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Ethylene-mediated nitric oxide depletion pre-adapts plants to hypoxia stress (2019)
Journal Article
Hartman, S., Liu, Z., Van Veen, H., Vicente, J., Reinen, E., Martopawiro, S., …Voesenek, L. A. (2019). Ethylene-mediated nitric oxide depletion pre-adapts plants to hypoxia stress. Nature Communications, 10, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-12045-4

Timely perception of adverse environmental changes is critical for survival. Dynamic changes in gases are important cues for plants to sense environmental perturbations, such as submergence. In Arabidopsis thaliana, changes in oxygen and nitric oxide... Read More

The use of pentaploid crosses for the introgression of Amblyopyrum muticum and D-genome chromosome segments into durum wheat (2019)
Journal Article
Othmeni, M., Grewal, S., Hubbart-Edwards, S., Yang, C., Scholefield, D., Ashling, S., …King, J. (in press). The use of pentaploid crosses for the introgression of Amblyopyrum muticum and D-genome chromosome segments into durum wheat. Frontiers in Plant Science, https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2019.01110+

The wild relatives of wheat provide an important source of genetic variation for wheat improvement. Much of the work in the past aimed at transferring genetic variation from wild relatives into wheat has relied on the exploitation of the ph1b mutant,... Read More

Lateral Root Formation in Arabidopsis: A Well-Ordered LRexit (2019)
Journal Article
Banda, J., Bellande, K., von Wangenheim, D., Goh, T., Guyomarc’h, S., Laplaze, L., & Bennett, M. J. (2019). Lateral Root Formation in Arabidopsis: A Well-Ordered LRexit. Trends in Plant Science, 24(9), 826-839. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tplants.2019.06.015

Lateral roots (LRs) are crucial for increasing the surface area of root systems to explore heterogeneous soil environments. Major advances have recently been made in the model plant arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) to elucidate the cellular basis o... Read More

Recovering Wind-induced Plant motion in Dense Field Environments via Deep Learning and Multiple Object Tracking (2019)
Journal Article
Gibbs, J. A., Burgess, A. J., Pound, M. P., Pridmore, T. P., & Murchie, E. H. (2019). Recovering Wind-induced Plant motion in Dense Field Environments via Deep Learning and Multiple Object Tracking. Plant Physiology, doi:10.1104/pp.19.00141

Understanding the relationships between local environmental conditions and plant structure and function is critical for both fundamental science and for improving the performance of crops in field settings. Wind-induced plant motion is important in m... Read More

Development of a New A –Genome-Specific Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Marker Set for the Molecular Characterization of Wheat– Introgression Lines (2019)
Journal Article
Cseh, A., Megyeri, M., Hubbart-Edwards, S., Yang, C., Scholefield, D., Ashling, S. S., …Grewal, S. (2019). Development of a New A –Genome-Specific Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Marker Set for the Molecular Characterization of Wheat– Introgression Lines. Plant Genome, The, 12(3), 1-7. https://doi.org/10.3835/plantgenome2018.12.0098

Bambara groundnut: an exemplar underutilised legume for resilience under climate change (2019)
Journal Article
Mayes, S., Ho, W. K., Chai, H. H., Gao, X., Kundy, A. C., Mateva, K. I., …Azam-Ali, S. N. (2019). Bambara groundnut: an exemplar underutilised legume for resilience under climate change. Planta, 250(3), 803–820. doi:10.1007/s00425-019-03191-6

Main conclusion Bambara groundnut has the potential to be used to contribute more the climate change ready agriculture. The requirement for nitrogen fixing, stress tolerant legumes is clear, particularly in low input agriculture. However, ensuring th... Read More

Bambara groundnut : an exemplar underutilised legume for resilience under climate change (2019)
Journal Article
Mayes, S., Ho, W. K., Chai, H. H., Gao, X., Kundy, A. C., Mateva, K. I., …Azam-Ali, S. (2019). Bambara groundnut : an exemplar underutilised legume for resilience under climate change. Planta, 250(3), 803-820. doi:10.1007/s00425-019-03191-6

World agriculture is currently based on very limited numbers of crops, representing a significant risk to food supplies, particularly in the face of climate change which is expected to increase the frequency of extreme events. Minor and underutilised... Read More

Crops For the Future (CFF): an overview of research efforts in the adoption of underutilised species (2019)
Journal Article
Gregory, P. J., Mayes, S., Hui, C. H., Jahanshiri, E., Julkifle, A., Kuppusamy, G., …Azam-Ali, S. N. (2019). Crops For the Future (CFF): an overview of research efforts in the adoption of underutilised species. Planta, 1-10. doi:10.1007/s00425-019-03179-2

Main conclusion Crops For the Future (CFF), as an entity, has established a broad range of research activities to promote the improvement and adoption of currently underutilised crops. Abstract This paper summarises selected research activities at Cr... Read More

Role of cis-zeatin in root responses to phosphate starvation (2019)
Journal Article
Silva-Navas, J., Conesa, C. M., Saez, A., Navarro-Nelia, S., Garcia-Mina, J. M., Zamarreño, A. M., …del Pozo, J. C. (2019). Role of cis-zeatin in root responses to phosphate starvation. New Phytologist, 224(1), 242-257. https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.16020

