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Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2013 Aug;16(4):422-8. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2013.05.004. Epub 2013 Jun 10.

The genetic control of flower-pollinator specificity.

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Department of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, United States.

Abstract

The ca. 275,000 species of flowering plants are the result of a recent adaptive radiation driven largely by the coevolution between plants and their animal pollinators. Identification of genes and mutations responsible for floral trait variation underlying pollinator specificity is crucial to understanding how pollinator shifts occur between closely related species. Petunia, Mimulus, and Antirrhinum have provided a high standard of experimental evidence to establish causal links from genes to floral traits to pollinator responses. In all three systems, MYB transcription factors seem to play a prominent role in the diversification of pollinator-associated floral traits.

PMID:
23763819
PMCID:
PMC3748206
DOI:
10.1016/j.pbi.2013.05.004
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