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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service


Location: Sunflower and Plant Biology Research

Title: Genomics of compositae weeds: EST libraries, microarrays, and evidence of introgression

item Lai, Zhao
item Kane, Nolan
item Kozik, Alex
item Hodgins, Kathryn
item Dlugosch, Katrina
item Barker, Michael
item Matvienko, Marta
item Yu, Qian
item Turner, Kathryn
item Pearl, Stephanie
item Bell, Graeme
item Zou, Yi
item Grassa, Chris
item Guggisberg, Alessia
item Adams, Keith
item Anderson, James
item Horvath, David
item Kesseli, Richard
item Burke, John
item Michelmore, Richard
item Rieseberg, Loren

Submitted to: American Journal of Botany
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/21/2011
Publication Date: 2/1/2012
Citation: Lai, Z., Kane, N.C., Kozik, A., Hodgins, K.A., Dlugosch, K.M., Barker, M.S., Matvienko, M., Yu, Q., Turner, K.G., Pearl, S.A., Bell, G.D.M., Zou, Y., Grassa, C., Guggisberg, A., Adams, K.L., Anderson, J.V., Horvath, D.P., Kesseli, R.V., Burke, J.M., Michelmore, R.W., Rieseberg, L.H. 2012. Genomics of compositae weeds: EST libraries, microarrays, and evidence of introgression. American Journal of Botany. 99(2):209-218.

Interpretive Summary: High throughput sequencing has been done on numerous weedy members of the Compositae (plants that have composite flowers such as thistles, dandelions, ragweed, etc.). The technologies used to obtain the sequences were compared and contrasted. Sequences were examined to look for occurrences where similar weed species cross-hybridized, with some having been found (such as among weedy sunflower members and among knapweed species), and other places where it was expected, but not found (such as in ragweeds). The sequences were used to develop tools (such as microarrays) that will allow researchers to study changes in gene expression in multiple members of the Compositae and relate these changes in gene expression to invasiveness and resistance to control measures and environmental stress.

Technical Abstract: • Premise of Study: Weeds cause considerable environmental and economic damage. However, genomic characterization of weeds has lagged behind that of model plants and crop species. Here we report on the development of genomic tools and resources for 11 weeds from the Compositae family that can serve as a basis for subsequent population and comparative genomic analyses. Because hybridization has been suggested as a stimulus for the evolution of invasiveness, we also analyze the genomic data for evidence of hybridization. • Methods: We generated 22 expressed sequence tag (EST) libraries for the 11 targeted weeds using Sanger, 454, and Illumina sequencing data, compared the coverage and quality of sequence assemblies, and developed NimbleGen microarrays for expression analyses. We also compared the distributions of Ks values between orthologs of congeneric taxa to detect and quantify hybridization and introgression. • Results: Gene discovery was enhanced by sequencing from multiple tissues, normalization of cDNA libraries, and especially greater sequencing depth. However, assemblies from short sequence reads sometimes failed to resolve close paralogs. Substantial introgression was detected in Centaurea and Helianthus, but not in Ambrosia and Lactuca. • Conclusions: Transcriptome sequencing using next generation platforms has greatly reduced the cost of entry for genomic studies of non-model organisms, and the ESTs and microarrays reported here hopefully will accelerate evolutionary and molecular investigations of Compositae weeds. Our study also shows how ortholog comparisons can be used to quantify the genome-wide extent of introgression and to identify genes that have been exchanged between hybridizing taxa.

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