Phosphate (Pi) is an essential nutrient for all organisms. Root are underground organs, but the majority of the root biology studies have been done growing the root system in presence of light. Root illumination alters the Pi starvation response (... Read More

Agronomic biofortification of cowpea with selenium: effects of selenate and selenite applications on selenium and phytate concentrations in seeds (2019)
Journal Article
Silva, V. M., Boleta, E. H., Martins, J. T., Santos, F. L., Rocha Silva, A. C., Alcock, T. D., …Reis, A. R. (2019). Agronomic biofortification of cowpea with selenium: effects of selenate and selenite applications on selenium and phytate concentrations in seeds. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, doi:10.1002/jsfa.9872

BACKGROUND Selenium (Se) is a nutrient for animals and humans, and is considered beneficial to higher plants. Selenium concentrations are low in most soils, which can result in a lack of Se in plants, and consequently in human diets. Phytic acid (PA... Read More

Overexpression of the MYB29 transcription factor affects aliphatic glucosinolate synthesis in Brassica oleracea (2019)
Journal Article
Zuluaga, D. L., Graham, N. S., Klinder, A., van Ommen Kloeke, A. E., Marcotrigiano, A. R., Wagstaff, C., …Aarts, M. G. (2019). Overexpression of the MYB29 transcription factor affects aliphatic glucosinolate synthesis in Brassica oleracea. Plant Molecular Biology, 101(1-2), 65–79 . doi:10.1007/s11103-019-00890-2

Isothiocyanates, the bio-active hydrolysis products of glucosinolates, naturally produced by several Brassicaceae species, play an important role in human health and agriculture. This study aims at correlating the content of aliphatic glucosinolates... Read More

Optimizing dry-matter partitioning for increased spike growth, grain number and harvest index in spring wheat (2019)
Journal Article
Rivera-Amado, C., Trujillo-Negrellos ⁠, E., Molero, G., Reynolds, M. P., Sylvester-Bradley, R., & Foulkes, M. J. (2019). Optimizing dry-matter partitioning for increased spike growth, grain number and harvest index in spring wheat. Field Crops Research, 240, 154-167. doi:10.1016/j.fcr.2019.04.016

Improving biomass is an important goal for future genetic gains in yield potential in wheat, but it will also be crucial to identify physiological traits to maximize harvest index (HI, proportion of aboveground biomass in grain). Increased grain part... Read More

Fertilizer management and soil type influence grain zinc and iron concentration under contrasting smallholder cropping systems in Zimbabwe (2019)
Journal Article
Manzeke, M. G., Mtambanengwe, F., Watts, M. J., Hamilton, E. M., Lark, R. M., Broadley, M. R., & Mapfumo, P. (2019). Fertilizer management and soil type influence grain zinc and iron concentration under contrasting smallholder cropping systems in Zimbabwe. Scientific Reports, 9, 1-13. doi:10.1038/s41598-019-42828-0

Micronutrient defciencies remain prevalent in food systems of southern Africa, although advances in biofortifcation through crop breeding and agronomy provide opportunities to address these. We determined baseline soil availability of zinc (Zn) and i... Read More

Rice plants overexpressing OsEPF1 show reduced stomatal density and increased root cortical aerenchyma formation (2019)
Journal Article
Mohammed, U., Caine, R., Atkinson, J., Harrison, E., Wells, D., Chater, C., …Murchie, E. (2019). Rice plants overexpressing OsEPF1 show reduced stomatal density and increased root cortical aerenchyma formation. Scientific Reports, 9, doi:10.1038/s41598-019-41922-7

Stomata are adjustable pores in the aerial epidermis of plants. The role of stomata is usually described in terms of the trade-off between CO2 uptake and water loss. Little consideration has been given to their interaction with below-ground developme... Read More

Identification of nitrogen-dependent QTL and underlying genes for root system architecture in hexaploid wheat (2019)
Other
Griffiths, M., Atkinson, J. A., Gardiner, L., Swarup, R., Pound, M. P., Wilson, M. H., …Wells, D. M. (2019). Identification of nitrogen-dependent QTL and underlying genes for root system architecture in hexaploid wheat

The root system architecture (RSA) of a crop has a profound effect on the uptake of nutrients and consequently the potential yield. However, little is known about the genetic basis of RSA and resource dependent response in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.... Read More

Molecular characterization of Phytophthora palmivora responsible for bud rot disease of oil palm in Colombia (2019)
Journal Article
Maizatul-Suriza, M., Dickinson, M., & Idris, A. S. (2019). Molecular characterization of Phytophthora palmivora responsible for bud rot disease of oil palm in Colombia. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 35(3), doi:10.1007/s11274-019-2618-9

Bud rot disease is a damaging disease of oil palm in Colombia. The pathogen responsible for this disease is a species of oomyctes, Phytophthora palmivora which is also the causal pathogen of several tropical crop diseases such as fruit rot and stem c... Read More

F-box proteins in plants (2019)
Book Chapter
Zhang, X., Gonzalez-Carranza, Z. H., Zhang, S., Miao, Y., Liu, J., & Roberts, J. A. (2019). F-box proteins in plants. Wiley. doi:10.1002/9781119312994.apr0701

The F-box domain containing protein is one of the super protein families in Eukaryotic cells including yeast, plant and mammals. For example, the model plant Arabidopsis and Medicago genomes contain nearly 700 and 1000 F-box protein encoding genes re... Read More