News

  • In an interview with Dr Vipula (“Vi”) Shukla of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the new Luminaries section of the American Society of Plant Biologists’ Nov/Dec 2020 newsletter on pages 14-16, Dr Shukla references the HyGain project on page 15.
  • The ability to switch between sexual and asexual modes of reproduction in plants is being exploited to help some of the world’s poorest crop farmers.
    By exploiting quirks in plant reproduction, an international team of researchers funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and headed by Professor Anna Koltunow of The University of Queensland are seeking to improve the bottom line for farmers.
  • The legume cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L.) is extensively grown in sub-Saharan Africa. Cowpea, like many legumes has proved recalcitrant to plant transformation. A rapid transient leaf assay was developed for testing gene expression and editing constructs prior to stable cowpea transformation, to accelerate cowpea and legume crop improvement.
  • Exploiting quirks in plant reproduction could boost yields in two staple crops, sorghum and cowpea, for crop farming communities in sub-Saharan Africa (SA). That’s the endgame of Hy-Gain, a multi-million dollar international collaborative research project led by University of Queensland’s Professor Anna Koltunow, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Publications

​The Capturing Heterosis Project (Phase 1) was led by CSIRO and was conducted from September 2014 to July 2019. Below are some of the articles published since the conclusion of this project phase.

Ke, Y. et al. Single-cell transcriptome profiling of buffelgrass (Cenchrus ciliaris) eggs unveils apomictic parthenogenesis signatures. Sci Rep 11, 9880 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-89170-y 

Che, P. et al. Developing a rapid and highly efficient cowpea regeneration, transformation and genome editing system using embryonic axis explants. The Plant Journal 106, 817-830 (2021)https://doi.org/10.1111/tpj.15202

Ishii, T. et al. Unequal contribution of two paralogous CENH3 variants in cowpea centromere function. Commun Biol 3, 775 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s42003-020-01507-x

Zhang, Z. et al. Haploidy in Tobacco Induced by PsASGR-BBML Transgenes via Parthenogenesis. Genes 11(9):1072 (2020). https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11091072

Juranić, M. et al. A detached leaf assay for testing transient gene expression and gene editing in cowpea (Vigna unguiculata [L.] Walp.). Plant Methods 16, 88 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13007-020-00630-4

 


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