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Genetics and Evolution of Inflorescence and Flower Development in Grasses

Peter Bommert, Namiko Satoh-Nagasawa, David Jackson and Hiro-Yuki Hirano

in Plant and Cell Physiology

Published on behalf of Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists

Volume 46, issue 1, pages 69-78
Published in print January 2005 | ISSN: 0032-0781
Published online January 2005 | e-ISSN: 1471-9053 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/pcp/pci504
Genetics and Evolution of Inflorescence and Flower Development in Grasses

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Inflorescences and flowers in the grass species have characteristic structures that are distinct from those in eudicots. Owing to the availability of genetic tools and their genome sequences, rice and maize have become model plants for the grasses and for the monocots in general. Recent studies have provided much insight into the genetic control of inflorescence and flower development in grasses, especially in rice and maize. Progress in elucidating the developmental mechanisms in each of these plants may contribute greatly to our understanding of the evolution of development in higher plants.

Keywords: Keywords: Evolutionary development — Grass morphology — Inflorescence and flower development — Maize — Meristem — Rice; Abbreviations: BM, branch meristem; FM, floral meristem; IM, inflorescence meristem; LRR, leucine-rich repeat; QTL, quantitative trait locus; SM, spikelet meristem; SPM, spikelet pair meristem.

Journal Article.  8582 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biochemistry ; Molecular and Cell Biology ; Plant Sciences and Forestry

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