield advantage at the second defoliation and regeneration.The average hay yield of the new line Chuanxuan No.1 was 5585 kg/ha,a 64.75% (P <0.01 )increase,compared with Longmu.With respect to stem∶leaf ratio,the highest leaf content was found in the new line L5-4,and the second ranked was new line Chuanxuan No.1;the stem∶leaf ratios were 0.52 and 0.55,respectively.In terms of nutrients,the new line Chuanxuan No.1 had abundant minerals and high nutritional value,the crude protein was 26.12%,while crude fiber was 12.11%.Thus,the new lines Chuanxuan No.1 and L5-4 with high yields and leaves of high feeding value were suitable for recommendation for planting in the southwest of Sichuan Province.%通过田间试验,对15个苦荬菜品种(系)在川西南地区进行农艺性状综合评价。结果表明,1)新品系川选1号和 L5-4生育期相对较长,与对照品种龙牧差异极显著(P <0.01),属于晚熟品系。2)产草量以新品系川选1号产量最高,在刈割第2茬产量有明显优势,且刈割后再生性好。新品系川选1号在2013-2014两年平均干草产量达5585 kg/hm2,比对照增产64.75%,差异极显著(P <0.01)。3)茎叶比方面,L5-4叶片含量最高,茎叶比0.52,川选1号次之,茎叶比0.55。4)营养成分方面,川选1号粗蛋白达26.12%,粗纤维12.11%,营养价值高。综合分析,新品系川选1号和 L5-4产草量高,叶量丰富,适合在川西南地区种植推广。

  7. Development of the Multi-Trait Personality Inventory (MTPI): comparison among four Chinese populations.

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    Cheung, P C; Conger, A J; Hau, K T; Lew, W J; Lau, S

    1992-12-01

    Anemic approach was adopted to develop a culture-specific instrument for the assessment of Chinese personality. The Multi-Trial Personality Inventory (MTPI) was administered to 1,673 men and 944 women in four major Chinese populations. It was found that Chinese in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the United States possess some common traits deeply rooted in the Chinese culture characterized by Confucian thoughts (e.g., self-discipline and moderation) and some additional traits nurtured by their respective environments. Consequently, findings of this study lent support to the hypothesis that, in spite of superficial discontinuities, there are basic continuities in the personality traits of mainland and overseas Chinese. The cross-cultural differences in personality were examined from a political-social perspective and also explained with a cultural-ecological model. In the development of the MTPI, a new methodology that relies on forming factor-consistent clusters was employed to deal successfully with the problem of complex factor space.

  8. Traits to ecosystems: The ecological sustainability challenge when developing future energy crops

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    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Today we are undertaking great efforts to improve biomass production and quality traits of energy crops. Major motivation for developing those crops is based on environmental and ecological sustainability considerations, which however often are de-coupled from the trait-based crop improvement programs. It is now time to develop appropriate methods to link crop traits to production system characteristics set by the plant and the biotic communities influencing it; and to the ecosystem processes affecting ecological sustainability. The relevant ecosystem processes involve the net productivity in terms of biomass and energy yields, the depletion of energy-demanding resources (e.g. nitrogen, N, the carbon dynamics in soil and atmosphere, and the resilience and temporal stability of the production system. In a case study, we compared aspects of N use efficiency in various varieties of an annual (spring wheat and perennial (Salix energy crop grown under two nutrient regimes in Sweden. For example, we found considerable variation among crops, varieties and nutrient regimes in the energy yield per plant-internal N (MJ g-1 yr-1, which would result in different N resource depletion per unit energy produced.

  9. Quality Indicator Development for Positive Screen Follow-up for Sickle Cell Disease and Trait.

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    Faro, Elissa Z; Wang, C Jason; Oyeku, Suzette O

    2016-07-01

    Extensive variation exists in the follow-up of positive screens for sickle cell disease. Limited quality indicators exist to measure if the public health goals of screening-early initiation of treatment and enrollment to care-are being achieved. This manuscript focuses on the development of quality indicators related to the follow-up care for individuals identified with sickle cell disease and trait through screening processes. The authors used a modified Delphi method to develop the indicators. The process included a comprehensive literature review with rating of the evidence followed by ratings of draft indicators by an expert panel held in September 2012. The expert panel was nominated by leaders of various professional societies, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and met face to face to discuss and rate each indicator. The panel recommended nine quality indicators focused on key aspects of follow-up care for individuals with positive screens for sickle cell disease and trait. Public health programs and healthcare institutions can use these indicators to assess the quality of follow-up care and provide a basis for improvement efforts to ensure appropriate family education, early initiation of treatment, and appropriate referral to care for individuals identified with sickle cell disease and trait. PMID:27320465

  10. Iterative development and the scope for plasticity: contrasts among trait categories in an adaptive radiation.

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    Foster, S A; Wund, M A; Graham, M A; Earley, R L; Gardiner, R; Kearns, T; Baker, J A

    2015-10-01

    Phenotypic plasticity can influence evolutionary change in a lineage, ranging from facilitation of population persistence in a novel environment to directing the patterns of evolutionary change. As the specific nature of plasticity can impact evolutionary consequences, it is essential to consider how plasticity is manifested if we are to understand the contribution of plasticity to phenotypic evolution. Most morphological traits are developmentally plastic, irreversible, and generally considered to be costly, at least when the resultant phenotype is mis-matched to the environment. At the other extreme, behavioral phenotypes are typically activational (modifiable on very short time scales), and not immediately costly as they are produced by constitutive neural networks. Although patterns of morphological and behavioral plasticity are often compared, patterns of plasticity of life history phenotypes are rarely considered. Here we review patterns of plasticity in these trait categories within and among populations, comprising the adaptive radiation of the threespine stickleback fish Gasterosteus aculeatus. We immediately found it necessary to consider the possibility of iterated development, the concept that behavioral and life history trajectories can be repeatedly reset on activational (usually behavior) or developmental (usually life history) time frames, offering fine tuning of the response to environmental context. Morphology in stickleback is primarily reset only in that developmental trajectories can be altered as environments change over the course of development. As anticipated, the boundaries between the trait categories are not clear and are likely to be linked by shared, underlying physiological and genetic systems. PMID:26243135

  11. Turning points and lessons learned: stressful life events and personality trait development across middle adulthood.

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    Sutin, Angelina R; Costa, Paul T; Wethington, Elaine; Eaton, William

    2010-09-01

    The present research examined stressful life events and personality development across middle adulthood. Participants (N = 533) related the most stressful event they had experienced within the last 10 years, indicated whether they considered the event to be a turning point and/or lesson learned, and twice completed a comprehensive measure of traits defined by the five-factor model of personality; the stressful event occurred between these two assessments. Descriptions were coded to classify events into broad content domains based on the nature of the event. Prospectively, individuals high in Neuroticism perceived the event as a turning point; extraverts learned a lesson from it. Longitudinally, perceiving the event as a negative turning point was associated with increases in Neuroticism, whereas learning a lesson from the event was associated with increases in Extraversion and Conscientiousness. Characteristics of the events themselves were primarily unrelated to trait change. Across middle adulthood, personality trait change may be more strongly related to how individuals understand the stressful events in their lives rather than simply the occurrence of such events.

  12. Identification of nutrient and physical seed trait QTL in the model legume Lotus japonicus.

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    Klein, Melinda A; Grusak, Michael A

    2009-08-01

    Legume seeds have the potential to provide a significant portion of essential micronutrients to the human diet. To identify the genetic basis for seed nutrient density, quantitative trait locus (QTL) analysis was conducted with the Miyakojima MG-20 x Gifu B-129 recombinant inbred population from the model legume Lotus japonicus. This population was grown to seed under greenhouse conditions in 2006 and 2007. Phenotypic data were collected for seed calcium (Ca), copper (Cu), iron (Fe), potassium (K), magnesium (Mg), manganese (Mn), phosphorus (P), sulfur (S), and zinc (Zn) concentrations and content. Data for physical seed traits (average seed mass and seed-pod allocation values) were also collected. Based on these phenotypic data, QTL analyses identified 103 QTL linked to 55 different molecular markers. Transgressive segregation, identified within this recombinant inbred population for both seed nutrient and physical traits, suggests new allelic combinations are available for agronomic trait improvement. QTL co-localization was also seen, suggesting that common transport processes might contribute to seed nutrient loading. Identification of loci involved in seed mineral density can be an important first step in identifying the genetic factors and, consequently, the physiological processes involved in mineral distribution to developing seeds. Longer term research efforts will focus on facilitating agronomic breeding efforts through ortholog identification in related crop legumes.

  13. Development of claw traits and claw lesions in dairy cows kept on different floor systems.

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    Somers, J G C J; Schouten, W G P; Frankena, K; Noordhuizen-Stassen, E N; Metz, J H M

    2005-01-01

    Several claw shape measurements, horn hardness, and horn growth and wear were recorded monthly at 12 dairy farms to investigate the effect of floor type and changes in these traits over time. Herds were either housed on a slatted floor (SL), solid concrete floor (SC), grooved floor (GR), or on a straw yard (SY). Twenty cows per farm were selected and stratified by parity. Information on claw traits was recorded on right lateral hind claws between October 2002 and May 2003. In addition, lesion development of interdigital dermatitis and heel erosion (IDHE) and digital dermatitis (DD) was studied in both rear feet. No differences in claw traits were detected among groups on different floor types, with the exception of claw angle. Claw angles were smallest in cows on SY. Claws of cows on SC were steeper than those on SL and GR. The study provided no evidence that floor-related differences in claw lesions were related to differences in horn growth, wear, and resulting claw shape. Lesions of IDHE developed gradually over time and did not differ among flooring types. Cows in SY had the smallest lesion scores for DD, whereas cows on SL had significantly less DD than cows on SC and GR. Incidence of DD fluctuated over time. Development of different stages of DD was monitored in-depth. Both early and healed stages were rather changeable and often turned into other disease stages. Classical ulcerative lesions (stage M2) persisted for a long time, with 20% of the initially unaffected claws having active lesions of DD within 5 mo. The M2 lesions generally did not cure effectively after claw trimming, and frequent use of footbaths resulted in a poor prognosis for recovery.

  14. Assembly of the draft genome of buckwheat and its applications in identifying agronomically useful genes.

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    Yasui, Yasuo; Hirakawa, Hideki; Ueno, Mariko; Matsui, Katsuhiro; Katsube-Tanaka, Tomoyuki; Yang, Soo Jung; Aii, Jotaro; Sato, Shingo; Mori, Masashi

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    Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum Moench; 2n = 2x = 16) is a nutritionally dense annual crop widely grown in temperate zones. To accelerate molecular breeding programmes of this important crop, we generated a draft assembly of the buckwheat genome using short reads obtained by next-generation sequencing (NGS), and constructed the Buckwheat Genome DataBase. After assembling short reads, we determined 387,594 scaffolds as the draft genome sequence (FES_r1.0). The total length of FES_r1.0 was 1,177,687,305 bp, and the N50 of the scaffolds was 25,109 bp. Gene prediction analysis revealed 286,768 coding sequences (CDSs; FES_r1.0_cds) including those related to transposable elements. The total length of FES_r1.0_cds was 212,917,911 bp, and the N50 was 1,101 bp. Of these, the functions of 35,816 CDSs excluding those for transposable elements were annotated by BLAST analysis. To demonstrate the utility of the database, we conducted several test analyses using BLAST and keyword searches. Furthermore, we used the draft genome as a reference sequence for NGS-based markers, and successfully identified novel candidate genes controlling heteromorphic self-incompatibility of buckwheat. The database and draft genome sequence provide a valuable resource that can be used in efforts to develop buckwheat cultivars with superior agronomic traits. PMID:27037832

  15. Empowering breeding programs with new approaches to overcome constraints for selecting superior quality traits of rice

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    Calingacion, M.N.

    2015-01-01

    Empowering breeding programs with new approaches to overcome constraints for selecting superior quality traits of rice Mariafe N. Calingacion Most rice breeding programs have focused on improving agronomic traits such as yield, while enhancing grain quality traits such as flavour an

  16. 干旱胁迫对油菜蕾薹期生理特性及农艺性状的影响%Influence of Drought Stress on Physiological Characteristics and Agronomic Traits at Bud Stage of Rapeseed (Brassica napus L.)

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    白鹏; 冉春艳; 谢小玉

    2014-01-01

    [Objective]Against the characteristics of less precipitation which easily lead to drought in the Yangtze River Basin, especially in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River in the spring in recent years, the effects of water stress on physiological characters and agronomic traits at bud stage of rapeseed were studied, the aims were to reveal the drought resistance mechanism of rapeseed at bud stage, and to provide a theoretical basis for drought-resistant breeding. [Method]The changes of associated physiological indicators and agronomic traits of rapeseed were studied by drought resistance coefficients of each character using two different drought resistance rapeseed varieties at bud stage (zhongshuang10 with low drought resistance and 94005 with high drought resistance) with drought stress experiment in pot. And filter out some indicators that apply to the local area, which can be used to identify drought resistance at bud stage of rapeseed.[Result]The results showed that the drought resistance coefficients of net photosynthetic rate, stomatal conductance, transpiration rate, intercellular CO2 concentration, leaf relative water content, content of chlorophyll, RuBP carboxylase activity, height per plant, stem diameter, primary branches number and seed yield per plant tended to decrease with the extension of drought stress time, and the decrease range was positively related to the time of drought stress, the decrease range of the drought resistance coefficients of stomata conductance and transpiration rate was positively related to the drought resistant ability of rapeseed, the rest of the indicators were negatively related to the drought resistance coefficients of materials. The drought resistance coefficients of stomata limitation value and water use efficiency of low drought resistance variety presented an upward to downward and downward trend, respectively, but both of that showed an increase trend in high drought resistance variety. With the lasting of drought

  17. Distribution of Phenolic Compounds and Antioxidative Activities of Rice Kernel and Their Relationships with Agronomic Practice

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    Amit Kesarwani

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    Full Text Available The phenolic and antioxidant activity of ethanolic extract of two Japonica rice cultivars, Taikeng no. 16 (medium and slender grain and Kaohsiung no. 139 (short and round grain, grown under organic and conventional farming were examined. Analyses shows that Kaohsiung no. 139 contains the highest amount of secondary metabolites and continuous farming can increase its production. Results also suggest that phenolic content under different agronomic practices, has not shown significant differences but organically grown rice has proven to be better in higher accumulation of other secondary metabolites (2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH, flavonoid content, and ferrous chelating capacity. In nutshell, genetic traits and environment have significant effect on phenolic compounds and the least variation reported under agronomic practices.

  18. Trait stacking for biotech crops: an essential consideration for agbiotech development projects for building trust

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    Ezezika Obidimma C

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The development of agricultural biotechnology humanitarian projects for food security in the last five years has been rapid in developing countries and is expected to rise sharply over the coming years. An extremely critical issue in these projects involves building trust with the community and farmers they aim to serve. For the first time, our social audit engagement with one of these initiatives, the Water Efficient Maize for Africa project, has revealed that a critical but unrecognized component of building trust with farmers involves publicly addressing the concerns surrounding stacked trait crops. As a result, we argue in this article that it is critical to actively anticipate the concerns that could be raised over trait stacking by incorporating them into global access plans of such initiatives early in order to facilitate adoption, provide the best value to the small-scale farmer and gain trust with the community whom these projects aim to serve. This perspective, based on an actual international social audit, should be of value to scientists, funders and partners involved in biotech development initiatives for food security.

  19. Performance, rumen development, and carcass traits of male calves fed starter concentrate with crude glycerin

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    Raylon Pereira Maciel

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT The objective of this study was to assess the effects of including crude glycerin in the diet on intake, performance, rumen development, and carcass traits of dairy crossbred veal calves fed starter concentrate containing 0, 80, 160, and 240 g kg−1 crude glycerin. Twenty-eight calves with an average weight of 38.03±6.7 kg and five days of age were distributed in a completely randomized design with four treatments with seven replications. Calves were individually housed in covered stalls equipped with feeders and drinkers for 56 days. The calf response to inclusion of crude glycerin in the concentrate changed over the weeks and the inclusion level of 240 g kg−1 resulted in greater dry matter intake and average daily gain. There was no effect on the final weight and total weight gain of the animals, with mean values of 73.60 and 35.16 kg, respectively. The weight of the rumen-reticulum adjusted for body weight, empty body weight, and total stomach weight increased linearly with the inclusion of crude glycerin. Blood total protein, globulin, urea, cholesterol, gamma glutamyl transferase, aspartate aminotransferase, and alkaline phosphatase concentrations did not differ among treatments. Carcass traits and meat color were not affected. Crude glycerin can be added to dairy calf starter concentrate up to 240 g kg−1 dry matter because it benefits concentrate intake, performance, and rumen development without affecting animal health.

  20. Agronomic, cytogenetic, and isoenzymatic characterizations of oat somaclones

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    Lizete Augustin

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    Full Text Available Immature embryo-derived somaclones regenerated from genotypes UPF 12, UPF 89S080 and UFRGS 7 were analyzed for eight agronomic traits and two enzymatic systems in order to evaluate the potential of tissue cultures to induce genetic variability in oats (Avena sativa L.. Some somaclones were also analyzed cytogenetically. Agronomic traits were evaluated in the field for all somaclones in 1993 and 1994. Bi-directional variation (P Para avaliar o potencial da cultura de tecidos na indução de variabilidade genética em aveia (Avena sativa L., somaclones regenerados de embriões imaturos dos genótipos UPF 12, UPF 89S080 e UFRGS 7 foram analisados em relação a oito características agronômicas e dois sistemas enzimáticos. A avaliação foi realizada em dois anos consecutivos, 1993 e 1994, em relação aos caracteres agronômicos. Foram observadas variações bidirecionais significativas (P < 0.05 para todos os caracteres, sendo que a freqüência média de variações detectadas em 1993, em populações somaclonais provenientes dos genótipos UPF 12 e UPF 89S080, foi de 35,2%. A maioria das alterações observadas em 1993 se mantiveram em 1994. A análise isoenzimática mostrou variações para os dois sistemas enzimáticos em quatro somaclones. A freqüência de anormalidades citogenéticas, de uma forma geral, foi baixa, porém mesmo nos somaclones onde a mesma foi alta, estas anormalidades não se refletiram na estabilidade meiótica. O processo de cultura de tecidos como gerador de variabilidade apresenta potencial como estratégia de apoio aos programas de melhoramento genético de aveia.

  1. Participatory assessment of potato production constraints and trait preferences in potato cultivar development in Rwanda

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    Jean Baptiste Muhinyuza

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Potato (Solanum tuberosum L. is the major food and cash crop in the highland regions of Rwanda. However, farmers are not integrated into the potato breeding process. The objectives of this research were to identify farmers’ key potato production constraints and establish preferred traits in potato cultivar development in Rwanda. A participatory rural appraisal (PRA study was conducted through structured survey involving 144 households and 22 focus groups with 258 participants in Musanze, Gicumbi and Nyamagabe districts. The structured survey used a questionnaire administered to farmers to collect information on importance of potatoes and other main crops. While focus groups discussions used matrix scoring of key production constraints and pair-wise ranking of traits. Potato is the most important food and cash crop, followed by maize, beans and wheat. The dominant potato varieties are Kirundo, Cruza, Mabondo and Victoria. The most important potato production constraints are lack of access to credit, lack of high yielding cultivars, insufficient clean seeds and late blight disease. Variety Mabondo is the most tolerant to late blight, followed by Cruza, Kirundo, Kinigi and Rutuku in all the districts. High yield, disease tolerance and high dry matter content are the most important attributes preferred by farmers. Active farmer participation in early breeding stages is critical for a successful potato breeding programme.

  2. Effects of Pesticide Exposure on Embryonic Development and Hatchling Traits of Turtles

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    Baofeng WU; Liang LIANG; Liang MA; Weiguo DU

    2016-01-01

    Deltamethrin is a widespread environmental hormone with endocrine-disrupting properties, but its effect on embryonic development of reptiles is largely unexplored. We investigated the effects of deltamethrin on embryonic development and offspring traits in two turtle species, one with parchment-shelled eggs and the other with rigid-shelled eggs. Deltamethrin exposure during egg incubation did not affect hatching success and hatchling body size in either species. However, embryonic exposure to deltamethrin resulted in reduced hatchling locomotor performance in the red-eared slider turtle (Trachemys scripta) with parchment-shelled eggs, but not in the Chinese three-keeled pond turtle (Chinemys reevesii) with rigid-shelled eggs. These results suggest that parchment-shelled eggs are likely more vulnerable to deltamethrin than rigid-shelled eggs.

  3. Global land model development: time to shift from a plant functional type to a plant functional trait approach

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    Reich, P. B.; Butler, E. E.

    2015-12-01

    This project will advance global land models by shifting from the current plant functional type approach to one that better utilizes what is known about the importance and variability of plant traits, within a framework of simultaneously improving fundamental physiological relations that are at the core of model carbon cycling algorithms. Existing models represent the global distribution of vegetation types using the Plant Functional Typeconcept. Plant Functional Types are classes of plant species with similar evolutionary and life history withpresumably similar responses to environmental conditions like CO2, water and nutrient availability. Fixedproperties for each Plant Functional Type are specified through a collection of physiological parameters, or traits.These traits, mostly physiological in nature (e.g., leaf nitrogen and longevity) are used in model algorithms to estimate ecosystem properties and/or drive calculated process rates. In most models, 5 to 15 functional types represent terrestrial vegetation; in essence, they assume there are a total of only 5 to 15 different kinds of plants on the entire globe. This assumption of constant plant traits captured within the functional type concept has serious limitations, as a single set of traits does not reflect trait variation observed within and between species and communities. While this simplification was necessary decades past, substantial improvement is now possible. Rather than assigning a small number of constant parameter values to all grid cells in a model, procedures will be developed that predict a frequency distribution of values for any given grid cell. Thus, the mean and variance, and how these change with time, will inform and improve model performance. The trait-based approach will improve land modeling by (1) incorporating patterns and heterogeneity of traits into model parameterization, thus evolving away from a framework that considers large areas of vegetation to have near identical trait

  4. Tree species traits cause divergence in soil acidification during four decades of postagricultural forest development

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    Schrijver, An de; Frenne, Pieter de; Staelens, Jeroen;

    2012-01-01

    -depth understanding of tree species-specific effects on soil acidification is therefore crucial, particularly in view of the predicted global increases in acidifying nitrogen (N) deposition. Here, we report soil acidification rates in a chronosequence of broadleaved deciduous forests planted on former arable land......A change in land use from agriculture to forest generally increases soil acidity. However, it remains unclear to what extent plant traits can enhance or mitigate soil acidification caused by atmospheric deposition. Soil acidification is detrimental for the survival of many species. An in...... in Belgium. This region receives one of the highest loads of potentially acidifying atmospheric deposition in Europe, which allowed us to study a ‘worst case scenario’. We show that less than four decades of forest development caused significant soil acidification. Atmospheric deposition undoubtedly...

  5. Development of an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) for Scaling Terrestrial Ecosystem Traits

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    Meng, R.; McMahon, A. M.; Serbin, S.; Rogers, A.

    2015-12-01

    The next generation of Ecosystem and Earth System Models (EESMs) will require detailed information on ecosystem structure and function, including properties of vegetation related to carbon (C), water, and energy cycling, in order to project the future state of ecosystems. High spatial-temporal resolution measurements of terrestrial ecosystem are also important for EESMs, because they can provide critical inputs and benchmark datasets for evaluation of EESMs simulations across scales. The recent development of high-quality, low-altitude remote sensing platforms or small UAS (< 25 kg) enables measurements of terrestrial ecosystems at unprecedented temporal and spatial scales. Specifically, these new platforms can provide detailed information on patterns and processes of terrestrial ecosystems at a critical intermediate scale between point measurements and suborbital and satellite platforms. Given their potential for sub-decimeter spatial resolution, improved mission safety, high revisit frequency, and reduced operation cost, these platforms are of particular interest in the development of ecological scaling algorithms to parameterize and benchmark EESMs, particularly over complex and remote terrain. Our group is developing a small UAS platform and integrated sensor package focused on measurement needs for scaling and informing ecosystem modeling activities, as well as scaling and mapping plant functional traits. To do this we are developing an integrated software workflow and hardware package using off-the-shelf instrumentation including a high-resolution digital camera for Structure from Motion, spectroradiometer, and a thermal infrared camera. Our workflow includes platform design, measurement, image processing, data management, and information extraction. The fusion of 3D structure information, thermal-infrared imagery, and spectroscopic measurements, will provide a foundation for the development of ecological scaling and mapping algorithms. Our initial focus is

  6. Personality trait development at the end of life: Antecedents and correlates of mean-level trajectories.

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    Wagner, Jenny; Ram, Nilam; Smith, Jacqui; Gerstorf, Denis

    2016-09-01

    Empirical evidence over the past 20 years has documented that key aspects of personality traits change during adulthood. However, it is essentially an open question whether and how traits change at the very end of life and what role health, cognitive performance, perceived control, and social factors play in those changes. To examine these questions, we applied growth models to 13-year longitudinal data obtained from now-deceased participants in the Berlin Aging Study (N = 463; age at baseline M = 85.9 years, SD = 8.4; 51% men). Results revealed that neuroticism, on average, increases (about 0.3 SD in the last 10 years) and that this increase becomes even steeper at the end of life. In contrast, extraversion and openness decline rather steadily at the end of life (about -0.5 SD in the last 10 years). Additionally, poor health manifested as a risk factor for declines in extraversion and openness late in life but not neuroticism. Similar to earlier phases of life, better cognitive performance related to more openness. More loneliness was associated with higher neuroticism, whereas more social activity was associated with higher levels of extraversion and openness. Intriguing additional insights indicated that more personal control was associated with higher levels of extraversion and openness, whereas the feeling that one's life is controlled by others was associated with higher neuroticism but also with higher openness closer to death. We discuss potential pathways by which health, cognitive performance, control, and social inclusion resources and risk factors affect personality development late in life. (PsycINFO Database Record PMID:26479363

  7. Analyzing the Convergent and Discriminant Validity of States and Traits: Development and Applications of Multimethod Latent State-Trait Models

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    Courvoisier, Delphine S.; Nussbeck, Fridtjof W.; Eid, Michael; Geiser, Christian; Cole, David A.

    2008-01-01

    The analysis of convergent and discriminant validity is an integral part of the construct validation process. Models for analyzing the convergent and discriminant validity have typically been developed for cross-sectional data. There exist, however, only a few approaches for longitudinal data that can be applied for analyzing the construct…

  8. URS Altiva – a new oat cultivar with high agronomic performance

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    Itamar C. Nava

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    Full Text Available The oat cultivar URS Altiva, developed from the simple cross ‘UFRGS 995090-2 x URS 21’, and released by the Oat Breeding Program of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS in 2015, presents high grain yield, high grain quality, desirable agronomic performance, and partial resistance to crown rust.

  9. Empowering breeding programs with new approaches to overcome constraints for selecting superior quality traits of rice

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    Empowering breeding programs with new approaches to overcome constraints for selecting superior quality traits of rice Mariafe N. Calingacion Most rice breeding programs have focused on improving agronomic traits such as yield, while enhancing grain quality traits such as flavour and aroma, especially of non-fragrant rices, has not been given high priority. In this study, we utilised a multi-disciplinary approach to understand better quality traits of aroma and flavour in rice grains, and to ...

  10. Know your community - Biochar: agronomic and environmental uses community

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    The “Biochar: Agronomic and Environmental Uses” Community was formed in November 2010 (https://www.agronomy.org/membership/communities/biochar-agronomic-and-environmental-uses). The community’s initial function has been providing a forum at the tri-society’s national meetings to fill the need for a ...

  11. Importance of personality traits and psychosocial factors for the development of coronary heart disease

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    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Numerous studies have provided clear and convincing evidence that psychosocial factors contribute to the pathogenesis and expression of coronary heart disease (CHD. These factors have been related to the following psychosocial domains: personality factors and character traits, depression, anxiety, social isolation and chronic life stress. The aim of this study was to estimate the influence of personality traits and psychosocial risk factors for the development of coronary heart disease. Methods. The investigation was conducted as observational cross-sectional (case-control study. Based on medical records all subjects were divided into two groups: the group of patients with CHD (61 participants, and the control group of 41 healthy participants. All participants fulfilled the Eysenck Inventory Questionnaire, Paykel stress scale and Bortner scale of A-B self-estimation. Results. The participants with CHD were shown to have lower education than healthy participants, but were comparable by gender, age and place of residence. According to the Bortner scale, most participants with CHD expressed type A personality, whereas most healthy participants expressed types B and AB. The patients with CHD achieved higher scores on the Paykel stress scale of life events, and they had the higher level of neurotic and psychotic tendencies, as well as the lower level of extroversion compared to the healthy participants. Multivariate logistic regression model identified chronic stress (odds ratio 1.018; 95% confidence interval 1.007−1.028 as an important predictor for the occurrence of coronary heart disease, when adjusted for age, gender, nourishment and blood pressure. On the other side, the lower risk for the occurrence of CHD was observed among the participants who had the higher level of extroversion (odds ratio 0.859; 95% confidence interval 0.636−0.902. Conclusion. Chronic stress and introversion can be considered important risk factors for

  12. Agronomic evaluation of guano sources by means of isotope techniques

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    Many soils of the tropics and subtropics under continuous cultivation are very infertile, thus poor yields are obtained and little crop residues remain to protect the soils from degrading erosion. External nutrient inputs in the form of chemical fertilizers, organic materials and other nutrients sources are essential for developing sustainable agricultural production systems. As chemical fertilizers are costly for developing countries with insufficient foreign currency for their purchase and their supplies are limited and irregular for small landholders, alternative nutrient sources must be sought and evaluated for use in dominant agricultural production systems. Locally available organic materials of different origin are potential sources of nutrients. One such source with high agronomic potential is guano. The present study was carried out to evaluate the agronomic effectiveness of two guano materials of different origin (Zaire and Peru) as sources of nitrogen and phosphorus as compared to chemical fertilizers (ammonium sulfate and triple superphosphate) using isotopic ( 15N and 32P) techniques. Using the classical method of comparing dry matter weight and P uptake, no significant differences among the tested guano sources were found. The use of the isotopic techniques allowed a quantitative assessment of the N and P supply to crops. Both guano materials were found to be good sources of N but in contrast were poor sources of phosphorus. In addition, from the agronomic evaluation, it was found that the guano of Zaire and the ammonium sulfate were N sources of equivalent efficiency and the guano of Peru even slightly better than the ammonium sulfate. As expected, P in the single superphosphate was as available to the P in the triple superphosphate. However, the substitution ratios for the guano sources were relatively high. Thus, 1 kg P as single superphosphate was equivalent to 9.5 kg P as guano from Zaire or 12.5 kg P as guano from Peru. Further field trials in

  13. Spectral-agronomic relationships of corn, soybean and wheat canopies

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    Bauer, M. E. (Principal Investigator); Daughtry, C. S. T.; Vanderbilt, V. C.

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    During the past six years several thousand reflectance spectra of corn, soybean, and wheat canopies were acquired and analyzed. The relationships of biophysical variables, including leaf area index, percent soil cover, chlorophyll and water content, to the visible and infrared reflectance of canopies are described. The effects on reflectance of cultural, environmental, and stress factors such as planting data, seeding rate, row spacing, cultivar, soil type and nitrogen fertilization are also examined. The conclusions are that several key agronomic variables including leaf area index, development stage and degree of stress are strongly related to spectral reflectance and that it should be possible to estimate these descriptions of crop condition from satellite acquired multispectral data.

  14. Agronomic conditions and crop evolution in ancient Near East agriculture.

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    Araus, José L; Ferrio, Juan P; Voltas, Jordi; Aguilera, Mònica; Buxó, Ramón

    2014-01-01

    The appearance of agriculture in the Fertile Crescent propelled the development of Western civilization. Here we investigate the evolution of agronomic conditions in this region by reconstructing cereal kernel weight and using stable carbon and nitrogen isotope signatures of kernels and charcoal from a set of 11 Upper Mesopotamia archaeological sites, with chronologies spanning from the onset of agriculture to the turn of the era. We show that water availability for crops, inferred from carbon isotope discrimination (Δ(13)C), was two- to fourfold higher in the past than at present, with a maximum between 10,000 and 8,000 cal BP. Nitrogen isotope composition (δ(15)N) decreased over time, which suggests cultivation occurring under gradually less-fertile soil conditions. Domesticated cereals showed a progressive increase in kernel weight over several millennia following domestication. Our results provide a first comprehensive view of agricultural evolution in the Near East inferred directly from archaeobotanical remains. PMID:24853475

  15. Agronomic Effectiveness of Partially Acidulated Phosphate Rock

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    1994-01-01

    Laboratorial incubation and field experiments were conducted on soils ranging in texture from sandy loam to clay and in pH from 3.6 to 9.0 to determine the agronomic effectiveness of single superphosphate (SSP).fused magnesium phosphate(FMP) and partially acidulated phosphate rock(PAPR) on 8 field crops.The results showed that the pattern of available P released from SSP was fixing-releasing-fixing-steady state,while that of PAPR was shortly fixing-slowly releasing-fixing steady state.And the PAPR,SSP and FMP were equally effective as judged by yield Puptake by phants and extractable P in soils after crop harvesting,The PAPR used as basal fertilizer was more effective than that as top dressing,and its residual effect was also obvious.

  16. Appetitive traits and relationships with BMI in adults: Development of the Adult Eating Behaviour Questionnaire.

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    Hunot, Claudia; Fildes, Alison; Croker, Helen; Llewellyn, Clare H; Wardle, Jane; Beeken, Rebecca J

    2016-10-01

    The Child Eating Behaviour Questionnaire (CEBQ) is a validated parent-report measure of appetitive traits associated with weight in childhood. There is currently no matched measure for use in adults. The aim of this study was to adapt the CEBQ into a self-report Adult Eating Behaviour Questionnaire (AEBQ) to explore whether the associations between appetitive traits and BMI observed in children are present in adults. Two adult samples were recruited one year apart from an online survey panel in 2013 (n = 708) and 2014 (n = 954). Both samples completed the AEBQ and self-reported their weight and height. Principal component analysis (PCA) was used to derive 35 items for the AEBQ in Sample 1 and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was used to replicate the factor structure in Sample 2. Reliability of the AEBQ was assessed using Cronbach's α and a two week test-retest in a sub-sample of 93 participants. Correlations between appetitive traits measured by the AEBQ and BMI were calculated. PCA and CFA results showed the AEBQ to be a reliable questionnaire (Cronbach's α > 0.70) measuring 8 appetitive traits similar to the CEBQ [Hunger (H), Food Responsiveness (FR), Emotional Over-Eating (EOE), Enjoyment of Food (EF), Satiety Responsiveness (SR), Emotional Under-eating (EUE), Food Fussiness (FF) and Slowness in Eating (SE)]. Associations with BMI showed FR, EF (p < 0.05) and EOE (p < 0.01) were positively associated and SR, EUE and SE (p < 0.01) were negatively associated. Overall, the AEBQ appears to be a reliable measure of appetitive traits in adults which translates well from the validated child measure. Adults with a higher BMI had higher scores for 'food approach' traits (FR, EOE and EF) and lower scores for 'food avoidance' traits (SR, EUE and SE). PMID:27215837

  17. Trait-based representation of biological nitrification: Model development, testing, and predicted community composition

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    Nick eBouskill

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Trait-based microbial models show clear promise as tools to represent the diversity and activity of microorganisms across ecosystem gradients. These models parameterize specific traits that determine the relative fitness of an ‘organism’ in a given environment, and represent the complexity of biological systems across temporal and spatial scales. In this study we introduce a microbial community trait-based modeling framework (MicroTrait focused on nitrification (MicroTrait-N that represents the ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB and ammonia-oxidizing archaea (AOA and nitrite oxidizing bacteria (NOB using traits related to enzyme kinetics and physiological properties. We used this model to predict nitrifier diversity, ammonia (NH3 oxidation rates and nitrous oxide (N2O production across pH, temperature and substrate gradients. Predicted nitrifier diversity was predominantly determined by temperature and substrate availability, the latter was strongly influenced by pH. The model predicted that transient N2O production rates are maximized by a decoupling of the AOB and NOB communities, resulting in an accumulation and detoxification of nitrite to N2O by AOB. However, cumulative N2O production (over six month simulations is maximized in a system where the relationship between AOB and NOB is maintained. When the reactions uncouple, the AOB become unstable and biomass declines rapidly, resulting in decreased NH3 oxidation and N2O production. We evaluated this model against site level chemical datasets from the interior of Alaska and accurately simulated NH3 oxidation rates and the relative ratio of AOA:AOB biomass. The predicted community structure and activity indicate (a parameterization of a small number of traits may be sufficient to broadly characterize nitrifying community structure and (b changing decadal trends in climate and edaphic conditions could impact nitrification rates in ways that are not captured by extant biogeochemical models.

  18. Trait Impulsivity and Anhedonia: Two Gateways for the Development of Impulse Control Disorders in Parkinson's Disease?

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    Houeto, Jean-Luc; Magnard, Robin; Dalley, Jeffrey W; Belin, David; Carnicella, Sebastien

    2016-01-01

    Apathy and impulsivity are two major comorbid syndromes of Parkinson's disease (PD) that may represent two extremes of a behavioral spectrum modulated by dopamine-dependent processes. PD is characterized by a progressive loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta to which are attributed the cardinal motor symptoms of the disorder. Dopamine replacement therapy (DRT), used widely to treat these motor symptoms, is often associated with deficits in hedonic processing and motivation, including apathy and depression, as well as impulse control disorders (ICDs). ICDs comprise pathological gambling, hypersexuality, compulsive shopping, binge eating, compulsive overuse of dopaminergic medication, and punding. More frequently observed in males with early onset PD, ICDs are associated not only with comorbid affective symptoms, such as depression and anxiety, but also with behavioral traits, such as novelty seeking and impulsivity, as well as with personal or familial history of alcohol use. This constellation of associated risk factors highlights the importance of inter-individual differences in the vulnerability to develop comorbid psychiatric disorders in PD patients. Additionally, withdrawal from DRT in patients with ICDs frequently unmasks a severe apathetic state, suggesting that apathy and ICDs may be caused by overlapping neurobiological mechanisms within the cortico-striato-thalamo-cortical networks. We suggest that altered hedonic and impulse control processes represent distinct prodromal substrates for the development of these psychiatric symptoms, the etiopathogenic mechanisms of which remain unknown. Specifically, we argue that deficits in hedonic and motivational states and impulse control are mediated by overlapping, yet dissociable, neural mechanisms that differentially interact with DRT to promote the emergence of ICDs in vulnerable individuals. Thus, we provide a novel heuristic framework for basic and clinical research to better

  19. Effect of selection for productive traits in broiler maternal lines on embryo development

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    Schmidt GS

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available This study used 300 females and 30 males with 36 weeks of age from the selected PP and control PPc maternal broiler lines. PP has been selected for heavy body weight (PC and high egg production for eight generations. Fertile eggs were collected and weighed individually for 4 periods of 5 consecutive days at two-week intervals. In each period, a total of 960 eggs/line were identified and separated in groups of 240 eggs, and stored for later incubation. Embryo weight (PE was evaluated at 9 (P9, 11 (P11, 13 (P13, 15 (P15, 17 (P17 and 21 (P21 days of incubation. The objective was to estimate the effect of selection on embryo development. Egg weight (PO was similar between the two lines. The differences in PE were significant from P15 on, resulting in 1.9g of difference in the chick weight, indicating correlated genetic changes in the embryo development, which can be credited to the selection for PC. Changes in PE while PO was kept unaltered modified the correlations between these two traits. Differences were significant from P13 on and estimated correlations for P21 were 0.72 and 0.70 for PP and PPc, respectively. Chick weight corresponded to 70.91% (PP and 68.48% (PPc of egg weight. The estimated increase in P21 that resulted from the increase of 1.0g in PO was 0.71 in PP and 0.68g in PPc.

