Project information

Understanding the genomic impact of apomixis in Boechera

Project Identification
Project Period
1/2023 - 12/2024
Investor / Pogramme / Project type
Masaryk University
MU Faculty or unit
Central European Institute of Technology

The ability to induce apomixis, the production of seeds from maternal tissues without fertilization or meiosis, in crop plants has been referred to as a holy grail of plant biology. The proposed project represents an exciting journey into the world of the genome structure of an apomictic Boechera species, closely related to the most prominent plant model Arabidopsis thaliana. The genus Boechera represents an ideal model system to compare sexual and apomictic reproduction and associated life history traits, as it is characterized by naturally-occurring diploid sexual and diploid apomictic forms. We aim to uncover the genome structure in several apomictic Boechera species, followed by detailed comparative genomic research. This project will contribute to uncover the genomic impact of apomixis, establish an invaluable comparative framework, and provide a strong starting point for developing more refined hypotheses about the underlying molecular mechanisms leading to the expression of apomixis in general.

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