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      Distinctive Gene Expression Patterns Define Endodormancy to Ecodormancy Transition in Apricot and Peach


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          Dormancy is a physiological state that plants enter for winter hardiness. Environmental-induced dormancy onset and release in temperate perennials coordinate growth cessation and resumption, but how the entire process, especially chilling-dependent dormancy release and flowering, is regulated remains largely unclear. We utilized the transcriptome profiles of floral buds from fall to spring in apricot ( Prunus armeniaca) genotypes with contrasting bloom dates and peach ( Prunus persica) genotypes with contrasting chilling requirements (CR) to explore the genetic regulation of bud dormancy. We identified distinct gene expression programming patterns in endodormancy and ecodormancy that reproducibly occur between different genotypes and species. During the transition from endo- to eco-dormancy, 1,367 and 2,102 genes changed in expression in apricot and peach, respectively. Over 600 differentially expressed genes were shared in peach and apricot, including three DORMANCY ASSOCIATED MADS-box ( DAM) genes (DAM4, DAM5, and DAM6). Of the shared genes, 99 are located within peach CR quantitative trait loci, suggesting these genes as candidates for dormancy regulation. Co-expression and functional analyses revealed that distinctive metabolic processes distinguish dormancy stages, with genes expressed during endodormancy involved in chromatin remodeling and reproduction, while the genes induced at ecodormancy were mainly related to pollen development and cell wall biosynthesis. Gene expression analyses between two Prunus species highlighted the conserved transcriptional control of physiological activities in endodormancy and ecodormancy and revealed genes that may be involved in the transition between the two stages.

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              Comparative mapping and marker-assisted selection in Rosaceae fruit crops.

              The development of saturated linkage maps using transferable markers, restriction fragment length polymorphisms, and micro-satellites has provided a foundation for fruit tree genetics and breeding. A Prunus reference map with 562 such markers is available, and a further set of 13 maps constructed with a subset of these markers has allowed genome comparison among seven Prunus diploid (x = 8) species (almond, peach, apricot, cherry, Prunus ferganensis, Prunus davidiana, and Prunus cerasifera); marker colinearity was the rule with all of them. Preliminary results of the comparison between apple and Prunus maps suggest a high level of synteny between these two genera. Conserved genomic regions have also been detected between Prunus and Arabidopsis. By using the data from different linkage maps anchored with the reference Prunus map, it has been possible to establish, in a general map, the position of 28 major genes affecting agronomic characters found in different species. Markers tightly linked to the major genes responsible for the expression of important traits (disease/pest resistances, fruit/nut quality, self-incompatibility, etc.) have been developed in apple and Prunus and are currently in use for marker-assisted selection in breeding programs. Quantitative character dissection using linkage maps and candidate gene approaches has already started. Genomic tools such as the Prunus physical map, large EST collections in both Prunus and Malus, and the establishment of the map position of high numbers of ESTs are required for a better understanding of the Rosaceae genome and to foster additional research and applications on fruit tree genetics.

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                Front Plant Sci
                Front Plant Sci
                Front. Plant Sci.
                Frontiers in Plant Science
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                28 February 2020
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                [1] 1 Genome Science and Technology Program, University of Tennessee , Knoxville, TN, United States
                [2] 2 Forest Health Research and Education Center, University of Kentucky , Lexington, KY, United States
                [3] 3 Department of Plant Pathology, The Ohio State University , Columbus, OH, United States
                [4] 4 UMR 1332 Biologie du Fruit et Pathologie, Equipe de Virologie, INRA, Universite de Bordeaux , Villenave d'Ornon, France
                [5] 5 Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics, the Pennsylvania State University , University Park, PA, United States
                [6] 6 Center for Environmental Biotechnology, University of Tennessee , Knoxville, TN, United States
                [7] 7 Appalachian Fruit Research Station, United States Department of Agriculture—Agriculture Research Service , Kearneysville, WV, United States
                [8] 8 GAFL Fruit and Vegetable Genetics and Breeding, INRA Centre PACA , Montfavet, France
                [9] 9 Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Institute of Agriculture, University of Tennessee , Knoxville, TN, United States
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                Edited by: Michael James Considine, University of Western Australia, Australia

                Reviewed by: Hisayo Yamane, Kyoto University, Japan; Gabino Ríos, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias, Spain; Carmen Leida, Fondazione Edmund Mach, Italy

                *Correspondence: Margaret E. Staton, mstaton1@ 123456utk.edu

                This article was submitted to Plant Physiology, a section of the journal Frontiers in Plant Science

                Copyright © 2020 Yu, Conrad, Decroocq, Zhebentyayeva, Williams, Bennett, Roch, Audergon, Dardick, Liu, Abbott and Staton

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

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                Figures: 9, Tables: 4, Equations: 0, References: 169, Pages: 24, Words: 13425
                Funded by: National Institute of Food and Agriculture 10.13039/100005825
                Award ID: 2016–67014-24577
                Funded by: Agence Nationale de la Recherche 10.13039/501100001665
                Award ID: ANR-11-CHEX-0002
                Plant Science
                Original Research

                Plant science & Botany
                dormancy,prunus,floral buds,transcriptome,chill requirement,bloom date,co-expression network,rnaseq


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