  20. Trait impulsivity and anhedonia: two gateways for the development of impulse control disorders in Parkinson's disease?

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    Jean-Luc eHoueto

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Apathy and impulsivity are two major comorbid syndromes of Parkinson’s disease (PD that may represent two extremes of a behavioral spectrum modulated by dopamine-dependent processes. PD is characterized by a progressive loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta to which are attributed the cardinal motor symptoms of the disorder. Dopamine replacement therapy (DRT, used widely to treat these motor symptoms, is often associated with deficits in hedonic processing and motivation, including apathy and depression, as well as impulse control disorders (ICDs. ICDs comprise pathological gambling, hypersexuality, compulsive shopping, binge eating, compulsive overuse of dopaminergic medication, and punding. More frequently observed in males with early onset PD, ICDs are associated not only with co-morbid affective symptoms such as depression and anxiety, but also with behavioral traits such as novelty seeking and impulsivity, as well as with personal or familial history of alcohol use. This constellation of associated risk factors highlights the importance of inter-individual differences in the vulnerability to develop comorbid psychiatric disorders in PD patients. Additionally, withdrawal from DRT in patients with ICDs frequently unmasks a severe apathetic state, suggesting that apathy and ICDs may be caused by overlapping neurobiological mechanisms within the cortico-striato-thalamo-cortical networks. We suggest that altered hedonic and impulse control processes represent distinct prodromal substrates for the development of these psychiatric symptoms, the etiopathogenic mechanisms of which remain unknown. Specifically, we argue that deficits in hedonic and motivational states and impulse control are mediated by overlapping, yet dissociable, neural mechanisms that differentially interact with DRT to promote the emergence of ICDs in vulnerable individuals. We thus provide a novel heuristic framework for basic and clinical

  1. Ecosensitivity and genetic polymorphism of somatic traits in the perinatal development of twins.

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    Waszak, Małgorzata; Cieślik, Krystyna; Skrzypczak-Zielińska, Marzena; Szalata, Marlena; Wielgus, Karolina; Kempiak, Joanna; Bręborowicz, Grzegorz; Słomski, Ryszard

    2016-04-01

    In view of criticism regarding the usefulness of heritability coefficients, the aim of this study was to analyze separately the information on genetic and environmental variability. Such an approach, based on the normalization of trait's variability for its value, is determined by the coefficients of genetic polymorphism (Pg) and ecosensitivity (De). The studied material included 1263 twin pairs of both sexes (among them 424 pairs of monozygotic twins and 839 pairs of dizygotic twins) born between the 22nd and 41st week of gestation. Variability of six somatic traits was analyzed. The zygosity of same-sex twins was determined based on the polymorphism of DNA from lymphocytes of the umbilical cord blood, obtained at birth. The coefficients of genetic polymorphism and ecosensitivity for analyzed traits of male and female twins born at various months of gestation were calculated. Our study revealed that a contribution of the genetic component predominated over that of the environmental component in determining the phenotypic variability of somatic traits of newborns from twin pregnancies. The genetically determined phenotypic variability in male twins was greater than in the females. The genetic polymorphism and ecosensitivity of somatic traits were relatively stable during the period of fetal ontogeny analyzed in this study. Only in the case of body weight, a slight increase in the genetic contribution of polygenes to the phenotypic variance could be observed with gestational age, along with a slight decrease in the influence of environmental factors.

  2. Assessment of genetic diversity in Indian rice germplasm (Oryza sativa L.): use of random versus trait-linked microsatellite markers

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    Sheel Yadav; Ashutosh Singh; M. R. Singh; Nitika Goel; K. K. Vinod; T. Mohapatra; A. K. Singh

    2013-12-01

    Assessment of genetic diversity in a crop germplasm is a vital part of plant breeding. DNA markers such as microsatellite or simple sequence repeat markers have been widely used to estimate the genetic diversity in rice. The present study was carried out to decipher the pattern of genetic diversity in terms of both phenotypic and genotypic variability, and to assess the efficiency of random vis-à-vis QTL linked/gene based simple sequence repeat markers in diversity estimation. A set of 88 rice accessions that included landraces, farmer’s varieties and popular Basmati lines were evaluated for agronomic traits and molecular diversity. The random set of SSR markers included 50 diversity panel markers developed under IRRI’s Generation Challenge Programme (GCP) and the trait-linked/gene based markers comprised of 50 SSR markers reportedly linked to yield and related components. For agronomic traits, significant variability was observed, ranging between the maximum for grains/panicle and the minimum for panicle length. The molecular diversity based grouping indicated that varieties from a common centre were genetically similar, with few exceptions. The trait-linked markers gave an average genetic dissimilarity of 0.45 as against that of 0.37 by random markers, along with an average polymorphic information constant value of 0.48 and 0.41 respectively. The correlation between the kinship matrix generated by trait-linked markers and the phenotype based distance matrix (0.29) was higher than that of random markers (0.19). This establishes the robustness of trait-linked markers over random markers in estimating genetic diversity of rice germplasm.

  3. Effect of Within-Row Spacing on Agronomical and Morphological Characteristics of the Flue-Cured Tobacco Cultivars

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    Miroslav Bukan

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available In flue-cured tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L. production the aim is improvement of yield and quality (usability of cured leaf. This has been achieved through development of new cultivars and adjustment of cultural practices. In Croatia, most of the flue-cured tobacco is grown at plant spacing of 45 cm within and 100 cm between rows, i.e. at planting density of about 22,000 plants per ha. In order to evaluate the effect of decreased planting density on agronomic and morphological characteristics of flue-cured tobacco, field experiments with six flue-cured tobacco cultivars and two within row plant spacings (45 and 55 cm were conducted at two locations in the main Croatian flue-cured tobacco growing regions, over four years (2005 to 2008. Wider spacing within rows resulted in 396.12 kg ha-1 higher yield and 861.01 $ ha-1 higher value than the closer spacing. Change in price was not significant. Length, width, and leaf area of the 9th leaf also increased significantly at 55 cm within row spacing, while plant height and leaf number were unchanged. Cultivar x plant spacing and environment x plant spacing interactions were not significant for the studied traits. Results indicate that higher yield, higher value and good quality of cured tobacco leaf could be produced at 55 cm within row spacing (about 18,000 plants per ha.

  4. Evaluation Of The Impact Of Chemical And Biological Fertiliser Application On Agronomical Traits Of Safflower (Carthamus Tinctorius L.) / Íîmiskâ Un Bioloìiskâ Mçslojuma Pielietojuma Ietekme Uz Saflora (Carthamus Tinctorius L.) Agronomiskâm Pazîmçm

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    Janmohammadi Mohsen

    2015-01-01

    In order to investigate the influence of biological and chemical fertilisers on morphological traits, yield and yield components of safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.), a field experiment was conducted in Maragheh (37°23' N; 46°16' E), in north western Iran, for one year in the 2014 growing season. The effect of seven treatments was evaluated: T1 - control (no fertiliser application), T2 - seed inoculation with P biofertiliser (contains phosphate solubilising bacteria; Pantoea agglomerans str...

  5. Evaluation Of The Impact Of Chemical And Biological Fertiliser Application On Agronomical Traits Of Safflower (Carthamus Tinctorius L. / Íîmiskâ Un Bioloìiskâ Mçslojuma Pielietojuma Ietekme Uz Saflora (Carthamus Tinctorius L. Agronomiskâm Pazîmçm

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    Janmohammadi Mohsen

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available In order to investigate the influence of biological and chemical fertilisers on morphological traits, yield and yield components of safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L., a field experiment was conducted in Maragheh (37°23' N; 46°16' E, in north western Iran, for one year in the 2014 growing season. The effect of seven treatments was evaluated: T1 - control (no fertiliser application, T2 - seed inoculation with P biofertiliser (contains phosphate solubilising bacteria; Pantoea agglomerans strain P5 and Pseudomonas putida strain P13, T3 - seed inoculation with N biofertiliser (contains Azotobacter vinelandii strain O4, T4 - foliar application of iron chelate, T5 - soil application of complete NPK, T6: foliar application of manganese chelate, and T7 - foliar application of zinc sulphate. The result showed that although application of N biofertiliser did not have a significant effect on the evaluated traits, P biofertiliser slightly improved grain yield. However, the application of complete NPK fertiliser improved most of the traits, compared to the control and biofertiliser treatment. The best performance was obtained by foliar application of manganese chelate and zinc sulphate. The results showed that micronutrient-deficiencies have to be managed to unlock the potential yield of safflower in semiarid production systems.

  6. Effect of agronomical practices on carpology, fruit and oil composition, and oil sensory properties, in olive (Olea europaea L.).

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    Rosati, Adolfo; Cafiero, Caterina; Paoletti, Andrea; Alfei, Barbara; Caporali, Silvia; Casciani, Lorena; Valentini, Massimiliano

    2014-09-15

    We examined whether some agronomical practices (i.e. organic vs. conventional) affect olive fruit and oil composition, and oil sensory properties. Fruit characteristics (i.e. fresh and dry weight of pulp and pit, oil content on a fresh and dry weight basis) did not differ. Oil chemical traits did not differ except for increased content of polyphenols in the organic treatments, and some changes in the acidic composition. Sensory analysis revealed increased bitterness (both cultivars) and pungency (Frantoio) and decreased sweetness (Frantoio) in the organic treatment. Fruit metabolomic analysis with HRMAS-NMR indicated significant changes in some compounds including glycocholate, fatty acids, NADPH, NADP+, some amino acids, thymidine, trigonelline, nicotinic acid, 5,6-dihydrouracil, hesanal, cis-olefin, β-D-glucose, propanal and some unassigned species. The results suggest that agronomical practices may have effects on fruit composition that may be difficult to detect unless a broad-spectrum analysis is used.

  7. Transcriptomic analysis of potato tuber development and tuber quality traits using microarray technology

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    Kloosterman, B.A.

    2006-01-01

    The potato crop is one of the most important food crops in the world and in order to understand how in potato plants the formation of potato tubers and the determination of different tuber quality traits are regulated, we need to identify and characterize the genes that are involved in regulating th

  8. Development of Claw Traits and Claw Lesions in Dairy Cows kept on different floor systems

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    Somers, J.G.C.J.; Schouten, W.G.P.; Frankena, K.; Noordhuizen-Stassen, E.N.; Metz, J.H.M.

    2005-01-01

    Several claw shape measurements, horn hardness, and horn growth and wear were recorded monthly at 12 dairy farms to investigate the effect of floor type and changes in these traits over time. Herds were either housed on a slatted floor (SL), solid concrete floor (SC), grooved floor (GR), or on a str

  9. A Survey of Fertilizer Dealers: II. Sources of Agronomic Information.

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    Schmitt, M. A.

    1988-01-01

    Reports on a survey of fertilizer dealers that was conducted to assess how the dealers were obtaining their agronomic information, aside from formal training sessions, and determine if these sources of information were satisfactory in fulfilling the dealers' needs. (TW)

  10. A Survey of Fertilizer Dealers: I. Sources of Agronomic Training.

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    Schmitt, M. A.

    1988-01-01

    Reports on a survey of fertilizer dealers which was conducted to: assess where and from whom local fertilizer dealers obtain agronomic training; evaluate the effectiveness of various dealer training; and determine the needs and objectives of future training programs. (TW)

  11. Integrating Agronomic Principles with Management Experience in Introductory Agronomy.

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    Vorst, J. J.

    1989-01-01

    Explains the use of a cropping systems project to teach agronomic principles and crop management techniques, and to enhance communication skills. Provides a sample progress report instructions sheet which was used for the project. (Author/RT)

  12. Effect on the Agronomic Traits and Yield of Rice at Harvesting Stage after Applying Foliar Fertilizer Megafoi at Late-mid Stage of Rice%叶面肥美加富(Megafol)对水稻收获期农艺性状及产量构成的影响

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    谭乾开; 黎华寿; 郑小红; 郑海; 邱欢; 黎素霞; 吴勇聪

    2011-01-01

    Foliage fertilizer Megafol, made by Valagro Company of Italy, is a plant growth promoter which is rich in organic nitrogen such as peptide, amino acid etc and microelement like chelating state iron, zinc, manganese and so on. To study the effects and the reasonable usage of foliage fertilizer Megafol in rice, the agronomic characters and yield components of rice in the late-mid period were compared and analyzed troughexperiment in multipoint field in this study. Three treatments were designed as follows: 675 mL/hm2 Megafol were sprayed in Changmei Village Niujiang Town Feiji tong (NJ Megafol) and Zhongan village Juntang town Antong experimental area (JT Megafol); water of 675 mL/hm2 was used as control. Besides, the water of 675 mL/hm2 was sprayed to the area within 20 cm (the first line) to the ridge which called Korshinskii edge line (NJ Marginal) in Changmei Village Niujiang Town Feiji tong as the second control. Results showed that the application of foliar Megafol in rice break period could significantly improve the distribution of dry matter production to grain. In the agronomic characters, the plant height of rice in the test field of JT (Megafol) 1 (109.76 ±7.51) cm were extremely significant higher than that in JTCK3 (82.19 ±7.29) cm; the stem base diameter in JT(Megafol)3 (4.82 ± 0.79) cm were exceedingly significant different compared to JTCK3 (3.20±0.42)cm; the setting percentage in JT (Megafol)l (90.16±3.59)% were also extremely significantly higher than that in NJCK3 (69.24± 16.79)%; the thousand kernel weight (TKW) of JT (Megafol)3[(23.05±1.56) g wereexceedingly significantly higher compared to JTCK1 (20.28±1.20) g. These results increase the grains per plant to improve the rice yield per unit area in the Megafol treated field, among which the theoretical yield of JT (Megafol)2 test field even reached as high as (6318.75 ±130.05) kg/hm2. Meanwhile, foliar fertilizer Megafol could enhance plant resistance and leaf area index in harvest time

  13. Personality traits and personality disorders in older women: an explorative study between normal development and psychopathology.

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    Henriques-Calado, Joana; Duarte-Silva, Maria Eugénia; Keong, Ana Marta; Sacoto, Carlota; Junqueira, Diana

    2014-01-01

    The relationships between Axis II personality disorders (DSM-IV) and the Five-Factor Model (FFM) were explored in older women. The sample consists of 90 participants (M = 72.29 years, SD = 7.10) who were administered the NEO-Five-Factor Inventory and the Personality Diagnostic Questionnaire. The highest prevalence of A and C clusters and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder was observed. Also, elevated neuroticism and decreased agreeableness and openness appear as valuable traits in the description of psychopathology. The study of maladaptive personality functioning within an aging population can be described with the same traits that underlie normal personality functioning, extending the range of psychopathology to a dimensional approach.

  14. FishTraits Database

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    Angermeier, Paul L.; Frimpong, Emmanuel A.

    2009-01-01

    The need for integrated and widely accessible sources of species traits data to facilitate studies of ecology, conservation, and management has motivated development of traits databases for various taxa. In spite of the increasing number of traits-based analyses of freshwater fishes in the United States, no consolidated database of traits of this group exists publicly, and much useful information on these species is documented only in obscure sources. The largely inaccessible and unconsolidated traits information makes large-scale analysis involving many fishes and/or traits particularly challenging. FishTraits is a database of >100 traits for 809 (731 native and 78 exotic) fish species found in freshwaters of the conterminous United States, including 37 native families and 145 native genera. The database contains information on four major categories of traits: (1) trophic ecology, (2) body size and reproductive ecology (life history), (3) habitat associations, and (4) salinity and temperature tolerances. Information on geographic distribution and conservation status is also included. Together, we refer to the traits, distribution, and conservation status information as attributes. Descriptions of attributes are available here. Many sources were consulted to compile attributes, including state and regional species accounts and other databases.

  15. Molecular and Morpho-Agronomical Characterization of Root Architecture at Seedling and Reproductive Stages for Drought Tolerance in Wheat.

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    Tomar, Ram Sewak Singh; Tiwari, Sushma; Vinod; Naik, Bhojaraja K; Chand, Suresh; Deshmukh, Rupesh; Mallick, Niharika; Singh, Sanjay; Singh, Nagendra Kumar; Tomar, S M S

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    Water availability is a major limiting factor for wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) production in rain-fed agricultural systems worldwide. Root architecture is important for water and nutrition acquisition for all crops, including wheat. A set of 158 diverse wheat genotypes of Australian (72) and Indian (86) origin were studied for morpho-agronomical traits in field under irrigated and drought stress conditions during 2010-11 and 2011-12.Out of these 31 Indian wheat genotypes comprising 28 hexaploid (Triticum aestivum L.) and 3 tetraploid (T. durum) were characterized for root traits at reproductive stage in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes. Roots of drought tolerant genotypes grew upto137cm (C306) as compared to sensitive one of 63cm with a mean value of 94.8cm. Root architecture traits of four drought tolerant (C306, HW2004, HD2888 and NI5439) and drought sensitive (HD2877, HD2012, HD2851 and MACS2496) genotypes were also observed at 6 and 9 days old seedling stage. The genotypes did not show any significant variation for root traits except for longer coleoptiles and shoot and higher absorptive surface area in drought tolerant genotypes. The visible evaluation of root images using WinRhizo Tron root scanner of drought tolerant genotype HW2004 indicated compact root system with longer depth while drought sensitive genotype HD2877 exhibited higher horizontal root spread and less depth at reproductive stage. Thirty SSR markers were used to study genetic variation which ranged from 0.12 to 0.77 with an average value of 0.57. The genotypes were categorized into three subgroups as highly tolerant, sensitive, moderately sensitive and tolerant as intermediate group based on UPGMA cluster, STRUCTURE and principal coordinate analyses. The genotypic clustering was positively correlated to grouping based on root and morpho-agronomical traits. The genetic variability identified in current study demonstrated these traits can be used to improve drought tolerance and association

  16. Genetic control of soybean seed isoflavone content: importance of statistical model and epistasis in complex traits

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    Gutierrez-Gonzalez, Juan Jose; Wu, Xiaolei; Zhang, Juan; Lee, Jeong-Dong; Ellersieck, Mark; Shannon, J. Grover; Yu, Oliver; Nguyen, Henry T.; Sleper, David A.

    2009-01-01

    A major objective for geneticists is to decipher genetic architecture of traits associated with agronomic importance. However, a majority of such traits are complex, and their genetic dissection has been traditionally hampered not only by the number of minor-effect quantitative trait loci (QTL) but also by genome-wide interacting loci with little or no individual effect. Soybean (Glycine max [L.] Merr.) seed isoflavonoids display a broad range of variation, even in genetically stabilized line...

  17. Nitrogen fertilization of fall panicum cultivars (Panicum dichotomiflorum Michx.): biochemical and agronomical aspects

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    Soratto Rogério Peres; Lima Eduardo do Valle; Silva Tiago Roque Benetoli da; Boaro Carmen Sílvia Fernandes; Cataneo Ana Catarina

    2004-01-01

    Information on improved fall panicum cultivars and agronomical pratices is scarce because of the relatively small importance of this crop in Brazil. The present study aimed to evaluate levels of nitrogen sidedressing on plant development and biochemical characteristics of two fall panicum cultivars. The experiment was set up under plastic tunnel conditions in Botucatu, São Paulo, Brazil, with plants growing inside asbestos-cement boxes. The experimental design was a randomized block setup and...

  18. Effects of Cold and Heat Stress on Egg Quality Traits of a Newly Developed Native Hybrid Layer

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    İsmail Durmuş

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available ATAK-S is a newly developed native hybrid layer. Although the laying performance of this hybrid has been studied and determined, the performance response of the hybrid to different environmental temperature conditions is not known. This study was therefore undertaken to determine the effect of cold and heat stress on egg quality traits. Hens were divided into three different groups; control (20°C, low (12°C and high (32°C. A total of 360 hens, with 120 in each of the groups, were used in the study. Hens were held in three tier battery cages in an environmentally controlled poultry house. The study lasted for 3 weeks. No differences were found among different groups in terms of shape index, albumen height and Haugh unit of the egg quality traits. It was found that the differences among the heat groups in terms of egg shell breaking strength, egg weight, shell thickness and yolk colour were significant and the value of these traits decreased under the heat stress conditions, whereas they were not affected from the cold stress.

  19. Potentials of engineered nanoparticles as fertilizers for increasing agronomic productions.

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    Liu, Ruiqiang; Lal, Rattan

    2015-05-01

    Development and application of new types of fertilizers using innovative nanotechnology are one of the potentially effective options of significantly enhancing the global agricultural productions needed to meet the future demands of the growing population. Indeed, the review of available literature indicates that some engineered nanomaterials can enhance plant-growth in certain concentration ranges and could be used as nanofertilizers in agriculture to increase agronomic yields of crops and/or minimize environmental pollution. This article summarizes this type of nanomaterials under four categories: macronutrient nanofertilizers, micronutrient nanofertilizers, nutrient-loaded nanofertilizers, and plant-growth-enhancing nanomaterials. Each category is discussed respectively with reference to nanomaterials' chemical composition, particle size, concentrations applied, benefited plant species, plant incubation methods, and plant-growth enhancement aspects and the rates. The importance, research directions, and research requirements of each nanofertilizer category for achieving sustainable agriculture are also specifically examined. Finally, this review suggests that development of N and P macronutrient nanofertilizers is a high research and development priority both for food production and environmental protection.

  20. Características agronómicas y contenido de Fe y Zn en el grano de frijol tipo Rosa de Castilla (Phaseolus vulgaris L. Agronomic traits and Fe and Zn content in the grain of common Rosa de Castilla type bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.

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    Yanet Jiménez-Hernández

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available El frijol de tipo Rosa de Castilla (RC es popular en áreas de Guanajuato, San Luis Potosí y Zacatecas, donde se produce bajo temporal. El objetivo fue comparar características agronómicas de 22 colectas de tipo RC con dos variedades mejoradas de tipo Flor de Mayo (FM bajo condiciones de temporal. El experimento se estableció en 2008 en dos localidades de Guanajuato, Celaya (1 785 msnm y Ocampo (2 200 msnm y una de San Luis Potosí, Villa de Arriaga (2 200 msnm. Se utilizó un diseño de bloques completos al azar. En las localidades de Guanajuato se determinaron características fenologicas y la reacción a enfermedades y en las tres se determino el rendimiento y peso de 100 semillas y a una muestra de semilla de cada material se le determino el contenido de hierro y Zinc. Se observaron diferencias significativas (p 1 300 kg ha-¹, lo obtuvieron las colectas RCG08001, RCA06001 y RCZ06001. El promedio del peso de 100 semillas más alto lo obtuvo la colecta RCSLP 08001 con 40.2 g. Las colectas sobresalientes por contenido de minerales fueron RCG 08011 y RCZ06001 con más de 65 y 40 ppm para Fe y Zn, respectivamente. En comparación con los testigos, las colectas mostraron ciclo largo y susceptibilidad a la roya y al tizón de halo.The 'Rosa de Castilla' type bean is popular in areas of Guanajuato, San Luis Potosí and Zacatecas, where it is produced under rainfed conditions. The aim of this research was to compare the agronomic characteristics of 22 RC accessions with two bred cultivars of the Flor de Mayo type beans grown under rainfed conditions. The trial was established during 2008 under rainfall conditions in two locations in the state of Guanajuato: Celaya (1 785 masl and Ocampo (2 200 masl, as well as one in San Luis Potosí, in Villa de Arriaga (2 200 masl. A complete random block design was used. At the locations in Guanajuato, phenological characteristics and reactions to diseases were established, and in all three locations, seed

  1. Agronomic efficiency of intercropping tomato and lettuce

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    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Four experiments were carried out at the São Paulo State University, Brazil, with the aim of determining the agronomic viability of intercropping tomato and lettuce, under greenhouse conditions. The studied intercropping systems were established by transplanting lettuce at 0, 10, 20 and 30 days after transplanting (DAT tomato and by transplanting tomato at 0, 10, 20 and 30 DAT lettuce. Intercropped tomato and lettuce were evaluated during two seasons and compared to their sole cropping. The experimental design was a randomized complete block with nine treatments. The productivity and the classification of the tomato fruits were not influenced by having lettuce intercropped with it, but lettuce production was lowered when tomato was intercropped with it. The longer the delay in lettuce transplanting, the greater the reduction in its productivity. There was an effect of cropping season on the extent of the agronomic advantage of intercropping over sole cropping. In the first cropping season, intercropping established by transplanting lettuce during the interval between 30 days before up to 20 DAT tomato yielded land use efficiency (LUE indices of 1.63 to 2.22. In the second period, intercropping established with the transplanting of lettuce up to 30 days before tomato yielded LUE indices of 1.57 to 2.05.Quatro experimentos foram conduzidos na Unesp, Brasil, com o objetivo de determinar a viabilidade agronômica de cultivos consorciados de alface e tomate em ambiente protegido. Consórcios estabelecidos por transplantes da alface aos 0, 10, 20 e 30 dias após o transplante (DAT do tomate e de tomate aos 0, 10, 20 e 30 DAT da alface, foram avaliados em duas épocas e comparados às suas monoculturas. Cada experimento foi conduzido em delineamento de blocos ao acaso, com nove tratamentos. Verificou-se que a produtividade do tomate e a classificação dos frutos não foram influenciadas pela alface, mas a produção da alface foi menor em cons

  2. Evaluation of selenium and carotenoid concentrations of 200 foxtail millet accessions from China and their correlations with agronomic performance

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    LIU Min-xuan; ZHANG Zong-wen; REN Gui-xing; ZHANG Qi; WANG Yin-yue; LU Ping

    2016-01-01

    As selenium and carotenoids are essential micronutrients, the determination of their concentrations in different varieties is important in the breeding of foxtail milet (Setaria italicaL. P.Beauv.). To identify selenium- and carotenoid-enriched foxtail milet varieties and to analyze correlations between trace elements and agronomic traits, we measured the selenium and carotenoid concentrations of 200 Chinese accessions by high-performance liquid chromatography and atomic lfuorescence spectrometry. Our analysis revealed that lutein concentration in 200 foxtail milet accessions folowed normal distribution and average was 3.1 μg g–1. The mean value of zeaxanthin concentration in 200 accessions was 8.6 μg g–1. Lutein and zeaxanthin concentrations were higher in the foxtail milet from Liaoning than in varieties from other locations, with averages of 10.0 and 3.5 μg g–1, respectively. The average measured selenium concentration was 100.3 μg kg–1. The highest average selenium concentration, 110.3 μg kg–1, was found in varieties from Shanxi. Varieties from Inner Mongolia had the lowest average selenium concentration, 84.7 μg kg–1, which was signiifcantly lower (P4.27 μg g–1) and 30 zeaxanthin-enriched ones (>12.63 μg g–1), which corresponded to 14.5 and 15% of tested accessions, respectively. Correlation analysis revealed that selenium concentration was signiifcantly positively correlated with spikelet length (P<0.01), while zeaxanthin concentration was signiifcantly correlated with grass weight (P<0.05) and spikelet length (P<0.01). No correlation was found between lutein concentration and agronomic characters, selenium content or zeaxanthin content. Our results should contribute substantialy to the selection of suitable varieties for the development of plants with desired levels of these nutritionaly important elements. These results wil signiifcantly contribute towards selection of the most suitable varieties for obtaining plants with desired

  3. Transcriptomic analysis of potato tuber development and tuber quality traits using microarray technology

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    2006-01-01

    The potato crop is one of the most important food crops in the world and in order to understand how in potato plants the formation of potato tubers and the determination of different tuber quality traits are regulated, we need to identify and characterize the genes that are involved in regulating these processes. The aim of the research described in this PhD thesis was to implement a relatively new genomic tool (i.e. microarray technology) in an ongoing study to understand the process of pota...

  4. Correlation and path analysis of grain yield and morphological traits in test–cross populations of maize

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    Sreckov, Z.; Nastasic, A.; Bocanski, J.; Djalovic, I.; Vukosavljev, M.; Jockovic, B.

    2011-01-01

    One of the goals of this paper was to determine correlation between grain yield, like the most important agronomic trait, and traits of the plant and ear that are influencing on the grain yield, in two test-cross populations, which are formed by crossing progenies of NSU(1) population after 17 cycle

  5. Assessment of Environmental and Hereditary Influence on Development of Pituitary Tumors Using Dermatoglyphic Traits and Their Potential as Screening Markers.

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    Gradiser, Marina; Matovinovic Osvatic, Martina; Dilber, Dario; Bilic-Curcic, Ines

    2016-03-17

    The aim of this study was to assess environmental and hereditary influence on development of pituitary tumors using dermatoglyphic traits. The study was performed on 126 patients of both genders with pituitary tumors (60 non-functional and 66 functional pituitary tumor patients) in comparison to the control group of 400 phenotypically healthy individuals. Statistical analysis of quantitative and qualitative traits of digito-palmar dermatoglyphics was performed, and hormonal status was determined according to the standard protocols. Although we did not find markers that could specifically distinguish functional from non-functional tumors, we have found markers predisposing to the development of tumors in general (a small number of ridges between triradius of both hands, a smaller number of ridges between the triradius of c-d rc R), those for endocrine dysfunction (increased number of arches and reduced number of whorls, difference of pattern distribution in the I3 and I4 interdigital space), and some that could potentially be attributed to patients suffering from pituitary tumors (small number of ridges for variables FRR 5, smaller number of ridges in the FRL 4 of both hands and difference of pattern distribution at thenar of I1 and I2 interdigital space). The usage of dermatoglyphic traits as markers of predisposition of pituitary tumor development could facilitate the earlier detection of patients in addition to standard methods, and possibly earlier treatment and higher survival rate. Finally, our results are consistent with the hypothesis about multifactorial nature of pituitary tumor etiology comprised of both gene instability and environmental factors.

  6. Associação entre características agronômicas e capacidade de expansão em população de milho pipoca sob seleção recorrente Association between agronomical traits and popping expansion in a popcorn population under recurrent selection

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    Ramon Macedo Rangel

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se, neste trabalho, investigar a possibilidade de seleção mais eficiente por meio do uso de análise de trilha e de correlações parciais no programa de seleção recorrente da população UENF de milho pipoca. Duzentas famílias de irmãos completos foram obtidas e avaliadas quanto a oito características em dois ambientes no estado do Rio de Janeiro: Campos dos Goytacazes e Itaocara. A correlação genotípica entre capacidade de expansão e rendimento de grãos foi negativa e não significativa ao nível de 5% de probabilidade pelo teste t. A análise de trilha demonstrou ser a massa de 100 grãos, a característica mais associada à capacidade de expansão neste estudo. Há possibilidade de obtenção de resposta correlacionada em capacidade de expansão e rendimento de grãos, desde que se selecionem, entre os genótipos de maior rendimento, aqueles com menores tamanhos de grãos.The objective of this work was to investigate the possibility of a more efficient selection through path analysis and partial correlation in the breeding program of the UENF popcorn population by recurrent selection. Two hundred full-sib progenies were obtained and evaluated by eight traits in two environments in Rio de Janeiro State: Campos dos Goytacazes and Itaocara. The genotypic correlation between popping expansion and grain yield was negative and non significant at the 5% probability level by t test. Path analysis showed that mass weight of 100 grains is the most associated trait at popping expansion in this study. It is possible to obtain correlated response for popping expansion by grain yield, as long as genotypes with smaller grain size are selected from the genotypes with higher grain yield.

  7. Agronomic characteristics of five different urban waste digestates.

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    Tampio, Elina; Salo, Tapio; Rintala, Jukka

    2016-03-15

    The use of digestate in agriculture is an efficient way to recycle materials and to decrease the use of mineral fertilizers. The agronomic characteristics of the digestates can promote plant growth and soil properties after digestate fertilization but also harmful effects can arise due to digestate quality, e.g. pH, organic matter and heavy metal content. The objective of this study was to evaluate the differences and similarities in agronomic characteristics and the value of five urban waste digestates from different biogas plants treating either food waste, organic fraction of organic solid waste or a mixture of waste-activated sludge and vegetable waste. The digestate agronomic characteristics were studied with chemical analyses and the availability of nutrients was also assessed with growth experiments and soil mineralization tests. All studied urban digestates produced 5-30% higher ryegrass yields compared to a control mineral fertilizer with a similar inorganic nitrogen concentration, while the feedstock source affected the agronomic value. Food waste and organic fraction of municipal solid waste digestates were characterized by high agronomic value due to the availability of nutrients and low heavy metal load. Waste-activated sludge as part of the feedstock mixture, however, increased the heavy metal content and reduced nitrogen availability to the plant, thus reducing the fertilizer value of the digestate. PMID:26773433

  8. Agronomic characteristics of five different urban waste digestates.

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    Tampio, Elina; Salo, Tapio; Rintala, Jukka

    2016-03-15

    The use of digestate in agriculture is an efficient way to recycle materials and to decrease the use of mineral fertilizers. The agronomic characteristics of the digestates can promote plant growth and soil properties after digestate fertilization but also harmful effects can arise due to digestate quality, e.g. pH, organic matter and heavy metal content. The objective of this study was to evaluate the differences and similarities in agronomic characteristics and the value of five urban waste digestates from different biogas plants treating either food waste, organic fraction of organic solid waste or a mixture of waste-activated sludge and vegetable waste. The digestate agronomic characteristics were studied with chemical analyses and the availability of nutrients was also assessed with growth experiments and soil mineralization tests. All studied urban digestates produced 5-30% higher ryegrass yields compared to a control mineral fertilizer with a similar inorganic nitrogen concentration, while the feedstock source affected the agronomic value. Food waste and organic fraction of municipal solid waste digestates were characterized by high agronomic value due to the availability of nutrients and low heavy metal load. Waste-activated sludge as part of the feedstock mixture, however, increased the heavy metal content and reduced nitrogen availability to the plant, thus reducing the fertilizer value of the digestate.

  9. Organic complexed superphosphates (CSP): physicochemical characterization and agronomical properties.

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    Erro, Javier; Urrutia, Oscar; Baigorri, Roberto; Aparicio-Tejo, Pedro; Irigoyen, Ignacio; Storino, Francesco; Torino, Francesco; Mandado, Marcos; Yvin, Jean Claude; Garcia-Mina, Jose M

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    A new type of superphosphate (organic complexed superphosphate (CSP)) has been developed by the introduction of organic chelating agents, preferably a humic acid (HA), into the chemical reaction of single superphosphate (SSP) production. This modification yielded a product containing monocalcium phosphate complexed by the chelating organic agent through Ca bridges. Theoretically, the presence of these monocalcium-phosphate-humic complexes (MPHC) inhibits phosphate fixation in soil, thus increasing P fertilizer efficiency. This study investigateed the structural and functional features of CSP fertilizers produced employing diverse HA with different structural features. To this end were used complementary analytical techniques: solid-phase ³¹P NMR, ¹³C NMR, laser-confocal microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and molecular modeling. Finally, the agronomical efficiency of four CSP have been compared with that of SSP as P sources for wheat plants grown in both alkaline and acidic soils in greenhouse pot trials under controlled conditions. The results obtained from the diverse analytical studies showed the formation of MPHC in CSP. Plant-soil studies showed that CSP products were more efficient than SSP in providing available phosphate for wheat plants cultivated in various soils with different physicochemical features. This fact is probably associated with the ability of CSP complexes to inhibit phosphate fixation in soil. PMID:22300509

  10. Development of a Genomic Resource and Quantitative Trait Loci Mapping of Male Calling Traits in the Lesser Wax Moth, Achroia grisella.

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    Jennifer M Gleason

    Full Text Available In the study of sexual selection among insects, the Lesser Waxmoth, Achroia grisella (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae, has been one of the more intensively studied species over the past 20 years. Studies have focused on how the male calling song functions in pair formation and on the quantitative genetics of male song characters and female preference for the song. Recent QTL studies have attempted to elucidate the genetic architecture of male song and female preference traits using AFLP markers. We continued these QTL studies using SNP markers derived from an EST library that allowed us to measure both DNA sequence variation and map loci with respect to the lepidopteran genome. We report that the level of sequence variation within A. grisella is typical among other Lepidoptera that have been examined, and that comparison with the Bombyx mori genome shows that macrosynteny is conserved. Our QTL map shows that a QTL for a male song trait, pulse-pair rate, is situated on the Z chromosome, a prediction for sexually selected traits in Lepidoptera. Our findings will be useful for future studies of genetic architecture of this model species and may help identify the genetics associated with the evolution of its novel acoustic communication.

  11. Multifinality in the development of personality disorders: a Biology x Sex x Environment interaction model of antisocial and borderline traits.

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    Beauchaine, Theodore P; Klein, Daniel N; Crowell, Sheila E; Derbidge, Christina; Gatzke-Kopp, Lisa

    2009-01-01

    Although antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) is more common among males and borderline PD (BPD) is more common among females, some authors have suggested that the two disorders reflect multifinal outcomes of a single etiology. This assertion is based on several overlapping symptoms and features, including trait impulsivity, emotional lability, high rates of depression and suicide, and a high likelihood of childhood abuse and/or neglect. Furthermore, rates of ASPD are elevated in the first degree relatives of those with BPD, and concurrent comorbidity rates for the two disorders are high. In this article, we present a common model of antisocial and borderline personality development. We begin by reviewing issues and problems with diagnosing and studying PDs in children and adolescents. Next, we discuss dopaminergic and serotonergic mechanisms of trait impulsivity as predisposing vulnerabilities to ASPD and BPD. Finally, we extend shared risk models for ASPD and BPD by specifying genetic loci that may confer differential vulnerability to impulsive aggression and mood dysregulation among males and impulsive self-injury and mood dysregulation among females. Although the precise mechanisms of these sex-moderated genetic vulnerabilities remain poorly understood, they appear to interact with environmental risk factors including adverse rearing environments to potentiate the development of ASPD and BPD.

