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Flowering Newsletter published by the Journal of Experimental Botany

A miraculous mirabilis: the gymnosperm Welwitschia provides new insights into the origin of flowers

by Frank Wellmer Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland The specification of male and female reproductive organs in gymnosperms and angiosperms is thought to be remarkably similar and to depend on the activities of B and C class … Continue reading

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Focusing on TERMINAL FLOWER 1 (TFL1) regulation

by Timo Hytönen University of Helsinki, Finland FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT) and TERMINAL FLOWER 1 (TFL1) are small closely related proteins that have a great impact on the production of agricultural and horticultural crops and forest trees. FT functions as … Continue reading

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A new comparative approach to understand local adaptation

Martin Lascoux Department of Ecology and Genetics, Uppsala University This is a flowering highlight that only indirectly concerns flowering. Furthermore the study does not address the molecular basis of flowering as is often the case in these columns but instead … Continue reading

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New insights into LEAFY structure and function

by Frank Wellmer Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland The plant-specific transcription factor LEAFY (LFY) is a master regulator of early flower development (Weigel et al., 1992). It orchestrates the onset of flowering and is involved in activating … Continue reading

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The interactions they are a changin’ – The complex role of protein interactions in the evolution of flower development

by Aalt-Jan Van Dijk Among the various transcription factors involved in regulating flowering, no doubt MADS domain proteins involve some of the best studied. B-class proteins are a specific type of MADS domain proteins, named after their role in the … Continue reading

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What a difference a CArG-box makes

New insights into the Development and Evolution of Floral Meristem and Organ Identity in Arabidopsis Günter Theißen1 & Francois Parcy2 1Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Department of Genetics, Philosophenweg 12, D-07743 Jena, Germany; guenter.theissen@uni-jena.de 2 Laboratory of Plant & Cell Physiology, … Continue reading

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Is the cold gone? – Many roads to flowering after winter

Lars Hennig Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Plant Biology & Linnean Center for Plant Biology, PO-Box 7080, SE-75007 Uppsala, Sweden Strolling through gardens and nature in March, one sees signs of spring everywhere. It is less the fresh green … Continue reading

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More than the (human) eye can see: the regulation of floral UV absorbance

Beverley Glover Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 3EA, UK. bjg26@cam.ac.uk Flowers come in many different colours, and those colours can be arranged in a wide variety of patterns. Colour itself arises from a combination of differential … Continue reading

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A database for all things flowering

by Frank Wellmer Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland Three decades of research on the genetic and molecular control of flowering has led to a staggering amount of data from a multitude of different experimental approaches (summarized for … Continue reading

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Distorted flower development and rainforest loss

How basic research in epigenetics helps to improve somatic embryogenesis technologies and contributes to protect rain forests by Lars Hennig Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Plant Biology and Linnean Center for Plant Biology, Uppsala, Sweden Not often is … Continue reading

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