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  • Histological analysis of galls induced by Meloidogyne graminicola in resistant rice (Oryza glaberrima TOG5681) roots.

    Rice resistance responses to the root-knot nematode Meloidogyne graminicola

    Meloidogyne graminicola is responsible for production losses in rice (Oryza sativa) in Asia and Latin America. Petitot et al. assess the cytological and molecular mechanisms underlying nematode resistance identified in African rice (Oryza glaberrima). Rice resistance responses act at several steps along the nematode life-cycle to limit penetration and feeding site development, preventing efficient nematode […] More

  • Molecular inference for induction of phenylalanine, tryptamine and tyrosine pathways that lead to the production of defence-associated hormones and metabolites in wheat following F. pseudograminearum infection in wheat

    Resistance responses triggered by Fusarium crown rot in wheat

    Fusarium diseases of cereals constitute economically significant constraints in cereal production systems. In this study, transcriptomic analysis using RNA-seq is combined with metabolite analysis to provide novel insights into the interaction between bread wheat and Fusarium pseudograminearum, the predominant causal agent of Fusarium crown rot. Powell et al. show that wheat responds to infection by […] More

  • Legume genomics and next-generation sequencing (Invited Review)

    Legume genomics and next-generation sequencing (Invited Review)

    The legume family (Leguminosae) consists of approximately 17 000 species and those used as crops provide protein and carbohydrates for over 300 million people world-wide. O’Rourke et al. review how next-generation sequencing technologies and associated bioinformatic analyses have allowed individual researchers to assemble genomes, identify gene-coding regions and study gene expression patterns. To illustrate the power of […] More

  • Molecular genetics of cuticle formation in Prunus

    Molecular genetics of cuticle formation in Prunus

    During growth, the fruit surface of sweet cherry, Prunus avium, expands rapidly whilst only a relatively small amount of new cuticular material is produced, often leading to the formation of microscopic cracks in the cuticle that can reduce fruit quality. Alkio et al. perform RNA-Seq and bioinformatic analyses to identify genes expressed in the skin of […] More