Monthly Archives: August 2012

Genetic stability or variation in oil palm tissue culture

301. Madon M, Heslop-Harrison JS, Schwarzacher T, Hashim AT. 2012. Analysis of oil palm calli and regenerants using flow and image cytometry and 18S-25S ribosomal DNA fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH). Journal of Oil Palm Research  24 (April): 1318-1329 Open Access Journal site. local copy … Continue reading

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New molecular cytogenetics group homepage at

I’ve released our new design for the website. Like many other people with websites designed 5 years ago, the old design was very “Web 1.0” with no feedbacks, social media links or other active content. And updates had been … Continue reading

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The genome sequence of banana

300. D’Hont A, Denoeud F, Aury JM, Baurens FC, Carreel F, Garsmeur O, Noel B, Bocs S, Droc G, Rouard M, Da Silva C, Jabbari K, Cardi C, Poulain J, Souquet M, Labadie K, Jourda C, Lengellé J, Rodier-Goud M, … Continue reading

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Plant nuclear genome composition

299. Heslop-Harrison, JS (Pat); and Schmidt, T (August 2012) Plant Nuclear Genome Composition. In: eLS 2012, John Wiley & Sons Ltd: Chichester Author-prepared preprint linked here. Subscription DOI: (but this link seems not to work: Nov 2012). Intranet: due Nov 2012). The … Continue reading

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Traits with ecological functions

298. Heslop-Harrison JS. 2012. Traits with ecological functions. Annals of Botany, 110 (1), 139-140. URL (free access) Individual plant species thrive in specific environments, some growing well across a wide area, others being restricted to survival in very narrow ecological niches. Within a niche, … Continue reading

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Pat Heslop-Harrison PI

Pat (JS) Heslop-Harrison is Professor of Plant Cell Biology and Molecular Cytogenetics at the University of Leicester, UK. He co-leads the research group investigating the genomics and evolution of the plants and animals with a focus on crops. He is involved with media presentations, gives strategic and policy input, and reviews research. Continue reading

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Banana genome sequence in the news

The full sequence of the banana genomic DNA was published last week, giving access to the sequences of all the 36000 genes in this important crop. The publication of this information is of both applied importance, giving knowledge of the … Continue reading

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Trude Schwarzacher PI

Dr Trude Schwarzacher is a co-project leader of the Molecular Cytogenetics research group in the University of Leicester. Current research interests include: Wheat and related species I am studying introgression of alien chromosomes and introgression of alien chromosomes from wild … Continue reading

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Raquel Chaves UTAD Portugal

Professor Raquel Chaves from UTAD, Vila Real, Portugal, is interested in the evolution and function of repetitive DNA in animals, ranging from molluscs though cats and dogs to bovids (cows, sheep, goats and their relatives). We have collaborated over many … Continue reading

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How genomes evolve and their future

296. Heslop-Harrison JS. 2012. Genome evolution: extinction, continuation or explosion? Current Opinion in Plant Biology 15:115–121. Subscription: Free Author self-archive preprint here. – Genome-scale evolution involves mutation, chromosomal rearrangements, hybridization and polyploidy – Repeated sequences, not genes, can be localized … Continue reading

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Radish introgression to Brassica

295. Niemelä T, Seppänen M, Badakshi F, Rokka VM, Heslop-Harrison JS. 2012. Size and location of radish 1 chromosome regions carrying the fertility restorer Rfk1 gene in spring turnip rape. Chromosome Research. 2 Apr;20(3):353-361. Author self-archive preprint linked here. In spring turnip rape … Continue reading

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Breeding and superdomestication in banana

293. Heslop-Harrison JS. 2011. Genomics, banana breeding and superdomestication. Proceedings of the International ISHS-ProMusa Symposium on Global Perspectives on Asian Challenges Eds.: Van den Bergh I, Smith M, Swennen R, Hermanto C. Acta Horticulturae 897: 55-62. ISBN: 978-90-66051-38-6 Publisher link. Author … Continue reading

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Genetic linkage mapping in an F2 perennial ryegrass population using DArT markers

292. Tomaszewski C, Byrne SL, Foito A, Kildea A, Kopecký D, Doležel J, Heslop-Harrison JS, Stewart D, Barth S. 2012. Genetic linkage mapping in an F2 perennial ryegrass population using DArT markers. Plant Breeding 131, 345—349. Publisher: DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0523.2011.01944.x. Intranet only … Continue reading

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