Browsing by Subject "abiotic stresses"

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  • Pour-Aboughadareh, Alireza; Yousefian, Mohsen; Moradkhani, Hoda; Poczai, Péter; Siddique, Kadambot HM (2019)
    PREMISE: In crop breeding programs, breeders use yield performance in both optimal and stressful environments as a key indicator for screening the most tolerant genotypes. During the past four decades, several yield-based indices have been suggested for evaluating stress tolerance in crops. Despite the well-established use of these indices in agronomy and plant breeding, a user-friendly software that would provide access to these methods is still lacking. METHODS AND RESULTS: The Plant Abiotic Stress Index Calculator (iPASTIC) is an online program based on JavaScript and R that calculates common stress tolerance and susceptibility indices for various crop traits including the tolerance index (TOL), relative stress index (RSI), mean productivity (MP), harmonic mean (HM), yield stability index (YSI), geometric mean productivity (GMP), stress susceptibility index (SSI), stress tolerance index (STI), and yield index (YI). Along with these indices, this easily accessible tool can also calculate their ranking patterns, estimate the relative frequency for each index, and create heat maps based on Pearson's and Spearman's rank-order correlation analyses. In addition, it can also render three-dimensional plots based on both yield performances and each index to separate entry genotypes into Fernandez's groups (A, B, C, and D), and perform principal component analysis. The accuracy of the results calculated from our software was tested using two different data sets obtained from previous experiments testing the salinity and drought stress in wheat genotypes, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: iPASTIC can be widely used in agronomy and plant breeding programs as a user-friendly interface for agronomists and breeders dealing with large volumes of data. The software is available at
  • Abdullah; Faraji, Sahar; Mehmood, Furrukh; Malik, Hafiz Muhammad Talha; Ahmed, Ibrar; Heidari, Parviz; Poczai, Péter (2021)
    The gibberellic acid-stimulated Arabidopsis (GASA/GAST) gene family is widely distributed in plants and involved in various physiological and biological processes. These genes also provide resistance to abiotic and biotic stresses, including antimicrobial, antiviral, and antifungal. We are interested in characterizing the GASA gene family and determining its role in various physiological and biological process in Theobroma cacao. Here, we report 17 tcGASA genes distributed on six chromosomes in T. cacao. The gene structure, promoter region, protein structure and biochemical properties, expression, and phylogenetics of all tcGASAs were analyzed. Phylogenetic analyses divided tcGASA proteins into five groups. Among 17 tcGASA genes, nine segmentally duplicating genes were identified which formed four pairs and cluster together in phylogenetic tree. Differential expression analyses revealed that most of the tcGASA genes showed elevated expression in the seeds (cacao food), implying their role in seed development. The differential expression of tcGASAs was recorded between the tolerant and susceptible cultivars of cacao, which indicating their possible role as fungal resistant. Our findings provide new insight into the function, evolution, and regulatory system of the GASA family genes in T. cacao and may suggest new target genes for development of fungi-resistant cacao varieties in breeding programs.