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Genetic information of Todomatsu published in database


Article title

TodoFirGene: Developing Transcriptome Resources for Genetic Analysis of Abies sachalinensis

Author (affiliation)

Saneyoshi Ueno(a), Yukino Nakamura(b), Masaaki Kobayashi(b), Shin Terashima(b), Wataru Ishizuka(c), Kentaro Uchiyama(a), Yoshihiko Tsumura(a,d), Kentaro Yano(b) and Susumu Goto(e)

(a) Department of Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology, FFPRI, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.
(b) School of Agriculture, Meiji University, Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan.

(c) Forestry Research Institute, Hokkaido Research Organization,Bibai, Hokkaido, Japan.

(d) Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba,Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

(e) Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo,Bunkyo-ku,Tokyo, Japan.

Publication Journal

Plant and Cell Physiology, 59(6), 1276–1284, June 2018 DOI: 10.1093/pcp/pcy058( External link )

Content introduction

Abies sachalinensis (hereinafter Todomatsu) is a major tree that occupies more than a half of the afforestation area in Hokkaido, and its distribution area stretches from near the coast to the subalpine 1600m in altitude. The subalpine is a harsh environment to grow trees because of strong wind and low temperature, and Todomatsu grown under this environment is known to grow slowly and mature precociously (blossoms at an early age).

In order to identify genes associated with environmental adaptation in Todomatsu, the nucleotide sequence of genes functioning in the tree’s primary organs (male flower, female flower, new leaf, and inner bark) were collected in a comprehensive manner and made public on the database (TodoFirGene). This database contains information on the properties of the nucleotide sequence, estimated functions, expression level of each gene in each organ, and the results of genetic analysis in comparison with other model trees such as Arabidopsis thaliana and poplar trees for 69,618 genes. All this information can be easily identified on the Web browser.

Recent studies have revealed that the growth characteristics of Todomatsu adapted to the environment are genetically determined. This database provides information that serves as the basis for exploring genes associated with environmental adaptation and comparative studies with closely related species.


Picture: Portal site of the database

Picture: Portal site of the database (TodoFirGene) External link )