  12. Correlações genotípicas, fenotípicas e de ambiente entre dez caracteres de melancia e suas implicações para o melhoramento genético Genotypic, phenotypic and environmental correlations among agronomic traits and the consequences for watermelon breeding

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    Maria Aldete J.F. Ferreira

    2003-09-01

    Full Text Available Foram estimadas as correlações genotípicas, fenotípicas e de ambiente entre os caracteres número de dias para o aparecimento da primeira flor feminina (FF; número de frutos por planta (NF; peso de frutos por planta (PF; cor (CP e espessura (EP da polpa; diâmetro longitudinal (DL e transversal (DT de frutos; teor de sólidos solúveis (TS; número de sementes (NS e peso de 100 sementes (PS por fruto. As populações de melancia B9, 'Charleston Gray', 'Crimson Sweet', 'New H. Midget', M7, P14 e B13, os 21 híbridos F1, em dialelo, e seus recíprocos foram avaliados em campo, de acordo com o delineamento em blocos ao acaso completos, com quatro repetições. Houve grande similaridade entre as estimativas das correlações genotípicas e fenotípicas investigadas. Foram verificadas correlações genotípicas importantes entre os caracteres NF e PF, DL e DT; entre PF e DL, DT, EP e TS e entre CP e FF, EP e TS. Tais correlações indicam que o aumento no número de frutos por planta está correlacionado com a redução do peso de frutos e do tamanho dos frutos (função de DL e DT e que o aumento no peso dos frutos está associado ao aumento no tamanho dos frutos, da espessura e teor de sólidos solúveis da polpa, assim como a polpa vermelha está relacionada à precocidade e ao aumento na espessura e no teor de sólidos solúveis da polpa. As associações indesejáveis entre os caracteres, como entre número de frutos por planta e cor da polpa e número de frutos por planta e teor de sólidos solúveis, não foram completas, indicando, portanto, a possibilidade de se obter indivíduos recombinantes a partir de populações segregantes sintetizadas através de intercruzamentos de populações contrastantes.Genotypic, phenotypic and environmental correlations were estimated among the following traits of watermelon: number of days to the appearance of the first female flower (FF; number of fruits per plant (NF; weight of fruit (PF; flesh color

  13. WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM TRAIT THEORIES AND CHARISMATIC-TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP?: A NOTE TO DEVELOP PERSONAL CAREER STRATEGIES

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    Wan Juli

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available This study examines how personal strategies for career advancement and leadership skills can be developed by drawing a red line from the trait theories of leadership and charismatic-transformational leadership. Shackleton's experience will provide an important example and reinforce those two theories which suggest that no leadership theories can be applied in isolation and that directly or indirectly, those theories will be manifested in a successful leader. Some challenges to the future leadership are examined in order to develop some personal career strategies that may be applicable for future careers. Five strategies (personal vision, personal development, mentoring, team building, and learning and change of future leadership career are finally suggested. The first two strategies deal with the development of personal leadership started by setting a personal mission which inspires the development of personal leadership qualities. The next two strategies, mentoring and team-building are intended to incorporate the personal leadership into an organisational setting and make the leadership meaningful for other people. Finally, it can be inferred that those four strategies are not sufficient in a turbulent and dynamic environment and thus the last strategy is required to enhance the leaders' ability to stimulate learning and change in the organisation. Abstract in Bahasa Indonesia : Studi ini bertujuan untuk mengetahui secara mendalam tentang bagaimanakah strategi-strategi untuk meningkatkan karir dan kemampuan kepemimpinan seorang individu dapat dibangun dengan berfokus pada teori kepemimpinan trait dan teori kepemimpinan transformasi karismatik. Pengalaman Shackleton akan menjadi contoh yang penting dan menguatkan, bahwa tidak satupun dari kedua teori kepemimpinan tersebut dapat diaplikasikan didalam suatu keadaan yang terisolasi, dan bahwa kedua teori tersebut, baik secara langsung maupun tidak, akan termanifestasikan dalam diri seorang

  14. Development and Validation of Marker-Aided Selection Methods for Wood Property Traits in Loblolly Pine and Hybrid Poplar; FINAL

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    Wood properties influence pulp and paper quality. Certainly, overall pulp yields are directly related to the cellulose content, changes in hemicellulose content are associated with changes in pulp cohesiveness, and pulping efficiency is related to lignin content. Despite the importance of wood properties on product quality, little progress has been made in improving such traits because current methods of assessing wood and fiber characteristics are time-consuming, expensive, and often imprecise. Genetic improvement of wood and fiber properties has been further hampered by the large size of trees, delayed reproductive maturity and long harvest cycles. Recent developments in molecular genetics will help overcome the physical, economic and biological constraints in assessing and improving wood properties. Genetic maps consisting of numerous molecular markers are now available for loblolly pine and hybrid poplar. Such markers/maps may be used as part of a marker-aided selection and breeding effort or to expedite the isolation and characterization of genes and/or promoters that directly control wood properties. The objectives of this project are: (1) to apply new and rapid analytical techniques for assessing component wood properties to segregating F(sub 2) progeny populations of loblolly pine and hybrid poplar, (2) to map quantitative trait loci and identify molecular markers associated with wood properties in each of the above species and (3) to validate marker-aided selection methods for wood properties in loblolly pine and hybrid poplar

  15. Associação de Pseudomonas syringae pv. garcae com algumas características agronômicas em cafeeiros F2 segregantes para o gene erecta Pseudomonas syringae pv. garcae and some agronomic traits association in F2 coffee plants segregating to the erecta gene

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    Gustavo Hiroshi Sera

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    intensity bacteriosis ocurrence. A total of 316 F2 plants growed at Londrina's IAPAR Experimental Station in october 1998 were evaluated in october 2001. The intensity of bacteriosis ocurrence was evaluated by using a scale varying from 1 to 5, where 1 = without lesion and 5 = plants with many lesions. For the evaluation of the vegetative vigor, scores from 1 to 5, where 1 = less vigorous plants and 5 = more vigorous plants were attributed. For the types of plagiotropic branches, scores from 1 to 3, where 1 = normal, 2 = semi-erect and 3 = erect were attributed. The Pearson correlation coefficient was estimated to evaluate the relationship between the traits vegetative vigor and type of plagiotropic branches with intensity of bacteriosis ocurrence. The correlation estimate between the bacteriosis intensity and vegetative vigor was not significative. The estimated correlation between the bacteriosis intensity and plant architecture was r = + 0,2087** evidencing that more erect plants are more susceptible to bacteriosis than normal branch plants.

  16. Development of an Efficient Agrobacterium-Mediated Transformation System and Production of Herbicide-Resistant Transgenic Plants in Garlic (Allium sativum L.)

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    Ahn, Yul-Kyun; Yoon, Moo-Kyoung; Jeon, Jong-Seong

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    The genetic improvement of garlic plants (Allium sativum L.) with agronomical beneficial traits is rarely achieved due to the lack of an applicable transformation system. Here, we developed an efficient Agrobacterium-mediated transformation procedure with Danyang, an elite Korean garlic cultivar. Examination of sGFP (synthetic green fluorescence protein) expression revealed that treatment with 2-(N-morpholino) ethanesulfonic acid (MES), L-cysteine and/or dithiothreitol (DTT) gives the highest...

  17. Agronomic performance of five banana cultivars under protected cultivation

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    Banana has been grown both in open-field and protected cultivation in Turkey. So far protected cultivation is very popular due to the high yield and quality. The objective of the study was to evaluate agronomic performance of five new banana cultivars under plastic greenhouse. ‘MA 13’, ‘Williams’, ‘...

  18. Agronomic and Environmental Implications of Enhanced s-Triazine Degradation

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    Novel catabolic pathways enabling rapid detoxification of s-triazine herbicides have been elucidated and detected at a growing number of locations. Herein we describe the potential agronomic and environmental ramifications of these bacterial adaptations. The genes responsible for s-triazine minera...

  19. Biochar: a synthesis of its agronomic impact beyond carbon sequestration.

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    Spokas, Kurt A; Cantrell, Keri B; Novak, Jeffrey M; Archer, David W; Ippolito, James A; Collins, Harold P; Boateng, Akwasi A; Lima, Isabel M; Lamb, Marshall C; McAloon, Andrew J; Lentz, Rodrick D; Nichols, Kristine A

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    Biochar has been heralded as an amendment to revitalize degraded soils, improve soil carbon sequestration, increase agronomic productivity, and enter into future carbon trading markets. However, scientific and economic technicalties may limit the ability of biochar to consistently deliver on these expectations. Past research has demonstrated that biochar is part of the black carbon continuum with variable properties due to the net result of production (e.g., feedstock and pyrolysis conditions) and postproduction factors (storage or activation). Therefore, biochar is not a single entity but rather spans a wide range of black carbon forms. Biochar is black carbon, but not all black carbon is biochar. Agronomic benefits arising from biochar additions to degraded soils have been emphasized, but negligible and negative agronomic effects have also been reported. Fifty percent of the reviewed studies reported yield increases after black carbon or biochar additions, with the remainder of the studies reporting alarming decreases to no significant differences. Hardwood biochar (black carbon) produced by traditional methods (kilns or soil pits) possessed the most consistent yield increases when added to soils. The universality of this conclusion requires further evaluation due to the highly skewed feedstock preferences within existing studies. With global population expanding while the amount of arable land remains limited, restoring soil quality to nonproductive soils could be key to meeting future global food production, food security, and energy supplies; biochar may play a role in this endeavor. Biochar economics are often marginally viable and are tightly tied to the assumed duration of agronomic benefits. Further research is needed to determine the conditions under which biochar can provide economic and agronomic benefits and to elucidate the fundamental mechanisms responsible for these benefits. PMID:22751040

  20. Hitchhiking Effect Mapping: A New Approach for Discovering Agronomic Important Genes

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    ZHANG Xue-yong; TONG Yi-ping; YOU Guang-xia; HAO Chen-yang; GE Hong-mei; WANG Lan-fen; LI Bin; DONG Yu-shen; LI Zhen-sheng

    2007-01-01

    Besides the natural selection, the crops cultivated today have experienced two episodes of strong artificial selection,domestic and modern breeding. Domestication led to giant genetic structure differentiation between cultivars and their wild species, while modern breeding made further genetic structure differentiation between the modern varieties and the landraces. In a population, diversity of the loci under strong selection is significantly lower than that of other loci. At the same time, diversity in the genomic regions flanking these selected loci also declines in the process of selection. This phenomenon is called hitchhiking effects or selection sweep in genetics. Genomic regions with selection sweep (haplotype block) could be detected after draft genome scanning (genome typing) with molecular markers in a number of released varieties or natural populations. Marker/trait association analysis in these regions would detect the loci (or QTLs) even the favored alleles (genes) in breeding or natural adaptation. Fine scanning of these genomic regions would help to determine the sizes of haplotype blocks and to discover the key genes, thereby providing very valuable information for isolation of the key genes and molecular design of new varieties. Establishment of high density genetic linkage maps in the major crops and availability of high throughput genotyping platform make it possible to discover agronomic important genes through marker/trait association analysis. On the basis of available publications, we give a brief introduction of the hitchhiking effect mapping approach in this paper using plant height, 1 000-grain weight, and phosphorus-deficiency tolerance as examples in wheat.

  1. AGRONOMIC AND QUALITY QTL MAPPING IN SPRING WHEAT

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    Full Text Available Wheat (Triticum aestivum L. flour represents one of the primary sources of calories and proteins for the human diet. The increase in the wheat yield without losing its baking and milling quality is an important breeding objective. The use of QTL analysis is an expedient methodology to help breeders to face this multifaceted challenge. Here, a population of 129 recombinant inbred lines (RILs developed from a cross between ‘Steele-ND’ cultivar and ‘ND 735’ advanced line was used to evaluate several yield and quality traits and map the genomic regions controlling these traits. The phenotypic data were collected from field experiments conducted at four North Dakota (ND, USA environments. Transgressive segregation was observed for all traits, with RILs outperforming the most adapted parent and commercial cultivars. Using a linkage map of 392 markers, composite interval mapping identified a total of 13 environment-specific QTLs, all explaining large phenotypic variations (R2=16-44%. The genotypic values of these “reserve” alleles were directly used as criteria of selection in breeding programs.

  2. Agronomic Suitability of Bioenergy Crops in Mississippi

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    Lemus, Rocky; Baldwin, Brian; Lang, David

    2011-10-01

    ‚€Ã‚¢ How will these crops affect fertilizer use and water quality? • What kind of water management is needed to maintain a productive crop? The answers to these questions will help supporting institutions across the state to improve land assessment and agronomic management practices for biomass production. In the last decade, energy supply has become a worldwide problem. Bioenergy crops could supply energy in the future. Bioenergy crops are plants, usually perennial grasses and trees, that produce a lot of biomass that can be converted into energy. Bioenergy crops can be grown for two energy markets: power generation, such as heat and electricity, or liquid fuel, such as cellulosic ethanol. These resources could reduce petroleum dependency and greenhouse gas production. Woody plants and herbaceous warm-season grasses, such as switchgrass, giant miscanthus,energy cane, and high yielding sorghums, could be major sources of biomass in Mississippi.

  3. Estimates of genetic variability and association studies in quantitative plant traits of Eruca spp. landraces

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    Bozokalfa Kadri Mehmet

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Despite the increasing of economical importance of rocket plant limited information is available on genetic variability for the agronomic traits among Eruca spp. Hence, heritability and association studies of plant properties are necessities for a successful further rocket breeding programme. The objective of this study was to examine phenotypic and genotypic variability, broad sense heritability, genetic advance, genotypic and phenotypic correlation and mean for agronomic traits of rocket plant. The magnitude of phenotypic coefficient of variation values for all the traits were higher than the corresponding values and broad sense heritability estimates exceeded 65% for all traits. Phenotypic coefficients of variability (PCV ranged from 7.60 to 34.34% and genotypic coefficients of variability (GCV ranged between 5.58% for petiole thickness and 34.30% for plant weight. The results stated that plant weight, siliqua width, seed per siliqua and seed weight could be useful character for improved Eruca spp. breeding programme.

  4. Development of Oryza rufipogon and O. sativa Introgression Lines and Assessment for Yield-related Quantitative Trait Loci

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    Lubin Tan; Fengxia Liu; Wei Xue; Guijuan Wang; Sheng Ye; Zuofeng Zhu; Yongcai Fu; Xiangkun Wang; Chuanqing Sun

    2007-01-01

    Introgression lines population was effectively used in mapping quantitative trait loci (QTLs), identifying favorable genes, discovering hidden genetic variation, evaluating the action or interaction of QTLs in multiple conditions and providing the favorable experimental materials for plant breeding and genetic research. In this study, an advanced backcross and consecutive selfing strategy was used to develop introgression lines (ILs), which derived from an accession of Oryza rufipogon Griff, collected from Yuanjiang County, Yunnan Province of China, as the donor, and an elite indica cultivar Teqing (O. sativa L.), as the recipient. Introgression segments from O. rufipogon were screened using 179 polymorphic simple sequence repeats (SSR) markers in the genome of each IL. Introgressed segments carried by the introgression lines population contained 120 ILs covering the whole O. rufipogon genome. The mean number of homozygous O. rufipogon segments per introgression line was about 3.88. The average length of introgressed segments was approximate 25.5 cM, and about 20.8% of these segments had sizes less than 10 cM. The genome of each IL harbored the chromosomal fragments of O. rufipogon ranging from 0.54% to 23.7%, with an overall average of 5.79%. At each locus, the ratio of substitution of O. rufipogon alleles had a range of 1.67-9.33, with an average of 5.50. A wide range of alterations in morphological and yield-related traits were also found in the introgression lines population. Using single-point analysis, a total of 37 putative QTLs for yield and yield components were detected at two sites with 7%-20% explaining the phenotypic variance. Nineteen QTLs (51.4%) were detected at both sites, and the alleles from O. rufipogon at fifteen loci (40.5%) improved the yield and yield components in the Teqing background. These O. rufipogon-O. sativa introgression lines will serve as genetic materials for identifying and using favorable genes from common wild rice.

  5. Quantitative field testing Heterodera glycines from metagenomic DNA samples isolated directly from soil under agronomic production.

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    Yan Li

    Full Text Available A quantitative PCR procedure targeting the Heterodera glycines ortholog of the Caenorhabditis elegans uncoordinated-78 gene was developed. The procedure estimated the quantity of H. glycines from metagenomic DNA samples isolated directly from field soil under agronomic production. The estimation of H. glycines quantity was determined in soil samples having other soil dwelling plant parasitic nematodes including Hoplolaimus, predatory nematodes including Mononchus, free-living nematodes and biomass. The methodology provides a framework for molecular diagnostics of nematodes from metagenomic DNA isolated directly from field soil.

  6. High-throughput phenotyping allows for QTL analysis of defense, symbiosis and development-related traits

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    Hansen, Nina Eberhardtsen

    characterization. Another focus area was lateral root and nodule primordia that develop from already differentiated root cells. Different cell labeling techniques were tested in order to clearly distinguish one from the other and derive metrics to describe cell division patterns during development of the two organ...... structures. As proof of principle and to study regulators of growth, association mapping on automatically monitored growth rates was performed on roots of Lotus accessions in presence and absence of rhizobia. This resulted in six candidate genes, three involved in growth in presence and three in growth...

  7. The long-term agronomic performance of organic stockless rotations

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    Welsh, James P; Philipps, Lois; Cormack, William F

    2002-01-01

    This report was presented at the UK Organic Research 2002 Conference. Two long-term experiments were established with the aim of evaluating the agronomic and economic performance of organic stockless rotations. In total, four different rotations were evaluated at two sites in the south (Elm Farm Research Centre) and east (ADAS Terrington) of England. All of the rotations included either a one or two-year red clover green manure crop to provide nitrogen for subsequent crops and it was found th...

  8. Organic Production of Tuberous Vegetables: Agronomic, Nutritional and Economic Benefits

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    Suja, G.; Sreekumar, J.; John, K. Susan; Sundaresan, S.

    2012-01-01

    Global awareness of health and environmental issues has stimulated interest in alternative Agricultural systems like organic farming. Elephant foot yam (Amorphophallus paeoniifolius) and yams (Dioscorea spp.) are ethnic starchy vegetables with high energy, nutritive and medicinal values. Field experiments were conducted at the Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Thiruvananthapuram, India, during 2004-2011 to assess the agronomic, nutritional and economic advantages of organic farming over...

  9. Effect of Biofertilizers on Agronomic Criteria of Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)

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    Tabrizi, Leila; Alireza KOOCHEKI; Ghorbani, Reza

    2008-01-01

    An experiment was conducted under field conditions to evaluate the effects of pure or combinations of biofertilizers on agronomic and quality criteria of Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), a medicinal and aromatic plant from Labiateae family at the Research Station of the Faculty of Agriculture, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, during 2006 and 2007. A complete randomized block design with three replications was used. Treatments containing Azospirillum/Azotobacter(Nitroxin), Azospirillum/Bacillus s...

  10. What makes a perennial a perennial? A meta-analysis of allocation patterns and functional traits in congeneric annual and perennial plant

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    Vico, Giulia; Manzoni, Stefano; Weih, Martin

    2014-05-01

    Currently, a large fraction of food, fiber, and feed is provided by annual crops - in particular annual grains. A shift from annual to perennial crops has been advocated to move towards a more sustainable agriculture. While providing lower yields than annuals, perennial crops are often assumed to reduce soil erosion, promote soil health, and be able to achieve higher water and nitrogen use efficiency, primarily through higher allocation below ground. Nevertheless, quantifications of these benefits are still scarce and often inconclusive, as well as mostly limited to first-year perennials. Here we consider congeneric annual and perennial species pairs, for which measured productivity, resource allocation, and resource use efficiency are available in the literature, in search for a signature of life-history (i.e., annuality vs. perenniality) on plant allocation, traits, and agronomic performances. A new database of allocation strategies and functional traits of these congeneric species is developed, covering more than 25 genera of agronomical and ecological relevance, including wild and domesticated species, as well as new hybrids, grown under a variety of conditions. Some general patterns emerge. Perennials have lower biomass allocation to reproductive structures (as expected), and generally higher root-to-shoot biomass ratio, potentially promoting soil C accumulation. Patterns in nitrogen tissue concentration and resource use efficiencies are less clear, due to the limited available data. Our analyses highlight a paucity of comprehensive studies, hampering our understanding of the long-term implications of a shift to perennial crops for ecosystem hydrologic and biogeochemical cycles.

  11. Assessment of anthocyanin and agronomic trait variation in some commonly used medicinal legumes

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    Several legumes including Canavalia ensiformis, Desmodium adscendens, Indigofera suffruticosa, Senna covesii, and S. occidentalis are currently used as medicinal plants. These species contain anthocyanins as well with potential to be used in the pharmaceutical markets. The USDA, ARS, Plant Genetic R...

  12. Screening of lettuce germplasm for agronomic traits under low water conditions

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    After a preliminary screening of over 3,500 varieties, we selected 200 cultivars of butterhead, cos, crisphead, leaf, and stem lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) and wild prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola L.) to test under high water (150% ET) and low water (50% ET) conditions in the field, and tracked com...

  13. De novo analysis of transcriptome dynamics in the migratory locust during the development of phase traits.

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    Shuang Chen

    Full Text Available Locusts exhibit remarkable density-dependent phenotype (phase changes from the solitary to the gregarious, making them one of the most destructive agricultural pests. This phenotype polyphenism arises from a single genome and diverse transcriptomes in different conditions. Here we report a de novo transcriptome for the migratory locust and a comprehensive, representative core gene set. We carried out assembly of 21.5 Gb Illumina reads, generated 72,977 transcripts with N50 2,275 bp and identified 11,490 locust protein-coding genes. Comparative genomics analysis with eight other sequenced insects was carried out to identify the genomic divergence between hemimetabolous and holometabolous insects for the first time and 18 genes relevant to development was found. We further utilized the quantitative feature of RNA-seq to measure and compare gene expression among libraries. We first discovered how divergence in gene expression between two phases progresses as locusts develop and identified 242 transcripts as candidates for phase marker genes. Together with the detailed analysis of deep sequencing data of the 4(th instar, we discovered a phase-dependent divergence of biological investment in the molecular level. Solitary locusts have higher activity in biosynthetic pathways while gregarious locusts show higher activity in environmental interaction, in which genes and pathways associated with regulation of neurotransmitter activities, such as neurotransmitter receptors, synthetase, transporters, and GPCR signaling pathways, are strongly involved. Our study, as the largest de novo transcriptome to date, with optimization of sequencing and assembly strategy, can further facilitate the application of de novo transcriptome. The locust transcriptome enriches genetic resources for hemimetabolous insects and our understanding of the origin of insect metamorphosis. Most importantly, we identified genes and pathways that might be involved in locust development

  14. IMPROVING BIOMASS LOGISTICS COST WITHIN AGRONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY CONSTRAINTS AND BIOMASS QUALITY TARGETS

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    J. Richard Hess; Kevin L. Kenney; Christopher T. Wright; David J. Muth; William Smith

    2012-10-01

    Equipment manufacturers have made rapid improvements in biomass harvesting and handling equipment. These improvements have increased transportation and handling efficiencies due to higher biomass densities and reduced losses. Improvements in grinder efficiencies and capacity have reduced biomass grinding costs. Biomass collection efficiencies (the ratio of biomass collected to the amount available in the field) as high as 75% for crop residues and greater than 90% for perennial energy crops have also been demonstrated. However, as collection rates increase, the fraction of entrained soil in the biomass increases, and high biomass residue removal rates can violate agronomic sustainability limits. Advancements in quantifying multi-factor sustainability limits to increase removal rate as guided by sustainable residue removal plans, and mitigating soil contamination through targeted removal rates based on soil type and residue type/fraction is allowing the use of new high efficiency harvesting equipment and methods. As another consideration, single pass harvesting and other technologies that improve harvesting costs cause biomass storage moisture management challenges, which challenges are further perturbed by annual variability in biomass moisture content. Monitoring, sampling, simulation, and analysis provide basis for moisture, time, and quality relationships in storage, which has allowed the development of moisture tolerant storage systems and best management processes that combine moisture content and time to accommodate baled storage of wet material based upon “shelf-life.” The key to improving biomass supply logistics costs has been developing the associated agronomic sustainability and biomass quality technologies and processes that allow the implementation of equipment engineering solutions.

  15. Challenges in Developing Health Promoting Schools’ Project: Application of Global Traits in Local Realm

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    Behrouz Fathi

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Background: Despite the importance of student health and school hygiene as an aspect of the infrastructure of community health, few feasibility studies have been conducted on school health programs in developing countries. This study examined possible barriers to and challenges of such programs from the executive perspective in East Azerbaijan Province in Iran. Methods: This qualitative study used the content analysis approach to recognize barriers to and challenges of health promoting school program from the executive perspective. Fourteen experts were selected in the areas of children and adolescents and school health, physical education and school headmasters. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews and analyzed using the content analysis method. Results: Five themes were extracted as major barriers and challenges: 1. Intraand inter-sectorial collaboration; 2. Policy and rule formulation; 3. Infrastructure and capacity; 4. Human resources; 5. Community involvement. Conclusion: The localized version of the current health promoting school program had major faults. If this program is considered to be a healthcare system priority, it should be revised to set effective policies for implementation and to sustain school health programs based on the capacities and objectives of each country.

  16. Agronomical Parameters, Sugar Profile and Antioxidant Compounds of “Catherine” Peach Cultivar Influenced by Different Plum Rootstocks

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    Carolina Font i Forcada

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available The influence of seven plum rootstocks (Adesoto, Monpol, Montizo, Puebla de Soto 67 AD, PM 105 AD, St. Julien GF 655/2 and Constantí 1 on individual and total sugars, as well as on antioxidant content in fruit flesh of “Catherine” peaches, was evaluated for three years. Agronomical and basic fruit quality parameters were also determined. At twelve years after budding, significant differences were found between rootstocks for the different agronomic and fruit quality traits evaluated. The Pollizo plum rootstocks Adesoto and PM 105 AD seem to induce higher sweetness to peach fruits, based on soluble solids content, individual (sucrose, fructose and sorbitol and total sugars. A clear tendency was also observed with the rootstock Adesoto, inducing the highest content of phenolics, flavonoids, vitamin C and relative antioxidant capacity (RAC. Thus, the results of this study demonstrate the significant effect of rootstock on the sugar profile and phytochemical characteristics of peach fruits. In addition, this work shows the importance of the sugar profile, because specific sugars play an important role in peach flavour quality, as well as the studied phytochemical compounds when looking for high quality peaches with enhanced health properties.

  17. Construction of chromosome segment substitution lines enables QTL mapping for flowering and morphological traits in Brassica rapa

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    Xiaonan eLi

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Chromosome segment substitution lines (CSSLs represent a powerful method for precise quantitative trait loci (QTL detection of complex agronomical traits in plants. In this study, we used a marker-assisted backcrossing strategy to develop a population consisting of 63 CSSLs, derived from backcrossing of the F1 generated from a cross between two Brassica rapa subspecies: ‘Chiifu’ (ssp. pekinensis, the Brassica A genome-represented line used as the donor, and ‘49caixin’ (ssp. parachinensis, a non-heading cultivar used as the recipient. The 63 CSSLs covered 87.95% of the B. rapa genome. Among them, 39 lines carried a single segment; 15 lines, two segments; and nine lines, three or more segments of the donor parent chromosomes. To verify the potential advantage of these CSSL lines, we used them to locate QTL for six morphology-related traits. A total of 58 QTL were located on eight chromosomes for all six traits: 17 for flowering time, 14 each for bolting time and plant height, 6 for plant diameter, 2 for leaf width, and 5 for flowering stalk diameter. Co-localized QTL were mainly distributed on eight genomic regions in A01, A02, A05, A06, A08, A09, and A10, present in the corresponding CSSLs. Moreover, new chromosomal fragments that harbored QTL were identified using the findings of previous studies. The CSSL population constructed in our study paves the way for fine mapping and cloning of candidate genes involved in late bolting, flowering, and plant architecture-related traits in B. rapa. Furthermore, it has great potential for future marker-aided gene/QTL pyramiding of other interesting traits in B. rapa breeding.

  18. Refuges, flower strips, biodiversity and agronomic interest.

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    Roy, Grégory; Wateau, Karine; Legrand, Mickaël; Oste, Sandrine

    2008-01-01

    Several arthropods are natural predators of pests, and they are able to reduce and control their population development. FREDON Nord Pas-de-Calais (Federation Regionate de Defense contre les Organismes Nuisibles = Regional Federation for Pest Control) has begun for a long time to form farmers to the recognition of beneficial arthropods and to show them their usefulness. These beneficial insects or arachnids are present everywhere, in orchards and even in fields which are areas relatively poor in biodiversity. Adults feed in the flower strips instead larvae and some adults feed on preys such as aphids or caterpillars. Most of the time, beneficial insects can regulate pest but sometimes, in agricultural area, they can't make it early enough and efficiently. Their action begin too late and there biodiversity and number are too low. It's possible to enhance their action by manipulating the ecological infrastructures, like sewing flower strips or installing refuges. Flower strips increase the density of natural enemies and make them be present earlier in the field in order to control pests. Refuges permit beneficial's to spend winter on the spot. So they're able to be active and to grow in number earlier. From 2004 to 2007, on the one hand, FREDON Nord Pas-de-Calais has developed a research program. Its purpose was to inventory practices and also tools and means available and to judge the advisability of using such or such beneficial refuge in orchards. On the second hand, it studied the impact in orchard of refuges on population of beneficial's and the difference there were between manufactured refuges and homemade refuges. Interesting prospects were obtained with some of them. Otherwise, since 2003, FREDON has studied flower strips influence on beneficial population and their impact on pest control. In cabbage fields, results of trials have shown that flower strips lead to a reduction of aphid number under acceptable economic level, up to 50 meters from flower strips

  19. Trait Impulsivity and Anhedonia: Two Gateways for the Development of Impulse Control Disorders in Parkinson’s Disease?

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    Houeto, Jean-Luc; Magnard, Robin; Dalley, Jeffrey W.; Belin, David; Carnicella, Sebastien

    2016-01-01

    Apathy and impulsivity are two major comorbid syndromes of Parkinson’s disease (PD) that may represent two extremes of a behavioral spectrum modulated by dopamine-dependent processes. PD is characterized by a progressive loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta to which are attributed the cardinal motor symptoms of the disorder. Dopamine replacement therapy (DRT), used widely to treat these motor symptoms, is often associated with deficits in hedonic processing and motivation, including apathy and depression, as well as impulse control disorders (ICDs). ICDs comprise pathological gambling, hypersexuality, compulsive shopping, binge eating, compulsive overuse of dopaminergic medication, and punding. More frequently observed in males with early onset PD, ICDs are associated not only with comorbid affective symptoms, such as depression and anxiety, but also with behavioral traits, such as novelty seeking and impulsivity, as well as with personal or familial history of alcohol use. This constellation of associated risk factors highlights the importance of inter-individual differences in the vulnerability to develop comorbid psychiatric disorders in PD patients. Additionally, withdrawal from DRT in patients with ICDs frequently unmasks a severe apathetic state, suggesting that apathy and ICDs may be caused by overlapping neurobiological mechanisms within the cortico-striato-thalamo-cortical networks. We suggest that altered hedonic and impulse control processes represent distinct prodromal substrates for the development of these psychiatric symptoms, the etiopathogenic mechanisms of which remain unknown. Specifically, we argue that deficits in hedonic and motivational states and impulse control are mediated by overlapping, yet dissociable, neural mechanisms that differentially interact with DRT to promote the emergence of ICDs in vulnerable individuals. Thus, we provide a novel heuristic framework for basic and clinical research to better

  20. Genetic interrelationship among nutritional and quantitative traits in the vegetable amaranth

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    Sudhir Shukla

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The present investigation was conducted to elucidate the interrelationship among various agronomic andquality traits and their direct and indirect effect on foliage yield in 39 distinct cultivars of vegetable amaranth (A. tricolor.Among the agronomic traits, plant height and number of inflorescence exhibited significant positive association with foliageyield, while chlorophyll a, chlorophyll b, carotenoid, fiber and ascorbic acid were positively correlated with foliage yield.Chlorophyll a and chlorophyll b exhibited significant positive association with carotenoid, fiber and ascorbic acid. Ascorbicacid was positively correlated with fiber and carotenoid. Protein was associated with plant height, branches per plant and 500seed weight. Chlorophyll a, carotenoid and inflorescence length revealed high positive direct effect on foliage yield, whilebranches plant-1, leaf size, seed yield, chlorophyll b, moisture content and ascorbic acid showed negative path coefficient withfoliage yield. Suitable traits have been marked out to enhance foliage yield in vegetable amaranth.

  1. Some traits of low temperature germplasm wheat under extremely unfavorable weather conditions

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    张嵩午; 王长发; 冯佰利; 苗芳; 周春菊; 张荣萍

    2001-01-01

    Through a long-term observation on the canopy temperature and some traits of wheat the temperature germplasm of wheat was found to result in the wheats having either a high or a low plant temperature. Under normal weather conditions, the wheat having a low temperature germplasm (LTG) demonstrated several advantageous physiologi-cal and agronomic traits than those having a high temperature germplasm (HTG). Under the extremely unfavorableweather conditions, such as rainy weather or severe drought, LTG wheat still could maintain its superiority to HTG wheat in physiological and agronomic traits including leaf functional duration, chlorophyll content, malondialdehyde content, transpiration rate, net photosynthesis rate, root vitality and kernel plumpness. The wide adaptability of LTG wheat to awide range of meteoro-ecological conditions could provide a valuable germplasm in breeding of good strains with broad-spectrum stress resistance.

  2. Agronomic potential of genebank landrace elite accessions for common bean genetic breeding

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    Juliano Garcia Bertoldo

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Plant breeding efficiency relies mainly on genetic diversity and selection to release new cultivars. This study aimed to identify landraces with favorable characteristics that can be used as parents of segregating populations in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L. breeding programs. Firstly, ten bean genotypes were selected because they showed promising agronomic performance, and the following seven adaptive traits of four commercial bean cultivars were evaluated: i plant height; ii diameter of the stem; iii height of the insertion of the first pod; iv pod number per plant; v grain number per pod; vi weight of a thousand grains and vii grain yield. The accessions BAF 07, BAF 44, and BAF 45 are promising in terms of increasing plant height, and accession BAF 01, in terms of reducing plant height. The accession BAF 07 was also the most promising in terms of a plant ideotype that combines higher plant height, maximum height of the insertion of the first pod, and increment in grain yield. Moreover, the selection can be made between and within accessions, because genetic variability is also present within landraces.

  3. Biological Implications in Cassava for the Production of Amylose-Free Starch: Impact on Root Yield and Related Traits

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    Karlström, Amanda; Calle, Fernando; Salazar, Sandra; Morante, Nelson; Dufour, Dominique; Ceballos, Hernán

    2016-01-01

    Cassava (Manihot esculenta, Crantz) is an important food security crop, but it is becoming an important raw material for different industrial applications. Cassava is the second most important source of starch worldwide. Novel starch properties are of interest to the starch industry, and one them is the recently identified amylose-free (waxy) cassava starch. Waxy mutants have been found in different crops and have been often associated with a yield penalty. There are ongoing efforts to develop commercial cassava varieties with amylose-free starch. However, little information is available regarding the biological and agronomic implications of starch mutations in cassava, nor in other root and tuber crops. In this study, siblings from eight full-sib families, segregating for the waxy trait, were used to determine if the mutation has implications for yield, dry matter content (DMC) and harvest index in cassava. A total of 87 waxy and 87 wild-type starch genotypes from the eight families were used in the study. The only significant effect of starch type was on DMC (p cassava varieties will have competitive FRYs but special efforts will be required to attain adequate DMCs. This study contributes to the limited knowledge available of the impact of starch mutations on the agronomic performance of root and tuber crops. PMID:27242813

  4. Children’s sense of coherence and trait emotional intelligence: a longitudinal study exploring the development of somatic complaints

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    F.C. Jellesma; C. Rieffe; M. Meerum Terwogt; P.M. Westenberg

    2010-01-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate the prospective relationships between sense of coherence, trait emotional intelligence and children's somatic complaints. The study included four waves of data collection with six months in between each wave. Participants were 324 girls and 393 boys (me

  5. Children’s sense of coherence and trait emotional intelligence: a longitudinal study exploring the development of somatic complaints

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    F.C. Jellesma; C. Rieffe; M. Meerum Terwogt; P.M. Westenberg

    2011-01-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate the prospective relationships between sense of coherence, trait emotional intelligence and children's somatic complaints. The study included four waves of data collection with six months in between each wave. Participants were 324 girls and 393 boys (me

  6. Development of cassava germplasm resources for the improvement of high value root quality traits through induced mutation and marker aided breeding in Nigeria

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    Improvement of cassava for increased beta carotene and protein content, dry matter content and delayed post-harvest physiological deterioration.is important for increased income and improved livelihood for poor farmers. Irradiation was used in this study to induce mutation using in vitro culture plantlets and botanical seeds. Gamma irradiated in vitro culture plantlets of varieties SM 909-25 and Col 2215 identified 12 clones with dry matter content above 40% and five clones with high beta carotenoid content. Cassava mosaic disease (CMD) resistant varieties/land race are presently being used for mutation breeding to reduce the effect of this devastating disease in Africa and irradiated plants are being selfed to generate M2 populations. Crosses of Latin American varieties having cream or deep yellow coloured-roots and crude protein contents of 3-8%.were made to generate populations with combined enhanced beta carotene and high protein contents in cassava roots. A total of 1555 seeds were derived from 17 parents. They were genotyped in marker-assisted selection (MAS) for resistance to cassava mosaic disease (CMD) using one SSR marker, NS158 and a SCAR marker, RME 1. Fourteen percent (138 plants) were selected for CMD resistance and are being evaluated in the breeding scheme. Delayed post harvest physiological deterioration (PPD) have been introgressed from Manihot Walkerae and and backcross populations developed. About 150 SSR polymorphic markers were used for mapping in delayed PPD population resulting in the identification of three putative markers for this trait. A BC2 population for delayed PPD and CMD resistance have been developed. Initial results obtained with irradiated germplasm indicates that induced mutation can rapidly facilitate the development of value-added traits in cassava. The development of new populations for root quality traits using parental lines from Latin America in combination with MAS are also contributing immensely in the breeding for

  7. Field performance of transgenic citrus trees: Assessment of the long-term expression of uidA and nptII transgenes and its impact on relevant agronomic and phenotypic characteristics

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    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The future of genetic transformation as a tool for the improvement of fruit trees depends on the development of proper systems for the assessment of unintended effects in field-grown GM lines. In this study, we used eight transgenic lines of two different citrus types (sweet orange and citrange transformed with the marker genes β-glucuronidase (uidA and neomycin phosphotransferase II (nptII as model systems to study for the first time in citrus the long-term stability of transgene expression and whether transgene-derived pleiotropic effects occur with regard to the morphology, development and fruit quality of orchard-grown GM citrus trees. Results The stability of the integration and expression of the transgenes was confirmed in 7-year-old, orchard-grown transgenic lines by Southern blot analysis and enzymatic assays (GUS and ELISA NPTII, respectively. Little seasonal variation was detected in the expression levels between plants of the same transgenic line in different organs and over the 3 years of analysis, confirming the absence of rearrangements and/or silencing of the transgenes after transferring the plants to field conditions. Comparisons between the GM citrus lines with their non-GM counterparts across the study years showed that the expression of these transgenes did not cause alterations of the main phenotypic and agronomic plant and fruit characteristics. However, when comparisons were performed between diploid and tetraploid transgenic citrange trees and/or between juvenile and mature transgenic sweet orange trees, significant and consistent differences were detected, indicating that factors other than their transgenic nature induced a much higher phenotypic variability. Conclusions Our results indicate that transgene expression in GM citrus remains stable during long-term agricultural cultivation, without causing unexpected effects on crop characteristics. This study also shows that the transgenic citrus

  8. Physiological and agronomical responses of Syrah grapevine under protected cultivation

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    Claudia Rita de Souza

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The performance of Syrah grapevine under protected cultivation with different plastic films was evaluated during 2012 and 2013 seasons in South of Minas Gerais State. Agronomical and physiological measurements were done on eight years old grapevines, grafted onto ‘1103 Paulsen’ rootstock cultivated under uncovered conditions, covered with transparent and with diffuse plastic films. Both plastic covers induced the highest shoot growth rate and specific leaf area. The diffuse plastic induced greater differences on leaf area, pruning weight and leaf chlorophyll content as compared to uncovered vines. Grapevines under diffuse plastic also had the lowest rates of photosynthesis, stomatal conductance and transpiration. Leaf starch, glucose and fructose contents were not affected by treatment, but leaf sucrose was reduced by transparent plastic. The leaf and stem water potential were higher under diffuse plastic. In 2013, grapevines under diffuse plastic showed the highest yields mainly due to decreased rot incidence and increased cluster weight. Furthermore, berries under diffuse plastic showed the highest anthocyanins concentration. The use of diffuse plastic induces more agronomical benefits to produce Syrah grape under protected cultivation.

