Transcriptomic View of Jatropha curcas L. Inflorescence

  • Nisha GovenderEmail author
  • Zeti-Azura Mohamed-Hussein
  • Ratnam Wickneswari


The inflorescence is an important component for the reproductive success in plants. At the onset of vegetative to reproductive tissue transition, a series of biological processes which affect the yield component of a plant take place within the inflorescence: shoot apical meristem to inflorescence meristem transition, floral commitment and flowering (inflorescence meristem to floral meristem), floral sex differentiation, male-to-female flower ratio, seed setting, and fruiting. Jatropha curcas or the physic nut is gaining recognition worldwide for its lucrative biofuel potentials; however, the present planting material offers considerable yield constraints such as poor seed yield, predominantly attributed by the unpredictable number of inflorescences and flowers. This chapter discusses the molecular aspects of J. curcas inflorescence with regard to reproductive-related organs/tissues such as the shoot, floral bud, and male and female flowers. Transcriptome and genomic analyses of J. curcas inflorescence and its related components have been identified and discussed to benefit plant breeding programs targeted for J. curcas yield enhancement strategies. Bioinformatics approaches such as the transcriptome data based on the differentially expressed gene analysis and gene co-expression network modelling are also addressed for the selection of candidate genes of interest in breeding programs. In addition, a complete view of the molecular basis that governs J. curcas inflorescence development and specifications is described.


Inflorescence Jatropha curcas RNA sequencing Transcriptome 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nisha Govender
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Zeti-Azura Mohamed-Hussein
    • 2
    • 3
  • Ratnam Wickneswari
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Faculty of Science and TechnologyUniversiti Kebangsaan MalaysiaBangiMalaysia
  2. 2.Institute of Systems Biology (INBIOSIS)Universiti Kebangsaan MalaysiaBangiMalaysia
  3. 3.School of Biosciences and Biotechnology, Faculty of Science and TechnologyUniversiti Kebangsaan MalaysiaBangiMalaysia

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