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Trends Plant Sci. 2005 Oct;10(10):472-7.

Genetic analysis of seed coat development in Arabidopsis.

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Department of Botany, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada V7R 2T4.


In the angiosperms, fertilization initiates the formation of the seed from the ovule, including the differentiation of the seed coat from the ovule integuments. Seed coat differentiation includes some of the most dramatic cellular changes of seed development and culminates in the death of the seed coat cells. Recently, genetic analyses in Arabidopsis have contributed substantially to our understanding of many aspects of seed coat biology and it might not be long before the entire differentiation pathway is understood. Such an advance would contribute substantially to our understanding of many important cellular events, including secondary cell wall synthesis, cell morphogenesis, vacuolar targeting and cell death, and would provide tools for the manipulation of seed dormancy and germination.

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