Crop Centre in Print
Please find the latest journal publications from the Crop Centre listed below.
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Detection of Potato Storage Disease via Gas Analysis: A Pilot Study Using Field Asymmetric Ion Mobility Spectrometry
Massimo Rutolo, James A Covington, John Clarkson, Daciana Iliescu
Soft rot is a commonly occurring potato tuber disease that each year causes substantial losses to the food industry. This article explores the possibility of early detection of the disease via gas/vapor analysis, in a laboratory environment, using a recent technology known as FAIMS (Field Asymmetric Ion Mobility Spectrometry).
Sensors 2014, 14(9), 15939-15952; doi:10.3390/s140915939
Horticulture: Plants for People and Places
This volume provides detailed considerations of the scientific, managerial and technological concepts which underpin Environmental Horticulture. This discipline returns horticulture to its original values required for the design, husbandry and management of macro- and micro-landscapes and their constituent parts.
Expert internationally acclaimed authors describe:- Horticulture and the Environment, Woody Ornamentals, Herbs and Pharmaceuticals, Urban Greening, Rural Trees, Urban Trees, Turfgrass Science, Interior and External Landscaping, Biodiversity, Climate Change and Organic Production.
Warwick Crop Centre contributions:
Transcriptome and methylome profiling reveals relics of genome dominance in the mesopolyploid Brassica oleracea
Isobel AP Parkin, Chushin Koh, Haibao Tang, Stephen J Robinson, Sateesh Kagale, Wayne E Clarke, Chris D Town, John Nixon, Vivek Krishnakumar, Shelby L Bidwell, France Denoeud, Harry Belcram, Matthew G Links, Jérémy Just, Carling Clarke, Tricia Bender, Terry Huebert, Annaliese S Mason, Chris J Pires, Guy Barker, Jonathan Moore, Peter G Walley, Sahana Manoli, Jacqueline Batley, Dave Edwards, Matthew N Nelson, Xiyin Wang, Andrew H Paterson, Graham King, Ian Bancroft, Boulos Chalhoub and Andrew G Sharpe
Brassica oleracea is a valuable vegetable species that has contributed to human health and nutrition for hundreds of years and comprises multiple distinct cultivar groups with diverse morphological and phytochemical attributes. In addition to this phenotypic wealth, B. oleracea offers unique insights into polyploid evolution, as it results from multiple ancestral polyploidy events and a final Brassiceae-specific triplication event.
This publication represents the findings of the international Brassica oleracea genome sequencing consortium. The data generated offers the best quality assembled B. oleracea genome to date, and serves to emphasise the strong international profile of Warwick in Brassica research.
Genome Biology 2014, 15:R77
Gardening in a Changing Climate
Professor Dame Julia Slingo, the Chief Scientist of the Meteorological Office, and Dr Ken Cockshull of the Warwick Crop Centre examine how climate change is affecting our weather. The authors summarise the global data on the mean surface temperature of the earth from 1850 to 2013 and bring together data from the UK on the incidence of spring frosts, changes in the length of the growing season, and changes in the pattern of rainfall between summer and winter. The implications for plants and for their pests and diseases are discussed.
The Plantsman, 13 (1), 50-56.
A Model for Sclerotinia sclerotiorum Infection and Disease Development in Lettuce, Based on the Effects of Temperature, Relative Humidity and Ascospore Density
John Clarkson, Laura Fawcett, Steven G Anthony, Caroline Young
The plant pathogen Sclerotinia sclerotiorum can cause serious losses on lettuce crops worldwide and as for most other susceptible crops, control relies on the application of fungicides, which target airborne ascospores. However, the efficacy of this approach depends on accurate timing of these sprays, which could be improved by an understanding of the environmental conditions that are conducive to infection. A mathematical model for S. sclerotiorum infection and disease development on lettuce is presented here for the first time, based on quantifying the effects of temperature, relative humidity (RH) and ascospore density in multiple controlled environment experiments.
PLoS One 15 April 2014
Environment sensing in spring-dispersed seeds of a winter annual Arabidopsis influences the regulation of dormancy to align germination potential with seasonal changes
Seed dormancy cycling plays a crucial role in the lifecycle timing of many plants. Little is known of how the seeds respond at the molecular level to the soil seed bank environment following dispersal in spring into the short-term seed bank before seedling emergence in autumn. A molecular eco-physiological approach was used to study the behaviour over several months of seeds of the winter annual Arabidopsis ecotype Cvi buried in field soils.
New Phytologist. January 2014 online