The genetics of plant morphological evolution

Kristen A. Shepard, Michael D. Purugganan

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Considerable progress has been made in identifying genes that are involved in the evolution of plant morphologies. Elements of the ABC model of flower development are conserved throughout angiosperms, and homologous MADS-box genes function in gymnosperm reproduction. Candidate gene and mapping analyses of floral symmetry, sex determination, inflorescence architecture, and compound leaves provide intriguing glimpses into the evolution of morphological adaptations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-55
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Plant Biology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science


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