Sansaloni C P, Petroli C D, Carling J, Hudson C J, Steane D A, Myburg A A, Grattapaglia D, Vaillancourt R E, Kilian A

Published: Plant Methods, 30 June 2010, Volume 6, Page16. DOI: 10.1186/1746-4811-6-16

A number of molecular marker technologies have allowed important advances in the understanding of the genetics and evolution of Eucalyptus, a genus that includes over 700 species, some of which are used worldwide in plantation forestry.

Isabelle Hippolyte, Frederic Bakry, Marc Seguin, Laetitia Gardes, Ronan Rivallan, Ange-Marie Risterucci, Christophe Jenny, Xavier Perrier, Francoise Carreel, Xavier Argout, Pietro Piffanelli, Imtiaz Khan, Robert NG Miller, Georgios J Pappas, Didier Mbeguie-a-mbeguie, Takashi Matsumoto, Veronique De Bernardinis, Eric Huttner, Andrzej Kilian, Franc-Christophe Baurens, Angelique D'hont, Francois Cote, Brigitte Courtois and Jean-Christophe Glaszmann

Published: BMC Plant Biology, 13 April 2010, Volume 10, Page 65. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2229-10-65

The genus Musa is a large species complex which includes cultivars at diploid and triploid levels. These sterile and vegetatively propagated cultivars are based on the A genome from Musa acuminata, exclusively for sweet bananas such as Cavendish, or associated with the B genome (Musa balbisiana) in cooking bananas such as Plantain varieties. In M. acuminata cultivars, structural heterozygosity is thought to be one of the main causes of sterility, which is essential for obtaining seedless fruits but hampers breeding.

Roy J K, Smith K P, Muehlbauer G J, Chao S, Close T J, Steffenson B J

Published: Mol Breed, August 2010, Volume 26(2), Page 243-256. DOI: 10.1007/s11032-010-9402-8

Spot blotch, caused by Cochliobolus sativus, is an important foliar disease of barley. The disease has been controlled for over 40 years through the deployment of cultivars with durable resistance derived from the line NDB112. Pathotypes of C. sativus with virulence for the NDB112 resistance have been detected in Canada; thus, many commercial cultivars are vulnerable to spot blotch epidemics

Li H, Kilian A, Zhou M, Wenzl P, Huttner E, Mendham N, McIntyre L, Vaillancourt R E

Published: Mol Genet Genomics, November 2010, Volume 284(5), Page 319-31. DOI: 10.1007/s00438-010-0570-3

Segregation distortion can negatively impact on gains expected using selection. In order to increase our understanding of genetic factors that may influence the extent and direction of segregation distortion, segregation distortion analyses were conducted in four different doubled haploid (DH) populations. A high-density composite map of barley was then constructed by integrating information from the four populations

Singh PK, Mergoum M, Adhikari TB, Shah T, Ghavami F and Kianian SF.

Published: Molecular Breeding, March 2010, Volume 25(3), Page 369-379. DOI: 10.1007/s11032-009-9336-1

Tan spot, a major foliar disease of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.), is caused by an ascomycetePyrenophora tritici-repentis. Both culture filtrates and conidiospore inocula induce disease symptoms in susceptible wheat genotypes. The objectives of this study were to determine and map the genetic control of resistance to spore inocula and culture filtrates of P. tritici-repentis races 2 and 5. The F1 and F2 generations and an F2:6 recombinant inbred lines (RIL) population were developed from a cross between the resistant ND 735 and the susceptible Steele-ND.

Tsilo T J, Hareland G A, Simsek S, Chao S, Anderson J A

Published: Theor Appl Genet, August 2010, Volume 121(4), Page 717-730. DOI: 10.1007/s00122-010-1343-4

Kernel characteristics, particularly kernel weight, kernel size, and grain protein content, are important components of grain yield and quality in wheat. Development of high performing wheat cultivars, with high grain yield and quality, is a major focus in wheat breeding programs worldwide.