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J Genet Genomics. 2012 Jan;39(1):3-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jgg.2011.12.001. Epub 2011 Dec 20.

Brassinosteroid signaling and application in rice.

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State Key Laboratory of Plant Genomics and Center for Plant Gene Research (Beijing), Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.


Combined approaches with genetics, biochemistry, and proteomics studies have greatly advanced our understanding of brassinosteroid (BR) signaling in Arabidopsis. However, in rice, a model plant of monocot and as well an important crop plant, BR signaling is not as well characterized as in Arabidopsis. Recent studies by forward and reverse genetics have identified a number of either conserved or specific components of rice BR signaling pathway, bringing new ideas into BR signaling regulation mechanisms. Genetic manipulation of BR level or BR sensitivity to improve rice yield has established the great significance of BR research achievements.

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