Genomic Study and Molecular Genetic Regulation of Apomixis
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2. Department of Plant Embryology & Reproductive Biology, Komarov Botanical Institute RAS, 2 Professor Popov Street, 197376 Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Interests: development; sexual and asexual reproduction; genomics
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This Special Issue of Plants focuses on a fascinating phenomenon in plant propagation called apomixis. It involves the natural cloning of plants through asexual seeds. Due to the absence of meiosis and fertilization during the development of an asexual egg into an embryo, the genome of the initial sporophyte remains practically unchanged in an indefinite series of subsequent generations. Apomixis is an important feature of some angiosperms for the spread and expansion of ranges, as well as their evolutionary transformation, fixing polyploidy and preventing the flow of genes within populations. It is also attractive to use the properties of apomixis in agriculture to fix the heterosis of elite varieties propagated by seeds. The development of molecular genetics in recent decades has significantly advanced our understanding of the genetic regulation of sexual and asexual reproduction, but the so-called "universal apomixis genes" have not been discovered. Research has shown that it involves a change in the combination of gene expression and interaction over time and space. Thus, there is a need for research in the field of genomics and epigenetics for a more complete understanding of this phenomenon. At present, the rapid development of system biology and omics methods and technologies allows for the study of apomixis, processing large data sets associated with this phenomenon, which will undoubtedly give a new impetus to the study of the problem. We invite you to contribute to this Special Issue entitled Genomic Study and Molecular Genetic Regulation of Apomixis by informing the scientific community of your latest research on the topic or by summarizing current results with comprehensive reviews.
Dr. Vladimir Brukhin
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- sexual and asexual plant reproduction
- fixation of hybrid vigour