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      The genetics and genome-wide screening of regrowth loci, a key component of perennialism in Zea diploperennis

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          Perennialism is common among the higher plants, yet little is known about its inheritance. To address this, six hybrids were made by reciprocally crossing perennial Zea diploperennis Iltis, Doebley & R. Guzman with inbred lines B73 and Mo17 and Rhee Flint, a heirloom variety, of Z. mays L. ssp. mays. All the F1 plants demonstrated several cycles of growth, flowering, senescence and regrowth into normal flowering plants, indicating a dominant effect of the Z. diploperennis alleles. The regrowability (i.e. the plants' ability to regrow after senescence) was stably transmitted to progeny of the hybrids, so we focused on this trait. Segregation ratios in the F2 generations are consistent with the trait controlled by two dominant, complementary loci, but do not exclude the influence of other modifiers or environment. Genome-wide screening with genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) indicated two major regrowth loci, regrowth 1 and regrowth 2, were on chromosomes 2 and 7, respectively. These findings lay the foundation for further exploration of the molecular mechanism of regrowth in Z. diploperennis.

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          Journal
          bioRxiv
          August 09 2018
          Article
          10.1101/388256
          © 2018
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          Quantitative & Systems biology, Plant science & Botany

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