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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2012

Analysis of conifer FLOWERING LOCUS T/TERMINAL FLOWER1-like genes provides evidence for dramatic biochemical evolution in the angiosperm FT lineage

Klintenas, Maria; Pin, Pierre A.; Benlloch, Reyes; Ingvarsson, Par K.; Nilsson, Ove


Molecular evolution studies suggest that plasticity at exon 4 contributes to the divergence of FT-like function in floral promotion. In addition, the presence of FT-like genes in basal angiosperms indicates that the FT-like function emerged at an early stage during the evolution of flowering plants as a means to regulate flowering time.


angiosperm; FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT); gymnosperm; molecular evolution; phosphatidylethanolamine-binding proteins (PEBPs); TERMINAL FLOWER1 (TFL1)

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New Phytologist
2012, Volume: 196, number: 4, pages: 1260-1273