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Natural variation in Brassica FT homeologs influences multiple agronomic traits including flowering time, silique shape, oil profile, stomatal morp…

A new interesting article has been published in Plant Sci. 2018 Dec;277:251-266. doi: 10.1016/j.plantsci.2018.09.018. Epub 2018 Sep 26. and titled:

Natural variation in Brassica FT homeologs influences multiple agronomic traits including flowering time, silique shape, oil profile, stomatal morp…

Authors of this article are:

Tyagi S, Mazumdar PA, Mayee P, Shivaraj SM, Anand S, Singh A, Madhurantakam C, Sharma P, Das S, Kumar A, Singh A.

A summary of the article is shown below:

Natural structural variants of regulatory proteins causing quantitative phenotypic consequences have not been reported in plants. Herein, we show that 28 natural structural variants of FT homeologs, isolated from 6 species of Brassica, differ with respect to amino-acid substitutions in regions critical for interactions with FD and represent two evolutionarily distinct categories. Analysis of structural models of selected candidates from Brassica juncea (BjuFT_AAMF1) and Brassica napus (BnaFT_CCLF) predicted stronger binding between BjuFT and Arabidopsis thaliana FD. Over-expression of BjuFT and BnaFT in wild type and ft-10 mutant backgrounds of Arabidopsis validated higher potency of BjuFT in triggering floral transition. Analysis of gain-of-function and artificial miRNA mediated silenced lines of B. juncea implicated Brassica FT in multiple agronomic traits beyond flowering, consistent with a pleiotropic effect. Several dependent and independent traits such as lateral branching, silique shape, seed size, oil-profile, stomatal morphology and plant height were found altered in mutant lines. Enhanced FT levels caused early flowering, which in turn was positively correlated to a higher proportion of desirable fatty acids (PUFA). However, higher FT levels also resulted in altered silique shape and reduced seed size, suggesting trait trade-offs. Modulation of FT levels for achieving optimal balance of trait values and parsing pair-wise interactions among a reportoire of regulatory protein homeologs in polyploid genomes are indeed future areas of crop research.

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Artificial microRNA;Brassica and Arabidopsis transformation;Fatty acid profile;Flowering time;Natural variation;Pleiotropy;Silique and seed development;Stomatal morphology

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