J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2007, Vol. 49 ›› Issue (1): 99-104.DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7909.2006.00412.x

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A Role for Auxin in Flower Development

Youfa Cheng and Yunde Zhao   

  • Published:2007-01-01

Abstract:

Auxin has long been implicated in many aspects of plant growth and development including flower development. However, the exact roles of auxin in flower development have not been well defined until the recent identification of auxin biosynthesis mutants. Auxin is necessary for the initiation of floral primordia, and the disruption of auxin biosynthesis, polar auxin transport or auxin signaling leads to the failure of flower formation. Auxin also plays an essential role in specifying the number and identity of floral organs. Further analysis of the relationship between the auxin pathways and the known flower development genes will provide critical information regarding mechanisms of organogenesis and pattern formation in plants.

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Key words: auxin, development, flower.

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