Monthly Archive: September 2011


Free—open access paper: Phylogeny and divergence times inferred from rps16 sequence data analyses for Tricyrtis (Liliaceae), an endemic genus of north-east Asia

The rate of molecu­lar evol­u­tion of Tricyrtis plant groups as a model sys­tem was estim­ated. The out­come fur­ther high­lights the import­ance of con­serving biod­iversity in a rap­idly chan­ging Earth envir­on­ment. This phylo­gen­etic ana­lyses of Tricyrtis with…


Free—open access paper: Co-ordinated changes in storage proteins during development and germination of elite seeds of Pongamia pinnata, a versatile biodiesel legume

Seeds of Pongamia pin­nata used as feed­stock for biod­iesel pro­duc­tion and the protein-rich residue is fed to farm anim­als. This paper describes seed devel­op­ment and early ger­min­a­tion in terms of phen­o­logy, pro­tein and reserve…

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Italian Genetics Societies in Assisi: staple foods and orphan crops via epigenomics and systems biology

The three Genetics Societies in Italy – AGI, SIBV and SIGA – held a strong joint con­fer­ence in Assisi in September. With 500 people and 300 posters, the major ses­sions were on top­ical issues such as epi­gen­et­ics and epi­ge­n­om­ics, then gen­ome plas­ti­city, mov­ing on to sys­tems bio­logy. , Approaches included whole gen­ome sequen­cing, annota­tion and func­tional ana­lysis, and focussed on many crops and some animal genetics