Environmental Regulation of Floral Color

  • Yingqing Lu
  • Lulu Xie
  • Ruijuan Zhang


Analyzing the evolution of complex traits requires multiple tools and perspectives. Here, we consider one perception that complex trait is a system that undergoes multiple transformations involving factors both genetic and environmental. By carefully dissecting the genetic basis of a complex trait and examining how the genetic basis responds to the natural environment and the consequences, we argue that the genetic components of a complex trait and their interactions are inherently information-rich for evolutionary studies if we know what kind of data to gather. We take the anthocyanin pathway in Ipomoea purpurea flower as a model to analyze how the natural environment regulates the flower color and how the gene expression is modified to provide the biochemical substance for the phenotype. As summarized here with multidisciplinary data, the relationship between genotype and phenotype is likely to be elucidated for the complex trait of floral color in the foreseeable future.


Caffeic Acid Phenotypic Plasticity Anthocyanin Content Anthocyanin Accumulation Total Anthocyanin 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Systematic and Evolutionary BotanyInstitute of Botany, Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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