Mapping-by-sequencing identifies HvPHYTOCHROME C as a candidate gene for the early maturity 5 locus modulating the circadian clock and photoperiodic flowering in barley

Artem Pankin, Chiara Campoli, Xue Dong, Benjamin Kilian, Rajiv Sharma, Axel Himmelbach, Reena Saini, Seth J. Davis, Nils Stein, Korbinian Schneeberger, Maria von Korff

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Abstract

Phytochromes play an important role in light signaling and photoperiodic control of flowering time in plants. Here we propose that the red/far-red light photoreceptor HvPHYTOCHROME C (HvPHYC), carrying a mutation in a conserved region of the GAF domain, is a candidate underlying the early maturity 5 locus in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). We fine mapped the gene using a mapping-by-sequencing approach applied on the whole-exome capture data from bulked early flowering segregants derived from a backcross of the Bowman(eam5) introgression line. We demonstrate that eam5 disrupts circadian expression of clock genes. Moreover, it interacts with the major photoperiod response gene Ppd-H1 to accelerate flowering under noninductive short days. Our results suggest that HvPHYC participates in transmission of light signals to the circadian clock and thus modulates light-dependent processes such as photoperiodic regulation of flowering.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-396
Number of pages14
JournalGenetics
Volume198
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes

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