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Trends Plant Sci. 2016 Jul;21(7):543-546. doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2016.05.009. Epub 2016 Jun 3.

Phytochromes: More Than Meets the Eye.

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1
Institute of Biology II, Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg, Schänzlestrasse 1, 79104 Freiburg, Germany; Plant Cell Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Marburg, Karl-von-Frisch-Strasse 8, 35043 Marburg, Germany; BIOSS Centre for Biological Signalling Studies, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany. Electronic address: stefan.rensing@biologie.uni-marburg.de.
2
Institute of Biology II, Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg, Schänzlestrasse 1, 79104 Freiburg, Germany.
3
Institute of Biology II, Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg, Schänzlestrasse 1, 79104 Freiburg, Germany; BIOSS Centre for Biological Signalling Studies, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany. Electronic address: andreas.hiltbrunner@biologie.uni-freiburg.de.

Abstract

Phytochromes play a key role in the regulation of plant growth and development. Phytochrome-related proteins also occur in some bacteria, fungi, and algae. We highlight recent findings on the evolution of phytochromes and discuss novel hypotheses on the function of phytochromes in diatoms, a group of mainly pelagic algae.

KEYWORDS:

diatoms; evolution; light signaling; phytochrome

PMID:
27270335
DOI:
10.1016/j.tplants.2016.05.009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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