Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 54, Issue 14, pp 2342–2353 | Cite as

Stamen specification and anther development in rice

Special Topic/Review/Developmental Genetics


Male reproductive development is a complex biological process which includes the formation of the stamen with differentiated anther tissues, in which microspores/pollens are generated, then anther dehiscence and subsequently pollination. Stamen specification and anther development involve a number of extraordinary events such as meristem transition, cell division and differentiation, cell to cell communication, etc., which need the cooperative interaction of sporophytic and gametophytic genes. The advent of various tools for rice functional gene identification, such as complete genome sequence, genome-wide microarrays, collections of mutants, has greatly facilitated our understanding of mechanisms of rice stamen specification and anther development. Male sterile lines are critical for hybrid rice breeding, therefore understanding these processes will not only contribute greatly to the basic knowledge of crop developmental biology, but also to the development of new varieties for hybrid rice breeding in the future.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory for the Genetics of Developmental and Neuropsychiatric Disorders of Ministry of Education, School of Life Science and BiotechnologyShanghai Jiaotong UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Plant Sciences Division, School of BiosciencesUniversity of NottinghamLoughboroughUK

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