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  • Chinese Scientists Spot Selfish Genetic Element in Plants

    After found in mice and nematodes, selfish genetic element is once again discovered in rice by Chinese scientists. This is the first time that selfish genetic element is found in plants, challenging the renowned Mendel’s Law of segregation.

  • Progress on Fruit Size Molecular Mechanisms in Sweet Cherry

    Recently, a paper titled PaCYP78A9, a Cytochrome P450, Regulates Fruit Size in Sweet Cherry (Prunus avium L.), reported by sweet cherry germplasm improvement research team from Zhengzhou Fruit Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), was published on the Frontiers in Plant Sciences.

  • The Hangzhou Index of Chinese Tea Industry Launched at the S...

    On May 18, 2018, the Tea Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) launched the first Hangzhou Index of Chinese Tea Industry on the side event of the opening ceremony of the Second China International Tea Expo, which was held in Hangzhou from May 18 to May 22, 2018.

  • CAAS Revealed the Role of RXFP2 in the Development of a Uniq...

    Recently, the mutton sheep and goat genetics and breeding team have reported their new progress on adaptive evolutions of domestic sheep. The present study revealed that horn-related gene RXFP2 showed signs of rapid evolution in the semi-feral sheep breeds specifically.

  • Genomic Variation in 3,010 Diverse Accessions of Asian Culti...

    Asian cultivated rice (Oryza sativa L.) is grown worldwide as staple food of half of the world. By the year 2035, an additional 112 million metric tons of rice must be produced with less land and water under more fluctuating climates, requiring future rice cultivars with higher yielding and resilient to multiple abiotic and biotic stresses.

  • Mapping, Cloning and Functional Analysis of TGW3, a Major QT...

    Grain weight, one of the most important components of rice yield, is usually measured by 1000-grain weight and determined by grain length, grain width and grain thickness. Cloning and functional characterization of a small number of relative genes/QTLs has greatly strengthened our understanding of seed development and rice yield.

  • OsPK2 Encodes a Plastidic Pyruvate Kinase Involved in Rice E...

    Recently, a research team led by Professor Hu Peisong from China Rice Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) has made a great progress on new regulatory mechanism of rice starch synthesis and grain development.

  • The N terminus of Autographa californica Multiple Nucleopoly...

    Autographa californica multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus (AcMNPV) DNA polymerase (DNApol) plays a crucial role in viral DNA synthesis and the N terminus (residues 1 to 186) is highly conserved in the baculovirus DNApol family.

  • Genetic Mapping Reveals a Candidate Gene (ClFS1) for Fruit S...

    The polyploidy watermelon breeding group of Zhengzhou Fruit Research Institute of CAAS reveals a candidate gene for fruit shape in watermelon. The related paper was recently published on Theoretical and Applied Genetics.

  • The New Progress on Exploring the Attenuated Isolates of Cuc...

    The research team led by Professor Gu Qinsheng from the Zhengzhou Fruit Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) has been working on the prevention and control of cucurbit viral diseases.

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