  9. Agronomic evaluation of 'Bordô' grapevine (Ives clones

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    Lidiane Carla Vilanova Miotto

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available 'Bordô' grapevines (Vitis labrusca have great relevance to viticulture due to the quality they can impart to wines and juices. However, this cultivar has high variation in yield, ranging from 6 to 11 t ha-1. The use of clones with superior genetic potential related to scions currently marketed may increase crop profitability and revitalize its cultivation. The aim of this study was to evaluate the agronomical responses of twelve clones of the Bordô cultivar selected over a period of 15 years according to yield and quality. The vineyard was planted in 2008. Grape plants were grafted onto '1103 Paulsen' rootstock and trained on vertical shoot positioning. The agronomical evaluations, performed in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons, covered the duration of their phenological cycles, shoot growth, yield per plant, estimated total yield and physicochemical characteristics. Differences were found between clones in terms of phenology, yield components, and berry composition. Clone 6 had the lowest yield, averaging 5.0 t ha-1 whereas clone 13 was the most productive with 14.9 t ha-1. Based on the most productive vineyards in the region (10.8 t ha-1, the adoption of more productive clones can generate an increase in yield of around 38 %.

  10. Belowground plant development measured with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI: exploiting the potential for non-invasive trait quantification using sugar beet as a proxy

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    Ralf eMetzner

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Both structural and functional properties of belowground plant organs are critical for the development and yield of plants but, compared to the shoot, much more difficult to observe due to soil opacity. Many processes concerning the belowground plant performance are not fully understood, in particular spatial and temporal dynamics and their interrelation with environmental factors. We used Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI as a noninvasive method to evaluate which traits can be measured when a complex plant organ is monitored in-vivo while growing in the soil. We chose sugar beet (Beta vulgaris ssp. vulgaris as a model system. The beet consists mainly of root tissues, is rather complex regarding tissue structure and responses to environmental factors, and thereby a good object to test the applicability of MRI for 3D phenotyping approaches. Over a time period of up to 3 months, traits such as beet morphology or anatomy were followed in the soil and the effect of differently sized pots on beet fresh weight calculated from MRI data was studied. There was a clear positive correlation between the pot size and the increase in fresh weight of a sugar beet over time. Since knowledge of the development of internal beet structures with several concentric cambia, vascular and parenchyma rings is still limited, we consecutively acquired 3D volumetric images on individual plants using the MRI contrast parameter T2 to map the development of rings at the tissue level. This demonstrates that MRI provides versatile protocols to non-invasively measure plant traits in the soil. It opens new avenues to investigate belowground plant performance under adverse environmental conditions such as drought, nutrient shortage or soil compaction to seek for traits of belowground organs making plants more resilient to stress.

  11. The agronomic science of spatial and temporal water management:How much, when and where

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    The agronomic sciences are those that are applied to soil and water management and crop production, including soil, water and plant sciences and related disciplines. The science of spatial and temporal water management includes many agronomic science factors, including soil physics, biophysics, plan...

  12. De novo assembly of the pennycress (Thlaspi arvense) transcriptome provides tools for the development of a winter cover crop and biodiesel feedstock.

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    Dorn, Kevin M; Fankhauser, Johnathon D; Wyse, Donald L; Marks, M David

    2013-09-01

    Field pennycress (Thlaspi arvense L.) has potential as an oilseed crop that may be grown during fall (autumn) and winter months in the Midwestern United States and harvested in the early spring as a biodiesel feedstock. There has been little agronomic improvement in pennycress through traditional breeding. Recent advances in genomic technologies allow for the development of genomic tools to enable rapid improvements to be made through genomic assisted breeding. Here we report an annotated transcriptome assembly for pennycress. RNA was isolated from representative plant tissues, and 203 million unique Illumina RNA-seq reads were produced and used in the transcriptome assembly. The draft transcriptome assembly consists of 33 873 contigs with a mean length of 1242 bp. A global comparison of homology between the pennycress and Arabidopsis transcriptomes, along with four other Brassicaceae species, revealed a high level of global sequence conservation within the family. The final assembly was functionally annotated, allowing for the identification of putative genes controlling important agronomic traits such as flowering and glucosinolate metabolism. Identification of these genes leads to testable hypotheses concerning their conserved function and to rational strategies to improve agronomic properties in pennycress. Future work to characterize isoform variation between diverse pennycress lines and develop a draft genome sequence for pennycress will further direct trait improvement.

  13. Comparing Immature Development and Life History Traits in Two Coexisting Host-Feeding Parasitoids, Diglyphus isaea and Neochrysocharis formosa (Hymenoptera:Eulophidae)

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    ZHANG Yi-bo; LU Shu-long; LIU Wan-xue; WANG Wen-xia; WANG Wei; WAN Fang-hao

    2014-01-01

    Coexisting natural enemies that share a common host resource in the same guild usually exhibit variation in their life history traits, due to their need to share a similar ecological niche. In this study, we compared the immature development times and adult life history traits of two coexisting, host-feeding parasitoids, Diglyphus isaea Walker and Neochrysocharis formosa Westwood (Hymenoptera:Eulophidae), of which both attack larvae of the same agromyzid leafminers. These two species are both synovigenic, idiobiont parasitoids, whose adults consume host lfuids (“host feeding”) and lay anhydropic eggs. Of the two, D. isaea has a larger body but little or no initial egg load, and engages in similar lifetime host-feeding events. However, it achieves higher fecundity, longer adult longevity, and higher host suppression ability than N. formosa, which has a smaller body and higher initial egg load. Although D. isaea engages in similar lifetime host-feeding events with N. formosa, all of its gains in life history traits per host-feeding event of D. isaea were larger than those of N. formosa. The age-speciifc fecundity and host mortality curves of N. formosa were more skewed in early life than those of D. isaea. In addition, the ovigeny index of N. formosa was negatively correlated to body size. Our results conifrmed that two coexisting parasitoids, which share the same host resource, show different immature development patterns and life history traits, suggesting that different resource allocation mode could be a general rule of coexisting species sharing the same habitat or host.

  14. Fear Inhibition in High Trait Anxiety

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    Merel Kindt; Marieke Soeter

    2014-01-01

    Trait anxiety is recognized as an individual risk factor for the development of anxiety disorders but the neurobiological mechanisms remain unknown. Here we test whether trait anxiety is associated with impaired fear inhibition utilizing the AX+/BX- conditional discrimination procedure that allows for the independent evaluation of startle fear potentiation and inhibition of fear [1]. Sixty undergraduate students participated in the study - High Trait Anxious: n = 28 and Low Trait Anxious: n =...

  15. Theory of Mind and Executive Control Deficits in Typically Developing Adults and Adolescents with High Levels of Autism Traits

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    Gökçen, E.; Frederickson, N.; Petrides, K. V.

    2016-01-01

    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterised by profound difficulties in empathic processing and executive control. Whilst the links between these processes have been frequently investigated in populations with autism, few studies have examined them at the subclinical level. In addition, the contribution of alexithymia, a trait characterised by impaired interoceptive awareness and empathy, and elevated in those with ASD, is currently unclear. The present two-part study employed a comprehen...

  16. Breeding of a high yielding chamomile variety (Matricaria recutita L. with improved traits for machine harvesting

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    Albrecht, Sebastian

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available A more productive variety of chamomile (Matricaria recutita L., which is more efficient in machine processing with consistent quality traits, will benefit the viability of german products in the global market. Breeding of an enhanced chamomile variety is part of a german multi-network project called KAMEL whose research aims on Matricaria recutita L., Valeriana officinalis L. and Melissa officinalis L. The agronomic and qualitative improvement of these speciality crops are the basis for further economic prosperity of medicinal and aromatic plant cultivation in Germany. The main breeding goals of a new variety of chamomile are the increase of blossom product yield (Matricariae flos to 6 dt/ha in up to three harvest stages through a homogenous flower horizon (pick height, an even flowering time, large flower heads and a high regeneration rate after each harvest stage. The upgrade of the content of essential oil content to a minimum of 0.8 % with its compostion according to Ph. Eur. and a chamazulene content of min. 25 % are further objectives of the breeding process. In addition to these quality traits, high tolerances against common fungal diseases are of particular interest. Development of an innovative chamomile variety is realized over nine years in three stages (2010 - 2019.

  17. Molecular evolution of candidate genes for crop-related traits in sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.).

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    Mandel, Jennifer R; McAssey, Edward V; Nambeesan, Savithri; Garcia-Navarro, Elena; Burke, John M

    2014-01-01

    Evolutionary analyses aimed at detecting the molecular signature of selection during crop domestication and/or improvement can be used to identify genes or genomic regions of likely agronomic importance. Here, we describe the DNA sequence-based characterization of a pool of candidate genes for crop-related traits in sunflower. These genes, which were identified based on homology to genes of known effect in other study systems, were initially sequenced from a panel of improved lines. All genes that exhibited a paucity of sequence diversity, consistent with the possible effects of selection during the evolution of cultivated sunflower, were then sequenced from a panel of wild sunflower accessions an outgroup. These data enabled formal tests for the effects of selection in shaping sequence diversity at these loci. When selection was detected, we further sequenced these genes from a panel of primitive landraces, thereby allowing us to investigate the likely timing of selection (i.e., domestication vs. improvement). We ultimately identified seven genes that exhibited the signature of positive selection during either domestication or improvement. Genetic mapping of a subset of these genes revealed co-localization between candidates for genes involved in the determination of flowering time, seed germination, plant growth/development, and branching and QTL that were previously identified for these traits in cultivated × wild sunflower mapping populations. PMID:24914686

  18. Molecular evolution of candidate genes for crop-related traits in sunflower (Helianthus annuus L..

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    Jennifer R Mandel

    Full Text Available Evolutionary analyses aimed at detecting the molecular signature of selection during crop domestication and/or improvement can be used to identify genes or genomic regions of likely agronomic importance. Here, we describe the DNA sequence-based characterization of a pool of candidate genes for crop-related traits in sunflower. These genes, which were identified based on homology to genes of known effect in other study systems, were initially sequenced from a panel of improved lines. All genes that exhibited a paucity of sequence diversity, consistent with the possible effects of selection during the evolution of cultivated sunflower, were then sequenced from a panel of wild sunflower accessions an outgroup. These data enabled formal tests for the effects of selection in shaping sequence diversity at these loci. When selection was detected, we further sequenced these genes from a panel of primitive landraces, thereby allowing us to investigate the likely timing of selection (i.e., domestication vs. improvement. We ultimately identified seven genes that exhibited the signature of positive selection during either domestication or improvement. Genetic mapping of a subset of these genes revealed co-localization between candidates for genes involved in the determination of flowering time, seed germination, plant growth/development, and branching and QTL that were previously identified for these traits in cultivated × wild sunflower mapping populations.

  19. Impact of systems modelling on agronomic research and adoption of new practices in smallholder agriculture

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    D J Connor; H van Rees; P S Carberry

    2015-01-01

    An analysis of the impact of simulation model ing in three diverse crop-livestock improvement projects in Agricultural Re-search for Development (AR4D) reveals beneifts across a range of aspects including identiifcation of objectives, design and implementation of experimental programs, effectiveness of participatory research with smal holder farmers, implementation of system change and scaling-out of results. In planning change, farmers must consider complex interactions within both biophysical and socioeconomic aspects of their crop and animal production activities. For this, whole-farm models that include household models of food, workload and ifnancial requirements have the most utility and impact. The analysis also proposes improvements in design and implementation of AR4D projects to improve the utility of simulation model ing for securing positive agronomic and livestock outcomes and lasting legacies.

  20. Agronomic performance and transcriptional analysis of carotenoid biosynthesis in fruits of transgenic HighCaro and control tomato lines under field conditions.

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    Giorio, Giovanni; Stigliani, Adriana Lucia; D'Ambrosio, Caterina

    2007-02-01

    Genetic manipulation of carotenoid biosynthesis in higher plants has been the objective of a number of biotechnology programs, e.g. the Golden Rice Program. However, tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.), which naturally accumulates lycopene in fruits, has attracted the attention of many groups who have manipulated it to increase or diversify carotenoid accumulation. One of the most significant achievements was "HighCaro (HC)," a transgenic tomato plant constitutively expressing the tomato lycopene beta-cyclase (tLcy-b), that produces orange fruits due to the complete conversion of lycopene to beta-carotene. In this article we report the results of a field trial conducted in Metaponto (Italy) on HC and on two control genotypes to evaluate the stability of the transgenic trait and their yield performances. Transcriptional regulation of eight genes involved in carotenogenesis was assayed by quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) analysis on fruits collected at four distinct development stages. Statistical analysis results demonstrated that in field conditions the transgene maintained its ability to induce the conversion of lycopene to beta-carotene. Moreover, agronomic performances and fruit quality in the transgenic line were not impaired by this metabolic disturbance. Results of qRT-PCR analysis suggested that transcription of PSY-1, PDS and ZDS genes were developmentally regulated in both genotypes. Unexpectedly, Lcy-b expression in transgenic fruits was also developmentally regulated, despite the fact that the gene was driven by a constitutive promoter. Our data provide evidence that in photosynthetic cells a strict and aspecific mechanism controls the level of transcripts until the onset of chromoplasts differentiation, at which point a gene-specific control on transcription takes place. PMID:17096211

  1. Sickle Cell Trait

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    ... About Us Information For... Media Policy Makers Sickle Cell Trait Language: English Español (Spanish) Recommend on Facebook ... the trait on to their children. How Sickle Cell Trait is Inherited If both parents have SCT, ...

  2. Maternal influences on early development: preferred temperature prior to oviposition hastens embryogenesis and enhances offspring traits in the Children's python, Antaresia childreni.

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    Lorioux, Sophie; DeNardo, Dale F; Gorelick, Root; Lourdais, Olivier

    2012-04-15

    Embryonic life is particularly sensitive to its surroundings, and the developmental environment can have long-lasting effects on offspring. In oviparous species, the impacts of the developmental environment on offspring traits are mostly examined during development within the egg. However, as more than 25% of the development of squamate reptiles can occur prior to oviposition, we explored the effect of thermal conditions on development prior to oviposition in an oviparous snake species, the Children's python (Antaresia childreni). We housed gravid female pythons under three thermal cycles: an optimal regime that reflected maternal preference in a non-constrained environment (constant preferred body temperature of gravid females, T(set)=31.5°C) and two mildly suboptimal regimes that shared the same mean temperature of 27.7°C, but differed in the duration at T(set). In one of the constraining regimes, females had access to T(set) for 4 h daily whereas in the other regime, females never reached T(set) (maximal temperature of 29.0°C). Thermal treatments were maintained throughout gravidity in all three groups, but, after oviposition, all eggs were incubated at T(set) until hatching. Compared with the optimal regime, the two suboptimal regimes had a longer duration of gravidity, which resulted in delayed hatching. Between the two suboptimal regimes, gravidity was significantly shorter in the treatment that included time at T(set). Furthermore, suboptimal regimes influenced offspring traits at hatching, including body morphology, antipredator behavior, strength and metabolism. However, partial access to maternal T(set) significantly enhanced several offspring traits, including performance. Our results demonstrate the importance of time at T(set) on early development and suggest an adaptive significance of maternal thermoregulation prior to oviposition.

  3. Plastic mulching in agriculture. Trading short-term agronomic benefits for long-term soil degradation?

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    Steinmetz, Zacharias; Wollmann, Claudia; Schaefer, Miriam; Buchmann, Christian; David, Jan; Tröger, Josephine; Muñoz, Katherine; Frör, Oliver; Schaumann, Gabriele Ellen

    2016-04-15

    Plastic mulching has become a globally applied agricultural practice for its instant economic benefits such as higher yields, earlier harvests, improved fruit quality and increased water-use efficiency. However, knowledge of the sustainability of plastic mulching remains vague in terms of both an environmental and agronomic perspective. This review critically discusses the current understanding of the environmental impact of plastic mulch use by linking knowledge of agricultural benefits and research on the life cycle of plastic mulches with direct and indirect implications for long-term soil quality and ecosystem services. Adverse effects may arise from plastic additives, enhanced pesticide runoff and plastic residues likely to fragment into microplastics but remaining chemically intact and accumulating in soil where they can successively sorb agrochemicals. The quantification of microplastics in soil remains challenging due to the lack of appropriate analytical techniques. The cost and effort of recovering and recycling used mulching films may offset the aforementioned benefits in the long term. However, comparative and long-term agronomic assessments have not yet been conducted. Furthermore, plastic mulches have the potential to alter soil quality by shifting the edaphic biocoenosis (e.g. towards mycotoxigenic fungi), accelerate C/N metabolism eventually depleting soil organic matter stocks, increase soil water repellency and favour the release of greenhouse gases. A substantial process understanding of the interactions between the soil microclimate, water supply and biological activity under plastic mulches is still lacking but required to estimate potential risks for long-term soil quality. Currently, farmers mostly base their decision to apply plastic mulches rather on expected short-term benefits than on the consideration of long-term consequences. Future interdisciplinary research should therefore gain a deeper understanding of the incentives for farmers

  4. Plastic mulching in agriculture. Trading short-term agronomic benefits for long-term soil degradation?

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    Steinmetz, Zacharias; Wollmann, Claudia; Schaefer, Miriam; Buchmann, Christian; David, Jan; Tröger, Josephine; Muñoz, Katherine; Frör, Oliver; Schaumann, Gabriele Ellen

    2016-04-15

    Plastic mulching has become a globally applied agricultural practice for its instant economic benefits such as higher yields, earlier harvests, improved fruit quality and increased water-use efficiency. However, knowledge of the sustainability of plastic mulching remains vague in terms of both an environmental and agronomic perspective. This review critically discusses the current understanding of the environmental impact of plastic mulch use by linking knowledge of agricultural benefits and research on the life cycle of plastic mulches with direct and indirect implications for long-term soil quality and ecosystem services. Adverse effects may arise from plastic additives, enhanced pesticide runoff and plastic residues likely to fragment into microplastics but remaining chemically intact and accumulating in soil where they can successively sorb agrochemicals. The quantification of microplastics in soil remains challenging due to the lack of appropriate analytical techniques. The cost and effort of recovering and recycling used mulching films may offset the aforementioned benefits in the long term. However, comparative and long-term agronomic assessments have not yet been conducted. Furthermore, plastic mulches have the potential to alter soil quality by shifting the edaphic biocoenosis (e.g. towards mycotoxigenic fungi), accelerate C/N metabolism eventually depleting soil organic matter stocks, increase soil water repellency and favour the release of greenhouse gases. A substantial process understanding of the interactions between the soil microclimate, water supply and biological activity under plastic mulches is still lacking but required to estimate potential risks for long-term soil quality. Currently, farmers mostly base their decision to apply plastic mulches rather on expected short-term benefits than on the consideration of long-term consequences. Future interdisciplinary research should therefore gain a deeper understanding of the incentives for farmers

  5. Agronomic and molecular evaluation of induced mutant rice (oryza sativa l.) lines in Egypt

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    The present study was conducted at the farm of the Rice Research and Training Center, Sakha, Kafr El-Sheikh, Egypt, during 2000-2007 rice sowing seasons. Five rice varieties viz., Giza 171, Giza 175, Giza 176, Giza 181 and GZ 1368 were the most widely grown Japonica and Indica types in Egypt during the last period, possesses at that time many positive agronomic characteristics including wide adaptability, high yield potential, tolerance to stresses and good eating quality. But with the passage of time it has lost its vigor. In Rice Research Program, Egypt, dry seeds of the above mentioned varieties were treated with different doses of gamma rays (100, 200, 300, 400, and 500 Gy) for raising M1 generation. M1 plants were established by transplanting in the year 2000 season. One hundred independent lines have been advanced to M5 generation enabling evaluation of quantitative traits by replicated trials and promising lines were selected and tested in multi-location trials as M6, M7 and M8 generations. Morphological variations at vegetative and reproductive stages including plant type and various physiological characters were observed in the five populations. The mutant lines characteristics consisted of better resistance to lodging, blast disease, high yield potential, as well as early maturity. Results from yield trials and molecular assessments indicated that the mutants differed genetically from their parents. So, these mutants could be used as a donor parents in rice breeding program and some of them can be recommended as new rice varieties suitable for rice belt in Egypt. (author)

  6. Agronomic, leaf anatomy, morphology, endophyte presence and ploidy characterization of accessions of Festuca group rubra collected in northern Spain

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    Oliveira, J. A.; Gutierrez-Villarias, M. I.; Fernandez-Casado, M. A.; Costal-Andrade, L.; Gonzalez-Arraez, E.; Bughrara, S. S.; Afif, E.

    2008-07-01

    Fifteen accessions of Facet's group rubra collected in northern Spain were characterized and grouped into four Festuca taxa on the basis of leaf anatomy, morphology and ploidy; seven were identified as F. heteromalla; two as F. trichophylla ssp. asperifolia; two as F. nigrescens ssp. microphylla and four as F. rubra ssp. pruinosa. All the accessions and one commercial cultivar Wilma (F. nigrescens ssp. nigrescens), used as control, were established at the Mabegondo Agronomical Research Centre, A Coruna (Galicia) in a completely randomised block design with three replicates of 10 plants per accession. The plants were agronomically characterized for seven traits during 2004 and 2005. Cluster analysis was useful in identifying four clusters that described 66.5% of the phenotypic variation. Cluster 1 consisted of nine accessions with early heading, intermediate values of green colour and tolerance to crown rust in autumn and the highest seasonal growth. Cluster 2 contained two accessions with intermediate values of heading, green colour, good tolerance to crown rust in autumn and intermediate seasonal growth. Cluster 3 contained two accessions and the cultivar Wilma, which showed early heading, dark green colour, good tolerance to crown rust in autumn and spring and intermediate seasonal growth. Cluster 4 consisted of two late heading accessions with dark green colour, and the best tolerance to crown rust in autumn and intermediate seasonal growth. Thirteen of the 15 accessions (86.6%) were infected by fungal endophytes, with the degree of infection ranging from 2 to 73%. Additional key words: endophyte, fine fescues, genetic resources, hierarchical clustering, leaf sections, multivariate analysis, turf grass. (Author) 33 refs.

  7. A study on the nature and magnitude of variations in different traits in sugarcane

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    V.K. Tyagi, Satish Sharma and S.B. Bhardwaj

    2011-01-01

    Nature and magnitude of the variation for different agronomic traits in sugarcane under subtropical conditions of North-western Uttar Pradesh was studied. An estimation of heritability and genetic advance of these components under different environmental conditions was worked out. Fourteen sugarcane genotypes in three crop year experiment were analysed for 15 different characters and variance at phenotypic and genotypic levels, broad sense heritability, genetic advance and pooled analysis of ...

  8. Molecular identification of a major quantitative trait locus, qLTG3–1, controlling low-temperature germinability in rice

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    Fujino, Kenji; Sekiguchi, Hiroshi; Matsuda, Yasuyuki; Sugimoto, Kazuhiko; Ono, Kazuko; Yano, Masahiro

    2008-01-01

    Tolerance to abiotic stress is an important agronomic trait in crops and is controlled by many genes, which are called quantitative trait loci (QTLs). Identification of these QTLs will contribute not only to the understanding of plant biology but also for plant breeding, to achieve stable crop production around the world. Previously, we mapped three QTLs controlling low-temperature tolerance at the germination stage (called low-temperature germinability). To understand the molecular basis of ...

  9. Selected sperm traits are simultaneously altered after scrotal heat stress and play specific roles in in vitro fertilization and embryonic development.

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    Lucio, Aline C; Alves, Benner G; Alves, Kele A; Martins, Muller C; Braga, Lucas S; Miglio, Luisa; Alves, Bruna G; Silva, Thiago H; Jacomini, José O; Beletti, Marcelo E

    2016-09-01

    Improvements in the estimation of male fertility indicators require advances in laboratory tests for sperm assessment. The aims of the present work were (1) to apply a multivariate analysis to examine sperm set of alterations and interactions and (2) to evaluate the importance of sperm parameters on the outcome of standard IVF and embryonic development. Bulls (n = 3) were subjected to scrotal insulation, and ejaculates were collected before (preinsulation = Day 0) and through 56 days (Days 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42, 49, and 56) of the experimental period. Sperm head morphometry and chromatin variables were assessed by a computational image analysis, and IVF was performed. Scrotal heat stress induced alterations in all evaluated sperm head features, as well as cleavage and blastocyst rates. A principal component analysis revealed three main components (factors) that represented almost 89% of the cumulative variance. In addition, an association of factor scores with cleavage (factor 1) and blastocyst (factor 3) rates was observed. In conclusion, several sperm traits were simultaneously altered as a result of a thermal insult. These sperm traits likely play specific roles in IVF and embryonic development. PMID:27087533

  10. Beta event-related desynchronization as an index of individual differences in processing human facial expression: further investigations of autistic traits in typically developing adults.

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    Nicholas Robert Cooper

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available The human mirror neuron system (hMNS has been associated with various forms of social cognition and affective processing including vicarious experience. It has also been proposed that a faulty hMNS may underlie some of the deficits seen in the autism spectrum disorders. In the present study we set out to investigate whether emotional facial expressions could modulate a putative EEG index of hMNS activation (mu suppression and if so, would this differ according to the individual level of autistic traits (high versus low AQ score.Participants were presented with 3 second films of actors opening and closing their hands (classic hMNS mu-suppression protocol while simultaneously wearing happy, angry or neutral expressions. Mu-suppression was measured in the alpha and low beta bands. The low AQ group displayed greater low beta ERD to both angry and neutral expressions. The high AQ group displayed greater low beta ERD to angry than to happy expressions. There was also significantly more low beta ERD to happy faces for the low than for the high AQ group.In conclusion, an interesting interaction between AQ group and emotional expression revealed that hMNS activation can be modulated by emotional facial expressions and that this is differentiated according to individual differences in the level of autistic traits. The EEG index of hMNS activation (mu suppression seems to be a sensitive measure of the variability in facial processing in typically developing individuals with high and low self reported traits of autism.

  11. Traits in Java

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    A trait is a programming language feature which contains a collection of methods that can be reused across class hierarchies. Traits is a relatively new language feature that is beginning to be a part of some of the newest object-oriented programming languages. Traits have been implemented in some languages but it has not become a part of the Java language yet. In this thesis we apply traits to the Java 5 language by designing and implementing a traits aware preprocessor....

  12. Global climate niche estimates for bioenergy crops and invasive species of agronomic origin: potential problems and opportunities.

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    Jacob N Barney

    Full Text Available The global push towards a more biomass-based energy sector is ramping up efforts to adopt regionally appropriate high-yielding crops. As potential bioenergy crops are being moved around the world an assessment of the climatic suitability would be a prudent first step in identifying suitable areas of productivity and risk. Additionally, this assessment also provides a necessary step in evaluating the invasive potential of bioenergy crops, which present a possible negative externality to the bioeconomy. Therefore, we provide the first global climate niche assessment for the major graminaceous (9, herbaceous (3, and woody (4 bioenergy crops. Additionally, we contrast these with climate niche assessments for North American invasive species that were originally introduced for agronomic purposes as examples of well-intentioned introductions gone awry. With few exceptions (e.g., Saccharum officinarum, Pennisetum purpureum, the bioenergy crops exhibit broad climatic tolerance, which allows tremendous flexibility in choosing crops, especially in areas with high summer rainfall and long growing seasons (e.g., southeastern US, Amazon Basin, eastern Australia. Unsurprisingly, the invasive species of agronomic origin have very similar global climate niche profiles as the proposed bioenergy crops, also demonstrating broad climatic tolerance. The ecoregional evaluation of bioenergy crops and known invasive species demonstrates tremendous overlap at both high (EI≥30 and moderate (EI≥20 climate suitability. The southern and western US ecoregions support the greatest number of invasive species of agronomic origin, especially the Southeastern USA Plains, Mixed Woods Plains, and Mediterranean California. Many regions of the world have a suitable climate for several bioenergy crops allowing selection of agro-ecoregionally appropriate crops. This model knowingly ignores the complex biotic interactions and edaphic conditions, but provides a robust assessment of

  13. Agronomical and physiotechnical characterization of mutant lines in sorghum

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    By means of the use of ionizing radiations from cobalt 60 applied to 25 collects of high burden and long biological cycle from the sorghum world collection, mutant lines which are the product of seven generations of selection toward low burden and short biological cycle were obtained. Under the assumption that the lines obtained by mutagenesis should involve the direct improvement of other characteristics besides the height and maturity, the present study was planned, with the objective of characterize, in basis to agronomical and physiological parameters, ten sorghum lines of eight generation (M8), with low burden and precocious, obtained by induced mutations, comparing this versions of original lines against the outstanding lines of sorghum program from post-degree college. The planned hypothesis was that reduction both in height and biological cycle of plans obtained by mutagenesis, involved changes in the amount of foliar area, the production and distribution of dry matter in the aerial organs of the plant and consequently in the effectiveness in the production of sorghum grains. (Author). 19 refs, 4 tabs

  14. Agronomic Performance of Two Tetraploid Hybrid Plantains in Ghana

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    Beloved Mensah Dzomeku

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Field performance of two IITA plantain hybrids (‘PITA-1’, ‘PITA-4’ were assessed at two locations in Ghana alongside two local landraces (False Horn ‘Brodeyuo’, Intermediate French ‘Oniaba’ and a hybrid cultivar ‘Apem Hemaa’ (‘FHIA-21’. The objective of the study was to identify high yielding and disease resistant hybrids for growers in Ghana. The hybrids were evaluated for their agronomic performance and yield, tolerance to Black Sigatoka disease, number of functional leaves at flowering and at harvest, crop cycle, plant height and pseudostem girth. The results showed that the hybrids were tolerant/resistant to the Black Sigatoka (Mycosphaerella fi jiensis disease with high number of functional leaves at flowering and at harvest. This characteristic of the hybrids was an important feature that could fit well into the smallholder cropping system. The crop cycles were comparable to that of ‘False Horn’ plantains. The yield performance of the hybrids was better compared to the landraces. The number of hands per bunch produced by the hybrids was also higher than those of the landraces except the intermediate French plantain (‘Oniaba’. The finger lengths of the IITA hybrids were however shorter compared to the landraces and this could hinder their acceptance by consumers.

  15. Agronomic performance of velvet bean at different spatial arrangement

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    The objective of this work was to evaluate the effect of different plant spatial arrangements on agronomic performance of velvet-bean (Mucuna pruriens var. utilis). The experiment was performed with eight treatments, distributed in a randomized complete block design in a 2x4 factorial arrangement, with four replicates. The treatments were velvet bean sowing at two spacings between furrows (0.5 and 1.0 m) and four plant densities (2, 4, 8 and 16 plants m-1). Determinations were made for the soil covering and biological nitrogen fixation (BNF) rates, and for the dry matter yield and N accumulation in the plant shoots. Total soil cover was accomplished at 50 days after sowing at 16 plants m-1 density and 0.5 m spacing between furrows. The combination of 16 plants m-11density with the 1.0 m spacing between furrows provided the greatest dry matter yield and accumulated most N in the plant shoots. Irrespective of the plant spatial arrangement, the estimation of BNF in this species shows that about 70% N present in the shoot is derived from the atmosphere. (author)

  16. Relationships Between Agronomic and Environmental Soil Test Phosphorus in Three Typical Cultivated Soils in China

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    WANG Xin-Min; JIE Xiao-Lei; ZHU Yong-Guan; HOU Yan-Lin; ZHANG Tie-Quan

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    A study was conducted to determine the relationships between agronomic soil test P and environmental soil test P in three soils predominately distributing in three typical agricultural production areas of China. Soil P was analyzed using Bray-1 (BP), Oisen (OP), and Mehlich-3 (MP) methods as agronomic tests, and using Fe-oxide impregnated filter paper (FeP), anion-exchange resin membrane (RP), and water (WP) as environmental tests. There were linear relationships between soil P extractable with all the tests evaluated. The regression coefficients, R2, ranged from 0.8164 to 0.9409 between each two of thc agronomic soil test P, and ranged from 0.4702 to 0.8990 between each two of the environmental soil test P, when the three soils were considered separately. When soil test P was analyzed across all the three soils, the highest regression R2 was found between OP and MP (0.7940) amongst agronomic soil test P, and between FeP and RP amongst environmental soil test P (0.8842). While all of the three agronomic soil test P was linearly related to each of the environmental soil test P across the three soils, strongest relationships were found between OP and environmental soil test P. Agronomic OP may be adopted as an analytical tool for environmental prediction of soil P.

  17. TaER Expression Is Associated with Transpiration Efficiency Traits and Yield in Bread Wheat.

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    Full Text Available ERECTA encodes a receptor-like kinase and is proposed as a candidate for determining transpiration efficiency of plants. Two genes homologous to ERECTA in Arabidopsis were identified on chromosomes 6 (TaER2 and 7 (TaER1 of bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L., with copies of each gene on the A, B and D genomes of wheat. Similar expression patterns were observed for TaER1 and TaER2 with relatively higher expression of TaER1 in flag leaves of wheat at heading (Z55 and grain-filling (Z73 stages. Significant variations were found in the expression levels of both TaER1 and TaER2 in the flag leaves at both growth stages among 48 diverse bread wheat varieties. Based on the expression of TaER1 and TaER2, the 48 wheat varieties could be classified into three groups having high (5 varieties, medium (27 varieties and low (16 varieties levels of TaER expression. Significant differences were also observed between the three groups varying for TaER expression for several transpiration efficiency (TE- related traits, including stomatal density (SD, transpiration rate, photosynthetic rate (A, instant water use efficiency (WUEi and carbon isotope discrimination (CID, and yield traits of biomass production plant-1 (BYPP and grain yield plant-1 (GYPP. Correlation analysis revealed that the expression of TaER1 and TaER2 at the two growth stages was significantly and negatively associated with SD (P<0.01, transpiration rate (P<0.05 and CID (P<0.01, while significantly and positively correlated with flag leaf area (FLA, P<0.01, A (P<0.05, WUEi (P<0.05, BYPP (P<0.01 and GYPP (P<0.01, with stronger correlations for TaER1 than TaER2 and at grain-filling stage than at heading stage. These combined results suggested that TaER involved in development of transpiration efficiency -related traits and yield in bread wheat, implying a function for TaER in regulating leaf development of bread wheat and contributing to expression of these traits. Moreover, the results indicate that

  18. Emotion recognition through static faces and moving bodies: a comparison between typically-developed adults and individuals with high level of autistic traits

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    Rossana eActis-Grosso

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available We investigated whether the type of stimulus (pictures of static faces vs. body motion contributes differently to the recognition of emotions. The performance (accuracy and response times of 25 Low Autistic Traits (LAT group young adults (21 males and 20 young adults (16 males with either High Autistic Traits (HAT group or with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder was compared in the recognition of four emotions (Happiness, Anger, Fear and Sadness either shown in static faces or conveyed by moving bodies (patch-light displays, PLDs. Overall, HAT individuals were as accurate as LAT ones in perceiving emotions both with faces and with PLDs. Moreover, they correctly described non-emotional actions depicted by PLDs, indicating that they perceived the motion conveyed by the PLDs per se. For LAT participants, happiness proved to be the easiest emotion to be recognized: in line with previous studies we found a happy face advantage for faces, which for the first time was also found for bodies (happy body advantage. Furthermore, LAT participants recognized sadness better by static faces and fear by PLDs. This advantage for motion kinematics in the recognition of fear was not present in HAT participants, suggesting that i emotion recognition is not generally impaired in HAT individuals, ii the cues exploited for emotion recognition by LAT and HAT groups are not always the same. These findings are discussed against the background of emotional processing in typically and atypically developed individuals.

