An overhaul of the gene structure for Brachypodium distachyon in more than 9,000 locations

October 10, 2013

Will contribute to elucidation of wheat research and biomass plants

RIKEN CSRS researchers have successfully carried out a large-scale analysis to identify full-length cDNA corresponding to some 10,000 genes in Brachypodium distachyon (purple false brome), the model plant for wheat, barley and biomass research, as well as to correct the plant's predicted gene structure in more than 9,000 locations. Researchers also combined the previously separate sequence information for barley and wheat, adding it to the newly constructed RIKEN Brachypodium Fulllength cDNA Database (RBFLDB). This database has been made available to all researchers.

This achievement is expected to contribute to the search for effective genes and the elucidation of functions that will improve wheat and biomass resources. The Brachypodium distachyon cDNA clones have been donated to the RIKEN BioResource Center (BRC) and are now available from them.

Original article
Plos One doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0075265.
K. Mochida, Y. Uehara-Yamaguchi, F. Takahashi, T. Yoshida, T. Sakurai, K. Shinozaki,
"Large-scale collection and analysis of full-length cDNAs from Brachypodium distachyon and integration with Pooideae sequence resources".
Kazuo Shinozaki: Team Leader
Keiichi Mochida: Deputy Team Leader
Biomass Research Platform Team, Biomass Engineering Program Cooperation Divison