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Frontiers of Agriculture in China

ISSN 1673-7334

ISSN 1673-744X(Online)

CN 11-5729/S

Front. Agric. China    2008, Vol. 2 Issue (1) : 1-9     DOI: 10.1007/s11703-008-0009-3
Gene cloning: exploring cotton functional genomics and genetic improvement
LIU Diqiu, ZHANG Xianlong
National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement, Huazhong Agricultural University;
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Abstract Cotton is the most important natural fiber plant in the world. The genetic improvement of the quality of the cotton fiber and agricultural productivity is imperative under the situation of increasing consumption and rapid development of textile technology. Recently, the study of cotton molecular biology has progressed greatly. A lot of specifically or preferentially expressed cotton fiber genes were cloned and analyzed. On the other hand, identification of stress response genes expressed in cotton was performed by other research groups. The major stress factors were studied including the wilt pathogens Verticillium dahliae, Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. vasinfectum, bacterial blight, root-knot nematode, drought, and salt stress. What is more, a few genes related to the biosynthesis of gossypol, other sesquiterpene phytoalexins and the major seed oil fatty acids were isolated from cotton. In the present review, we focused on the major advances in cotton gene cloning and expression profiling in the recent years.
Issue Date: 05 March 2008
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ZHANG Xianlong,LIU Diqiu. Gene cloning: exploring cotton functional genomics and genetic improvement[J]. Front. Agric. China, 2008, 2(1): 1-9.
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