The stereotypical events of pollen grain maturation and its coordinated development with other flower tissues requires the interplay of different signalling pathways in order to ensure efficient fertilisation and, eventually, seed set. In recent years evidence has accumulated that members of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAP kinase) family are expressed in pollen and may function as regulators of both pollen development and germination. In this review we describe what is known about MAP kinases in pollen and discuss their possible function(s) in pollen biology.
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