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Type: Journal article
Title: A new opening for wheat seed production
Author: Dixon, L.
Bencivenga, S.
Boden, S.
Citation: Journal of Experimental Botany, 2018; 69(3):341-343
Publisher: Oxford Academic Press
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 0022-0957
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Laura E. Dixon, Stefano Bencivenga and Scott A. Boden
Abstract: Crop plant domestication has targeted a variety of traits, including synchronous development of ovules and stamens to maximize fertilization and seed production. In wheat, with its autogamous, or self-fertilizing, flowers, this is very attractive for guaranteeing yield but extremely frustrating for a researcher trying to cross individuals of distinct genotypes, and even more so for a breeder trying to generate hybrids. Now, Okada et al. (2017) have provided a turning point by characterizing the developmental physiology of wheat florets opening after a few days post-anthesis (‘second opening’). This additional opportunity for pollination facilitates out-crossing, and provides a method to further understand the regulation of wheat flower architecture and development.
Keywords: Poaceae
Rights: © The Author(s) 2018. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society for Experimental Biology. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
DOI: 10.1093/jxb/erx430
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