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Journal of Genetics

, 98:33 | Cite as

Genomics: cracking the mysteries of walnuts

  • Fei ChenEmail author
  • Junhao Chen
  • Zhengjia Wang
  • Jiawei Zhang
  • Xiaojiang Li
  • Meigui Lin
  • Yunfeng Song
  • Liangsheng ZhangEmail author
Review Article

Abstract

The Juglans plants are economically important as they provide nuts, wood and garden trees. They also play an important ecological role by supplying food for wild insects and animals. The decoding of genome sequences has fundamental values for understanding the evolution of Juglans plants and molecules, and is also a prerequisite for molecular breeding. During the last three years, the rapid development of sequencing technology has made walnut research into the genome era. Here, we reviewed the progress of genome sequencing of six Juglans species, the resequencing of four Juglans populations as well as the genome sequencing of the closely related species Pterocarya stenoptera. The analysis of the Juglans regia genome uncovers a whole genome duplication (WGD) event. Based on the molecular dating of the divergence time of six Juglans species, we proposed this WGD event was associated with Cretaceous–Palaeogene (K-Pg) boundary occurred \(\sim \)65 million years ago. Genomic sequences also provide clear details for understanding the evolution and development of GGT and PPO genes involved in fruit development. The decoding of these genomes has made it easier for us to understand and enhance the use of walnuts. We expect that the functional genomics research of walnut will also develop rapidly in the near future.

Keywords

walnut genome sequencing resequencing divergence time whole genome duplication fruit development Juglans spp 

Notes

Acknowledgements

FC is supported by a grant from National Natural Science Foundation, China (31801898), a grant from the State Key Laboratory of Ecological Pest Control for Fujian and Taiwan crops (SKB2017004) and a grant from the Natural Science Foundation of Fujian Province (2018J01603). LZ is supported by the open funds of the State Key Laboratory of Crop Genetics and Germplasm Enhancement (ZW201909), State Key Laboratory of Tree Genetics and Breeding (TGB2018004) and Outstanding Youth Program of Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University.

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© Indian Academy of Sciences 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fei Chen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Junhao Chen
    • 2
  • Zhengjia Wang
    • 2
  • Jiawei Zhang
    • 1
  • Xiaojiang Li
    • 1
  • Meigui Lin
    • 1
  • Yunfeng Song
    • 1
  • Liangsheng Zhang
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Ecological Pest Control for Fujian and Taiwan Crops, Key Laboratory of Genetics, Breeding and Multiple Utilization of Corps (Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University), Ministry of Education, Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Haixia Applied Plant Systems BiologyFujian Agriculture and Forestry UniversityFuzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Subtropical Silviculture, School of Forestry and BiotechnologyZhejiang Agriculture and Forestry UniversityHangzhouPeople’s Republic of China

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