Researchers study the genetics and biology of Brassica crop species

May 26, 2014 by David Garner

Scientists at the University of York have contributed to a new study which represents a significant step forward in understanding the molecular processes which underpin the evolution of genomes in Brassica species.

Researchers from the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP) in the Department of Biology at York were part of an international team which included scientists from China, Australia, USA, Canada, South Korea and France.

The research which is published in Nature Communications provides new insights into the establishment of the of the main horticultural brassica species. The findings will underpin further research into the genetics and biology of this important crop species which includes cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts, and is a close relative of oilseed rape.

In addition to contributing to the analysis of the data, the York team, led by Professor Ian Bancroft, improved the quality and utility of the genome sequence by relating it to .

Professor Bancroft said: "This resource will be of tremendous benefit for research programs around the world, both those focussing on the fundamental biology of Brassica species and those aiming to bring about predictive genetic improvement of familiar brassica vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage."

Explore further: Researchers describe mechanism for plant virus resistance

More information: "The Brassica oleracea genome reveals the asymmetrical evolution of polyploid genomes." Shengyi Liu, et al. Nature Communications 5, Article number: 3930 DOI: 10.1038/ncomms4930. Received 23 October 2013 Accepted 22 April 2014 Published 23 May 2014

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Diversity of cabbage species explained

Nov 07, 2011

The cabbage family is well-represented in the vegetable section of the supermarket. The cauliflower, red cabbage and broccoli found there were all bred from the cabbage species Brassica oleraciea. Its sister species Brassica ...

Unraveling the Chinese cabbage genome

Jan 20, 2012

Clues into the evolutionary diversification of brassicas have emerged from the draft Chinese cabbage genome sequence. Brassica crops include many agriculturally important vegetables, such as Chinese cabbage, ...

Researchers describe mechanism for plant virus resistance

Jan 14, 2014

(Phys.org) —Scientists have described a mechanism conferring resistance in brassica plants to Turnip mosaic virus, a discovery which it is hoped will lead to durable resistance being introduced into food crops, including ...

Recommended for you

New button mushroom varieties need better protection

32 minutes ago

A working group has recently been formed to work on a better protection of button mushroom varieties. It's activities are firstly directed to generate consensus among the spawn/breeding companies to consider ...

Cataloguing 10 million human gut microbial genes

Nov 25, 2014

Over the past several years, research on bacteria in the digestive tract (gut microbiome) has confirmed the major role they play in our health. An international consortium, in which INRA participates, has developed the most ...

New device could make large biological circuits practical

Nov 24, 2014

Researchers have made great progress in recent years in the design and creation of biological circuits—systems that, like electronic circuits, can take a number of different inputs and deliver a particular ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.