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27-31 August 2018
IAEA, Vienna
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IAEA, Vienna

IAEA, Vienna

Oral Enhancing agricultural biodiversity through new mutation induction techniques


Dr Yoshihiro Hase (National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology)


We have been working on the use of ion beams for biological research using TIARA facility, established in 1991. The major goal of our research is to elucidate the mutagenic effects of ion beams and the development of efficient mutagenic techniques. The molecular nature of mutations induced by ion beams is being discovered since the 2000s. It is the current understanding that ion beams tend to induce deletions and structural alterations of chromosomes more frequently than gamma-rays or X-rays, and this tendency is more evident as the LET value of ion beams increases. Generally, mutation breeding is perceived as a random process and no effective methods have been established to control the direction of mutations in practical mutation breeding. We demonstrated that more chrysanthemum flower colour mutants were obtained from cultured petals than from leaves irradiated by ion beams, whereas the regeneration frequency and the stem length of the regenerated plants did not differ between these two tissues. Similarly, in petunia seedlings, sucrose treatment to stimulate pigment biosynthesis resulted in a higher frequency of flower colour mutants after ion beam irradiation compared to mock treated controls, although the frequency of chlorophyll mutants was unaffected. Most recently, we compared the characteristics of mutations in Arabidopsis derived from dry seeds and seedlings, both irradiated with carbon ions. Whole-genome re-sequencing of randomly chosen M2 plants revealed that the frequency of Indels was about three times higher in dry-seed irradiation than in seedling irradiation, while the frequency of single base substitution was not significantly different. These results suggested that the physiological status of plant tissue greatly affects the frequency and type of mutations. These findings are highly relevant for developing more efficient mutagenesis techniques and for understanding the molecular mechanism of mutagenesis by ionizing radiation.
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Dr Yoshihiro Hase (National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology)

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