EEB Prof. Stephen Wright and Detlef Weigel from Max Planck Institute led international team examining mutations in the genome of self-fertilizing plant species Capsella rubella

Event date: Wednesday, June 12, 2013, from 10:25 AM to 10:25 AM

The Capsella rubella genome and the genomic consequences of rapid mating system evolution OPEN

Tanja Slotte, Khaled M Hazzouri, J Arvid Ågren, Daniel Koenig, Florian Maumus, Ya-Long Guo, Kim Steige, Adrian E Platts, Juan S Escobar, L Killian Newman, Wei Wang, Terezie Mandáková, Emilio Vello, Lisa M Smith, Stefan R Henz, Joshua Steffen, Shohei Takuno, Yaniv Brandvain, Graham Coop, Peter Andolfatto, Tina T Hu, Mathieu Blanchette, Richard M Clark, Hadi Quesneville, Magnus Nordborg, Brandon S Gaut, Martin A Lysak, Jerry Jenkins, Jane Grimwood, Jarrod Chapman, Simon Prochnik, Shengqiang Shu, Daniel Rokhsar, Jeremy Schmutz, Detlef Weigel & Stephen I Wright

Published online: 09 June 2013 | doi:10.1038/ng.2669

Stephen Wright, Detlef Weigel and colleagues report the whole-genome sequence ofCapsella rubella, a highly selfing crucifer found throughout much of southern and western Europe. They compare mixed-stage flower bud transcriptomes from C. rubellaand C. grandiflora, finding a shift in expression of genes associated with flowering phenotypes and providing insights into the transition to selfing.

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Capsella selfer + outcrosser 

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