Flower Development pp 103-124

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Flower Development: Open Questions and Future Directions

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Abstract

Almost three decades of genetic and molecular analyses have resulted in detailed insights into many of the processes that take place during flower development and in the identification of a large number of key regulatory genes that control these processes. Despite this impressive progress, many questions about how flower development is controlled in different angiosperm species remain unanswered. In this chapter, we discuss some of these open questions and the experimental strategies with which they could be addressed. Specifically, we focus on the areas of floral meristem development and patterning, floral organ specification and differentiation, as well as on the molecular mechanisms underlying the evolutionary changes that have led to the astounding variations in flower size and architecture among extant and extinct angiosperms.

Keywords

Flower development Floral meristems ABC model Floral evolution 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Smurfit Institute of GeneticsTrinity College DublinDublinIreland
  2. 2.School of Biological SciencesMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia
  3. 3.Centre for Plant Sciences, School of BiologyUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK
  4. 4.Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de PlantasConsejo Superior de Investigaciones Científi cas-Universidad Politécnica de ValenciaValenciaSpain
  5. 5.Plant Gene Expression Center, USDA-ARS/UCBerkeleyUSA
  6. 6.Department of Plant and Microbial BiologyUniversity of California at BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA
  7. 7.Department of Plant and Microbial BiologyNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA
  8. 8.Smurfit Institute of GeneticsTrinity CollegeDublinIreland
  9. 9.Dipartimento di Scienze Biomolecolari e BiotecnologieUniversita degli Studi di MilanoMilanItaly
  10. 10.Temasek Life Sciences LaboratoryNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  11. 11.Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of ScienceNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  12. 12.Department of Biological SciencesDartmouth CollegeHanoverUSA
  13. 13.State Key Laboratory of Plant Genomics, Institute of Genetics and Developmental BiologyChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  14. 14.State Key Laboratory of Genetic Engineering, Institute of Plant Biology, School of Life SciencesFudan UniversityShanghaiChina
  15. 15.Center for Evolutionary Biology, School of Life SciencesFudan UniversityShanghaiChina
  16. 16.Division of BiologyCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA
  17. 17.Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics CSIC-IRTA- UAB-UBUniversidad Autónoma de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  18. 18.Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis AvançatsBarcelonaSpain

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