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      Hormone analysis and candidate genes identification associated with seed size in Camellia oleifera


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          Camellia oleifera is an important woody oil species in China. Its seed oil has been widely used as a cooking oil. Seed size is a crucial factor influencing the yield of seed oil. In this study, the horizontal diameter, vertical diameter and volume of C. oleifera seeds showed a rapid growth tendency from 235 days after pollination (DAP) to 258 DAP but had a slight increase at seed maturity. During seed development, the expression of genes related to cell proliferation and expansion differ greatly. Auxin plays an important role in C. oleifera seeds; YUC4 and IAA17 were significantly downregulated. Weighted gene co-expression network analysis screened 21 hub transcription factors for C. oleifera seed horizontal diameter, vertical diameter and volume. Among them, SPL4 was significantly decreased and associated with all these three traits, while ABI4 and YAB1 were significantly increased and associated with horizontal diameter of C. oleifera seeds. Additionally, KLU significantly decreased (2040-fold). Collectively, our data advances the knowledge of factors related to seed size and provides a theoretical basis for improving the yield of C. oleifera seeds.

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                R Soc Open Sci
                Royal Society Open Science
                The Royal Society
                March 30, 2022
                March 2022
                March 30, 2022
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                : 211138
                [ 1 ] Key Laboratory of Cultivation and Protection for Non-Wood Forest Trees of Ministry of Education and the Key Laboratory of Non-Wood Forest Products of Forestry Ministry, Central South University of Forestry and Technology, , Changsha, Hunan, 410004, People's Republic of China
                [ 2 ] Hunan Great Sanxiang Camellia Oil Co., Ltd, , Hengyang, Hunan 421000, People's Republic of China
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                These authors contributed equally to this study.

                Electronic supplementary material is available online at https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.c.5910606.

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                Published by the Royal Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, provided the original author and source are credited.

                : July 21, 2021
                : March 2, 2022
                Funded by: Scientific Research Foundation for Advanced Talents of Central South University of Forestry and Technology;
                Award ID: 2018YJ002
                Funded by: Key R&D Program of China;
                Award ID: 2018YFD1000603-1
                Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology
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                camellia oleifera,seed size,phytohormone,gene expression,wgcna


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