Chinese Bulletin of Botany ›› 2016, Vol. 51 ›› Issue (6): 817-826.doi: 10.11983/CBB16039

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The Application of Retrotransposon Tnt1 in Establishing a Plant Mutant Population

Jiebing Wei1,2, Shaokang Di1, Jiangqi Wen3, Yongzhen Pang1*   

  1. 1Key Laboratory of Plant Resources and Beijing Botanical Garden, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100093, China; 
    2University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China; 
    3The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore 73402, USA
  • Received:2016-03-08 Revised:2016-05-17 Online:2016-12-02 Published:2016-11-01
  • Contact: Yongzhen Pang


Plant retrotransposons are among the largest transposon families. Tnt1, Tos17, Tto1 and LORE1 have been widely used in establishing mutant populations. In the present study, we summarized and compared various approaches for establishing mutant populations, especially Tnt1 retrotransposons. We focused on advances in establishing and using the Medicago truncatula Tnt1 mutant population, including nitrogen fixation, metabolism and development. Our study will benefit the comprehensive understanding and use of the M. truncatula Tnt1 mutant population and provide valuable references for researchers studying legume functional genomes.

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