Plant Molecular Biology

, Volume 35, Issue 1–2, pp 219–229 | Cite as

Transposon tagging in rice

  • Takeshi Izawa
  • Tohru Ohnishi
  • Toshitsugu Nakano
  • Nobuhiro Ishida
  • Hiroyuki Enoki
  • Hisako Hashimoto
  • Kimiko Itoh
  • Rie Terada
  • Chuanyn Wu
  • Chikara Miyazaki
  • Tomoko Endo
  • Shigeru Iida
  • Ko Shimamoto


To develop an efficient gene isolation method for rice we introduced the maize Ac/Ds system into rice. Extensive analysis of their behavior in rice for several generations indicated that Ac and Ds in the presence of Ac transposase gene actively transpose in rice. A wide spectrum of mutations affecting growth, morphogenesis, flowering time and disease resistance have been obtained in the population carrying Ac/Ds and some of them were genetically analyzed. Main efforts are currently being made to isolate genes responsible these mutations. In addition, a number of Ac/Ds were mapped on chromosomes and mapped elements will be used in the future for directed tagging of genes with known chromosomal positions.

rice Ac/Ds transposon gene isolation disease resistance flowering time 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Takeshi Izawa
    • 1
    • 2
  • Tohru Ohnishi
    • 1
  • Toshitsugu Nakano
    • 1
  • Nobuhiro Ishida
    • 1
  • Hiroyuki Enoki
    • 1
  • Hisako Hashimoto
    • 2
  • Kimiko Itoh
    • 2
  • Rie Terada
    • 2
  • Chuanyn Wu
    • 2
  • Chikara Miyazaki
    • 3
  • Tomoko Endo
    • 3
  • Shigeru Iida
    • 3
  • Ko Shimamoto
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Plant Molecular GeneticsNara Institute of Science and TechnologyIkomaJapan
  2. 2.Plantech Research InstituteAoba-ku, YokohamaJapan
  3. 3.Department of Biological Science and TechnologyScience University of TokyoYamazaki, NodaJapan

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