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The role of the pod in seed development: strategies for manipulating yield

Bennett, E. J., Roberts, J. A. and Wagstaff, C. ORCID: (2011) The role of the pod in seed development: strategies for manipulating yield. New Phytologist, 190 (4). pp. 838-853. ISSN 0028-646X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2011.03714.x


Pods play a key role in encapsulating the developing seeds and protecting them from pests and pathogens. In addition to this protective function, it has been shown that the photosynthetically active pod wall contributes assimilates and nutrients to fuel seed growth. Recent work has revealed that signals originating from the pod may also act to coordinate grain filling and regulate the reallocation of reserves from damaged seeds to those that have retained viability. In this review we consider the evidence that pods can regulate seed growth and maturation, particularly in members of the Brassicaceae family, and explore how the timing and duration of pod development might be manipulated to enhance either the quantity of crop yield or its nutritional properties.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences > Human Nutrition Research Group
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Centre for Food Security
ID Code:26411
Uncontrolled Keywords:Arabidopsis;Brassica;nutrition;pod;resource allocation;seed;senescence;silique;yield


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