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The prevention of pod shatter in oilseed rape - LK0912

This programme set out to test the concept that the elimination of certain tissues within developing oilseed rape pods will diminish the property of ‘pod shatter’ in which explosive opening of the pod causes the seeds to be scattered and lost prior to harvesting. The approach is based on comparative morphological studies which have defined the cells which build up stresses in the pod structure during drying out the causing ‘pod shatter’. The programme will employ strategies designed to isolate genes which are specifically expressed in these targets cells. The isolated promoters that determine the mode of expression of these genes will be tested in transgenic plants to see if they will provide the desired expression in the target tissue through the use of reporters genes. A cytotoxic or ‘anti-sense’ gene link to such a promoter will then be used to try to achieve elimination of the target tissue in transgenic rape and the resulting degree of ‘pod shatter’ assessed.
Project Documents
• Abstract : LK0912 The Prevention of Pod Shatter in Oilseed Rape Abstract   (7k)
• Information Leaflet : The Prevention of Pod Shatter in Oilseed Rape (LK0912) Leaflet   (237k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1999

To: 2003

Cost: £614,976
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Rothamsted Research (BBSRC)
Arable Farming              
Crop Improvement              
LINK Programme              
Plant Varieties and Seeds              
Sustainable Farming and Food              
Fields of Study
Arable Crops