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Research Team Reveals the Effect of Genomic Structural Variations to Ecological Adaptation of Arabidopsis Thaliana

On Oct. 7, Prof. Liu Jianquan’s team from the College of Ecology, Lanzhou University (LZU), cooperated with Sichuan University (SCU) and Tobacco Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), published the paper entitled “The Pan-genome and Local Adaptation of Arabidopsis Thaliana” online in Nature Communications. The paper found that structural variations play an important role in the local adaptation of different ecotypes of Arabidopsis thaliana.

Young researcher Kang Minghui from the College of Ecology, LZU, Dr. Wu Hao Lin and associate research fellow Liu Huanhuan from the College of Life Sciences, SCU are co-first authors. Prof. Liu Jianquan, and his colleague, young researcher Lou Shangling, as well as Prof. Zan Yanjun from the Tobacco Research Institute of CAAS are co-corresponding authors. The research was mainly supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Second Tibetan Plateau Scientific Expedition and Research Program, the Strategy Priority Research Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the start-up fund of LZU to introduce high level talents for scientific research.