Control of grass inflorescence form by the fine-tuning of meristem phase change

Junko Kyozuka, Hiroki Tokunaga, Akiko Yoshida

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Abstract

The grass inflorescence is interesting from the points of view of development and evolution. In the grass family, flowers are produced on small branches called spikelets. The recent isolation of regulators of spikelet meristem (SM) identity has shed new light on development and the evolution of the gene networks involved. The timing of SM specification is mediated by the combinatorial functions of these regulators, and determines the grass inflorescence form. Furthermore, tight links between meristem cell proliferation, maintenance of meristem indeterminacy, and suppression of the spikelet identity are being uncovered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-115
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Plant Biology
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Feb
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science

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