Special Issue "Applications of DNA Markers in Plant Science"

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Genetics and Genomics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Klaudija Carović-Stanko
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Assoc. Prof. Department of Seed Science and Technology, University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Interests: DNA marker techniques for assessment of genetic diversity; seed science and technology; plant genetic resources conservation; medicinal and aromatic plants

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

The progress made in DNA marker technologies has been tremendous in the past few decades. It has found application in phylogenetics, biodiversity analysis, and molecular plant breeding, reshaping our knowledge of plant genetics. Different types of DNA marker systems (RFLPs, RAPDs, SSRs, AFLPs, SNPs) have been successfully applied in various plants. Although there are still substantial differences in the development of procedures across the plant species.

This Special Issue invites original research papers and reviews focusing on the application of DNA markers in plant science. Despite the astonishing amount of existing information, there are still challenges in this exciting field. Special focus will be given to novel approaches for plant population analysis, characterization of plant genetic resources, and molecular plant breeding, but other related research is also welcomed. 

Prof. Klaudija Carović-Stanko
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Biodiversity
  • Genome-wide association studies (GWAS)
  • Genotyping platforms
  • Marker-assisted selection
  • Molecular ecology
  • Molecular plant breeding
  • Plant genetic resources conservation
  • Quantitative trait locus (QTL) analysis

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The Influence of a Seedling Recruitment Strategy and a Clonal Architecture on a Spatial Genetic Structure of a Salvia brachyodon (Lamiaceae) Population
Plants 2020, 9(7), 828; https://doi.org/10.3390/plants9070828 - 30 Jun 2020
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By performing a high-resolution spatial-genetic analysis of a partially clonal Salvia brachyodon population, we elucidated its clonal architecture and seedling recruitment strategy. The sampling of the entire population was based on a 1 × 1 m grid and each sampled individual was genotyped. [...] Read more.
By performing a high-resolution spatial-genetic analysis of a partially clonal Salvia brachyodon population, we elucidated its clonal architecture and seedling recruitment strategy. The sampling of the entire population was based on a 1 × 1 m grid and each sampled individual was genotyped. Population-genetic statistics were combined with geospatial analyses. On the population level, the presence of both sexual and clonal reproduction and repeated seedling recruitment as the prevailing strategy of new genets establishment were confirmed. On the patch level, a phalanx clonal architecture was detected. A significant negative correlation between patches’ sizes and genotypic richness was observed as young plants were not identified within existing patches of large genets but almost exclusively in surrounding areas. The erosion of the genetic variability of older patches is likely caused by the inter-genet competition and resulting selection or by a random die-off of individual genets accompanied by the absence of new seedlings establishment. This study contributes to our understanding of how clonal architecture and seedling recruitment strategies can shape the spatial-genetic structure of a partially clonal population and lays the foundation for the future research of the influence of the population’s clonal organization on its sexual reproduction. Full article
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Title: The influence of a seedling recruitment strategy and a clonal architecture on a spatial genetic structure of a Salvia brachyodon (Lamiaceae) population
Authors: Ivan Radosavljević; Oleg Antonić; Dario Hruševar; Josip Križan; Zlatko Liber; Zlatko Satovic; Doroteja Turković
Affiliation: The University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology, Division of Botany, Marulićev trg 9A, Zagreb HR 10000, Croatia
Abstract: By performing a high-resolution spatial-genetic analysis of a partially clonal Salvia brachyodon population, we elucidated its clonal architecture and seedling recruitment strategy. The sampling of the entire population was based on a 1 x 1 m grid and each sampled individual was genotyped. Population-genetic statistics were combined with geospatial analyses. On the population level, the presence of both sexual and clonal reproduction and repeated seedling recruitment as the prevailing strategy of new genets establishment were confirmed. On the patch level, a phalanx clonal architecture was detected. A significant negative correlation between patches’ sizes and genotypic richness was observed as young plants were not identified within existing patches of large genets but almost exclusively in surrounding areas. The erosion of the genetic variability of older patches is likely caused by the random die-off of individual genets within patches accompanied by the absence of new seedlings establishment. This study contributes to our understanding of how clonal architecture and seedling recruitment strategies can shape the spatial-genetic structure of a partially clonal population and lays the foundation for the future research of the influence of the population’s clonal organization on its sexual reproduction.

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