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Article|01 Jun 2020|OPEN
Comparative population genomics dissects the genetic basis of seven domestication traits in jujube
Mingxin Guo1,2, Zhongren Zhang3, Yanwei Cheng1, Sunan Li1, Peiyin Shao1, Qiang Yu1, Junjie Wang1, Gan Xu1, Xiaotian Zhang1, Jiajia Liu1, Linlin Hou1, Hanxiao Liu1 & Xusheng Zhao1,2,
1College of Life Sciences, Luoyang Normal University, Luoyang 471934, China
2Jujube Research Center, Luoyang Normal University, Luoyang 471934, China
3Novogene Bioinformatics Institute, Beijing 100083, China

Horticulture Research 7,
Article number: 89 (2020)
doi: 10.1038/hortres.2020.89
Views: 443

Received: 08 Jan 2020
Revised: 01 Apr 2020
Accepted: 02 Apr 2020
Published online: 01 Jun 2020


Jujube (Ziziphus jujuba Mill.) is an important perennial fruit tree with a range of interesting horticultural traits. It was domesticated from wild jujube (Ziziphus acidojujuba), but the genomic variation dynamics and genetic changes underlying its horticultural traits during domestication are poorly understood. Here, we report a comprehensive genome variation map based on the resequencing of 350 accessions, including wild, semi-wild and cultivated jujube plants, at a >15× depth. Using the combination of a genome-wide association study (GWAS) and selective sweep analysis, we identified several candidate genes potentially involved in regulating seven domestication traits in jujube. For fruit shape and kernel shape, we integrated the GWAS approach with transcriptome profiling data, expression analysis and the transgenic validation of a candidate gene to identify a causal gene, ZjFS3, which encodes an ethylene-responsive transcription factor. Similarly, we identified a candidate gene for bearing-shoot length and the number of leaves per bearing shoot and two candidate genes for the seed-setting rate using GWAS. In the selective sweep analysis, we also discovered several putative genes for the presence of prickles on bearing shoots and the postharvest shelf life of fleshy fruits. This study outlines the genetic basis of jujube domestication and evolution and provides a rich genomic resource for mining other horticulturally important genes in jujube.