当前位置: 本站首页 >> 新闻公告 >> New Publications >> 正文

A serine/threonine protein kinase encoding gene KERNEL NUMBER PER ROW6 regulates maize grain yield

信息来源:     发布时间:2020-02-22

Haitao Jia,Manfei Li,Weiya Li,Lei Liu,Yinan Jian,Zhixing Yang,Xiaomeng Shen,Qiang Ning,Yanfang Du,

Ran Zhao,David Jackson,Xiaohong Yang &Zuxin Zhang

Nature Communications

volume 11, Article number: 988 (2020) 

Abstract 

Increasing grain yield of maize (Zea mays L.) is required to meet the rapidly expanding demands for maize-derived food, feed, and fuel. Breeders have enhanced grain productivity of maize hybrids by pyramiding desirable characteristics for larger ears. However, loci selected for improving grain productivity remain largely unclear. Here, we show that a serine/threonine protein kinase encoding gene KERNEL NUMBER PER ROW6 (KNR6) determines pistillate floret number and ear length. Overexpression of KNR6 or introgression of alleles lacking the insertions of two transposable elements in the regulatory region of KNR6 can significantly enhance grain yield. Further in vitro evidences indicate that KNR6 can interact with an Arf GTPase-activating protein (AGAP) and its phosphorylation by KNR6 may affect ear length and kernel number. This finding provides knowledge basis to enhance maize hybrids grain yield.

论文链接https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-14746-7

 


中国·湖北·武汉 南湖狮子山街一号 430070 Tel:+86-27-87282027 Fax:+86-27-87384670

CopyRight (C) 2014 版权所有 华中农业大学作物遗传改良国家重点实验室