Zhongchi Liu

  • Nov 19, 2018

Date & Location: November 19, 2018, at 4p; Room 1200 Molecular Plant Sciences Building

Subject: Genomic and genetic analyses linking genes and gene networks to reproductive development in the wild strawberry

About the Speaker

University: University of Maryland

Abstract: Fragaria vesca, the wild strawberry, is emerging as a better model to investigate gene function than the octoploid garden strawberry and economically important Rosaceae family due to its diploidy, simpler genome, and the availability of molecular genetic tools. Further, abundant natural variations exist, providing rich genetic materials for novel allele identification. Extensive transcriptome data and co-expression network analyses lay the foundation for addressing important biological questions in sexual and asexual reproduction and fruit development. Both forward and reverse genetic approaches including mutagenesis screen, CRISPR genome editing, and transient gene expression are being used to determine gene function. Our study provides examples of how genome-wide analyses and network building can effectively link genes to specific traits of economic importance.