  19. DNA barcoding of perennial fruit tree species of agronomic interest in the genus Annona (Annonaceae

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    Nerea eLarranaga

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The DNA barcode initiative aims to establish a universal protocol using short genetic sequences to discriminate among animal and plant species. Although many markers have been proposed to become the barcode of plants, the Consortium for the Barcode of Life (CBOL Plant Working Group recommended using as a core the combination of two portions of plastid coding region, rbcL and matK. In this paper, specific markers based on matK sequences were developed for 7 closely related Annona species of agronomic interest (Annona cherimola, A. reticulata, A. squamosa, A. muricata, A. macroprophyllata, A. glabra and A. purpurea and the discrimination power of both rbcL and matK was tested using also sequences of the genus Annona available in the Barcode of Life Database (BOLD data systems. The specific sequences developed allowed the discrimination among all those species tested. Moreover, the primers generated were validated in six additional species of the genus (A. liebmanniana, A. longiflora, A. montana, A. senegalensis, A. emarginata and A. neosalicifolia and in an interspecific hybrid (A. cherimola x A. squamosa. The development of a fast, reliable and economic approach for species identification in these underutilized subtropical fruit crops in a very initial state of domestication is of great importance in order to optimize genetic resource management.

  20. Applied Mathematics for agronomical engineers in Spain at UPM

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    Anton, J. M.; Grau, J. B.; Tarquis, A. M.; Fabregat, J.; Sanchez, M. E.

    2009-04-01

    Mathematics, created or discovered, are a global human conceptual endowment, containing large systems of knowledge, and varied skills to use definite parts of them, in creation or discovery, or for applications, e.g. in Physics, or notably in engineering behaviour. When getting upper intellectual levels in the 19th century, the agronomical science and praxis was noticeably or mainly organised in Spain in agronomical engineering schools and also in institutes, together with technician schools, also with different lower lever centres, and they have evolved with progress and they are much changing at present to a EEES schema (Bolonia process). They work in different lines that need some basis or skills from mathematics. The vocation to start such careers, that have varied curriculums, contains only some mathematics, and the number of credits for mathematics is restrained because time is necessary for other initial sciences such as applied chemistry, biology, ecology and soil sciences, but some basis and skill of maths are needed, also with Physics, at least for electricity, machines, construction, economics at initial ground levels, and also for Statistics that are here considered part of Applied Mathematics. The ways of teaching mathematical basis and skills are especial, and are different from the practical ways needed e. g. for Soil Sciences, and they involve especial efforts from students, and especial controls or exams that guide much learning. The mathematics have a very large accepted content that uses mostly a standard logic, and that is remarkably stable and international, rather similar notation and expressions being used with different main languages. For engineering the logical basis is really often not taught, but the use of it is transferred, especially for calculus that requires both adapted somehow simplified schemas and the learning of a specific skill to use it, and also for linear algebra. The basic forms of differential calculus in several

  1. Agronomic characteristics of corn hybrids for silage production in the State of Mato Grosso, Brazil - doi: 10.4025/actascianimsci.v35i1.15592 Agronomic characteristics of corn hybrids for silage production in the State of Mato Grosso, Brazil - doi: 10.4025/actascianimsci.v35i1.15592

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    Cléverton Marcelino de Almeida

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    Full Text Available The experiment was conducted at the Experimental Farm of the Federal University of Mato Grosso in the municipality of Santo Antônio do Leverger, State of Mato Grosso, Brazil to evaluate the agronomic characteristics of corn hybrids in the cultivation of second crop for silage production. The experimental design was carried out with randomized blocks with 23 treatments (hybrids and three replications. Corn hybrids from different seed companies and recommended for the midwestern region of Brazil, were used. The agronomic traits were: stem diameter (cm, plant height and ear insertion (m; yield of green matter (ton. ha-1, percentage of spike, stem and leaves in green mass; ear productivity (ton. ha-1, dry matter content of stem + leaf and whole plant. Hybrids BF 9304, DKB 370, 177 DKB, BF 9534, BF 9417, AG 5020, BE 9701, P 3021 and P 30F98 had the highest production of green matter, plant height and spike insertion. The hybrid BF 9304 was also prominent for spike percentage (50.55%. The experiment was conducted at the Experimental Farm of the Federal University of Mato Grosso in the municipality of Santo Antônio do Leverger, State of Mato Grosso, Brazil to evaluate the agronomic characteristics of corn hybrids in the cultivation of second crop for silage production. The experimental design was carried out with randomized blocks with 23 treatments (hybrids and three replications. Corn hybrids from different seed companies and recommended for the midwestern region of Brazil, were used. The agronomic traits were: stem diameter (cm, plant height and ear insertion (m; yield of green matter (ton. ha-1, percentage of spike, stem and leaves in green mass; ear productivity (ton. ha-1, dry matter content of stem + leaf and whole plant. Hybrids BF 9304, DKB 370, 177 DKB, BF 9534, BF 9417, AG 5020, BE 9701, P 3021 and P 30F98 had the highest production of green matter, plant height and spike insertion. The hybrid BF 9304 was also prominent for spike

  2. Agronomic and chemical characteristics of hybrid corn to ensiling

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    Flávia Borges de Assis

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Our aim was to evaluate agronomic and chemical characteristics of corn hybrids to ensiling. It were evaluated nine corn hybrids (MX 300, RB 9308, 2B655, XB 6012, GNZ 2500, PL6890, PRE 32D10, PRE 22T10 e AG 1051, with three replicates. The higher fresh matter yield were observed in the hybrids PL6890 and PRE 32D10, while the dry matter yield was observed in the hybrid PRE 32D10 (13.43 t ha-1. The hybrids PRE 32D10 and PRE 22T10 stood out to present higher percent of leaf in relation to whole plant, while the lower percent of stems was found in the hybrids MX 300, 2B655 and XB 6012, however the higher leaves: stems relation was found in XB 6012 (0.49. There was higher CP content in the hybrid PRE 32D10 (9.10% of DM, while the lower NDF (57.78% of DM and cellulose content (24.27% of DM were observed in the hybrid GNZ 2500. The hybrid PL6890 presented higher ADF and lignin contents, the others hybrids had values lower. The lower NDIN content was observed in the hybrid RB 9308, while the lower AIDN content occurred on the hybrid 2B655. The lower buffer capacity was observed in the hybrid 2B655 (0.29. There are some differences on chemical composition among the corn hybrids used in this study, however, it is recommended to use the hybrids MX 300, PL6890 and PRE 32D10 for showing higher dry matter yield, which may reflect in the amortization of silage production costs.

  3. Biological and ecological traits of marine species

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    Costello, M.J.; Claus, S.; Dekeyzer, S; Vandepitte, L.; Ó Tuama, É.; Lear, D.; Tyler-Walters, H.

    2015-01-01

    This paper reviews the utility and availability of biological and ecological traits for marine species so as to prioritise the development of a world database on marine species traits. In addition, the ‘status’ of species for conservation, that is, whether they are introduced or invasive, of fishery or aquaculture interest, harmful, or used as an ecological indicator, were reviewed because these attributes are of particular interest to society. Whereas traits are an enduring characteristic of...

  4. AGRONOMIC PERFORMANCE AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR QUINOA (BRS SYETETUBA) CROP IN THE BRAZILIAN SAVANNAH DESEMPENHO AGRONÔMICO E RECOMENDAÇÕES PARA CULTIVO DE QUINOA (BRS SYETETUBA) NO CERRADO

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    Roberto Lorena de Barros Santos; Juliana Evagelista da Silva Rocha; Carlos Roberto Spehar

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    Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.), native to the South American Andes, has been adapted for cultivation in Brazil, via progeny selection. Originating from the Q4 population, from Ecuadorian valleys, Q4.5 has shown outstanding performance. During the trials, it was standardized for agronomic traits and named BRS Syetetuba. In the summer and winter, it reached 2.3 t ha-1 and 7.5 t ha-1, respectively for grain and biomass yield, in 120 days, from emergence to maturity. These results were higher...

  5. The principles and guidelines for designing long-term agronomic experiments

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    Mark; Conyers

    2009-01-01

    Many of the important questions facing farming systems in the world today require long-term studies to provide meaningful information and answers. A long-term agronomic experiment (LTAE) should (1) have long-term objectives; (2) study important soil processes or ecological processes; and (3) be related to the productivity and sustainability of systems. A well established LTAE can provide both insights into how the system operates and foresight into where the system goes. The prerequisites for setting up a LTAE are the secured land, continuous funding and dedicated scientists. A number of principles must be considered carefully when establishing a LTAE, (1) the site must be representative of large areas; (2) the treatments should be simple, but focusing on the big questions; (3) the plots should be large enough to allow subsequent modification of the experiment if this becomes necessary; (4) crop rotations should minimise, wherever possible, the risk of build-up of pests and diseases, and rotational phase should be considered in a rotational experiment; (5) a clearly defined experimental protocol should be developed to ensure data collected is scientifically valid and statistically analysable, but with flexibility to allow essential changes; (6) soil samples, possibly plant samples, should be achieved to provide better answer to the original questions when new, perhaps more accurate analytical techniques are developed, or answer new research questions that were not considered in the original design. The MASTER experiment in Australia was used as a case study to demonstrate how these principles are implemented in practice.

  6. Identification of ISSR and RAPD markers linked to yield traits in bread wheat under normal and drought conditions

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Genetic variability and identification of some molecular markers were studied in twenty promising lines of wheat using agronomic traits, ISSR (inter simple sequences repeats and RAPD (random amplified polymorphic DNA markers. Significant variation was evidenced in all agronomic traits. The lines proved to be superior to the check cultivar Sahel1 in yield and its component traits. Lines L2, L7 and L8 were the best in most yield component traits in both seasons. Moreover, Lines L2, L4, L5, L7 and L8 showed drought tolerance by which they displayed high performance in agronomic traits as well as a low drought susceptibility index. The percentage of polymorphism was 39.3% and 53.2% for ISSRs and RAPDs, respectively. UBC-881 belonged to penta-nucleotide repeat sequences (GGGTG that produced the highest level of polymorphism, while UBC-846 belonged to di-nucleotide repeat sequences (CA that produced the lowest level of polymorphism. Genetic similarities among wheat lines based on ISSR and RAPD markers ranged from 0.81 to 1.00 and from 0.86 to 0.98, respectively. There was a low average of PIC (polymorphism information content values which were 0.10 (ISSR and 0.15 (RAPD. The RAPD technique exhibited a higher marker index (MI = 0.69 compared to ISSR (MI = 0.43. There was insignificant correlation between ISSR and RAPD data (0.168, p > 0.05. There were two markers (UBC-881450bp and OPF-10540bp, on each of which two traits regressed significantly. The associated markers each explained a maximum regression of 18.92–34.95% of the total available variation for individual associated traits.

  7. Bio-effectors from waste materials as growth promoters for tomato plants, an agronomic and metabolomic study

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    Abou Chehade, Lara; Chami, Ziad Al; De Pascali, Sandra; Cavoski, Ivana; Fanizzi, Francesco Paolo

    2015-04-01

    In organic farming, where nutrient management is constrained and sustainability is claimed, bio-effectors pave their way. Considering selected bio-effectors, this study integrates metabolomics to agronomy in depicting induced relevant phenomena. Extracts of three agro-industrial wastes (Lemon processing residues, Fennel processing residues and Brewer's spent grain) are being investigated as sources of bio-effectors for the third trial consequently. Corresponding individual and mixture aqueous extracts are assessed for their synergistic and/or single agronomic and qualitative performances on soil-grown tomato, compared to both a control and humic acid treatments. A metabolomic profiling of tomato fruits via the Proton Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, as holistic indicator of fruit quality and extract-induced responses, complements crop productivity and organoleptic/nutritional qualitative analyses. Results are expected to show mainly an enhancement of the fruit qualitative traits, and to confirm partly the previous results of better crop productivity and metabolism enhancement. Waste-derived bio-effectors could be, accordingly, demonstrated as potential candidates of plant-enhancing substances. Keywords: bio-effectors, organic farming, agro-industrial wastes, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), tomato.

  8. Traits traded off

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    Rueffler, Claus

    2006-01-01

    The course of evolution is restricted by constraints. A special type of constraint is a trade-off where different traits are negatively correlated. In this situation a mutant type that shows an improvement in one trait suffers from a decreased performance through another trait. In a fixed fitness la

  9. Biological Implications in Cassava for the Production of Amylose-Free Starch: Impact on Root Yield and Related Traits.

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    Karlström, Amanda; Calle, Fernando; Salazar, Sandra; Morante, Nelson; Dufour, Dominique; Ceballos, Hernán

    2016-01-01

    Cassava (Manihot esculenta, Crantz) is an important food security crop, but it is becoming an important raw material for different industrial applications. Cassava is the second most important source of starch worldwide. Novel starch properties are of interest to the starch industry, and one them is the recently identified amylose-free (waxy) cassava starch. Waxy mutants have been found in different crops and have been often associated with a yield penalty. There are ongoing efforts to develop commercial cassava varieties with amylose-free starch. However, little information is available regarding the biological and agronomic implications of starch mutations in cassava, nor in other root and tuber crops. In this study, siblings from eight full-sib families, segregating for the waxy trait, were used to determine if the mutation has implications for yield, dry matter content (DMC) and harvest index in cassava. A total of 87 waxy and 87 wild-type starch genotypes from the eight families were used in the study. The only significant effect of starch type was on DMC (p < 0.01), with waxy clones having a 0.8% lower content than their wild type counterparts. There was no effect of starch type on fresh root yield (FRY), adjusted FRY and harvest index. It is not clear if lower DMC is a pleiotropic effect of the waxy starch mutation or else the result of linked genes introgressed along with the mutation. It is expected that commercial waxy cassava varieties will have competitive FRYs but special efforts will be required to attain adequate DMCs. This study contributes to the limited knowledge available of the impact of starch mutations on the agronomic performance of root and tuber crops. PMID:27242813

  10. Evaluating agronomic effectiveness of phosphate rocks using nuclear and related techniques: Results from an FAO/IAEA co-ordinated research project

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    An FAO/IAEA Co-ordinated Research Project, 'The use of nuclear and related techniques for evaluating the agronomic effectiveness of phosphatic fertilisers, in particular rock phosphates', was in operation during the period 1993-98. The research network comprised twenty-three scientists, of whom seventeen were in developing countries, with six in industrialized nations. Conventional and 32P-isotope techniques were utilized to assess the bioavailability of P in soils amended with phosphate rock (PR) and water-soluble fertilisers, and to evaluate the agronomic effectiveness of PR products. No single chemical extraction method was found to be suitable for all soils and fertilisers. The Pi strip method showed promising results, but more testing is needed with tropical acid soils. The 32P-phosphate-exchange kinetics method allowed a complete characterization of P dynamics, and provided basic information for estimating the kinetic pools of soil P. The agronomic effectiveness (AE) of PRs depends on their solubility (reactivity), which is related to the degree of carbonate substitution for phosphate in the apatite structure. Rock phosphates of low reactivity were unsuitable for direct application to annual crops. Research in Venezuela, China, Cuba, Brazil, and Thailand demonstrated that AE can be increased by partial acidulation, or by mixing with organic materials or a water-soluble source. The AE can be enhanced also through inoculation with mycorrhizal fungi and rhizobacteria. The AE, which depends on species, is particularly high in crops such as canola and lupin that exude organic acids from the roots. Agronomic effectiveness of PR is higher on soils with low pH, low available P, low exchangeable Ca, high cation exchange capacity and high organic-matter content. The 32P-techniques are powerful tools for studying the factors that affect AE. Information from field trials was used to create a database for validating a model for providing recommendations for PR application

  11. Genetic dissection of bioenerrgy traits in sorghum

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    Vermerris, Wilfred; Kresovich, Stephen; Murray, Seth; Pedersen, Jeffery; Rooney, William; Sattler, Scott.

    2012-06-15

    these lines is in progress. Objective 2 The experiments from this objective have been completed and the data were published in the journal Crop Science by Felderhoff et al. (2012). A second publication by Felderhoff et al. is in progress (see publication list for full details). The experiments were based on a mapping population derived from the sweet sorghum 'Rio' and the dry-stalk grain sorghum BTx3197. The main findings were: 1) The apparent juiciness of the sorghum stalk, based on the appearance of a cut stem surface (moist vs. pithy), is not representative of the moisture content of the stalk. This was surprising, as pithy stalks have been associated with low moisture content. This means that in order to assess 'juiciness', a different evaluation needs to be used, for example by removing juice with a roller press or by measuring the difference in mass between a fresh and dried stalk segment. 2) A total of five QTLs associated with juice volume (corrected for height) or moisture content were identified, but not all QTLs were detected in all environments, providing evidence for genotype x environment interactions. This finding complicates breeding for juice volume using marker-assisted selection. 3) The QTL for sugar concentration identified on chromosome 3, and the subject of Objective 1, was confirmed in this mapping population, but unlike in previous studies (Murray et al., 2008), the presence of this QTL was associated with negative impacts on agronomic performance (fresh and dry biomass yield, juice yield). Consequently, introgression of the Brix QTL from Rio as part of a commercial breeding program will require monitoring of the precise impacts of this QTL on agronomic performance. 4) The absence of dominance effects for the Brix trait (= sugar concentration) indicated that Brix must be high in both parents to produce high Brix in hybrids. This means an extra constraint on the development of hybrid parents. With the results from Objective 1

  12. Comparative genomics approaches within Beta vulgaris to reveal loci relevant to root development and secondary metabolite storage traits

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    Development and patterning of Beta vulgaris root tissues is key to obtaining a good crop. This study aims to undertake a comparative systems biology approach for the study of root development, physiology, and storage characteristics within two B. vulgaris crop types, sugar beet and red beet. Generat...

  13. Review of Genetic Map Construction and Molecular Localization for Main Traits on Eggplant (Solanum me longe na L.)%茄子遗传图谱构建及重要性状分子定位的研究进展

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    李宁; 李烨; 姚明华; 谢立峰; 张环宇

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    近年来,随着生物技术的发展以及各种分子标记的应用,茄子分子遗传图谱构建及重要性状分子定位研究工作取得了显著的进步,获得了一些与抗病性、果实、产量等主要农艺性状基因相关的分子标记。本文对茄子遗传图谱构建研究进展进行综述,总结了茄子抗枯萎病、抗黄萎病、抗青枯病、单性结实以及果实植株等重要农艺性状的分子定位、可用分子标记,并探讨了相关研究中存在的问题及发展趋势,以期为茄子分子标记辅助选择育种提供理论参考。%In recent years, significant progress has been made in genetic map construction and molecular localization for main traits on eggplant, with the development of biotechnology and the use of various molecular markers. Some molecular markers relating to the major agronomic traits such as disease-resistant, fruit and yield were developed. In this paper, we summarized the progress of genetic map construction and molecular localization of Fusarium wilt, Verticillium wilt, Bacterial wilt, Parthenocarpy and vital agronomic trait on eggplant. We also discussed the problems and development trends on the researches of eggplant fileds. The aim was to provide a suggestion of marker-assisted selection breeding on eggplant.

  14. Morpho-agronomic characterization of 96 rice mutant line M5 induced through gamma radiation

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    A total of 96 rice mutant lines M5 of Khaw Dawk Mali induced with gamma radiation at doses ranging from 200 to 400 Gray were morpho-agronomically characterized at Muda Agricultural Department Authority (MADA) experimental plot and at Malaysian Institute For Nuclear Technology Research (MINT) laboratory. These mutant lines were selected for resistance to blast disease, which caused by Pyricularia orayzae. Several morphoagronomic characters were evaluated including stability, plant height, number of tiller per hill, flag leaf behavior, flowering and maturity period, grain length and 1000 seeds weight. Variations were found among mutant lines in all morpho-agronomic characters studied. Some mutant lines were better in certain characters as compared to variety Khaw Dawk Mali (Parent). About 20 percent of these mutant lines showed better performance in all morpho-agronomic characters studied as compared to parent will be selected for preliminary yield trial at M6 generation

  15. Culinary and sensory traits diversity in the Spanish Core Collection of common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.

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    Full Text Available The Spanish National Plant Genetic Resource Center’s core collection of bean germplasm includes 202 accessions selected from more than 3000 accessions in function of passport data, seed phenotype, genetic background, and agronomic traits. To acquire more useful information about these accessions, we cultivated and characterized them for sensory and culinary traits. We found considerable variation for culinary and sensory traits of the cooked beans (mean coefficients of variation: 41% for the sensory traits and 40% for the culinary traits. The large dataset enabled us to study correlations between sensory and culinary traits and among these traits and geographic origin, seed color, and growth habit. Greater proportion of white in the seed coat correlated positively with brightness and negatively with mealiness (r=0.60, r=-0.60, p<0.001, respectively. Mealiness correlated negatively with seed-coat roughness and rate of water absorption (r=-0.60, r=-0.53, p<0.001, respectively. Materials of Andean origin had lower seed-coat brightness (p<0.01 and seed-coat roughness, and greater seed-coat perceptibility, mealiness, flavor, and aroma (p<0.001 than materials of Mesoamerican origin. Growth habit failed to correlate with culinary or sensory traits. Breeders can benefit from the information about this core collection available at www.crf.inia.es/crfesp/paginaprincipaljudia.asp.

  16. Induction of agronomically useful mutants in sorghum through radiations and in vitro techniques

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    Sorghum is an important millet crop known for its multiple usage as food, fodder and fuel. In this crop, irradiation and cell and tissue culture techniques can be very useful for creating new genetic variation affecting major and polygenic traits. In the present study, two grain sorghum varieties (CO 26, COS 28) and two forage sorghum varieties (CO 27, COFS 29) were utilized. LD50 dose for all the four varieties were fixed (400Gy for CO 26, 350Gy for COS 28, 500Gy for CO 27 and 600Gy for COPS 29. The viable mutants for high yield, high biomass, thick stem, tall and dwarf mutant, stay green, bold grain, grain colour (pearly white in CO 26 and COS 28, red seed colour in CO27), glume colour (red glume in CO27 and COFS 29) and forty five non-shattering mutants (COFS 29) were identified. In grain sorghum, fifty families of CO 26 and forty eight families of COS 28 were selected for high grain yield and in forage sorghum, fifteen families of CO 27 and twenty two families of COFS 29 were selected for high biomass inM4generation. In grain sorghum for stay green trait, twelve families in CO 26 and seven families of COS 28 were selected inM4generation. Agronomically superior mutants are being subjected to further evaluation, selection and stability of performance. In vitro culture studies: The explants utilized for the present study were immature inflorescence and young leaf and the medium used was MS the percentage of callus induction was high (82.14%) in CO 27 leaf explant and percentage of regeneration was high in inflorescence callus of CO 26 and COS 28 (80%). Addition of activated charcoal was found to be effective in reducing the phenols. As regards callus induction, 0.4 g/l activated charcoal was found to be optimum. Double the dose of Fe-EDTA was found to be necessary for high frequency of callus induction and regeneration. The best composition of ingredients for callus induction was 0.4 g/l activated charcoal, 2.0 mg /l 2,4-D and 1.0 mg/l kinetin. The best

  17. Effects of social conditions during early development on stress response and personality traits in great tits (Parus major)

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    Naguib, M.; Floercke, C.; Oers, van K.

    2011-01-01

    Environmental conditions during early development play a crucial role in shaping an organism's phenotype. To test how social group size affects stress response and behavioral characteristics, we used great tits (Parus major) from selection lines for exploratory behavior, a proxy for an avian persona

  18. Contrasting agronomic response of biochar amendment to a Mediterranean Cambisol: Incubation vs. field experiment

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    De la Rosa, José M.; Paneque, Marina; De Celis, Reyes; Miller, Ana Z.; Knicker, Heike

    2015-04-01

    are still being processed. Nevertheless, preliminary results indicated that addition of biochar did not alter negatively physical properties (pH, EC) or composition of this alkaline soil, on the contrary biochar addition caused a slight improvement of the WHC and soil porosity. Those changes produced a faster development of plant shoots. However, at the end of the experiment, biochar amendment caused no significant increase on the agronomic production for any of the tested biochars. From these preliminary results, we conclude that biochar amendment improved physical-surficial characteristics of the calcic Cambisol from an agronomic point of view, but under the typical Mediterranean climate those changes seem to leave the harvested seed yields unaffected. References: [1] Glaser B, Lehmann J, Zech W, 2002. Biol. Fert. Soils. 35, 219-230. [2] Blackwell P, Riethmuller G, Collins M, 2009. in Lehmann J, Joseph S. Earthscan (Eds.), Biochar for Environmental Management: Science and Technology, London. [3] IUSS Working Group WRB, 2007. World Soil Resources Reports 103. FAO, Rome. [4] De la Rosa JM, Knicker H, 2011. Soil Biol. Biochem. 43, 2368-2373. [5] De la Rosa JM, Paneque M, Miller AZ, Knicker H, 2014. Sci. of the Tot. Env. 499, 175-184. Acknowledgements: The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (REA grant agreement n° PCIG12-GA-2012-333784-Biocharisma project) and the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) (project PCGL2012-37041) are thanked for the financial support of the present study. The "Fondo Social Europeo" is thanked for funding J.M de la Rosa JAE-Doc contract. The European Biochar Network (Biochar as option for sustainable resource management-COST action TD1107) and Bodegas Torres (Spain) are acknowledged for providing the biochar samples.

  19. Trait-based approaches to zooplankton communities

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    Lichtman, E.; Ohman, M.D.; Kiørboe, Thomas

    2013-01-01

    Zooplankton are major primary consumers and predators in most aquatic ecosystems. They exhibit tremendous diversity of traits, ecological strategies and, consequently, impacts on other trophic levels and the cycling of materials and energy. An adequate representation of this diversity in community...... and ecosystem models is necessary to generate realistic predictions on the functioning of aquatic ecosystems but remains extremely challenging. We propose that the use of trait-based approaches is a promising way to reduce complexity while retaining realism in developing novel descriptions of zooplankton...... traits, such as body size and motility, transcend several functions and are major determinants of zooplankton ecological strategies. Future developments of trait-based approaches to zooplankton should assemble a comprehensive matrix of key traits for diverse groups and explore it for general patterns...

  20. Clinical skills development in student-run free clinic volunteers: a multi-trait, multi-measure study

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    2014-01-01

    Background At Wayne State University School of Medicine (WSU SOM), the Robert R. Frank Student Run Free Clinic (SRFC) is one place preclinical students can gain clinical experience. There have been no published studies to date measuring the impact of student-run free clinic (SRFC) volunteerism on clinical skills development in preclinical medical students. Methods Surveys were given to first year medical students at WSU SOM at the beginning and end of Year 1 to assess perception of clinical s...

  1. Performance of agronomic traits of Chinese CMS lines in India and their potential application in rice breeding program

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    TAOLongxing; ZHANGShanqing; WANGXi; A.V.Kini; P.Suresha

    1999-01-01

    Experiment was conducted in E. I. D Pazry(India )LTD, Agriteeh Res Center (N12. 5°,E78°) in Rabi season, 1998. Chinese indiea cytoplasmic male sterile lines (CMS) ZS97A,V20A, Jing 23A, You-IA, and D297A, and tropical CMS IR68902A, IR69616A, and IR58025A were sowed on Feb 6 and transplanted on Mar 1.

  2. Effects on agronomic traits of M1 by pollen of upland cotton irradiated by 60Co-γ ray

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    [Objective] The aim was to provide reference for research on radiation and breeding of cotton pollen through irradiating common ripe pollen grain of upland cotton by 60Co-? Ray of varied doses. [Method] Ripe pollen grains of upland cotton were irradiated by 60Co-γ Ray with doses of 5, 10, 15, and 20 Gy, respectively, to learn radiation effect and select appropriate dose. [Result] Most properties of M1 obviously showed variation when dose was over 10 Gy; vitality, growth, and fertility were greatly inhibited when dose was 15 Gy which was almost semi-lethal concentration, and variation species were richest at the same time, which provided materials for practical breeding. [Conclusion] 60Co-γ Ray of 15 Gy was more suitable for inducing research for ripe pollen grains of upland cotton

  3. Polymorphisms in monolignol biosynthetic genes are associated with biomass yield and agronomic traits in European maize (Zea mays L.)

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    Chen, Yongsheng; Zein, Imad; Brenner, Everton A;

    2010-01-01

    Background Reduced lignin content leads to higher cell wall digestibility and, therefore, better forage quality and increased conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into ethanol. However, reduced lignin content might lead to weaker stalks, lodging, and reduced biomass yield. Genes encoding enzymes...

  4. Localising QTLs for leaf rust resistance and agronomic traits in barley (¤Hordeum vulgare¤ L.)

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    Kicherer, S.; Backes, G.; Walther, U.;

    2000-01-01

    to leaf rust by means of artificial infection, heading date, plant height and Kernel weight were assessed. For leaf rust resistance, 4 QTLs were localised, that explained 96.1% of the genetic variation. One QTL on chromosome 4H confirmed a position found in another genetic background and one mapped...... to the same position as Rph16 on chromosome 2H. All digenic effects decreased the effects of the respective QTLs. In addition to the denso-locus and the hex-v locus, other QTLs influencing heading date, plant length and kernel weight were found in this cross....

  5. Help! How Can I Do the Six Traits, Too?

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    Weissman, Annie

    2003-01-01

    Describes the Six Traits of Writing and how school librarians can use storytime to teach the Six Traits, use picture books that demonstrate them, develop active participation strategies for listening comprehension, and teach group and individual composition highlighting each trait. (LRW)

  6. Integrating agronomic principles into production function estimation: A dichotomy of growth inputs and facilitating inputs

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    Zhengfei, G.; Oude Lansink, A.G.J.M.; Ittersum, van M.K.; Wossink, G.A.A.

    2006-01-01

    This article presents a general conceptual framework for integrating agronomic principles into economic production analysis. We categorize inputs in crop production into growth inputs and facilitating inputs. Based on this dichotomy we specify an asymmetric production function. The robustness of the

  7. Plant Hormone Resistance and Agronomic Characteristics of the MT10 Mutant in Rice

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    2000-01-01

    The MT10 mutant plants had resistances to auxin. Under light and dark culture,the roots of MT10 seedlings had shown less lateral roots and short lateral roots. In soil ,MT10 seedlings had shown not only no changed agronomic characteristics but also no significant difference with WT.

  8. Pay Attention to Developing Children's Good Personality Traits%关注幼儿良好个性品质的培养

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    叶英

    2012-01-01

    Foster children's good personality traits is an important task of early childhood education, teachers in the daily teaching and life should focus on training the children's good personality, and focus on shaping and protecting young children, good personality, respectful of their individuality and their parents interact in the game,to create the conditions to ac- tivate the early learning initiative to promote children's subjectivity, autonomy, uniqueness, and creativity continue to generate and development.%培养幼儿良好的个性品质是幼儿教育的重要任务,教师在日常教学和生活中要注重培养幼儿良好的个性,在游戏中注重塑造和保护幼儿的良好个性,在和家长互动时尊重幼儿的个性,创造条件去激活幼儿学习的主动性,促进幼儿的主体性、自主性、独特性、创造性不断地生成与发展。

  9. ARTICLE - Path analysis of iron and zinc contents and others traits in cowpea

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    Jeane de Oliveira Moura

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to estimate the direct and indirect effects of agronomic and culinary traits on iron and zinc contents in 11 cowpea populations. Correlations between traits were estimated and decomposed into direct and indirect effects using path analysis. For the study populations, breeding for larger grain size, higher number of grains per pod, grain yield, reduced cooking time, and number of days to flowering can lead to decreases in the levels of iron and zinc in the grain. Genetic gains for the iron content can be obtained by direct selection for protein content by indirect effects on the number of grains per pod, 100-grain weight and grain yield. The positive direct effect of grain size and protein content on the zinc content indicates the possibility of simultaneous gain by combined selection of these traits.

  10. Towards an evolutionary ecology of sexual traits.

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    Cornwallis, Charlie K; Uller, Tobias

    2010-03-01

    Empirical studies of sexual traits continue to generate conflicting results, leading to a growing awareness that the current understanding of this topic is limited. Here we argue that this is because studies of sexual traits fail to encompass three important features of evolution. First, sexual traits evolve via natural selection of which sexual selection is just one part. Second, selection on sexual traits fluctuates in strength, direction and form due to spatial and temporal environmental heterogeneity. Third, phenotypic plasticity is ubiquitous and generates selection and responses to selection within and across generations. A move from purely gene-focused theories of sexual selection towards research that explicitly integrates development, ecology and evolution is necessary to break the stasis in research on sexual traits.

  11. Genetic dissection of bioenerrgy traits in sorghum

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    Vermerris, Wilfred; Kresovich, Stephen; Murray, Seth; Pedersen, Jeffery; Rooney, William; Sattler, Scott.

    2012-06-15

    these lines is in progress. Objective 2 The experiments from this objective have been completed and the data were published in the journal Crop Science by Felderhoff et al. (2012). A second publication by Felderhoff et al. is in progress (see publication list for full details). The experiments were based on a mapping population derived from the sweet sorghum 'Rio' and the dry-stalk grain sorghum BTx3197. The main findings were: 1) The apparent juiciness of the sorghum stalk, based on the appearance of a cut stem surface (moist vs. pithy), is not representative of the moisture content of the stalk. This was surprising, as pithy stalks have been associated with low moisture content. This means that in order to assess 'juiciness', a different evaluation needs to be used, for example by removing juice with a roller press or by measuring the difference in mass between a fresh and dried stalk segment. 2) A total of five QTLs associated with juice volume (corrected for height) or moisture content were identified, but not all QTLs were detected in all environments, providing evidence for genotype x environment interactions. This finding complicates breeding for juice volume using marker-assisted selection. 3) The QTL for sugar concentration identified on chromosome 3, and the subject of Objective 1, was confirmed in this mapping population, but unlike in previous studies (Murray et al., 2008), the presence of this QTL was associated with negative impacts on agronomic performance (fresh and dry biomass yield, juice yield). Consequently, introgression of the Brix QTL from Rio as part of a commercial breeding program will require monitoring of the precise impacts of this QTL on agronomic performance. 4) The absence of dominance effects for the Brix trait (= sugar concentration) indicated that Brix must be high in both parents to produce high Brix in hybrids. This means an extra constraint on the development of hybrid parents. With the results from Objective 1

  12. Improving agronomic water use efficiency in tomato by rootstock-mediated hormonal regulation of leaf biomass.

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    Cantero-Navarro, Elena; Romero-Aranda, Remedios; Fernández-Muñoz, Rafael; Martínez-Andújar, Cristina; Pérez-Alfocea, Francisco; Albacete, Alfonso

    2016-10-01

    Water availability is the most important factor limiting food production, thus developing new scientific strategies to allow crops to more efficiently use water could be crucial in a world with a growing population. Tomato is a highly water consuming crop and improving its water use efficiency (WUE) implies positive economic and environmental effects. This work aimed to study and exploit root-derived hormonal traits to improve WUE in tomato by grafting on selected rootstocks. Firstly, root-related hormonal parameters associated to WUE were identified in a population of recombinant inbred lines (RILs) derived from the wild tomato species Solanum pimpinellifolium. A principal component analysis (PCA) revealed that some hormonal traits were associated with productivity (plant biomass and photosynthesis) and WUE in the RIL population. Leaf ABA concentration was associated to the first component (PC1) of the PCA, which explained a 60% of the variance in WUE, while the ethylene precursor ACC and the ratio ACC/ABA were also associated to PC1 but in the opposite direction. Secondly, we selected RILs according to their extreme biomass (high, B, low, b) and water use (high, W, low, w), and studied the differential effect of shoot and root on WUE by reciprocal grafting. In absence of any imposed stress, there were no rootstock effects on vegetative shoot growth and water relations. Finally, we exploited the previously identified root-related hormonal traits by grafting a commercial tomato variety onto the selected RILs to improve WUE. Interestingly, rootstocks that induced low biomass and water use, 'bw', improved fruit yield and WUE (defined as fruit yield/water use) by up to 40% compared to self-grafted plants. Although other hormonal factors appear implicated in this response, xylem ACC concentration seems an important root-derived trait that inhibits leaf growth but does not limit fruit yield. Thus tomato WUE can be improved exploiting rootstock-derived hormonal signals

  13. Improving agronomic water use efficiency in tomato by rootstock-mediated hormonal regulation of leaf biomass.

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    Cantero-Navarro, Elena; Romero-Aranda, Remedios; Fernández-Muñoz, Rafael; Martínez-Andújar, Cristina; Pérez-Alfocea, Francisco; Albacete, Alfonso

    2016-10-01

    Water availability is the most important factor limiting food production, thus developing new scientific strategies to allow crops to more efficiently use water could be crucial in a world with a growing population. Tomato is a highly water consuming crop and improving its water use efficiency (WUE) implies positive economic and environmental effects. This work aimed to study and exploit root-derived hormonal traits to improve WUE in tomato by grafting on selected rootstocks. Firstly, root-related hormonal parameters associated to WUE were identified in a population of recombinant inbred lines (RILs) derived from the wild tomato species Solanum pimpinellifolium. A principal component analysis (PCA) revealed that some hormonal traits were associated with productivity (plant biomass and photosynthesis) and WUE in the RIL population. Leaf ABA concentration was associated to the first component (PC1) of the PCA, which explained a 60% of the variance in WUE, while the ethylene precursor ACC and the ratio ACC/ABA were also associated to PC1 but in the opposite direction. Secondly, we selected RILs according to their extreme biomass (high, B, low, b) and water use (high, W, low, w), and studied the differential effect of shoot and root on WUE by reciprocal grafting. In absence of any imposed stress, there were no rootstock effects on vegetative shoot growth and water relations. Finally, we exploited the previously identified root-related hormonal traits by grafting a commercial tomato variety onto the selected RILs to improve WUE. Interestingly, rootstocks that induced low biomass and water use, 'bw', improved fruit yield and WUE (defined as fruit yield/water use) by up to 40% compared to self-grafted plants. Although other hormonal factors appear implicated in this response, xylem ACC concentration seems an important root-derived trait that inhibits leaf growth but does not limit fruit yield. Thus tomato WUE can be improved exploiting rootstock-derived hormonal signals

  14. Wavelet transform to discriminate between crop and weed in agronomic images

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    Bossu, Jérémie; Gée, Christelle; Truchetet, Frédéric

    2007-09-01

    In precision agriculture, the reduction of herbicide applications requires an accurate detection of weed patches. From image detection, to quantify weed infestations, it would be necessary to identify crop rows from line detection algorithm and to discriminate weed from crop. Our laboratory developed several methods for line detection based on Hough Transform, double Hough Transform or Gabor filtering. The Hough Transform is well adapted to image affected by perspective deformations but the computation burden is heavy and on-line applications are hardly handled. To lighten this problem, we have used a Gabor filter to enhance the crop rows present into the image but, if this method is robust with parallel crop rows (without perspective distortions), it implies to deform image with an inverse projection matrix to be applied in the case of an embedded camera. We propose, in order to implement a filter in the scale / space domain, to use a discrete dyadic wavelet transform. Thus, we can extract the vertical details contained in various parts of the image from different levels of resolution. Each vertical detail level kept allows to enhance the crop rows in a specific part of the initial image. The combination of these details enable us to discriminate crop from weeds with a simple logical operation. This spatial method, thanks to the fast wavelet transform algorithm, can be easily implemented for a real time application and it leads to better results than those obtained from Gabor filtering. For this method, the weed infestation rate is estimated and the performance are compared to those given by other methods. A discussion concludes about the ability of this method to detect the crop rows in agronomic images. Finally we consider the ability of this spatial-only approach to classify weeds from crop.

