Coupling deep transcriptome and metabolome analysis unveils thermotolerance in cool-season turfgrass

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Tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea Schreb.) is the predominant forage and cool-season perennial species in the U.S., China and several European countries, which grows at optimum temperature ranging from 18 to 25 oC.

High temperature damage impairs the growth of tall fescue by inhibiting secondary metabolites. Little is known about the regulation pattern of the fatty acids and carbohydrate metabolism at the whole-transcriptome level in tall fescue under high temperature stress.

In a study published in Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, the researchers form Molecular Breeding of Turfgrass and Forage Grass Group, Wuhan Botanical Garden of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, first analyzed the high temperature damage to fatty acids and carbohydrate metabolism in two tall fescue accessions, PI 234881 and PI 578718, by using coupling deep transcriptome and metabolome analysis.

Using RNA-Seq, 121 genes were induced during the second energy production phase in tall fescue exposed

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