Submitted to: Plant and Animal Genome VX Conference Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: January 14, 2006
Publication Date: January 14, 2006
Citation: Garvin, D.F. 2006. Genetic resources for Brachypodium distachyon research [abstract]. Plant and Animal Genome Abstracts. Paper No. W15. Technical Abstract: The grass species Brachypodium distachyon (Brachypodium) possesses a plethora of attributes that have led to its designation as a potential model plant for cool season grass crops including wheat, barley, and other grain, forage, and turf grasses of economic significance. The past 6 years have seen interest in this species grow considerably. There is much to gain at this point in time - just as interest in this species is burgeoning - by adopting a community resource development and exchange strategy for Brachypodium, similar to that adopted by the Arabidopsis research community. In this report, we will present results of our efforts 1) to develop reference inbred genetic stocks of Brachypodium, 2) to differentiate these genetic stocks based on ploidy, 3) to establish appropriate growth conditions for Brachypodium culture, 4) to develop segregating populations from crosses among diploid ecotypes, and 5) to identify appropriate conditions for Brachypodium mutagenesis. Our hope is that these resources and the accompanying knowledge and information generated will facilitate the adoption of this species as a new model system.