J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2012, Vol. 54 ›› Issue (12): 967-978.DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7909.2012.01172.x

Special Issue: Rice Genomics and Agriculture

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Molecular Control of Male Reproductive Development and Pollen Fertility in Rice

Jing-Xin Guo and Yao-Guang Liu*   

  1. State Key Laboratory for Conservation and Utilization of Subtropical Agro-bioresources, College of Life Sciences, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642, China
  • Received:2012-07-17 Accepted:2012-09-17 Published:2012-12-11
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Anther development and male fertility are essential biological processes for flowering plants and are important for crop seed production. Genetic manipulation of male fertility/sterility is critical for crop hybrid breeding. Rice (Oryza sativa L.) male sterility phenotypes, including genic male sterility, hybrid male sterility, and cytoplasmic male sterility, are generally caused by mutations of fertility-related genes, by incompatible interactions between divergent allelic or non-allelic genes, or by genetic incompatibilities between cytoplasmic and nuclear genomes. Here, we review the recent advances in the molecular basis of anther development and male fertility-sterility conversion in specific genetic backgrounds, and the interactions with certain environmental factors. The highlighted findings in this review have significant implications in both basic studies and rice genetic improvement.

Guo JX, Liu YG (2012) Molecular control of male reproductive development and pollen fertility in rice. J. Integr. Plant Biol. 54(12), 967–978.

Key words: Anther development, cytoplasmic male sterility, hybrid sterility, male fertility, meiosis, rice

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