A large-scale collection of phenotypic data describing an insertional mutant population to facilitate functional analysis of rice genes

Plant Mol Biol. 2007 Mar;63(5):625-35. doi: 10.1007/s11103-006-9118-7. Epub 2006 Dec 19.


In order to facilitate the functional analysis of rice genes, we produced about 50,000 insertion lines with the endogenous retrotransposon Tos17. Phenotypes of these lines in the M2 generation were observed in the field and characterized based on 53 phenotype descriptors. Nearly half of the lines showed more than one mutant phenotype. The most frequently observed phenotype was low fertility, followed by dwarfism. Phenotype data with photographs of each line are stored in the Tos17 mutant panel web-based database with a dataset of sequences flanking Tos17 insertion points in the rice genome (http://tos.nias.affrc.go.jp/). This combination of phenotypic and flanking sequence data will stimulate the functional analysis of rice genes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • DNA Transposable Elements / genetics
  • Databases, Nucleic Acid
  • Genes, Plant
  • Mutation*
  • Oryza / genetics*
  • Oryza / growth & development
  • Phenotype
  • Plant Leaves / genetics
  • Retroelements
  • Seeds / genetics
  • Software


  • DNA Transposable Elements
  • Retroelements