Journal of Botany

Genome Size


Publishing date
01 Aug 2010
Status
Published
Submission deadline
01 Feb 2010

1Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany, University of Vienna, Rennweg 14, 1030 Vienna, Austria

2Laboratory of Molecular Cytogenetics and Cytometry, Institute of Experimental Botany, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Sokolovská 6, 77200 Olomouc, Czech Republic

3Jodrell Laboratory, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3DS, UK

4Department of Botany, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Coimbra, Calçada Martins de Freitas, 3001-455 Coimbra, Portugal

5Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, Benátská2, 12801 Prague; Institute of Botany, Academy of Sciences, Průhonice 1, 25243 Prague, Czech Republic


Genome Size

Description

The enormous quantitative variation in nuclear DNA, which makes up the genomes of various plant species, has puzzled botanists ever since the cell nucleus was identified as the major organelle of heredity. Though there is strong evidence that these differences in DNA mass have clear biological effects, even in the era of whole genome sequencing the forces driving and constraining genome sizes remain to a significant degree hypothetical. In part this is because reliable data, which forms the essential substrate for theoretical work, is still limited and needs extension. Moreover, despite recent major advances in the technologies of measuring genome size, botanists are still in need of adapted methods to solve problems which sometimes arise with difficult material due to variation in anatomy and chemical composition of plant organs and tissues.

The special issue intends to include both original research investigations and focused reviews covering all aspects of genome size (DNA C-values and Cx-values) in plants. Together, these will provide a broad overview of the theoretical and practical issues which are currently being addressed in the field of genome size research along with insights into recent advances and future prospects.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Technical aspects of measuring genome size (flow cytometry, densitometry; molecular methods; analysis of difficult and dried material)
  • Biological standards and standardization procedures
  • Nucleotype theory (cell size, cell cycle and development; role of generative polyploidy)
  • The role of genome size in ecology
  • Genome size and reproduction systems
  • Genome size variability and evolution
  • Genome size and somatic polyploidy
  • Molecular biology of genome size variation
  • Genome size and gene duplication
  • Base content and genome size
  • Taxonomic applications and implications of genome size studies
  • Expanding and completing the datasets (e.g., new major taxa)
  • Terminological issues (discussion forum)
  • Databases of genome size and online resources

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jb/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/ according to the following timetable:


Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2010
  • - Article ID 946138
  • - Editorial

Genome Size

Johann Greilhuber | Jaroslav Doležel | ... | Jan Suda
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2010
  • - Article ID 797246
  • - Research Article

Genome Size Study in the Valerianaceae: First Results and New Hypotheses

Oriane Hidalgo | Joël Mathez | ... | Joan Vallès
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2010
  • - Article ID 596542
  • - Research Article

Heavy Metal Pollution, Selection, and Genome Size: The Species of the Žerjav Study Revisited with Flow Cytometry

Eva M. Temsch | Wilhelm Temsch | ... | Johann Greilhuber
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2010
  • - Article ID 316356
  • - Research Article

Endopolyploidy in Bryophytes: Widespread in Mosses and Absent in Liverworts

Jillian D. Bainard | Steven G. Newmaster
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2010
  • - Article ID 341380
  • - Review Article

Genome Size in Diploids, Allopolyploids, and Autopolyploids of Mediterranean Triticeae

T. Eilam | Y. Anikster | ... | M. Feldman
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2010
  • - Article ID 347254
  • - Research Article

Icelandic Birch Polyploids—The Case of a Perfect Fit in Genome Size

K. Anamthawat-Jónsson | Æ. Th. Thórsson | ... | J. Greilhuber
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2010
  • - Article ID 989152
  • - Research Article

On the Tempo of Genome Size Evolution in Angiosperms

Jeremy M. Beaulieu | Stephen A. Smith | Ilia J. Leitch
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2010
  • - Article ID 320609
  • - Research Article

Improved and Reproducible Flow Cytometry Methodology for Nuclei Isolation from Single Root Meristem

Thaís Cristina Ribeiro Silva | Isabella Santiago Abreu | Carlos Roberto Carvalho
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2010
  • - Article ID 862516
  • - Review Article

Genome Size Dynamics and Evolution in Monocots

Ilia J. Leitch | Jeremy M. Beaulieu | ... | Michael F. Fay
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2010
  • - Article ID 612017
  • - Research Article

On the Relationship between Pollen Size and Genome Size

Charles A. Knight | Rachel B. Clancy | ... | Jeremy M. Beaulieu