To be, or not to be, a flower--control of floral meristem identity

Ma, H. (January 1998) To be, or not to be, a flower--control of floral meristem identity. Trends in Genetics, 14 (1). pp. 26-32. ISSN 0168-9525

DOI: 10.1016/S0168-9525(97)01309-7


Sexual reproduction in higher plants occurs within the flower, which develops from the floral meristem, a specialized form of lateral meristems. The decision to become a floral meristem is highly regulated, and several genes controlling this process have been isolated. Some of these genes were shown to promote the floral fate precociously and ectopically when expressed constitutively. Furthermore, studies indicate the commitment to the floral fate is not a single switch, but a condition acquired progressively. Finally, genes controlling flowering time, at least in part, act through the floral-meristem-identity genes, and such interactions occur at multiple levels.

Item Type: Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: Arabidopsis/genetics/physiology Genes, Plant Meristem/ physiology Models, Genetic Plants/ genetics/growth & development Reproduction Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
Subjects: organism description > plant > Arabidopsis
bioinformatics > genomics and proteomics > genetics & nucleic acid processing > DNA, RNA structure, function, modification > genes, structure and function
organs, tissues, organelles, cell types and functions > tissues types and functions > meristem
organism description > plant
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Communities: CSHL labs
Depositing User: Kathleen Darby
Date: January 1998
Date Deposited: 01 May 2014 16:52
Last Modified: 01 May 2014 16:52
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