  15. Agronomic-productive characteristics of two genotype of stevia rebaudiana in Central Italy

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    Lucia Ceccarini

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni produces a variety of high-potency low calorie sweeteners in its’ leaf tissue. The aim of this work was to evaluate the productive potential of two different Stevia rebaudiana genotypes and the characteristics of the production of the plant obtained through different cultivation methods, in central Italy. For several years (1992-2000 agronomic trials on Stevia rebaudiana cultivated in the littoral area near Pisa (Italy carried out. In 1992 two different genotypes of Stevia (B1 and B2 transplanted in silt-loam soil; in 1996 other plants from B2 genotype, produced by vegetative process (micropropagation, were transplanted in the same field. In the period from 1992-1999 the production of leaves from both genotypes increase as of the third year and the ratio leaf-aerial plant, after the peak in the third year, tends to diminish. Except the first year (1997 there were not recorded statistically significant differences between the two propagation methods employed in relation to leaf production. The quantity of leaves produced from a single harvest was less than resulting from two cuttings and the micropropagation plants produced a larger amount of leaves than those from cutting. The leaf-stem ratio was to become an interesting morphological and production characteristic parameter of the plant. Stevia rebaudiana appears particularly suited for the cultivation environment of central Italy. A particular positive aspect that must be considered in these regions is that Stevia can be grown successfully as poliannual species because crop survival over the winter is high. The results obtained show that this species is economically profitable until the 5th or 6th year of cultivation. At our latitudes is also necessary to establish a program of genetic improvement in order to develop earlier varieties that can guaranty an optimum qualitative and quantitative seed production.

  16. Power and Autistic Traits.

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    Overskeid, Geir

    2016-01-01

    Autistic traits can help people gain and sustain power, and has probably done so throughout history, says the present paper. A number of testable claims follow from this assumption. First, the powerful should have more autistic traits than others - which they do appear to have. Among other things, powerful people, and those with many autistic traits, tend to prefer solitary activities and are often aloof. Moreover, they are often rigid and socially insensitive, low on empathy and with low scores on the trait of agreeableness - and as a rule they do not have many friends. Both groups are also more self-centered than others, more honest, less submissive, more sensitive to slights, and with a stronger tendency to engage in abstract thinking. They tend to behave in bossy or dominant ways, and their moral judgment is more based on rules than on feelings. In addition to experimental evidence, I cite biographies showing that a surprising number of presidents, prime ministers and other powerful people seem to have had traits like those in question - and interestingly, in animals, leaders are often rigid and insensitive to group members' needs and feelings, mostly acting the way they are themselves inclined to, not responding much to others. Problem solving is important in leadership, and people with many autistic traits appear often to be better thinkers than typical subjects with similar IQs. However, these and other congruities could be coincidences. Hence the question of whether traits the two groups have in common also have a common cause constitutes a strong test of the paper's thesis - and a common cause does appear to exist, in the form of testosterone's effects on the central nervous system. Finally, there is evidence that, other things equal, powerful men have more reproductive success than others. If men wielding power do indeed have more autistic traits than those less powerful, this will lead to, other things equal, such traits becoming more common - which can

  17. Towards a reference plant trait ontology for modeling knowledge of plant traits and phenotypes

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    Ontology engineering and knowledge modeling for the plant sciences is expected to contribute to the understanding of the basis of plant traits that determine phenotypic expression in a given environment. Several crop- or clade-specific plant trait ontologies have been developed to describe plant tr...

  18. Single nucleotide polymorphisms linked to quantitative trait loci for grain quality traits in wheat

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    Chunlian Li; Guihua Bai; Shiaoman Chao; Brett Carver; Zhonghua Wang

    2016-01-01

    Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) grain quality traits that are controlled by quantitative traits loci (QTL) define suitable growing areas and potential end-use products of a wheat cultivar. To dissect QTL for these traits including protein content (GPC);test weight (TW);single kernel characterization system (SKCS)-estimated kernel weight (SKW); kernel diameter (KD);kernel hardness measured by near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS) hardness index (NHI); and SKCS-hardness index (SHI), a high-density genetic map with single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) and simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers was developed using recombinant inbred lines (RILs) derived from Ning7840 × Clark. The RILs were evaluated for these quality traits in seven Oklahoma environments from 2001 to 2003. A total of 41 QTL with additive effects on different traits were mapped on most wheat chromosomes, excluding 1A, 2A, 3D, 4D, 6D, and 7B. Seven chromosome regions showed either tightly linked QTL or QTL with pleiotropic effects on two to four traits. Ten pairs of QTL showed additive × additive effects (AA), four QTL were involved in additive × environment (AE) effects, and one was involved in AAE effects. Two to eleven QTL for each of the six traits and 139 tightly linked markers to these QTL were identified. The findings shed light on the inheritance of wheat grain quality traits and provide DNA markers for manipulating these important traits to improve quality of new wheat cultivars.

  19. Exposure to monocrotophos pesticide during sexual development causes the feminization/demasculinization of the reproductive traits and a reduction in the reproductive success of male guppies (Poecilia reticulata)

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    Monocrotophos is a highly toxic organophosphorus pesticide that has been confirmed to be an endocrine‐disrupting chemical. To evaluate the influence of this pollutant on the reproductive system of male fish, we studied the sex steroid levels, reproductive traits, sex ratio, and reproductive success in male guppies (Poecilia reticulata) exposed to 40% monocrotophos pesticide at the nominal concentrations of 0.01, 0.10, and 1.00 mg/L for 90 days from birth to adulthood in a semi‐static exposure system. Radioimmunoassay and western blot analyses demonstrated that the long‐term exposure to monocrotophos pesticide during the sexual development of male guppies caused a significant increase in 17β‐estradiol levels and consequently induced vitellogenin synthesis, suggesting the feminization of the males. Monocrotophos pesticide also caused a significant decrease in testosterone levels, which consequently inhibited testis growth and reduced the sperm count and the area and intensity of their sexually attractive orange spots, which collectively indicated the significant demasculinization of the male sexual characteristics. Furthermore, these changes in the sexual characteristics at the cellular and organ levels translated into ecologically important effects on the reproductive success at the individual level, as measured by a decrease in offspring production and survival rate. The present study provides the first evidence that monocrotophos pesticide can cause severe reproductive abnormalities in fish due to its endocrine‐disrupting action. -- Highlights: ► Monocrotophos pesticide caused an increase in 17β‐estradiol levels of male guppies. ► Monocrotophos pesticide induced vitellogenin synthesis of male guppies. ► Monocrotophos pesticide caused a decrease in testosterone levels of male guppies. ► Monocrotophos pesticide caused demasculinization of male sexual characteristics. ► Monocrotophos pesticide caused a reduction in reproductive success of male

  20. Sequence Variations in the Bovine IGF-I and IGFBP3 Genes and Their Association with Growth and Development Traits in Chinese Beef Cattle

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    GAO Xue; SHI Ming-yan; XU Xiu-rong; LI Jun-ya; REN Hong-yan; XU Shang-zhong

    2009-01-01

    The objective of this study was to determine the genotype effects of the bovine insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) and its binding protein 3 (IGFBP3) genes on growth and development traits in beef cows,including 130 Chinese Simmental,42 Nanyang,and 47 Luxi Yellow cattle.Sequence variations in the bovine IGF-I and IGFBP3 genes were investigated by single strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP).SSCPs were detected in 6 fragments,which is the 5'-flanking region,the 2nd exon,the 5th exon,and the 5th intron of the IGF-I gene,and the 2nd exon,the 3rd exon of the IGFBP3 gene.Two polymorphisms,an A-to-G transition in the 2nd exon of the IGF-I gene and a T-to-C transition in the 2nd exon of IGFBP3 gene were detected in 3 breeds.The allele frequencies of 2 polymorphisms were 0.0411 (A),0.9589 (B),and 0.7237 (A),0.2763 (B),respectively.These 2 loci were analyzed to associate with body weight,height at withers,body length,heart girth,rump width,and beef production index (BPI) at 0,6,12,24,and 36-month old.The 1GFBP3 locus was shown to be associated with rump width,heart girth at 24-month and 36-month.Animals with BB genotype had higher rump width (24.86±0.47) cm at 24-month and (27.50±0.63) cm at 36-month.The heart girth was highest for the individuals with BB genotype (171.33±1.84) cm and higher than those with AB genotype (166.68±1.13) cm (P<0.05) at 36-month.

  1. Exposure to monocrotophos pesticide during sexual development causes the feminization/demasculinization of the reproductive traits and a reduction in the reproductive success of male guppies (Poecilia reticulata)

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    Tian, Hua; Li, Yun; Wang, Wei; Wu, Peng; Ru, Shaoguo, E-mail: rusg@ouc.edu.cn

    2012-09-01

    Monocrotophos is a highly toxic organophosphorus pesticide that has been confirmed to be an endocrine‐disrupting chemical. To evaluate the influence of this pollutant on the reproductive system of male fish, we studied the sex steroid levels, reproductive traits, sex ratio, and reproductive success in male guppies (Poecilia reticulata) exposed to 40% monocrotophos pesticide at the nominal concentrations of 0.01, 0.10, and 1.00 mg/L for 90 days from birth to adulthood in a semi‐static exposure system. Radioimmunoassay and western blot analyses demonstrated that the long‐term exposure to monocrotophos pesticide during the sexual development of male guppies caused a significant increase in 17β‐estradiol levels and consequently induced vitellogenin synthesis, suggesting the feminization of the males. Monocrotophos pesticide also caused a significant decrease in testosterone levels, which consequently inhibited testis growth and reduced the sperm count and the area and intensity of their sexually attractive orange spots, which collectively indicated the significant demasculinization of the male sexual characteristics. Furthermore, these changes in the sexual characteristics at the cellular and organ levels translated into ecologically important effects on the reproductive success at the individual level, as measured by a decrease in offspring production and survival rate. The present study provides the first evidence that monocrotophos pesticide can cause severe reproductive abnormalities in fish due to its endocrine‐disrupting action. -- Highlights: ► Monocrotophos pesticide caused an increase in 17β‐estradiol levels of male guppies. ► Monocrotophos pesticide induced vitellogenin synthesis of male guppies. ► Monocrotophos pesticide caused a decrease in testosterone levels of male guppies. ► Monocrotophos pesticide caused demasculinization of male sexual characteristics. ► Monocrotophos pesticide caused a reduction in reproductive success of male

  2. Haplotype hitchhiking promotes trait coselection in Brassica napus.

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    Qian, Lunwen; Qian, Wei; Snowdon, Rod J

    2016-07-01

    Local haplotype patterns surrounding densely spaced DNA markers with significant trait associations can reveal information on selective sweeps and genome diversity associated with important crop traits. Relationships between haplotype and phenotype diversity, coupled with analysis of gene content in conserved haplotype blocks, can provide insight into coselection for nonrelated traits. We performed genome-wide analysis of haplotypes associated with the important physiological and agronomic traits leaf chlorophyll and seed glucosinolate content, respectively, in the major oilseed crop species Brassica napus. A locus on chromosome A01 showed opposite effects on leaf chlorophyll content and seed glucosinolate content, attributed to strong linkage disequilibrium (LD) between orthologues of the chlorophyll biosynthesis genes EARLY LIGHT-INDUCED PROTEIN and CHLOROPHYLL SYNTHASE, and the glucosinolate synthesis gene ATP SULFURYLASE 1. Another conserved haplotype block, on chromosome A02, contained a number of chlorophyll-related genes in LD with orthologues of the key glucosinolate biosynthesis genes METHYLTHIOALKYMALATE SYNTHASE-LIKE 1 and 3. Multigene haplogroups were found to have a significantly greater contribution to variation for chlorophyll content than haplotypes for any single gene, suggesting positive effects of additive locus accumulation. Detailed reanalysis of population substructure revealed a clade of ten related accessions exhibiting high leaf chlorophyll and low seed glucosinolate content. These accessions each carried one of the above-mentioned haplotypes from A01 or A02, generally in combination with further chlorophyll-associated haplotypes from chromosomes A05 and/or C05. The phenotypic rather than pleiotropic correlations between leaf chlorophyll content index and seed GSL suggest that LD may have led to inadvertent coselection for these two traits. PMID:26800855

  3. Agronomic performance of rape seed (brassica napus L.) mutant lines under drought conditions

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    Oil seed forms of Brassica napus are not well adapted to drought and the warner environments of Pakistan. Induced mutations were, therefore, utilized for improving drought tolerance efficiency of two napus cultivars. Induction of genetic variability, selection of desirable mutants and stabilization of mutants in acceptable agronomic background were carried out during 1988-1991. Fourteen promising mutants each of cv. Pak-cheen and Tower were evaluated for different agronomic characters in separate yield trials, under extremely drought conditions. The results demonstrated that yield potential of some mutants was very high and 9 mutants of cv. Pak-cheen and 8 mutants of cv. Tower significantly (P<0.05) out yield the local commercial cultivar. Eleven mutants in both the trials matured significantly earlier than the check. Nevertheless, more extensive testing of the drought tolerant lines under diversified environs of the country will help confirm these findings. (author)

  4. Towards a Better Understanding of Agronomic Efficiency of Nitrogen: Assessment and Improvement Strategies

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    Francesco Montemurro

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Agronomic N-use efficiency is the basis for economic and environmental efficiency, and an effective agro-ecosystem management practice, improving nutrient use efficiency, is a crucial challenge for a more sustainable production of horticultural, industrial and cereal crops. However, discrepancy between theory and practice still exists, coming from large gaps in knowledge on net-N immobilization/mineralization rates in agro-ecosystems, as well as on the effects of indigenous and applied N to crop response. A more thorough understanding of these topics is essential to improve N management in agricultural systems. To this end, the present Special Issue collects research findings dealing with different aspects of agronomic efficiency of N in different agro-ecosystems, and environmental impact derived from fertilization management practices. In particular, the Special Issue contains selected papers, which concern a wide range of topics, including analyzing tools, options of management, calculation equation and modeling approaches.

  5. Durable resistance to net blotch and agronomic performance in some barley mutants [Hordeum vulgare L.; Syria

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    Seeds from the net blotch (Pyrenophora teres) susceptible cultivar Thibaut were treated by gamma ray radiation and subsequently evaluated for reaction to the pathogen in the M2-M5 generations. Grain yield and agronomic characteristics of putative mutants were compared with Thibaut in two different locations. Genetic variation among some mutant lines/cv Thibaut was estimated using Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (AFLP) markers. Sixteen mutant lines and their mother cultivar Thibaut were analyzed with 14 EcoR1-Mse1 primer combinations. A total number of 504 AFLP bands were analyzed for each pair mutant/Thibaut. Narrow genetic variation among all genotypes was detected with an average of genetic similarity of 0.96. Cluster analysis with the entire AFLP data divided all genotypes into two major groups. The resistant mutant lines were grouped in one subcluster with 0.98 similarity index. Some resistant mutant lines to net blotch with good agronomic performances were produced

  6. Segregation, correlation and heritability of agronomic characters in F2 progenies of oil palm

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    Chaumongkol, Y.; Nilnond, C.; Tongkum, P.; Juntaraniyom, T.; Songsri, N.; Eksomtramage, T.

    2001-01-01

    This study aimed at evaluating the segregation, correlation and heritability of certain agronomic characters in F2 plants of oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.) which were collected and planted in 1989 at Klong Hoi Khong Research Station, Faculty of Natural Resources, Prince of Songkla University, Songkhla, Southern Thailand. The 1,038 palms collected at the age of thirteen-years derived from F1 Tenera hybrid plants were selected from oil palm plantations in different areas in Southern Thailan...

  7. Agronomic-productive characteristics of two genotype of stevia rebaudiana in Central Italy

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    Laura Andolfi; Mario Macchia; Lucia Ceccarini

    2006-01-01

    Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni produces a variety of high-potency low calorie sweeteners in its’ leaf tissue. The aim of this work was to evaluate the productive potential of two different Stevia rebaudiana genotypes and the characteristics of the production of the plant obtained through different cultivation methods, in central Italy. For several years (1992-2000) agronomic trials on Stevia rebaudiana cultivated in the littoral area near Pisa (Italy) carried out. In 1992 two different g...

  8. Agronomic efficiency of polymer-coated triple superphosphate in onion cultivated in contrasting texture soils

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    Wantuir Filipe Teixeira Chagas; Douglas Ramos Guelfi; Eduardo Bucsan Emrich; André Leite Silva; Valdemar Faquin

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Information related to phosphate fertilization and coated phosphate fertilizer in onion is scarce. Thus, this study was carried out to evaluate agronomic efficiency, production and nutritional characteristics of triple superphosphate coated with polymers in onion cultivated in contrasting texture soils. Two experiments were carried out under protected conditions in pots containing 5 kg soil. The experimental design was completely randomized with treatments arranged in a 2 x 5 factori...

  9. Fruit yield and quality of anise (Pimpinella anisum L.) in relation to agronomic and environmental factors

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    Ullah, Habib

    2012-01-01

    From 2008 to 2010 field experiments with the medicinal and spice plant Pimpinella anisum L. were carried out to clarify the effect of different agronomic factors on fruit yield and its components as well as on essential oil content and its composition. Three field experiments were carried out at two experimental stations in Giessen and Gross-Gerau. First experiment included three factors: sowing rates, sowing times and cultivars. Second experiment included different row spacing (15, 25 an...

  10. Agronomic features and yield performance of green corn cultivars in the conventional and organic system

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    Neli Cristina Belmiro dos Santos; Silvia Antoniali do Carmo; Gustavo Pavan Mateus; Lauro Kenji Komuro; Leandro Barradas Pereira; Lilian Christian Domingues de Souza

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    The corn used in the production of green ears presents a higher commercialization value compared to corn grain and its demand occurs throughout the year. Due to a small specific cultivation availability and the lack of important information regarding this kind of cultivation, this work has had the objective to evaluate the agronomic characteristics and the production performance in the cultivation of corn to be harvest green in both organic and conventional systems. The experiments have been ...

  11. Correlation, path coefficient analysis and heritability for agronomic characters of oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.)

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    Chaumongkol, Y.; Nilnond, C.; Tongkum, P.; Juntaraniyom, T.; Songsri, N.; Eksomtramage, T.

    2001-01-01

    A study of correlation, path coefficient analysis and heritablity for some agronomic characters of oil palm was investigated during February 1998 to January 2002. The oil palm population used in this experiment was derived from F1 tenera hybrids which were collected from various oil palm plantations in Southern Thailand. One good performance bunch (i.e., big bunch, thin shell) was selected from each plantation and four to six seeds per selected bunch were used for cultivation. One thousand th...

  12. PLEIOTROPIC EFFECT OF Rht3 DWARFING GENE ON SOME TRAITS OF WHEAT (Tr. aestivum L. em Thell

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    M. Jošt

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available True-isogenic lines, differing only in the semi-dominant Rht3 dwarfing gene, were developed from the cross 'Tom Thumb x Bankuty 1201' during 17 years of continuous selection on heterozygous semi-dwarf plant. The effect of double (Rht3 Rht3 = full-dwarf, single (Rht3 rht3 =semi-dwarf, or no dwarfing gene (rht3 rht3 = tall dosage on some plant, seed, and flour quality traits were observed in the isogenic lines during two years field experiment, planted by 'honey-comb design' at Kri`evci, Croatia. Significant main effect of Rht3 gene was in shortening of plant height by 54% and 28% in double and single gene dosage respectively. Full-dwarf genotype (Rht3 Rht3 had by 12% more heads/plant, but the other yield components as number of grains/head, and grain weight/head were lower by 25 and 28% respectively, resulting in significantly lower grain yield/plant (-27%. However, this also could be a secondary side effect of prolonged vegetation influenced by doubled Rht3 gene. There was no significant effect on flour protein content. Double gene effect was strong and significant for maximum dough viscosity measured by amylograph in BU (101%. In our environment full dwarf (Rht3 Rht3 has no agronomic value, but single gene dosage could be of commercial interest in hybrid wheat breeding.

  13. Agronomic efficiency of polymer-coated triple superphosphate in onion cultivated in contrasting texture soils

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    Wantuir Filipe Teixeira Chagas

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Information related to phosphate fertilization and coated phosphate fertilizer in onion is scarce. Thus, this study was carried out to evaluate agronomic efficiency, production and nutritional characteristics of triple superphosphate coated with polymers in onion cultivated in contrasting texture soils. Two experiments were carried out under protected conditions in pots containing 5 kg soil. The experimental design was completely randomized with treatments arranged in a 2 x 5 factorial: triple superphosphate (TSP and polymer-coated triple superphosphate (TSP+P applied in five phosphorus rates: Dystroferric Red Latosol (LVdf (clayey = 0; 100; 200; 400; 800 mg P2O5 kg-1, and Quartzarenic Neosol (sandy = 0; 75; 150; 300; 600 mg P2O5 kg-1, with three replications. Results indicated that polymer-coated TSP showed no difference for bulb mass and agronomic efficiency for phosphorus fertilization. Agronomic efficiency of phosphorus fertilization decreased with the increase in the amount of phosphorus applied. Phosphorus accumulation for onion bulb cultivated in Dystroferric Red Latosol (LVdf was higher with the use of polymer-coated triple superphosphate. Growth, production and nutritional characteristics in onion were affected by phosphorus. The highest bulbs mass production and phosphorus accumulation occurred at the doses of 783; 629 mg kg-1 P2O5 (Dystroferric Red Latosol - LVdf, and of 406; 600 mg kg-1 P2O5 (Quartzarenic Neosol -RQ.

  14. Evaluation of alternative RNA labeling protocols for transcript profiling with Arabidopsis AGRONOMICS1 tiling arrays

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    Müller Marlen

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Microarrays are routine tools for transcript profiling, and genomic tiling arrays such as the Arabidopsis AGRONOMICS1 arrays have been found to be highly suitable for such experiments because changes in genome annotation can be easily integrated at the data analysis level. In a transcript profiling experiment, RNA labeling is a critical step, most often initiated by oligo-dT-primed reverse transcription. Although this has been found to be a robust and reliable method, very long transcripts or non-polyadenylated transcripts might be labeled inefficiently. In this study, we first provide data handling methods to analyze AGRONOMICS1 tiling microarrays based on the TAIR10 genome annotation. Second, we describe methods to easily quantify antisense transcripts on such tiling arrays. Third, we test a random-primed RNA labeling method, and find that on AGRONOMICS1 arrays this method has similar general performance as the conventional oligo-dT-primed method. In contrast to the latter, however, the former works considerably better for long transcripts and for non-polyadenylated transcripts such as found in mitochondria and plastids. We propose that researchers interested in organelle function use the random-primed method to unleash the full potential of genomic tiling arrays.

  15. Morpho-physiolological and qualitative traits of a bread wheat collection spanning a century of breeding in Italy

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    Paolo Laino

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Evaluation and characterization are crucial steps in the exploitation of germplasm collections. The Sant’Angelo Lodigiano unit of the Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l’analisi dell’economia agraria (CREA maintains a broad collection of Triticum spp, including more than 4000 genotypes of T. aestivum. Such collection represents a wide source of genetic variability for many agronomic and qualitative traits, extremely useful in modern breeding programs. The collection size, however, makes very difficult its management as a whole. A reduced subset, representing the process of wheat breeding in Italy during the last hundred years, was hence identified for an in-depth characterization. The lines were cropped in two locations over two growing seasons, and analyzed using 16 morpho-agronomic and qualitative descriptors. Most of the analysed characters showed a broad variation throughout the collection, allowing to follow the plant ideotype changes across the breeding progress in Italy during the 20th century.

  16. Power and Autistic Traits

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    Overskeid, Geir

    2016-01-01

    Autistic traits can help people gain and sustain power, and has probably done so throughout history, says the present paper. A number of testable claims follow from this assumption. First, the powerful should have more autistic traits than others – which they do appear to have. Among other things, powerful people, and those with many autistic traits, tend to prefer solitary activities and are often aloof. Moreover, they are often rigid and socially insensitive, low on empathy and with low scores on the trait of agreeableness – and as a rule they do not have many friends. Both groups are also more self-centered than others, more honest, less submissive, more sensitive to slights, and with a stronger tendency to engage in abstract thinking. They tend to behave in bossy or dominant ways, and their moral judgment is more based on rules than on feelings. In addition to experimental evidence, I cite biographies showing that a surprising number of presidents, prime ministers and other powerful people seem to have had traits like those in question – and interestingly, in animals, leaders are often rigid and insensitive to group members’ needs and feelings, mostly acting the way they are themselves inclined to, not responding much to others. Problem solving is important in leadership, and people with many autistic traits appear often to be better thinkers than typical subjects with similar IQs. However, these and other congruities could be coincidences. Hence the question of whether traits the two groups have in common also have a common cause constitutes a strong test of the paper’s thesis – and a common cause does appear to exist, in the form of testosterone’s effects on the central nervous system. Finally, there is evidence that, other things equal, powerful men have more reproductive success than others. If men wielding power do indeed have more autistic traits than those less powerful, this will lead to, other things equal, such traits becoming more

  17. Development and application of transgenic technologies in cassava

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    Taylor, N.; Chavarriaga, P.; Raemakers, C.J.J.M.; Sititunga, D.; Zhang, P.

    2004-01-01

    The capacity to integrate transgenes into the tropical root crop cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) is now established and being utilized to generate plants expressing traits of agronomic interest. The tissue culture and gene transfer systems currently employed to produce these transgenic cassava ha

  18. Agronomical and molecular characterization of banana germplasm Caracterização agronômica e molecular de germoplasma de bananeira

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    Lorenna Alves Mattos

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    Full Text Available The objective of the present work was to characterize banana accessions from the Germplasm Bank at Embrapa Mandioca e Fruticultura Tropical (Brazil, using agronomical, physical and physicochemical characteristics of fruit and simple sequence repeats (SSR markers. Twenty-six accessions were analyzed, in which high genetic variability was found, especially for the agronomical characters number of fruit and weight of bunch. Accessions with high contents of carotenoids (diploid 'Jaran', polyphenols (triploid 'Caipira' and tetraploid 'Teparod' and vitamin C (diploid 'Tuugia' and an unknown triploid AAA in the fruit were identified. Thirteen microsatellite primers revealed an average of 7.23 alleles, which showed high variability. A dendrogram was prepared using the Gower algorithm for the distance matrices obtained from the agronomical, physical and physicolchemical analysis of fruit and SSR markers. Adopting the average genetic divergence as the cut-off point, three clusters were found: G1, formed by the diploids 'Jaran', 028003-01 and M-48; G2, by the diploids 'Malbut' and 'Ido 110'; and G3, by 21 tri-and tetraploid accessions, including one diploid, 'Tuugia'. The triploids with the B genome 'Thap Maeo', 'Walha', 'Pacha Nadan' and 'Champa Madras' were grouped in G2. Results from this work can be used for breeding hybrids with good agronomical traits and fruit quality.O objetivo deste trabalho foi caracterizar acessos de bananeira do Banco de Germoplasma da Embrapa Mandioca e Fruticultura Tropical, por meio de características agronômicas, físicas e físico-químicas dos frutos e por marcadores "Simple sequence repeats" (SSR. Foram analisados 26 acessos, nos quais observou-se ampla variabilidade genética, em especial para número de frutos e peso de cacho. Foram identificados acessos com altos teores de carotenoides (diploide 'Jaran', polifenóis (tetraploide 'Teparod' e vitamina C (diploide 'Tuugia' e um triploide AAA desconhecido. Os 13

  19. Efficient use of water under Mediterranean conditions: Agronomic tools

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    Carvalho, Mário

    2014-01-01

    The efficient use of water is crucial under Mediterranean conditions, due to the development of water stress during late spring and summer. However, an astonishing intra-annual variability of rainfall makes any solution very complex. Production techniques need to be adapted to this variability, thereby increasing the availability of and the efficiency with which crops utilize water. Tillage plays a major role in both aspects. No-till reduces runoff and therefore increases the amount of wa...

  20. FishTraits: a database of ecological and life-history traits of freshwater fishes of the United States

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    Angermeier, Paul L.; Frimpong, Emmanuel A.

    2011-01-01

    The need for integrated and widely accessible sources of species traits data to facilitate studies of ecology, conservation, and management has motivated development of traits databases for various taxa. In spite of the increasing number of traits-based analyses of freshwater fishes in the United States, no consolidated database of traits of this group exists publicly, and much useful information on these species is documented only in obscure sources. The largely inaccessible and unconsolidated traits information makes large-scale analysis involving many fishes and/or traits particularly challenging. We have compiled a database of > 100 traits for 809 (731 native and 78 nonnative) fish species found in freshwaters of the conterminous United States, including 37 native families and 145 native genera. The database, named Fish Traits, contains information on four major categories of traits: (1) trophic ecology; (2) body size, reproductive ecology, and life history; (3) habitat preferences; and (4) salinity and temperature tolerances. Information on geographic distribution and conservation status was also compiled. The database enhances many opportunities for conducting research on fish species traits and constitutes the first step toward establishing a central repository for a continually expanding set of traits of North American fishes.

  1. Breakeven prices for recording of indicator traits to reduce the environmental impact of milk production

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    Axelsson, Helen Hansen; Thomasen, Jørn Rind; Sørensen, Anders Christian;

    2015-01-01

    A breeding scheme using genomic selection and an indicator trait for environmental impact (EI) was studied to find the most effective recording strategy in terms of annual monetary genetic gain and breakeven price for the recording of indicator traits. The breakeven price shows the investment space...... for developing a recording system for an indicator trait. The breeding goal consisted of three traits – milk production, functional trait and environmental impact – with economic values of €83, €82 and €−83, respectively. The first scenario included only breeding goal traits and no indicator traits (No...

  2. Plasticity regulators modulate specific root traits in discrete nitrogen environments.

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    Miriam L Gifford

    Full Text Available Plant development is remarkably plastic but how precisely can the plant customize its form to specific environments? When the plant adjusts its development to different environments, related traits can change in a coordinated fashion, such that two traits co-vary across many genotypes. Alternatively, traits can vary independently, such that a change in one trait has little predictive value for the change in a second trait. To characterize such "tunability" in developmental plasticity, we carried out a detailed phenotypic characterization of complex root traits among 96 accessions of the model Arabidopsis thaliana in two nitrogen environments. The results revealed a surprising level of independence in the control of traits to environment - a highly tunable form of plasticity. We mapped genetic architecture of plasticity using genome-wide association studies and further used gene expression analysis to narrow down gene candidates in mapped regions. Mutants in genes implicated by association and expression analysis showed precise defects in the predicted traits in the predicted environment, corroborating the independent control of plasticity traits. The overall results suggest that there is a pool of genetic variability in plants that controls traits in specific environments, with opportunity to tune crop plants to a given environment.

  3. Effects of main traits of sweet sorghum irradiated by carbon ions

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    To investigate the influence of carbon ion irradiation on important agronomic characters of sweet sorghum, dry seeds of Sweet Sorghum BJ0601 and BJ0602 were irradiated by 100 MeV/u 12C+6 ion beam to different doses at Heavy Ion Accelerator National Laboratory in Lanzhou (HIANLL). When matured, the main traits of sweet sorghum were measured. The correlation coefficient of five main agronomic characters, i.e. number of node, plant height, stalk diameter, sugar content and stem weight per plant, were analyzed using the SPSS 13.0 software. The results indicated that the obvious influence of sweet sorghum irradiated by carbon ion beam was observed. In addition, the correlation of main traits was studied. This study may provide rudimental data to select novel variety of sweet sorghum suited for fuel ethanol production. In addition, the average of sugar content of early mutant BJ0601-1 is higher than BJ0601 in M2, and the sugar content of sweet sorghum may be improved by carbon ion beam irradiation. (authors)

  4. A Sequential Quantitative Trait Locus Fine-Mapping Strategy Using Recombinant-Derived Progeny

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    Qin Yang; Dongfeng Zhang; Mingliang Xu

    2012-01-01

    A thorough understanding of the quantitative trait loci (QTLs) that underlie agronomically important traits in crops would greatly increase agricultural productivity.Although advances have been made in QTL cloning,the majority of QTLs remain unknown because of their low heritability and minor contributions to phenotypic performance.Here we summarize the key advantages and disadvantages of current QTL fine-mapping methodologies,and then introduce a sequential QTL fine-mapping strategy based on both genotypes and phenotypes of progeny derived from recombinants.With this mapping strategy,experimental errors could be dramatically diminished so as to reveal the authentic genetic effect of target QTLs.The number of progeny required to detect QTLs at various R2 values was calculated,and the backcross generation suitable to start QTL fine-mapping was also estimated.This mapping strategy has proved to be very powerful in narrowing down QTL regions,particularly minor-effect QTLs,as revealed by fine-mapping of various resistance QTLs in maize.Application of this sequential QTL mapping strategy should accelerate cloning of agronomically important QTLs,which is currently a substantial challenge in crops.

  5. Relations Between Red Edge Characteristics and Agronomic Parameters of Crops

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    TANG Yan-Lin; WANG Ren-Chao; HUANG Jing-Feng

    2004-01-01

    The hyperspectral reflectance of the canopy and the leaves on the main stem for six varieties, two each of rice, corn, and cotton crops, were measured at different growth stages with an ASD FieldSpec Pro FRTM to analyze red edge characteristics for leaf area indices (LAI), aboveground biomass, as well as the chlorophyll, carotenoid, and nitrogen shift' for λr of the leaf spectra for all 3 crops as the development stages progressed. For rice, corn, and cotton the LAI and fresh leaf mass had highly significant correlations (P < 0.01) to the red edge parameters λr, Dλr, and Sr of their canopy spectra. Additionally, for all crops the chlorophyll-a, chlorophyll-b, total chlorophyll, and carotenoid content of the leaves all had highly significant (P < 0.01) correlations to their λr.For rice, the nitrogen content of the leaves in g kg-1 and phytomass for a unit area of land in g m-2 also had a highly significant (P < 0.01) correlation to λr, Dλr, and Sr of the canopy spectra.

  6. Transgenic strawberry: state of the art for improved traits.

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    Qin, Yonghua; Teixeira da Silva, Jaime A; Zhang, Lingxiao; Zhang, Shanglong

    2008-01-01

    Strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa Duch.), a member of the Rosaceae family, is one of the most important fruit crops cultivated worldwide. Strawberry is unique within the Rosaceae because it is a rapidly growing herbaceous perennial with a small genome, short reproductive cycle, and facile vegetative and generative propagation for genetic transformation. For these reasons, strawberry has been recognized as excellent germplasm for genetic and molecular studies for the Rosaceae family. Although traditional breeding methods have achieved steady improvement in agronomic traits, the lack of useful economic characters still remains a major challenge. Genetic transformation has opened a new era for greater creativity in strawberry breeding and germplasm by offering an effective method for creating new varieties that selectively targets a specific interested gene or a few heterologous traits. Enormous advances have been made in strawberry genetic transformation since the first transgenic strawberry plant was obtained in 1990. This paper reviews recent progress in genetic transformation of strawberry on increasing resistance to viruses, fungi, insects, herbicides, stress, and achieving better quality. Problems and prospects for future applications of genetic transformation in strawberry are also discussed.

  7. Bio-agronomic Evaluation of Old and Modern Wheat, Spelt and Emmer Genotypes for Low-input Farming in Mediterranean Environment

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    Pasquale Codianni

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Low-input cropping systems are characterised by the reduction of pesticides and chemical fertilizers and, often, by the use of old cultivars to realize sustainable crop production which can easily integrate in the European Union agricultural subsidies. Market prices and environmental concerns favour low-input wheat production systems, nevertheless protein standards become particularly difficult to achieve in these conditions due to a minimal nitrogen supply. This study assesses the efficiency of a specific breeding program dedicated to improve yield and quality in emmer and spelt wheat in low-input environments. Ten tetraploid (emmer and durum wheat and four hexaploid (spelt and bread wheat wheat genotypes (including parent cultivars and offspring breeding lines selected for adaptation to low-input conditions were investigated for 1 yr (2003-2004 in Italy in three locations in conventional and low-input cropping systems. The main agro-morphological and qualitative traits were recorded (HD, PH, GY, PC GPY, TKW, TW, GC. The results of this study show encouraging agronomic performances of new emmer and spelt genotypes under conventional and low-input cropping systems. The new genotypes are characterized by a yield potential similar to that of the modern wheat cultivar as well as by a protein content higher than old emmer and spelt accessions. The new genetic materials were also characterized by a higher responsiveness to improved environmental conditions. The results described in this study support the suitability of modern emmer and spelt genotypes, improved by introgressing wheat yield and quality traits, for organic farming in Mediterranean environments.

  8. Bio-agronomic Evaluation of Old and Modern Wheat, Spelt and Emmer Genotypes for Low-input Farming in Mediterranean Environment

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    Michele Fornara

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Low-input cropping systems are characterised by the reduction of pesticides and chemical fertilizers and, often, by the use of old cultivars to realize sustainable crop production which can easily integrate in the European Union agricultural subsidies. Market prices and environmental concerns favour low-input wheat production systems, nevertheless protein standards become particularly difficult to achieve in these conditions due to a minimal nitrogen supply. This study assesses the efficiency of a specific breeding program dedicated to improve yield and quality in emmer and spelt wheat in low-input environments. Ten tetraploid (emmer and durum wheat and four hexaploid (spelt and bread wheat wheat genotypes (including parent cultivars and offspring breeding lines selected for adaptation to low-input conditions were investigated for 1 yr (2003-2004 in Italy in three locations in conventional and low-input cropping systems. The main agro-morphological and qualitative traits were recorded (HD, PH, GY, PC GPY, TKW, TW, GC. The results of this study show encouraging agronomic performances of new emmer and spelt genotypes under conventional and low-input cropping systems. The new genotypes are characterized by a yield potential similar to that of the modern wheat cultivar as well as by a protein content higher than old emmer and spelt accessions. The new genetic materials were also characterized by a higher responsiveness to improved environmental conditions. The results described in this study support the suitability of modern emmer and spelt genotypes, improved by introgressing wheat yield and quality traits, for organic farming in Mediterranean environments.

