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Molecular control of autonomous embryo and endosperm development


Curtis, Mark Douglas; Grossniklaus, Ueli (2008). Molecular control of autonomous embryo and endosperm development. Sexual Plant Reproduction, 21(1):79-88.

Abstract

Precocious seed development is usually prevented by a series of mechanisms that ensure seed production results from double fertilization. These events are circumvented in natural apomictic plant species that reproduce clonally through seed. Recent advances in molecular genetics using mutagenic approaches in model sexual plant species, such as Arabidopsis and Zea mays, have revealed some of the mechanisms that prevent such precocious seed development. An understanding of these mechanisms may lead to the development of techniques that will allow future crop plant species exhibiting hybrid vigor to be engineered such that their complex genomes can be fixed indefinitely, thereby maintaining high yields. Our current understanding of the mechanisms underlying the processes of reproductive development is discussed in this review

Abstract

Precocious seed development is usually prevented by a series of mechanisms that ensure seed production results from double fertilization. These events are circumvented in natural apomictic plant species that reproduce clonally through seed. Recent advances in molecular genetics using mutagenic approaches in model sexual plant species, such as Arabidopsis and Zea mays, have revealed some of the mechanisms that prevent such precocious seed development. An understanding of these mechanisms may lead to the development of techniques that will allow future crop plant species exhibiting hybrid vigor to be engineered such that their complex genomes can be fixed indefinitely, thereby maintaining high yields. Our current understanding of the mechanisms underlying the processes of reproductive development is discussed in this review

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:National licences > 142-005
Dewey Decimal Classification:580 Plants (Botany)
Language:English
Date:1 March 2008
Deposited On:05 Dec 2018 18:19
Last Modified:24 Sep 2019 23:45
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0934-0882
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s00497-007-0061-9
Related URLs:https://www.swissbib.ch/Search/Results?lookfor=nationallicencespringer101007s0049700700619 (Library Catalogue)

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