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Control of flowering time in temperate cereals: genes, domestication, and sustainable productivity

Cockram, J., Jones, H., Leigh, F. J., O'Sullivan, D. M., Powell, W., Laurie, D. A. and Greenland, A. J. (2007) Control of flowering time in temperate cereals: genes, domestication, and sustainable productivity. Journal of Experimental Botany, 58 (6). pp. 1231-1244. ISSN 0022-0957

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1093/jxb/erm042

Abstract/Summary

The control of flowering is central to reproductive success in plants, and has a major impact on grain yield in crop species. The global importance of temperate cereal crops such as wheat and barley has meant emphasis has long been placed on understanding the genetics of flowering in order to enhance yield. Leads gained from the dissection of the molecular genetics of model species have combined with comparative genetic approaches, recently resulting in the isolation of the first flowering time genes in wheat and barley. This paper reviews the genetics and genes involved in cereal flowering pathways and the current understanding of how two of the principal genes, Vrn and Ppd, have been involved in domestication and adaptation to local environments, and the implications for future breeding programmes are discussed.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
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Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Centre for Food Security
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Biodiversity, Crops and Agroecosystems Division > Crops Research Group
ID Code:32156
Publisher:Oxford University Press

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