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By Ku Lixia, Wei Xiaomin, Zhang Shaofang, Zhang Jun, Guo Shulei and Chen Yanhui


Modifying plant architecture to increase photosynthesis efficiency and reduce shade avoidance response is very important for further yield improvement when crops are grown in high density. Identification of alleles controlling leaf angle in maize is needed to provide insight into molecular mechanism of leaf development and achieving ideal plant architecture to improve grain yield.The gene cloning was done by using comparative genomics, and then performing real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analysis to assay gene expression. The gene function was validated by sequence dissimilarity analysis and QTL mapping using a functional cleaved amplified polymorphism (CAP). had been extensively utilized in breeding with regard to the improvement of the maize plant architecture

Publisher: Public Library of Science
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1371/journal.pone.0020621
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