  9. Phenotyping and beyond: modelling the relationships between traits

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    Granier, Christine; Vile, Denis

    2014-01-01

    Plant phenotyping technology has become more advanced with the capacity to measure many morphological and physiological traits on a given individual. With increasing automation, getting access to various traits on a high number of genotypes over time raises the need to develop systems for data storage and analyses, all congregating into plant phenotyping pipelines. In this review, we highlight several studies that illustrate the latest advances in plant multi-trait phenotyping and discuss fut...

  10. An agronomic field-scale sensor network for monitoring soil water and temperature variation

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    Brown, D. J.; Gasch, C.; Brooks, E. S.; Huggins, D. R.; Campbell, C. S.; Cobos, D. R.

    2014-12-01

    Environmental sensor networks have been deployed in a variety of contexts to monitor plant, air, water and soil properties. To date, there have been relatively few such networks deployed to monitor dynamic soil properties in cropped fields. Here we report on experience with a distributed soil sensor network that has been deployed for seven years in a research farm with ongoing agronomic field operations. The Washington State University R. J. Cook Agronomy Farm (CAF), Pullman, WA, USA has recently been designated a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Long-Term Agro-Ecosystem Research (LTAR) site. In 2007, 12 geo-referenced locations at CAF were instrumented, then in 2009 this network was expended to 42 locations distributed across the 37-ha farm. At each of this locations, Decagon 5TE probes (Decagon Devices Inc., Pullman, WA, USA) were installed at five depths (30, 60, 90, 120, and 150 cm), with temperature and volumetric soil moisture content recorded hourly. Initially, data loggers were wirelessly connected to a data station that could be accessed through a cell connection, but due to the logistics of agronomic field operations, we later buried the dataloggers at each site and now periodically download data via local radio transmission. In this presentation, we share our experience with the installation, maintenance, calibration and data processing associated with an agronomic soil monitoring network. We also present highlights of data derived from this network, including seasonal fluctuations of soil temperature and volumetric water content at each depth, and how these measurements are influenced by crop type, soil properties, landscape position, and precipitation events.

  11. A highly concentrated diet increases biogas production and the agronomic value of young bull's manure.

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    Mendonça Costa, Mônica Sarolli Silva de; Lucas, Jorge de; Mendonça Costa, Luiz Antonio de; Orrico, Ana Carolina Amorim

    2016-02-01

    The increasing demand for animal protein has driven significant changes in cattle breeding systems, mainly in feedlots, with the use of young bulls fed on diets richer in concentrate (C) than in forage (F). These changes are likely to affect animal manure, demanding re-evaluation of the biogas production per kg of TS and VS added, as well as of its agronomic value as a biofertilizer, after anaerobic digestion. Here, we determined the biogas production and agronomic value (i.e., the macronutrient concentration in the final biofertilizer) of the manure of young bulls fed on diets with more (80% C+20% F; 'HighC' diet) or less (65% C+35% F; 'LowC' diet) concentrate, evaluating the effects of temperature (25, 35, and 40°C) and the use of an inoculum, during anaerobic digestion. A total of 24 benchtop reactors were used, operating in a semi-continuous system, with a 40-day hydraulic retention time (HRT). The manure from animals given the HighC diet had the greatest potential for biogas production, when digested with the use of an inoculum and at 35 or 40°C (0.6326 and 0.6207m(3)biogas/kg volatile solids, or VS, respectively). We observed the highest levels of the macronutrients N, P, and K in the biofertilizer from the manure of animals given HighC. Our results show that the manure of young bulls achieves its highest potential for biogas production and agronomic value when animals are fed diets richer in concentrate, and that biogas production increases if digestion is performed at higher temperatures, and with the use of an inoculum.

  12. Agronomic and environmental impacts of a single application of heat-dried sludge on an Alfisol

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    Gavalda, D.; Scheiner, Javier David; Revel, Jean-Claude; Merlina, Georges; Kaemmerer, Michel; Pinelli, Eric; Guiresse, Maritxu

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    A field experiment was conducted on Alfisols in South-West France to assess the agronomic and environmental impacts of a single application of heat-dried sludge pellets at 11.1 Mg dry matter ha-1. The sludge pellets, with a moisture level of 9.5%, were spread on an irrigated crop of maize (Zea mays L.). This treatment was compared with inorganic fertilization (urea and diammonium phosphate mixed with KCl). Soil properties, yield and the composition of maize and the quality of drained water we...

  13. Physiological Traits Associated with Wheat Yield Potential and Performance under Water-Stress in a Mediterranean Environment

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    del Pozo, Alejandro; Yáñez, Alejandra; Matus, Iván A.; Tapia, Gerardo; Castillo, Dalma; Sanchez-Jardón, Laura; Araus, José L.

    2016-01-01

    Different physiological traits have been proposed as key traits associated with yield potential as well as performance under water stress. The aim of this paper is to examine the genotypic variability of leaf chlorophyll, stem water-soluble carbohydrate content and carbon isotope discrimination (Δ13C), and their relationship with grain yield (GY) and other agronomical traits, under contrasting water conditions in a Mediterranean environment. The study was performed on a large collection of 384 wheat genotypes grown under water stress (WS, rainfed), mild water stress (MWS, deficit irrigation), and full irrigation (FI). The average GY of two growing seasons was 2.4, 4.8, and 8.9 Mg ha−1 under WS, MWS, and FI, respectively. Chlorophyll content at anthesis was positively correlated with GY (except under FI in 2011) and the agronomical components kernels per spike (KS) and thousand kernel weight (TKW). The WSC content at anthesis (WSCCa) was negatively correlated with spikes per square meter (SM2), but positively correlated with KS and TKW under WS and FI conditions. As a consequence, the relationships between WSCCa with GY were low or not significant. Therefore, selecting for high stem WSC would not necessary lead to genotypes of GY potential. The relationship between Δ13C and GY was positive under FI and MWS but negative under severe WS (in 2011), indicating higher water use under yield potential and MWS conditions. PMID:27458470

  14. Trait Emotional Intelligence and Personality

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    Alexander B Siegling; Furnham, Adrian; Petrides, K V

    2015-01-01

    This study investigated if the linkages between trait emotional intelligence (trait EI) and the Five-Factor Model of personality were invariant between men and women. Five English-speaking samples (N = 307-685) of mostly undergraduate students each completed a different measure of the Big Five personality traits and either the full form or short form of the Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire (TEIQue). Across samples, models predicting global TEIQue scores from the Big Five were invari...

  15. Identification of an emergent and atypical Pseudomonas viridiflava lineage causing bacteriosis in plants of agronomic importance in a Spanish region.

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    González, Ana J; Rodicio, M Rosario; Mendoza, M Carmen

    2003-05-01

    Pseudomonas strains with an atypical LOPAT profile (where LOPAT is a series of determinative tests: L, levan production; O, oxidase production; P, pectinolitic activity; A, arginine dihydrolase production; and T, tobacco hypersensibility) can be regarded as emergent pathogens in the Principality of Asturias (Spain), where they have been causing, since 1999, severe damage in at least three taxonomically unrelated orchard plants of agronomic importance: common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris), kiwifruit (Actinidia deliciosa), and lettuce (Lactuca sativa). These strains are mainly differentiated by production of yellowish mucoid material in hypersucrose medium, used for the levan test, and by a variable pectinolytic activity on different potato varieties. The atypical organisms were identified as Pseudomonas viridiflava based on their 16S rRNA sequences. Among them a certain intraspecies genetic heterogeneity was detected by randomly amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) typing. To differentiate between isolates of P. viridiflava and Pseudomonas syringae pathovars, a 16S ribosomal DNA restriction fragment length polymorphism method employing the restriction endonucleases SacI and HinfI was developed. This could be used as a means of reliable species determination after the usual phenotypical characterization, which includes the LOPAT tests. PMID:12732569

  16. Contributions of climate, varieties, and agronomic management to rice yield change in the past three decades in China

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    Zhang, He; Tao, Fulu; Xiao, Dengpan; Shi, Wenjiao; Liu, Fengshan; Zhang, Shuai; Liu, Yujie; Wang, Meng; Bai, Huizi

    2016-06-01

    The long-term field experiment data at four representative agro-meteorological stations, together with a crop simulation model, were used to disentangle the contributions of climate change, variety renewal, and fertilization management to rice yield change in the past three decades. We found that during 1981-2009 varieties renewal increased rice yield by 16%-52%, management improvement increased yield by 0-16%, and the contributions of climate change to rice yield varied from — 16% to 10%. Varieties renewal and management improvement offset the negative impacts of climate change on rice production. Among the major climate variables, decreases in solar radiation reduced rice yield on average by 0.1%per year. The impact of temperature change had an explicit spatial pattern. It increased yield by 0.04%-0.4% per year for single rice at Xinbin and Ganyu station and for late rice at Tongcheng station, by contrast reduced yield by 0.2%-0.4% per year for single rice at Mianyang station and early rice at Tongcheng station. During 1981-2009, rice varieties renewal was characterized by increases in thermal requirements, grain number per spike and harvest index. The new varieties were less sensitive to climate change than old ones. The development of high thermal requirements, high yield potential and heat tolerant rice varieties, together with improvement of agronomic management, should be encouraged to meet the challenges of climate change and increasing food demand in future.

  17. Root traits contributing to plant productivity under drought

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    Louise eComas

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Geneticists and breeders are positioned to breed plants with root traits that improve productivity under drought. However, a better understanding of root functional traits and how traits are related to whole plant strategies to increase crop productivity under different drought conditions is needed. Root traits associated with maintaining plant productivity under drought include small fine root diameters, long specific root length (SRL, and considerable root length density, especially at depths in soil with available water. In environments with late season water deficits, small xylem diameters in targeted seminal roots save soil water deep in the soil profile for use during crop maturation and result in improved yields. Capacity for deep root growth and large xylem diameters in deep roots may also improve root acquisition of water when ample water at depth is available. Xylem pit anatomy that makes xylem less ‘leaky’ and prone to cavitation warrants further exploration holding promise that such traits may improve plant productivity in water-limited environments without negatively impacting yield under adequate water conditions. Rapid resumption of root growth following soil rewetting may improve plant productivity under episodic drought. Genetic control of many of these traits through breeding appears feasible. Several recent reviews have covered methods for screening root traits but an appreciation for the complexity of root systems (e.g. functional differences between fine and coarse roots needs to be paired with these methods to successfully identify relevant traits for crop improvement. Screening of root traits at early stages in plant development can proxy traits at mature stages but verification is needed on a case by case basis that traits are linked to increased crop productivity under drought. Examples in lesquerella (Physaria and rice (Oryza show approaches to phenotyping of root traits and current understanding of root trait

  18. Root traits contributing to plant productivity under drought.

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    Comas, Louise H; Becker, Steven R; Cruz, Von Mark V; Byrne, Patrick F; Dierig, David A

    2013-11-05

    Geneticists and breeders are positioned to breed plants with root traits that improve productivity under drought. However, a better understanding of root functional traits and how traits are related to whole plant strategies to increase crop productivity under different drought conditions is needed. Root traits associated with maintaining plant productivity under drought include small fine root diameters, long specific root length, and considerable root length density, especially at depths in soil with available water. In environments with late season water deficits, small xylem diameters in targeted seminal roots save soil water deep in the soil profile for use during crop maturation and result in improved yields. Capacity for deep root growth and large xylem diameters in deep roots may also improve root acquisition of water when ample water at depth is available. Xylem pit anatomy that makes xylem less "leaky" and prone to cavitation warrants further exploration holding promise that such traits may improve plant productivity in water-limited environments without negatively impacting yield under adequate water conditions. Rapid resumption of root growth following soil rewetting may improve plant productivity under episodic drought. Genetic control of many of these traits through breeding appears feasible. Several recent reviews have covered methods for screening root traits but an appreciation for the complexity of root systems (e.g., functional differences between fine and coarse roots) needs to be paired with these methods to successfully identify relevant traits for crop improvement. Screening of root traits at early stages in plant development can proxy traits at mature stages but verification is needed on a case by case basis that traits are linked to increased crop productivity under drought. Examples in lesquerella (Physaria) and rice (Oryza) show approaches to phenotyping of root traits and current understanding of root trait genetics for breeding.

  19. Juvenile hormone mediates developmental integration between exaggerated traits and supportive traits in the horned flour beetle Gnatocerus cornutus.

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    Okada, Yasukazu; Gotoh, Hiroki; Miura, Toru; Miyatake, Takahisa; Okada, Kensuke

    2012-07-01

    Sexually selected exaggerated traits are often coupled with modifications in other nontarget traits. In insects with weapons, enlargements of nontarget characters that functionally support the weapon often occur (i.e. supportive traits). The support of sexual traits requires developmental coordination among functionally related multiple traits-an explicit example of morphological integration. The genetic theory predicts that developmental integration among different body modules, for which development is regulated via different sets of genes, is likely to be coordinated by pleiotropic factors. However, the developmental backgrounds of morphological integrations are largely unknown. We tested the hypothesis that the juvenile hormone (JH), as a pleiotropic factor, mediates the integration between exaggerated and supportive traits in an armed beetle Gnatocerus cornutus. During combat, males of this beetle use exaggerated mandibles to lift up their opponents with the supportive traits, that is, the head and prothoracic body parts. Application of methoprene, a JH analog (JHA), during the larval to prepupal period, induced the formation of large mandibles relative to the body sizes in males. Morphometric examination of nontarget traits elucidated an increase in the relative sizes of supportive traits, including the head and prothoracic body parts. In addition, reductions in the hind wing area and elytra length, which correspond to flight and reproductive abilities, were detected. Our findings are consistent with the genetic theory and support the idea that JH is a key pleiotropic factor that coordinates the developmental integration of exaggerated traits and supportive characters, as well as resource allocation trade-offs. PMID:22765207

  20. Agronomic performance, chromosomal stability and resistance to velvetbean caterpillar of transgenic soybean expressing cry1Ac gene Performance agronômica, estabilidade cromossômica e resistência à lagarta-da-soja em soja transgênica que expressa o gene cry1Ac

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    Milena Schenkel Homrich

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this work was to analyze the agronomic performance and chromosomal stability of transgenic homozygous progenies of soybean [Glycine max (L. Merrill.], and to confirm the resistance of these plants against Anticarsia gemmatalis. Eleven progenies expressing cry1Ac, hpt and gusA genes were evaluated for agronomic characteristics in relation to the nontransformed parent IAS 5 cultivar. Cytogenetical analysis was carried out on transgenic and nontransgenic plants. Two out of the 11 transgenic progenies were also evaluated, in vitro and in vivo, for resistance to A. gemmatalis. Two negative controls were used in resistance bioassays: a transgenic homozygous line, containing only the gusA reporter gene, and nontransgenic 'IAS 5' plants. The presence of cry1Ac transgene affected neither the development nor the yield of plants. Cytogenetical analysis showed that transgenic plants presented normal karyotype. In detached-leaf bioassay, cry1Ac plants exhibited complete efficacy against A. gemmatalis, whereas negative controls were significantly damaged. Whole-plant feeding assay confirmed a very high protection of cry1Ac against velvetbean caterpillar, while nontransgenic 'IAS 5' plants and homozygous gusA line exhibited 56.5 and 71.5% defoliation, respectively. The presence of cry1Ac transgene doesn't affect the majority of agronomic traits (including yield of soybean and grants high protection against A. gemmatalis.O objetivo deste trabalho foi analisar a performance agronômica e a estabilidade cromossômica de progênies transgênicas homozigotas de soja [Glycine max (L. Merrill.], e confirmar a resistência dessas plantas a Anticarsia gemmatalis. Onze progênies com expressão dos genes cry1Ac, hpt e gusA foram avaliadas quanto às características agronômicas, em relação à cultivar parental IAS 5 não transformada. Análises citogenéticas foram realizadas em plantas transgênicas e não transgênicas. Duas das 11 prog

  1. Breeding for improvement of functional traits in dairy cattle

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    Paul Boettcher

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Selection programs for increasing milk production per cow have been very successful over time. This success has been partially due to the consideration of few other traits. Unfortunately, many traits related to costs of production and cattle functionality (i.e., “functional traits”, such as fertility and health, are antagonistically correlated with milk yield. Therefore, the average merit for these traits has decreased over time. The decline in functionality, along with increased awareness of the costs of production and animal well-being, has spurred interest in breeding for improvement in functional traits. Unfortunately, factors such as low heritability and lack of data make the selection for functionality more difficult than for production. Research has been able to overcome some of these limitations, at least to some extent, through the development and application of advanced statistical analyses and through indirect selection on genetically correlated traits. Possibilities exist in the future for additional refinement of selection procedures for improvement of functional traits. Computing capacities are continually increasing and more complex but statistically appropriate analysis methods are being developed. Furthermore, genome scans have identified chromosomal regions that have putative associations with functional traits. The bovine genome has been recently sequenced, so the possibility to identify the genes affecting functional traits exists, at least in theory. With low heritabilities and difficulties in measurement, functional traits are the ideal candidates for the application of marker-assisted selection.

  2. Agronomic Practices for Improving Gentle Remediation of Trace Element-Contaminated Soils.

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    Kidd, Petra; Mench, Michel; Álvarez-López, Vanessa; Bert, Valérie; Dimitriou, Ioannis; Friesl-Hanl, Wolfgang; Herzig, Rolf; Janssen, Jolien Olga; Kolbas, Aliaksandr; Müller, Ingo; Neu, Silke; Renella, Giancarlo; Ruttens, Ann; Vangronsveld, Jaco; Puschenreiter, Markus

    2015-01-01

    The last few decades have seen the rise of Gentle soil Remediation Options (GRO), which notably include in situ contaminant stabilization ("inactivation") and plant-based (generally termed "phytoremediation") options. For trace element (TE)-contaminated sites, GRO aim to either decrease their labile pool and/or total content in the soil, thereby reducing related pollutant linkages. Much research has been dedicated to the screening and selection of TE-tolerant plant species and genotypes for application in GRO. However, the number of field trials demonstrating successful GRO remains well below the number of studies carried out at a greenhouse level. The move from greenhouse to field conditions requires incorporating agronomical knowledge into the remediation process and the ecological restoration of ecosystem services. This review summarizes agronomic practices against their demonstrated or potential positive effect on GRO performance, including plant selection, soil management practices, crop rotation, short rotation coppice, intercropping/row cropping, planting methods and plant densities, harvest and fertilization management, pest and weed control and irrigation management. Potentially negative effects of GRO, e.g., the introduction of potentially invasive species, are also discussed. Lessons learnt from long-term European field case sites are given for aiding the choice of appropriate management practices and plant species. PMID:25581041

  3. Segregation, correlation and heritability of agronomic characters in F2 progenies of oil palm

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    Chaumongkol, Y.

    2001-11-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed at evaluating the segregation, correlation and heritability of certain agronomic characters in F2 plants of oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq. which were collected and planted in 1989 at Klong Hoi Khong Research Station, Faculty of Natural Resources, Prince of Songkla University, Songkhla, Southern Thailand. The 1,038 palms collected at the age of thirteen-years derived from F1 Tenera hybrid plants were selected from oil palm plantations in different areas in Southern Thailand. Only one good performance bunch (i.e. big bunch with thin shell fruit was selected from each plantation and four seeds per selected bunch were used for planting. The results showed that three types of oil palm could be distinguished by brown fiber ring in mesocarp and shell thickness of fruit, as having Dura, Tenera and Pisifera at 27.3, 49.8 and 22.9%, respectively. The presence of brown fiber ring character was controlled by a single gene pair with complete dominant action. The action of genes controlling shell thickness in fruit was additive. High variation was observed for agronomic charaters in F2 plants, e.g. fruit weight, %mesocarp/fruit, %shell/fruit, %kernel/fruit, number of bunch/plant, bunch weight and FFB yield. Correlations among these characters and broad sense heritabilities from this study could help in parental selection in breeding program of Thai oil palm.

  4. AGRONOMIC EFFICIENCY OF THE INTERCROPPING OF ARUGULA WITH CARROT UNDER DIFFERENT POPULATION COMBINATIONS

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    THAÍZA MABELLE DE VASCONCELOS BATISTA

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to evaluate the agronomic efficiency of intercropping combinations of carrot and arugula at different population densities in bicropping in the semi - arid conditions of the Brazilian Northeast. The study was conducted at the "Rafael Fernandes" Experimental Farm of the Universidade Federal Rural do Semi - Árido (UFERSA during the period September 2011 to February 2012. The experimental design was of randomized complete blocks with treatments arranged in a 4 x 4 factorial scheme with four replications. The combinations were four population densities of carrot (40, 60, 80 and 100% of the recommended population in sole crop – RPSC with four population densities of arugula (40, 60, 80 and 100% of the RPSC. The recommended population densities for sole crops of carrot and arugula are 500,000 and 1,000,000 plants per hectare, respectively. All treatments were fertilized with hairy woodrose ( Merremia aegyptia L., a spontaneous species of the Caatinga biome. The highest agronomic efficiency of carrot intercropped with arugula in bicropping was achieved in the combination of 40% of RPSC for the carrot and 100% of RPSC for the arugula. The commercial maximum yield (33.74 t ha - 1 of carrot roots and the maximum yields of arugula green mass (8.06 and 2.67 t ha - 1 in both cultivations were also obtained in the combination of population densities of 40% of RPSC for carrot and 100% of RPSC for arugula.

  5. Integration of Agronomic Practices with Herbicides for Sustainable Weed Management in Aerobic Rice

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    M. P. Anwar

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Till now, herbicide seems to be a cost effective tool from an agronomic view point to control weeds. But long term efficacy and sustainability issues are the driving forces behind the reconsideration of herbicide dependent weed management strategy in rice. This demands reappearance of physical and cultural management options combined with judicious herbicide application in a more comprehensive and integrated way. Keeping those in mind, some agronomic tools along with different manual weeding and herbicides combinations were evaluated for their weed control efficacy in rice under aerobic soil conditions. Combination of competitive variety, higher seeding rate, and seed priming resulted in more competitive cropping system in favor of rice, which was reflected in lower weed pressure, higher weed control efficiency, and better yield. Most of the herbicides exhibited excellent weed control efficiency. Treatments comprising only herbicides required less cost involvement but produced higher net benefit. On the contrary, treatments comprising both herbicide and manual weeding required high cost involvement and thus produced lower net benefit. Therefore, adoption of competitive rice variety, higher seed rate, and seed priming along with spraying different early-postemergence herbicides in rotation at 10 days after seeding (DAS followed by a manual weeding at 30 DAS may be recommended from sustainability view point.

  6. Effect of ureaformaldehyde on the agronomic efficiency of nitrogen fertilization in rice (Oryza sativa lin. flooded.

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    Pedro Meneses Dartayet

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The work was carried out during the years 2004 - 2011 in the international Center of Tsukuba, belonging to the International Agency of Cooperation of Japan and in the Territorial Station of Investigations of Grains "Sur del Jíbaro" in Sancti Spíritus with the objective value the employment of the nitrogenous fertilizer of Slow Liberation Ureaformaldehído on the index of agronomic efficiency in the use of the nitrogen and the increment of the agricultural yield for the production of rice; in the first one you study the speed of liberation of the nitrogen of the Ureaformaldehído and the conventional Urea to three temperatures (10; 17.5 and 25 ºC; in the second one studies effect of the fertilizer Ureaformaldehído on the agricultural yield and the index of agronomic efficiency in the use of the nitrogen, in the cultivation of the flooded rice. The main results showed the Ureaformaldehído reacted in a significant way in the measure the temperature was incremented, ending up being mineralized a percentage from 82 to the 100 days; on the other hand, the best yield was reached statistically, with the dose of 120 kg of N/ha, for the fertilizer Ureaformaldehído.

  7. Poultry manure. Agronomic use or energy source?; Pollina: utilizzo agronomico o fonte di energia?

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    Trinchera, A.; Perri, P.T. [Istituto Sperimentale per la Nutrizione delle Piante, Rome (Italy)

    2000-10-01

    By the year 2010, Italy could see the construction of three incinerators that use poultry manure as source of energy. In this paper, advantages and disadvantages of such a choice are considered in their environmental and economical aspects, taking into account the agronomic qualities of poultry manure. The analyses suggests that the agricultural sector should be the one to recover the biomass. It should be used above all as a fertiliser, either directly or after proper treatments improving its agronomic characteristics. Conversely, the energy sector should be in charge of dismissing the eventual surplus through incineration. [Italian] Nel primo decennio del 2000 in Italia potrebbero sorgere tre impianti di incenerimento in grado di produrre energia utilizzando quale combustibile le deiezioni avicole. In tale lavoro sono stati considerati i vantaggi e gli svantaggi di tale scelta, sia dal punto di vista ambientale che economico, sottolienando come sia necessario tenere presente innanziutto la qualita' agronomica di tale biomassa organica. L'analisi effettuata suggerisce che il settore agricolo recuperi le deiezioni avicole in maniera preponderante, attraverso l'utilizzo immediato quale fertilizzante organico ed a seguito di processi alternativi in grado di esaltarne le caratteristiche agronomiche, rimandando al settore energetico il compito di smaltirne l'eventuale surplus mediante l'incenerimento.

  8. Personality Traits and Administrators

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    Anitha V

    2008-01-01

    Administration is the art of getting tasks done by utilizing the resources and coordinating the people. Administrators give trigger to the administration by coordinating, and directing all parts of an organization by managing the tangible and intangible resources of the organization. The qualities of leadership are therefore a critical determinant of organizational success. The theories of leadership (Trait to Transformational leadership theory) have strived to look into the aspects that make...

  9. Thalassaemia trait and pregnancy.

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    White, J. M.; Richards, R; Byrne, M; T. Buchanan; White, Y S; Jelenski, G

    1985-01-01

    The haematological variables, haematinic state, and placental function of more than 2000 pregnant women, heterozygous for either alpha- or beta-thalassaemia genes, were examined during pregnancy. Four features emerged. Firstly, it was possible by discriminant function analysis of haematological variables to distinguish in pregnant patients between the anaemia caused by thalassaemia trait and that caused by iron deficiency. Secondly, patients with thalassaemia become significantly more anaemic...

  10. Development, characterization, and gene mapping of low phytate mutations in rice

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    Phytic acid (PA, myo-inositol 1,2,3,4,5,6-hexakisphosphate) is the primary storage form of phosphorus (P) in cereal seeds - accounting for about 65-85% of the total P. It is widely regarded as the major anti-nutrient component in cereal and legume grains including rice. By using gamma irradiation, we developed a dozen low phytic acid (LPA) mutant lines in the past 5 years. The LPA traits of those mutant lines were controlled by at least four non-allelic genes; we have mapped four genes to different positions in chromosome 2, 3 and 4, and three genes were identified to be responsible for three non-allelic mutations. Field agronomic trials showed that LPA mutations could affect, mostly at significant levels, the grain weight and yield, seed viability and storability. However, the inferior performance of the LPA lines could be improved through cross breeding and targeted selection. (author)

  11. Mapping quantitative trait loci for binary trait in the F2:3 design

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    Chengsong Zhu; Yuan-Ming Zhang; Zhigang Guo

    2008-12-01

    In the analysis of inheritance of quantitative traits with low heritability, an F2:3 design that genotypes plants in F2 and phenotypes plants in F2:3 progeny is often used in plant genetics. Although statistical approaches for mapping quantitative trait loci (QTL) in the F2:3 design have been well developed, those for binary traits of biological interest and economic importance are seldom addressed. In this study, an attempt was made to map binary trait loci (BTL) in the F2:3 design. The fundamental idea was: the F2 plants were genotyped, all phenotypic values of each F2:3 progeny were measured for binary trait, and these binary trait values and the marker genotype informations were used to detect BTL under the penetrance and liability models. The proposed method was verified by a series of Monte–Carlo simulation experiments. These results showed that maximum likelihood approaches under the penetrance and liability models provide accurate estimates for the effects and the locations of BTL with high statistical power, even under of low heritability. Moreover, the penetrance model is as efficient as the liability model, and the F2:3 design is more efficient than classical F2 design, even though only a single progeny is collected from each F2:3 family. With the maximum likelihood approaches under the penetrance and the liability models developed in this study, we can map binary traits as we can do for quantitative trait in the F2:3 design.

  12. Development and characterization of recombinant chromosome substitution lines (RCSLs) using Hordeum vulgare subsp. spontaneum as a source of donor alleles in a Hordeum vulgare subsp. vulgare background.

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    Matus, I; Corey, A; Filichkin, T; Hayes, P M; Vales, M I; Kling, J; Riera-Lizarazu, O; Sato, K; Powell, W; Waugh, R

    2003-12-01

    The ancestor of barley (Hordeum vulgare subsp. spontaneum) may be a source of novel alleles for crop improvement. We developed a set of recombinant chromosome substitution lines (RCSLs) using an accession of H. vulgare subsp. spontaneum (Caesarea 26-24, from Israel) as the donor and Hordeum vulgare subsp. vulgare 'Harrington' (the North American malting quality standard) as the recurrent parent via two backcrosses to the recurrent parent, followed by six generations of selfing. Here we report (i) the genomic architecture of the RCSLs, as inferred by simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers, and (ii) the effects of H. vulgare subsp. spontaneum genome segment introgressions in terms of three classes of phenotypes: inflorescence yield components, malting quality traits, and domestication traits. Significant differences among the RCSLs were detected for all phenotypes measured. The phenotypic effects of the introgressions were assessed using association analysis, and these were referenced to quantitative trait loci (QTL) reported in the literature. Hordeum vulgare subsp. spontaneum, despite its overall inferior phenotype, contributed some favorable alleles for agronomic and malting quality traits. In most cases, the introgression of the ancestral genome resulted in a loss of desirable phenotypes in the cultivated parent. Although disappointing from a plant breeding perspective, this finding may prove to be a useful tool for gene discovery.

  13. Deficient safety learning characterizes high trait anxious individuals

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    F.J. Gazendam; J.H. Kamphuis; M. Kindt

    2012-01-01

    Trait anxiety is a well-established risk factor for developing anxiety disorders, but evidence for abnormal associative fear learning in high trait anxious (HTA) individuals is inconclusive. In part, this may due to limitations in the scope and measures used to assess fear learning. The current stud

  14. Bridging traits, story, and self: Prospects and problems

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    Hermans, H.J.M.

    1996-01-01

    In his target article, McAdams brings together three domains in the field of psychology in which challenging developments have been observed over the past decades: trait psychology, narrative psychology, and culture. Trait psychology has been rejuvenated by crossnational and cross-cultural research

  15. The Relations of Motivational Traits with Workplace Deviance

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    Diefendorff, James M.; Mehta, Kajal

    2007-01-01

    The authors developed and tested new theoretical relations between approach and avoidance motivational traits and deviant work behaviors. Approach motivation was divided into 3 traits: personal mastery (i.e., desire to achieve), competitive excellence (i.e., desire to perform better than others), and behavioral activation system (BAS) sensitivity…

  16. Comparative mapping reveals similar linkage of functional genes to QTL of yield-related traits between Brassica napus and Oryza sativa

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    Fupeng Li; Chaozhi Ma; Qingfang Chen; Touming Liu; Jinxiong Shen; Jinxing Tu; Yongzhong Xing; Tingdong Fu

    2012-08-01

    Oryza sativa and Brassica napus—two important crops for food and oil, respectively—share high seed yield as a common breeding goal. As a model plant, O. sativa genomics have been intensively investigated and its agronomic traits have been advanced. In the present study, we used the available information on O. sativa to conduct comparative mapping between O. sativa and B. napus, with the aim of advancing research on seed-yield and yield-related traits in B. napus. Firstly, functional markers (from 55 differentially expressed genes between a hybrid and its parents) were used to detect B. napus genes that co-localized with yield-related traits in an F2∶3 population. Referring to publicly available sequences of 55 B. napus genes, 53 homologous O. sativa genes were subsequently detected by screening, and their chromosomal locations were determined using silico mapping. Comparative location of yield-related QTL between the two species showed that a total of 37 O. sativa and B. napus homologues were located in similar yield-related QTL between species. Our results indicate that homologous genes between O. sativa and B. napus may have consistent function and control similar traits, which may be helpful for agronomic gene characterization in B. napus based on what is known in O. sativa.

  17. Evaluation of some Newly Developed Diploid Hybrids and their Breeding Value in 4x-2x Crosses

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    The narrow genetic base in potato (Solanum tuberosum L. ) limits the progress in cultivar development.The rich diploid germplasm in the origin center of potato provide a unique resource for improvement of tetraploid potatoes. Seven newly developed diploid hybrids with 2n pollen production, all of which have S.phureja background,were developed and evaluated for their value in potato breeding. They were crossed as male parnets to six tetraploid Solanum tuberosum cultivars,and seeds in large quantity from eleven crosses were obtained. Main agronomic traits ,such as tuber yield ,tuber number,mean tuber weight ,tuber shape ,eye depth, skin smoothness, flesh color, and specific gravity, were measured for 4x-2x tetraploid progenies in seedling generation ,and their parents as well. All of the diploid hybrids had some merit for specific traits and the DH39 was more promising ;high specific gravity trait in some diploid hybrids was successfully introgressed into tetroploid progenies via 4x-2x crosses. These diploid hybrids have potential value in potato breeding.

  18. Advances in the Research of Strategies and Methods for Analyzing Complex Traits

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    TANG Zai-xiang; XU Chen-wu

    2008-01-01

    Complex traits are the features whose properties are determined by both genetic and environmental factors. Generally, complex traits include the classical quantitative traits with continuous distribution, the binary or categorical traits with discrete distribution controlled by polygene and other traits that cannot be measured exactly, such as behavior and psychology. Most human complex diseases and most economically important traits in plants and animals belong to the category. Understanding the molecular basis of complex traits plays a vital role in the genetic improvement of plant and animal breeding. In this article, the conception and research background of complex traits were summarized, and the strategies, methods and the great progress that had been made in dissecting genetic basis of complex traits were reviewed. The challenges and possible developments in future researches were also discussed.

  19. Birth Order Positions and Personality Traits.

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    Tharbe, Ida Hartini Ahmad; Harun, Lily Mastura Hj.

    The growing concern for the development of teenagers has brought up issues regarding the role of the family system in shaping the personality traits of children. Alfred Adler (1870-1937), an Austrian psychiatrist who introduced the psychological/therapeutic model, "Individual Psychology," highlighted the importance of birth order positions in…

  20. The Economics and Psychology of Personality Traits

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    Borghans, Lex; Duckworth, Angela Lee; Heckman, James J.; ter Weel, Bas

    2008-01-01

    This paper explores the interface between personality psychology and economics. We examine the predictive power of personality and the stability of personality traits over the life cycle. We develop simple analytical frameworks for interpreting the evidence in personality psychology and suggest promising avenues for future research. The paper…

  1. The Economics and Psychology of Personality Traits

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    Borghans, Lex; Duckworth, Angela Lee; Heckman, James J.; ter Weel, Bas

    2008-01-01

    This paper explores the interface between personality psychology and economics. We examine the predictive power of personality and the stability of personality traits over the life cycle. We develop simple analytical frameworks for interpreting the evidence in personality psychology and suggest promising avenues for future research.

  2. The Economics and Psychology of Personality Traits

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    Borghans Lex; Lee Duckworth Angela; Heckman James J.; Weel Bas ter

    2008-01-01

    This paper explores the interface between personality psychology andeconomics. We examine the predictive power of personality and the stability ofpersonality traits over the life cycle. We develop simple analytical frameworksfor interpreting the evidence in personality psychology and suggest promisingavenues for future research.

  3. The economics and psychology of personality traits

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    Borghans, L.; Angela Lee Duckworth; Heckman, James J.; Bas Ter Weel

    2008-01-01

    This paper explores the interface between personality psychology and economics. We examine the predictive power of personality and the stability of personality traits over the life cycle. We develop simple analytical frameworks for interpreting the evidence in personality psychology and suggest promising avenues for future research.

  4. Multiple Trait Analysis of Genetic Mapping for Quantitative Trait Loci

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    Jiang, C.; Zeng, Z B

    1995-01-01

    We present in this paper models and statistical methods for performing multiple trait analysis on mapping quantitative trait loci (QTL) based on the composite interval mapping method. By taking into account the correlated structure of multiple traits, this joint analysis has several advantages, compared with separate analyses, for mapping QTL, including the expected improvement on the statistical power of the test for QTL and on the precision of parameter estimation. Also this joint analysis ...

  5. Personality predictors of successful development: toddler temperament and adolescent personality traits predict well-being and career stability in middle adulthood.

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    Blatný, Marek; Millová, Katarína; Jelínek, Martin; Osecká, Terezie

    2015-01-01

    The aim of the study was to predict both adaptive psychological functioning (well-being) and adaptive social functioning (career stability) in middle adulthood based on behaviors observed in toddlerhood and personality traits measured in adolescence. 83 people participated in an ongoing longitudinal study started in 1961 (58% women). Based on children's behavior in toddlerhood, three temperamental dimensions were identified - positive affectivity, negative affectivity and disinhibition. In adolescence, extraversion and neuroticism were measured at the age of 16 years. Various aspects of well-being were used as indicators of adaptive psychological functioning in adulthood: life satisfaction, self-esteem and self-efficacy. Career stability was used as an indicator of adaptive social functioning. Job careers of respondents were characterized as stable, unstable or changeable. Extraversion measured at the age of 16 proved to be the best predictor of well-being indicators; in case of self-efficacy it was also childhood disinhibition. Extraversion in adolescence, childhood disinhibition and negative affectivity predicted career stability. Findings are discussed in the context of a theoretical framework of higher order factors of the Big Five personality constructs, stability and plasticity.

  6. Personality predictors of successful development: toddler temperament and adolescent personality traits predict well-being and career stability in middle adulthood.

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    Marek Blatný

    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to predict both adaptive psychological functioning (well-being and adaptive social functioning (career stability in middle adulthood based on behaviors observed in toddlerhood and personality traits measured in adolescence. 83 people participated in an ongoing longitudinal study started in 1961 (58% women. Based on children's behavior in toddlerhood, three temperamental dimensions were identified - positive affectivity, negative affectivity and disinhibition. In adolescence, extraversion and neuroticism were measured at the age of 16 years. Various aspects of well-being were used as indicators of adaptive psychological functioning in adulthood: life satisfaction, self-esteem and self-efficacy. Career stability was used as an indicator of adaptive social functioning. Job careers of respondents were characterized as stable, unstable or changeable. Extraversion measured at the age of 16 proved to be the best predictor of well-being indicators; in case of self-efficacy it was also childhood disinhibition. Extraversion in adolescence, childhood disinhibition and negative affectivity predicted career stability. Findings are discussed in the context of a theoretical framework of higher order factors of the Big Five personality constructs, stability and plasticity.

