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A tale of many variants

by Alt-Jan van Dijk Plant Research International, Wageningen In the quest to unravel genetic aspects of flowering time regulation, quantitative trait loci (QTLs) are important data. QTLs indicate genome regions in which variation influences a trait of interest. Typically, a … Continue reading

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Meeting report: Flowers are always a good excuse to meet!

By Cristina Ferrándiz and Francisco Madueño. Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de Plantas. CSIC-UPV.Valencia, Spain It is roughly 25 years since the ABC model of flower development was formulated, and still we find in its elegance never-ending inspiration for … Continue reading

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On flowering and grain number in cereals …

by Maria von Korff Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research The timing of flowering is important for fitness and reproductive success in plants. Numerous studies demonstrate that variation in flowering time correlates with yield in … Continue reading

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A hitchhiker guide to modelling

by  Aalt-Jan van Dijk Wageningen University, The Netherlands In my last few posts (‘Tell me who your sister is and I’ll tell you who you are‘ and ‘Cold kick-start for flowering‘), I discussed a couple of modelling papers. Hence, I thought it … Continue reading

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Cold kick-start for flowering

by Aalt-Jan van Dijk Wageningen University, The Netherlands When I started writing this commentary, I looked out of my window and decided a good way to start would be to mention that here in the Netherlands winter had finally arrived. Snow … Continue reading

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Flowers under attack by phytoplasmas

by Frank Wellmer Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland Phytoplasmas are cell wall-less bacteria that infect plants when they are transferred via sap-feeding insects such as leafhoppers. Plants infected with phytoplasmas can show a range of defects. One … Continue reading

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On gibberellins and life decisions…

by Cristina Ferrándiz Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de Plantas. CSIC-UPV.Valencia, Spain In spite of what their sessile lifestyle could suggest, or maybe perhaps as a consequence of it, plants appear to be big decision-makers. Developmental decisions such as … Continue reading

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Cereal crops see things differently

by Ben Trevaskis CSIRO Plant Industry, Black Mountain ACT 2601, Australia Our knowledge of plant molecular biology is biased towards the model plant Arabidopsis, the focus of intense genetic study and the first plant genome sequenced. The general assumption is … Continue reading

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Farewell to Ko Shimamoto

Paula Suárez-López1, Hiroyuki Tsuji2 and George Coupland3 1Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics, CSIC-IRTA-UAB-UB, Barcelona, Spain. 2Graduate School of Biological Sciences, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan. 3Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany. We were deeply … Continue reading

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Tell me who your sister is and I’ll tell who you are

by Aalt-Jan van Dijk Wageningen University, The Netherlands After spending time with family during the Christmas holidays, it became clear to me how much we learn about ourselves by watching our relatives. This involves both similarities and striking differences. Although at … Continue reading

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