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J Exp Bot. 2013 Jun;64(9):2619-27. doi: 10.1093/jxb/ert099. Epub 2013 Apr 12.

Auxin and the Arabidopsis thaliana gynoecium.

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  • 1Department of Plant Biology and Forest Genetics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Linnean Centre for Plant Biology in Uppsala, Uppsala BioCenter, Box 7080, SE-75007 Uppsala, Sweden.


Recent research is beginning to reveal how intricate networks of hormones and transcription factors coordinate the complex patterning of the gynoecium, the female reproductive structure of flowering plants. This review summarizes recent advances in understanding of how auxin biosynthesis, transport, and responses together generate specific gynoecial domains. This review also highlights areas where future research endeavours are likely to provide additional insight into the homeostatic molecular mechanisms by which auxin regulates gynoecium development.


Arabidopsis; auxin; development; female reproductive organ; gynoecium; patterning.

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