Missing links: The genetic architecture of flower and floral diversification

Douglas E. Soltis, Pamela S. Soltis, Victor A. Albert, David G. Oppenheimer, Claude W. DePamphilis, Hong Ma, Michael W. Frohlich, Günter Theißen

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To understand the genetic architecture of floral development, including the origin and subsequent diversification of the flower, data are needed not only for a few model organisms but also for gymnosperms, basal angiosperm lineages and early-diverging eudicots. We must link what is known about derived model plants such as Arabidopsis, snapdragon and maize with other angiosperms. To this end, we suggest a massive evolutionary genomics effort focused on the identification and expression patterns of floral genes and elucidation of their expression patterns in 'missing-link' taxa differing in the arrangement, number and organization of floral parts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-31
Number of pages10
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Plant Science


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