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Sequencing of Chinese castor lines reveals genetic signatures of selection and yield-associated loci

  • Fan, Wei1
  • Lu, Jianjun2, 3
  • Pan, Cheng2, 4
  • Tan, Meilian5
  • Lin, Qiang1
  • Liu, Wanfei6
  • Li, Donghai2, 3
  • Wang, Lijun5
  • Hu, Lianlian2, 3
  • Wang, Lei5
  • Chen, Chen7
  • Wu, Aimin7
  • Yu, Xinxin1
  • Ruan, Jue1
  • Yu, Jun6
  • Hu, Songnian6
  • Yan, Xingchu5
  • Lü, Shiyou8
  • Cui, Peng1
  • 1 Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural Genomics Institute, Shenzhen, Guangdong, 518120, China , Shenzhen (China)
  • 2 Chinese Academy of Sciences, CAS Key Laboratory of Plant Germplasm Enhancement and Specialty Agriculture, Wuhan Botanical Garden, Wuhan, Hubei, 430074, China , Wuhan (China)
  • 3 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100049, China , Beijing (China)
  • 4 Chinese Academy of Sciences, Sino-Africa Joint Research Center, Wuhan, Hubei, 430074, China , Wuhan (China)
  • 5 Oil Crops Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Key Laboratory of Biology and Genetic Improvement of Oil Crops, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Wuhan, Hubei, 430062, China , Wuhan (China)
  • 6 Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing Institute of Genomics, Beijing, 100101, China , Beijing (China)
  • 7 South China Agricultural University, Guangdong Key Laboratory for Innovative Development and Utilization of Forest Plant Germplasm, College of Forestry and Landscape Architectures, Guangzhou, Guangdong, 510642, China , Guangzhou (China)
  • 8 Hubei University, State Key Laboratory of Biocatalysis and Enzyme Engineering, School of Life Sciences, Wuhan, Hubei, 434200, China , Wuhan (China)
Published Article
Nature Communications
Springer Nature
Publication Date
Jul 31, 2019
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-11228-3
Springer Nature


Castor is an important industrial oil crop, but knowledge on its genetic diversity is limited. Here, Fan et al. show geographic pattern of Chinese castors that have developed during domestication by population genetic analyses, and reveal candidate genes associated with agronomically important traits.

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