  7. Genetic relatedness among dioecious Ficus carica L. cultivars by random amplified polymorphic DNA analysis, and evaluation of agronomic and morphological characters.

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    Papadopoulou, Kalliopi; Ehaliotis, Constantinos; Tourna, Maria; Kastanis, Petros; Karydis, Ioannis; Zervakis, Georgios

    2002-03-01

    A collection of 64 fig (Ficus carica L.) accessions was characterized through the use of RAPD markers, and results were evaluated in conjunction with morphological and agronomical characters, in order to determine the genetic relatedness of genotypes with diverse geographic origin. The results indicate that fig cultivars have a rather narrow genetic base. Nevertheless, RAPD markers could detect enough polymorphism to differentiate even closely related genotypes (i.e., clones of the same cultivar) and a unique fingerprint for each of the genotypes studied was obtained. No wasteful duplications were found in the collection. Cluster analysis allowed the identification of groups in accordance with geographic origin, phenotypic data and pedigree. Taking into account the limited information concerning fig cultivar development, the results of this study, which provide information on the genetic relationships of genetically distinct material, dramatically increase the fundamental and practical value of the collection and represent an invaluable tool for fig germplasm management.

  8. Multivariate identification of plant functional response and effect traits in an agricultural landscape.

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    Pakeman, Robin J

    2011-06-01

    Plant functional traits have been proposed as a linkage between the environmental control of vegetation and ecosystem function. Identification of traits that mediate the response of plant species to the environment is well established, but the identification of effect traits and the linkage between the two sets is less developed. This was attempted for a study of eight contrasting land uses in a marginal agricultural landscape where data on vegetation, management controls of the disturbance regime, and soil characteristics, including nitrogen release, were measured simultaneously with measures of ecosystem function such as litter decomposition rates and primary productivity on 30 sites. Trait data were assembled from databases, and an iterative multivariate approach using the three table (species, trait, environment) method RLQ was employed to identify a parsimonious set of traits that predict plant species responses to the environment and a parsimonious set of traits that link vegetation to ecosystem function. The lists of response and effect traits were similar, and where differences were observed, traits were usually highly correlated with at least one trait in the other list. This approach identified a small number of traits (canopy height, leaf dry matter content, leaf size, and specific leaf area) that provide a means of linking vegetation responses to environmental change with changes in ecosystem function. Other response traits included vegetative spread strategy, start of flowering, and seed terminal velocity, but within the system studied these traits were all significantly correlated to the traits shared between the response and effect lists.

  9. 甘薯淀粉产量及相关性状的遗传多样性和关联度分析%Genetic diversity and correlation analysis of starch yield-related traits in sweet potato

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    张凯; 罗小敏; 王季春; 唐道彬; 吴正丹; 叶爽; 王莉

    2013-01-01

    As a major starch-based raw material for fuel ethanol production, sweet potato [Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.] is a critical industrial material and a new energy resource.The development of new sweet potato varieties with high starch yield has been a key element of sweet potato research.To improve breeding efficiency of sweet potato varieties with high starch yield, short breeding cycle and valuable index supply for early selection of high starch yield sweet potato breed, this study used the Unweighted Pair Group and PSC- (Pair Similarity Coefficient) based Arithmetic Average Method to classify 48 main sweet potato germplasm resources in terms of starch yield, morphological traits and synthetic enzyme activity.Then correlation analysis was used to assess the relations of starch yield with agronomic traits and starch synthetic enzyme activity at different times.The results showed significant variations in agronomic traits of different sweet potato varieties/lines and periods.Cluster results indicated that agronomic traits in 100 days after planting were most relevant with starch yield.Among the agronomic traits, starch yield was significantly negatively correlated with plant branch (r = -0.428) and significantly positively correlated with dry matter rate (r = 0.423) in 100 days after planting.No significant correlation existed between starch yield and maximum vine length, root tuber number per plant or root tuber fresh weight per plant.It was possible to use plant branch and dry matter in 100 days after planting as indexes in early selection of high starch yield sweet potato breed.The cluster results for key starch synthesis enzymes (ADPG-PPase, SS and SPS) activities at different times were significantly different.The cluster results showed key starch synthesis enzymes activities in 50 days after planting was most relevant with starch yield.Among the enzymes activities in 50 days after planting, starch yield was negatively correlated with ADPG-PPase activity (r = -0

  10. Agronomic and environmental studies of potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) and analysis of its value chain in Zimbabwe

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    Svubure, O.

    2015-01-01

    Keywords: Irish potato, food security, stakeholder analysis, sustainability indicators, Cool Farm Tool-Potato, yield gap, resource use efficiency, LINTUL-POTATO model, Zimbabwe. Oniward Svubure (2015). Agronomic and environmental studies of potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) and analysis

  11. Designing an Accompanying Ecosystem to Foster Entrepreneurship among Agronomic and Forestry Engineering Students. Opinion and Commitment of University Lecturers

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    Ortiz-Medina, L.; Fernández-Ahumada, E.; Lara-Vélez, P.; Taguas, E. V.; Gallardo-Cobos, R.; del Campillo, M. C.; Guerrero-Ginel, J. E.

    2016-01-01

    In the Higher School of Agronomic and Forestry Engineering of the University of Cordoba, a collective project conceived as an 'ecosystem to support and accompany entrepreneurs' has been proposed. The approach aims to spread and consolidate the entrepreneurial spirit and to respond to the demands of possible stakeholders involved in the whole…

  12. Genome Informed Trait-Based Models

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    Karaoz, U.; Cheng, Y.; Bouskill, N.; Tang, J.; Beller, H. R.; Brodie, E.; Riley, W. J.

    2013-12-01

    Trait-based approaches are powerful tools for representing microbial communities across both spatial and temporal scales within ecosystem models. Trait-based models (TBMs) represent the diversity of microbial taxa as stochastic assemblages with a distribution of traits constrained by trade-offs between these traits. Such representation with its built-in stochasticity allows the elucidation of the interactions between the microbes and their environment by reducing the complexity of microbial community diversity into a limited number of functional ';guilds' and letting them emerge across spatio-temporal scales. From the biogeochemical/ecosystem modeling perspective, the emergent properties of the microbial community could be directly translated into predictions of biogeochemical reaction rates and microbial biomass. The accuracy of TBMs depends on the identification of key traits of the microbial community members and on the parameterization of these traits. Current approaches to inform TBM parameterization are empirical (i.e., based on literature surveys). Advances in omic technologies (such as genomics, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, and metaproteomics) pave the way to better-initialize models that can be constrained in a generic or site-specific fashion. Here we describe the coupling of metagenomic data to the development of a TBM representing the dynamics of metabolic guilds from an organic carbon stimulated groundwater microbial community. Illumina paired-end metagenomic data were collected from the community as it transitioned successively through electron-accepting conditions (nitrate-, sulfate-, and Fe(III)-reducing), and used to inform estimates of growth rates and the distribution of metabolic pathways (i.e., aerobic and anaerobic oxidation, fermentation) across a spatially resolved TBM. We use this model to evaluate the emergence of different metabolisms and predict rates of biogeochemical processes over time. We compare our results to observational

  13. Development and Characterization of Somatic Hybrids of Ulva reticulata Forsskål (× Monostroma oxyspermum (Kutz.Doty

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    Vishal eGupta

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Ulvophycean species with diverse trait characteristics provide an opportunity to create novel allelic recombinant variants. The present study reports the development of seaweed variants with improved agronomic traits through protoplast fusion between Monostroma oxyspermum (Kutz. Doty and Ulva reticulata Forsskål. A total of 12 putative hybrids were screened based on the variations in morphology and total DNA content over the fusion partners. DNA-fingerprinting by inter simple sequence repeat (ISSR and amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP analysis confirmed genomic introgression in the hybrids. The DNA fingerprint revealed sharing of parental alleles in regenerated hybrids and a few alleles that were unique to hybrids. The epigenetic variations in hybrids estimated in terms of DNA methylation polymorphism also revealed sharing of methylation loci with both the fusion partners. The functional trait analysis for growth showed a hybrid with heterotic trait (DGR%= 36.7±1.55% over the fusion partners U. reticulata (33.2±2.6% and M. oxyspermum (17.8±1.77%, while others were superior to the mid-parental value (25.2±2.2% (p<0.05. The fatty acid (FA analysis of hybrids showed notable variations over fusion partners. Most hybrids showed increased polyunsaturated FAs (PUFAs compared to saturated FAs (SFAs and mainly includes the nutritionally important linoleic acid, α-linolenic acid, oleic acid, stearidonic acid, and docosahexaenoic acid. The other differences observed include superior cellulose content and antioxidative potential in hybrids over fusion partners. The hybrid varieties with superior traits developed in this study unequivocally demonstrate the significance of protoplast fusion technique in developing improved varients of macroalgae.

  14. Modified Ishikawa Diagram as a Tool for Knowledge-Mapping of Agronomic Practices

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    Petr Kedaj

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available This article describes a novel method of graphical representation of agronomic practices in crop production. The influence of initial factors, the need to follow a chronology of individual operations and the possibility of using this information for creating a knowledge base are all considered in the method designed. Consequently, alternate methods of knowledge mapping are described: Mind maps, conceptual maps, cognitive maps as well as Ishikawa diagram, which is the main inspiration for our method. These established methods of knowledge mapping have been confronted with the method proposed by our research team using a qualitative survey. Results of this study suggest a high potential of use of our method in agronomy. At the end of this article, we propose additional steps for possible improvements in usability of the method described.

  15. Copper accumulation in vineyard soils: Rhizosphere processes and agronomic practices to limit its toxicity.

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    Brunetto, Gustavo; Bastos de Melo, George Wellington; Terzano, Roberto; Del Buono, Daniele; Astolfi, Stefania; Tomasi, Nicola; Pii, Youry; Mimmo, Tanja; Cesco, Stefano

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    Viticulture represents an important agricultural practice in many countries worldwide. Yet, the continuous use of fungicides has caused copper (Cu) accumulation in soils, which represent a major environmental and toxicological concern. Despite being an important micronutrient, Cu can be a potential toxicant at high concentrations since it may cause morphological, anatomical and physiological changes in plants, decreasing both food productivity and quality. Rhizosphere processes can, however, actively control the uptake and translocation of Cu in plants. In particular, root exudates affecting the chemical, physical and biological characteristics of the rhizosphere, might reduce the availability of Cu in the soil and hence its absorption. In addition, this review will aim at discussing the advantages and disadvantages of agronomic practices, such as liming, the use of pesticides, the application of organic matter, biochar and coal fly ashes, the inoculation with bacteria and/or mycorrhizal fungi and the intercropping, in alleviating Cu toxicity symptoms. PMID:27513550

  16. Current status and challenges in developing Ni phytomining: An agronomic perspective

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    This review examines the current status, progress and challenges in Ni phytomining agronomy undertaken since the first field trial two decades ago. To date, over 400 Ni hyperaccumulators have been documented (of which >30% are in Cuba) including approximately 50 species with potential for use in Ni ...

  17. Agronomic Potential of Partially Acidulated Rock Phosphates in Acid Soils of Subtropical China

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    XIONGLI-MING; B.TRUONG; 等

    1995-01-01

    A glasshouse experiment was conducted to evaluate the agronomic potential of four partially acidulated rock phosphates(PARP) in three representative solis sampled from subtripical China.The PARPs were manufactured by attacking a moderately reactive phosphate rock either with sulfuric acid alone or with combination of sulfuric and phosphoric acids at 30 or 60 percent of acidulation.Shoot dry weight and P accumulation of six successive cuttings of ryegrass were used to compare the agronomic potential of these fertilizers with that of the raw rock phosphate(RP) and monocalcium phosphate (MCP).Results indicated that the effectiveness of various phosphates was determined both by the solubility of the phosphates and by the acidity and P-fixing capacity of the soils.The higher the watersoluble P contained,the better the effectiveness of the fertilizer was.Although plant P accumulation of PARP treatments was constantly lower than that of MCP treatment,some PARPs could still get a dry matter production similar to that of MCP treatment.PARP SP60,which was acidulated with a mixture of sulfuric acid and phosphoric acid at 60 percent of acidulation and contained the highest soluble,P,was as effective as MCP in terms of dry matter production on all the soils.S60 and C1 which were both acidulated with sulfuric acid with the former at 60 percent of acidulation and the latter at 30 percent but with a further addition of monoammonium phosphate,were more than 80 percent as efective as MCP,Raw RP also showed a reasonable effectiveness which increased with soil acidity.It was suggested from the study that some of these APRPs could be expected to have a comparable field performance as soluble P fertilizers in the acid soil regions.

  18. Automatic detection and agronomic characterization of olive groves using high-resolution imagery and LIDAR data

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    Caruso, T.; Rühl, J.; Sciortino, R.; Marra, F. P.; La Scalia, G.

    2014-10-01

    The Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union grants subsidies for olive production. Areas of intensified olive farming will be of major importance for the increasing demand for oil production of the next decades, and countries with a high ratio of intensively and super-intensively managed olive groves will be more competitive than others, since they are able to reduce production costs. It can be estimated that about 25-40% of the Sicilian oliviculture must be defined as "marginal". Modern olive cultivation systems, which permit the mechanization of pruning and harvest operations, are limited. Agronomists, landscape planners, policy decision-makers and other professionals have a growing need for accurate and cost-effective information on land use in general and agronomic parameters in the particular. The availability of high spatial resolution imagery has enabled researchers to propose analysis tools on agricultural parcel and tree level. In our study, we test the performance of WorldView-2 imagery relative to the detection of olive groves and the delineation of olive tree crowns, using an object-oriented approach of image classification in combined use with LIDAR data. We selected two sites, which differ in their environmental conditions and in their agronomic parameters of olive grove cultivation. The main advantage of the proposed methodology is the low necessary quantity of data input and its automatibility. However, it should be applied in other study areas to test if the good results of accuracy assessment can be confirmed. Data extracted by the proposed methodology can be used as input data for decision-making support systems for olive grove management.

  19. Fate of atrazine in a soil under different agronomic management practices.

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    Prado, B; Fuentes, M; Verhulst, N; Govaerts, B; De León, F; Zamora, O

    2014-01-01

    Agricultural management affects the movement of atrazine in soil and leaching to groundwater. The objective of this study was to determine atrazine adsorption in a soil after 20 years of atrazine application under agronomic management practices differing in tillage practice (conventional and zero tillage), residue management (with and without residue retention) and crop rotation (wheat-maize rotation and maize monoculture). Atrazine sorption was determined using batch and column experiments. In the batch experiment, the highest distribution coefficient Kd (1.1 L kg(-1)) at 0-10 cm soil depth was observed under zero tillage, crop rotation and residue retention (conservation agriculture). The key factor in adsorption was soil organic matter content and type. This was confirmed in the column experiment, in which the highest Kd values were observed in treatments with residue retention, under either zero or conventional tillage (0.81 and 0.68 L kg(-1), respectively). Under zero tillage, the fact that there was no soil movement helped to increase the Kd. The increased soil organic matter content with conservation agriculture may be more important than preferential flow due to higher pore connectivity in the same system. The soil's capacity to adsorb 2-hydroxyatrazine (HA), an important atrazine metabolite, was more important than its capacity to adsorb atrazine, and was similar under all four management practices (Kd ranged from 30 to 40 L kg(-1)). The HA adsorption was attributed to the type and amount of clay in the soil, which is unaffected by agronomic management. Soils under conservation agriculture had higher atrazine retention potential than soils under conventional tillage, the system that predominates in the study area. PMID:25190559

  20. Do host genetic traits in the bacterial sensing system play a role in the development of Chlamydia trachomatis-associated tubal pathology in subfertile women?

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    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In women, Chlamydia (C. trachomatis upper genital tract infection can cause distal tubal damage and occlusion, increasing the risk of tubal factor subfertility and ectopic pregnancy. Variations, like single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs, in immunologically important host genes are assumed to play a role in the course and outcome of a C. trachomatis infection. We studied whether genetic traits (carrying multiple SNPs in different genes in the bacterial sensing system are associated with an aberrant immune response and subsequently with tubal pathology following a C. trachomatis infection. The genes studied all encode for pattern recognition receptors (PRRs involved in sensing bacterial components. Methods Of 227 subfertile women, serum was available for C. trachomatis IgG antibody testing and genotyping (common versus rare allele of the PRR genes TLR9, TLR4, CD14 and CARD15/NOD2. In all women, a laparoscopy was performed to assess the grade of tubal pathology. Tubal pathology was defined as extensive peri-adnexal adhesions and/or distal occlusion of at least one tube. Results Following a C. trachomatis infection (i.e. C. trachomatis IgG positive, subfertile women carrying two or more SNPs in C. trachomatis PRR genes were at increased risk of tubal pathology compared to women carrying less than two SNPs (73% vs 33% risk. The differences were not statistically significant (P = 0.15, but a trend was observed. Conclusion Carrying multiple SNPs in C. trachomatis PRR genes tends to result in an aberrant immune response and a higher risk of tubal pathology following a C. trachomatis infection. Larger studies are needed to confirm our preliminary findings.

  1. Development of a Novel Rice Germplasm in Resistant Brown Planthopper from Space-induced Rice Mutants and Analysis of Its Genetic Traits and Biological Characteristics%航天诱变水稻抗褐飞虱新种质的培育、遗传分析与生物学特性

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    杨震; 彭选明; 彭伟正; 庞伯良; 马明勇; 符伟; 刘录祥

    2012-01-01

    利用“实践八号”育种卫星搭载“玉香油占”干种子,在褐飞虱爆发条件下,从M2代中首次获得农艺综合性状优良的抗褐飞虱水稻突变体PR955.遗传分析表明,PR955的抗褐飞虱性状受1对显性基因控制.米质检测分析表明,PR955的出糙率、精米率、整精米率均达国家一等优质米标准,综合评定为二等优质米.%The dry seeds of rice variety Yuxiangyouzhan were carried by recoverable satellite shijian-8. Under the eruption of rice brown planthopper in Changsha in 2008, resistance-brown planthopper mutant PR955 was selected from M2 population on ground. PR955 had elite comprehensive agronomic traits. Genetic analysis and chi-square test showed that resistance character controlled by an dominance major gene. Indicated after the grain quality detection and analysis result that, PR955 reaches national high quality rice level of standards in brown rice rate, milled rice rate, as well as head milled rice rate. Its rice qualifies the second grade high-quality rice according to the high-quality rice standards of the Department of agriculture.

  2. QTL Mapping of Agronomic Waterlogging Tolerance Using Recombinant Inbred Lines Derived from Tropical Maize (Zea mays L) Germplasm

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    Zaidi, Pervez Haider; Rashid, Zerka; Vinayan, Madhumal Thayil; Almeida, Gustavo Dias; Phagna, Ramesh Kumar; Babu, Raman

    2015-01-01

    Waterlogging is an important abiotic stress constraint that causes significant yield losses in maize grown throughout south and south-east Asia due to erratic rainfall patterns. The most economic option to offset the damage caused by waterlogging is to genetically incorporate tolerance in cultivars that are grown widely in the target agro-ecologies. We assessed the genetic variation in a population of recombinant inbred lines (RILs) derived from crossing a waterlogging tolerant line (CAWL-46-3-1) to an elite but sensitive line (CML311-2-1-3) and observed significant range of variation for grain yield (GY) under waterlogging stress along with a number of other secondary traits such as brace roots (BR), chlorophyll content (SPAD), % stem and root lodging (S&RL) among the RILs. Significant positive correlation of GY with BR and SPAD and negative correlation with S&RL indicated the potential use of these secondary traits in selection indices under waterlogged conditions. RILs were genotyped with 331 polymorphic single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers using KASP (Kompetitive Allele Specific PCR) Platform. QTL mapping revealed five QTL on chromosomes 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10, which together explained approximately 30% of phenotypic variance for GY based on evaluation of RIL families under waterlogged conditions, with effects ranging from 520 to 640 kg/ha for individual genomic regions. 13 QTL were identified for various secondary traits associated with waterlogging tolerance, each individually explaining from 3 to 14% of phenotypic variance. Of the 22 candidate genes with known functional domains identified within the physical intervals delimited by the flanking markers of the QTL influencing GY and other secondary traits, six have previously been demonstrated to be associated with anaerobic responses in either maize or other model species. A pair of flanking SNP markers has been identified for each of the QTL and high throughput marker assays were developed to facilitate

  3. Agronomic methods for mountain grassland habitat restoration for faunistic purposes in a protected area of the northern Apennines (Italy

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    Cervasio F

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The abandonment of pastures often leads to a remarkable deterioration of grasslands, caused by the spread of intrusive, herbaceous and woody species which reduces the general quality of pastures. Different treatments aimed at improving the grassland and enhancing the forage quality of herbaceous resources have been developed to face this problem. We report the results of a five-year experiment conducted in a protected area of central Italy (the “Laghi di Suviana e Brasimone” regional park on an abandoned pasture inside a beech forest encroached by intrusive species (mainly bracken. We analyzed the effect on sward’s specific composition and grazing value of two agronomic factors: (i the establishment method (ploughing followed by sowing of a forage mixture versus no intervention, and (ii the number of cuts performed on vegetation during the growing season (0, 1 or 2 cuts. Plots were arranged according to a split-split-plot experimental design with three replications, with the sampling dates as the main factor, the establishment technique as the subplot factor, and the number of cuts as the sub-subplot factor. In each plot, data were recorded once a month from June to September every year from 2006 to 2010, in order to assess the botanical composition and the quality of the sward. The main pastoral and botanical parameters of pastures were significantly affected by both cutting and sowing. Establishment by sowing significantly reduced the presence of bracken, even with no cuts, with strong effects on the qualitative value of the pasture. A single cut resulted in an efficient recovery of the pasture as compared to cutting twice, especially in sown plots. Our results confirmed that the regular and continued maintenance of the recovered areas is crucial to ensure the long-term preservation of the results achieved by the improvements.

  4. Designing an accompanying ecosystem for entrepreneurship students of agronomic and forestry engineering. Opinion and commitment of the faculty

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    Ortiz, Leovigilda; Fernández-Ahumada, Elvira; Lara-Vélez, Pablo; Taguas, Encarnación V.; Gallardo-Cobos, Rosa; Campillo, M. Carmen; Guerrero-Ginel, José E.

    2014-05-01

    The current context has called attention to the need of training engineers with new skills beyond the purely technical. Among others, fostering the entrepreneurial spirit has gained special prominence. In the Higher School of Agronomic and Forestry Engineering of the University of Cordoba, a 12-year-experience of an entrepreneurship program for undergraduate students concluded that, for an adequate consolidation and evolution of the program, is important to establish a robust network with active participation of all actors involved. With this antecedent, a collective project conceived as an "ecosystem of support and accompaniment for entrepreneurs" is the approach proposed. The objective is to perform an evaluation of this model in terms of viability, usefulness, actions to be taken and degree of commitment. The key actors identified (undergraduate students, faculty, alumni, local and regional entrepreneurs, enterprises, public administration) have been involved in the evaluation process. This study focuses on the academic staff. For that aim, a survey to the entire faculty (N=128, response rate = 45%) and semi-structured interviews to 20 members have been performed. Data have been treated by means of univariate and multivariate analysis. Results suggest that there exists an agreement concerning the appropriateness of a collective project; there is a critical mass of teachers willing to be engaged; guidelines need to be incorporated in order to facilitate taking on tasks; main restrictions concern the existing asymmetry between formal requirements and those necessary for establishing the ecosystem. ACKNOWLEDGMENT: This research work has been developed in the framework of the ALFA III programme financed by the European Union.

  5. Functional traits in agriculture: agrobiodiversity and ecosystem services.

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    Wood, Stephen A; Karp, Daniel S; DeClerck, Fabrice; Kremen, Claire; Naeem, Shahid; Palm, Cheryl A

    2015-09-01

    Functional trait research has led to greater understanding of the impacts of biodiversity in ecosystems. Yet, functional trait approaches have not been widely applied to agroecosystems and understanding of the importance of agrobiodiversity remains limited to a few ecosystem processes and services. To improve this understanding, we argue here for a functional trait approach to agroecology that adopts recent advances in trait research for multitrophic and spatially heterogeneous ecosystems. We suggest that trait values should be measured across environmental conditions and agricultural management regimes to predict how ecosystem services vary with farm practices and environment. This knowledge should be used to develop management strategies that can be easily implemented by farmers to manage agriculture to provide multiple ecosystem services.

  6. Quantitative Trait Loci (QTLs mapping for growth traits in the mouse: A review

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    Medrano Juan F

    2001-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The attainment of a specific mature body size is one of the most fundamental differences among species of mammals. Moreover, body size seems to be the central factor underlying differences in traits such as growth rate, energy metabolism and body composition. An important proportion of this variability is of genetic origin. The goal of the genetic analysis of animal growth is to understand its "genetic architecture", that is the number and position of loci affecting the trait, the magnitude of their effects, allele frequencies and types of gene action. In this review, the different strategies developed to identify and characterize genes involved in the regulation of growth in the mouse are described, with emphasis on the methods developed to map loci contributing to the regulation of quantitative traits (QTLs.

  7. Expression profiling analysis for genes related to meat quality and carcass traits during postnatal development of backfat in two pig breeds

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    LI MingZhou; WANG JinYong; ZHU Li; LI XueWei; SHUAI SuRong; TENG XiaoKun; XIAO HuaSheng; LI Qiang; CHEN Lei; GUO YuJiao

    2008-01-01

    The competitive equilibrium of fatty acid biosynthesis and oxidation in vivo determines porcine sub-cutaneous fat thickness (SFT) and intramuscular fat (IMF) content. Obese and lean-type pig breeds show obvious differences in adipose deposition; however, the molecular mechanism underlying this phenotypic variation remains unclear. We used pathway-focused oligo microarray studies to examine the expression changes of 140 genes associated with meat quality and carcass traits in backfat at five growth stages (1-5 months) of Landrace (a leaner, Western breed) and Taihu pigs (a fatty, indigenous, Chinese breed). Variance analysis (ANOVA) revealed that differences in the expression of 25 genes in Landrace pigs were significant (FDR adjusted permutation, P<0.05) among 5 growth stages. Gene class test (GCT) indicated that a gene-group was very significant between 2 pig breeds across 5 growth stages (PErmineJ<0.01), which consisted of 23 genes encoding enzymes and regulatory proteins associ-ated with lipid, and steroid metabolism. These findings suggest that the distinct differences in fat deposition ability between Landrace and Taihu pigs may closely correlate with the expression changes of these genes. Clustering analysis revealed a very high level of significance (FDR adjusted, P<0.01) for 2 gene expression patterns in Landrace pigs and a high level of significance (FDR adjusted, P<0.05) for 2 gene expression patterns in Taihu pigs. Also, expression patterns of genes were more diversified in Taihu pigs than those in Landrace pigs: which suggests that the regulatory mechanism of micro-effect polygenes in adipocytes may be more complex in Taihu pigs than in Landrace pigs. Based on a dy-namic Bayesian network (DBN) model, gene regulatory networks (GRNs) were reconstructed from time-series data for each pig breed. These two GRNs initially revealed the distinct differences in physiological and biochemical aspects of adipose metabolism between the two pig breeds; from these

  8. Expression profiling analysis for genes related to meat quality and carcass traits during postnatal development of backfat in two pig breeds

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    2008-01-01

    The competitive equilibrium of fatty acid biosynthesis and oxidation in vivo determines porcine sub-cutaneous fat thickness(SFT) and intramuscular fat(IMF) content.Obese and lean-type pig breeds show obvious differences in adipose deposition;however, the molecular mechanism underlying this phenotypic variation remains unclear.We used pathway-focused oligo microarray studies to examine the expression changes of 140 genes associated with meat quality and carcass traits in backfat at five growth stages(1―5 months) of Landrace(a leaner, Western breed) and Taihu pigs(a fatty, indigenous, Chinese breed).Variance analysis(ANOVA) revealed that differences in the expression of 25 genes in Landrace pigs were significant(FDR adjusted permutation, P<0.05) among 5 growth stages.Gene class test(GCT) indicated that a gene-group was very significant between 2 pig breeds across 5 growth stages(PErmineJ<0.01), which consisted of 23 genes encoding enzymes and regulatory proteins associ-ated with lipid and steroid metabolism.These findings suggest that the distinct differences in fat deposition ability between Landrace and Taihu pigs may closely correlate with the expression changes of these genes.Clustering analysis revealed a very high level of significance(FDR adjusted, P<0.01) for 2 gene expression patterns in Landrace pigs and a high level of significance(FDR adjusted, P<0.05) for 2 gene expression patterns in Taihu pigs.Also, expression patterns of genes were more diversified in Taihu pigs than those in Landrace pigs, which suggests that the regulatory mechanism of micro-effect polygenes in adipocytes may be more complex in Taihu pigs than in Landrace pigs.Based on a dy-namic Bayesian network(DBN) model, gene regulatory networks(GRNs) were reconstructed from time-series data for each pig breed.These two GRNs initially revealed the distinct differences in physiological and biochemical aspects of adipose metabolism between the two pig breeds;from these results, some potential

  9. LA REVISTA FACULTAD NACIONAL DE AGRONOMÍA, MEDELLÍN COMO INDICADOR DEL FRACCIONAMIENTO ESPECIALIZADO DEL SABER AGRONÓMICO THE REVISTA FACULTAD NACIONAL DE AGRONOMÍA, MEDELLÍN AS AN INDICATOR OF THE SPECIALIZED FRAGMENTATION OF AGRONOMIC KNOWLEDGE

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    Mario Arango Marín

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Como en otras áreas del conocimiento, la fragmentación especializada y el régimen disciplinar del saber agronómico fue correspondientemente necesario para el despliegue discursivo del desarrollo, y dentro del mismo, el desdoble de la Revolución verde a mediados del siglo XX. Con este objetivo, y en cumplimiento del convenio de 1950 entre el Ministerio de Agricultura colombiano y la Fundación Rockefeller, se definió la intervención de varias misiones estadounidenses en los programas curriculares y planes de estudio de la Facultad Nacional de Agronomía. Una de las expresiones que caracteriza la citada orientación de la agronomía colombiana, se deduce del análisis temático comparativo que este trabajo hace de los artículos publicados por la Revista Facultad Nacional de Agronomía, Medellín, en cuatro períodos: 1939-1952, 1953-1976, 1977-1989 y 1990-2002.As in other academic areas, specialized fragmentation and regime of the discipline in agronomic knowledge was correspondingly needed for the discursive unfolding of development, and in of itself, the unfolding of the «Green Revolution» in the middle of the 20th century. With this objective, and in compliance with the 1950 agreement between the Colombian Ministry of Agriculture and the Rockefeller Foundation, the intervention of several American missions in the syllabi and curricula of the National Faculty of Agronomy was defined. One of the manifestations that characterizes the mentioned guidance of Colombian agronomy may be deduced through a comparative thematic analysis that this study undertakes for articles published by the Revista Facultad Nacional de Agronomía, Medellín during four periods: 1939-1952; 1953-1976; 1977-1989 and 1990-2002.

  10. Perverse political correctness and personality traits.

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    Neduva, Alexander; Kanevsky, Michael; Lerner, Vladimir

    2012-01-01

    Political correctness (PC) commonly refers to a mutual respect for the views and beliefs of others, including enemies, and while differing in opinions, the willfulness to overcome the existing disagreements, and to prevent animosity. To date however, the term PC is sometimes used in a perverted sense aimed for disintegration of solidarity in a society, thus giving birth to a new powerful conceptual tool, the perverse political correctness (PPC). PPC ideology resides in people with certain psychological types. We assume that there are basic psychological variations of personality traits and the mechanisms of their formation that promote not only insertion, but rapid distribution of modern PPC ideology. Although the dimension of their behavior is very similar, the personality traits of these persons can be divided into three groups: The subjects from the first group are characterized by general traits of one's personality, such as kindness, empathy, and humanism. This is true PC--an expression of proper humanistic personality traits, which are developed in a specific kind of environment. The subjects from second group are usually artistic, theatrical, vain and narcissistic, poseurs who need attention at any cost. Their views on life in general, as well as on questions of PC are characterized by colorfulness, picturesqueness and emotional satiety. The subjects from the third group, conjoined with the previous variety of demonstrative-theatrical PC, use mystical and religious contents as part of their propaganda of PPC activity.

  11. Characterizing psychopathy using DSM-5 personality traits.

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    Strickland, Casey M; Drislane, Laura E; Lucy, Megan; Krueger, Robert F; Patrick, Christopher J

    2013-06-01

    Despite its importance historically and contemporarily, psychopathy is not recognized in the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revised (DSM-IV-TR). Its closest counterpart, antisocial personality disorder, includes strong representation of behavioral deviance symptoms but weak representation of affective-interpersonal features considered central to psychopathy. The current study evaluated the extent to which psychopathy and its distinctive facets, indexed by the Triarchic Psychopathy Measure, can be assessed effectively using traits from the dimensional model of personality pathology developed for DSM-5, operationalized by the Personality Inventory for DSM-5 (PID-5). Results indicate that (a) facets of psychopathy entailing impulsive externalization and callous aggression are well-represented by traits from the PID-5 considered relevant to antisocial personality disorder, and (b) the boldness facet of psychopathy can be effectively captured using additional PID-5 traits. These findings provide evidence that the dimensional model of personality pathology embodied in the PID-5 provides effective trait-based coverage of psychopathy and its facets.

  12. Transmission-disequilibrium tests for quantitative traits

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    Allison, D.B. [Columbia Univ. College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY (United States)

    1997-03-01

    The transmission-disequilibrium test (TDT) of Spielman et al. is a family-based linkage-disequilibrium test that offers a powerful way to test for linkage between alleles and phenotypes that is either causal (i.e., the marker locus is the disease/trait allele) or due to linkage disequilibrium. The TDT is equivalent to a randomized experiment and, therefore, is resistant to confounding. When the marker is extremely close to the disease locus or is the disease locus itself, tests such as the TDT can be far more powerful than conventional linkage tests. To date, the TDT and most other family-based association tests have been applied only to dichotomous traits. This paper develops five TDT-type tests for use with quantitative traits. These tests accommodate either unselected sampling or sampling based on selection of phenotypically extreme offspring. Power calculations are provided and show that, when a candidate gene is available (1) these TDT-type tests are at least an order of magnitude more efficient than two common sib-pair tests of linkage; (2) extreme sampling results in substantial increases in power; and (3) if the most extreme 20% of the phenotypic distribution is selectively sampled, across a wide variety of plausible genetic models, quantitative-trait loci explaining as little as 5% of the phenotypic variation can be detected at the .0001 a level with <300 observations. 57 refs., 2 figs., 5 tabs.

  13. Association between schizotypal and borderline personality disorder traits, and cannabis use in young adults.

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    Raynal, Patrick; Chabrol, Henri

    2016-09-01

    The aim of the study was to examine the association of schizotypal and borderline personality traits to cannabis use. Participants were 476 college students (95 males; 381 females; mean age of males=21; mean age of females=20.7) who completed self-report questionnaires assessing cannabis use, schizotypal and borderline personality traits. Problematic cannabis use, depressive symptoms, borderline and schizotypal traits were significantly inter-correlated. A logistic regression analysis showed that only borderline traits contributed significantly to cannabis use in the total sample. A multiple regression analysis showed that only schizotypal traits were positively and uniquely associated to problematic cannabis use symptoms among users. These results may imply that schizotypal traits are not a risk factor for initiating use, but may facilitate the development of problematic use symptoms among users. This study showed the necessity of taking into account schizotypal traits when exploring the relationships between depressive symptoms, borderline traits and cannabis use. PMID:27149691

  14. Association between schizotypal and borderline personality disorder traits, and cannabis use in young adults.

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    Raynal, Patrick; Chabrol, Henri

    2016-09-01

    The aim of the study was to examine the association of schizotypal and borderline personality traits to cannabis use. Participants were 476 college students (95 males; 381 females; mean age of males=21; mean age of females=20.7) who completed self-report questionnaires assessing cannabis use, schizotypal and borderline personality traits. Problematic cannabis use, depressive symptoms, borderline and schizotypal traits were significantly inter-correlated. A logistic regression analysis showed that only borderline traits contributed significantly to cannabis use in the total sample. A multiple regression analysis showed that only schizotypal traits were positively and uniquely associated to problematic cannabis use symptoms among users. These results may imply that schizotypal traits are not a risk factor for initiating use, but may facilitate the development of problematic use symptoms among users. This study showed the necessity of taking into account schizotypal traits when exploring the relationships between depressive symptoms, borderline traits and cannabis use.

  15. Scaling up functional traits for ecosystem services with remote sensing: concepts and methods.

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    Abelleira Martínez, Oscar J; Fremier, Alexander K; Günter, Sven; Ramos Bendaña, Zayra; Vierling, Lee; Galbraith, Sara M; Bosque-Pérez, Nilsa A; Ordoñez, Jenny C

    2016-07-01

    Ecosystem service-based management requires an accurate understanding of how human modification influences ecosystem processes and these relationships are most accurate when based on functional traits. Although trait variation is typically sampled at local scales, remote sensing methods can facilitate scaling up trait variation to regional scales needed for ecosystem service management. We review concepts and methods for scaling up plant and animal functional traits from local to regional spatial scales with the goal of assessing impacts of human modification on ecosystem processes and services. We focus our objectives on considerations and approaches for (1) conducting local plot-level sampling of trait variation and (2) scaling up trait variation to regional spatial scales using remotely sensed data. We show that sampling methods for scaling up traits need to account for the modification of trait variation due to land cover change and species introductions. Sampling intraspecific variation, stratification by land cover type or landscape context, or inference of traits from published sources may be necessary depending on the traits of interest. Passive and active remote sensing are useful for mapping plant phenological, chemical, and structural traits. Combining these methods can significantly improve their capacity for mapping plant trait variation. These methods can also be used to map landscape and vegetation structure in order to infer animal trait variation. Due to high context dependency, relationships between trait variation and remotely sensed data are not directly transferable across regions. We end our review with a brief synthesis of issues to consider and outlook for the development of these approaches. Research that relates typical functional trait metrics, such as the community-weighted mean, with remote sensing data and that relates variation in traits that cannot be remotely sensed to other proxies is needed. Our review narrows the gap between

  16. Scaling up functional traits for ecosystem services with remote sensing: concepts and methods.

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    Abelleira Martínez, Oscar J; Fremier, Alexander K; Günter, Sven; Ramos Bendaña, Zayra; Vierling, Lee; Galbraith, Sara M; Bosque-Pérez, Nilsa A; Ordoñez, Jenny C

    2016-07-01

    Ecosystem service-based management requires an accurate understanding of how human modification influences ecosystem processes and these relationships are most accurate when based on functional traits. Although trait variation is typically sampled at local scales, remote sensi