Plant evolution

Plant evolution is the subset of evolutionary phenomena that concern plants. The study of plant evolution includes the study of genetic change and the variations that result in speciation.

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    How plants control the composition of proanthocyanidins has been the subject of much interest and speculation. The elucidation of parallel routes to the starter and extension units in Medicago provides an explanation.

    • Brenda S. J. Winkel
    Nature Plants 4, 987-988
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    Integration of transcriptome profiles, epigenomic marks and chromatin-accessible regions highlights the conserved regulatory circuits governing ripening of fleshy fruits and unveils similarities with the development of dry fruits.

    • Federico Scossa
    •  & Alisdair R. Fernie
    Nature Plants 4, 744-745
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    Ploidy differences in sex-linked genes typically produce gene expression imbalances between the sexes. A two-sex plant offers a solution for the early stages of resolution of this gene expression imbalance, very much reminiscent of a model proposed for mammals 50 years ago.

    • Roberta Bergero
    Nature Plants 4, 637-638
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Next-generation sequencing technologies have significantly changed the scope of ancient plant DNA research, moving from analysis of a few loci to generation of ancient genomes. Future research could refine our understanding of plant evolution and adaptation, and provide information for conservation, crop breeding and food security.

    • Oscar Estrada
    • , James Breen
    • , Stephen M. Richards
    •  & Alan Cooper
    Nature Plants 4, 394-396
  • News and Views |

    High-throughput chromosome conformation capture studies comparing diploid and polyploid cotton varieties revealed evidence for stereotypical changes in chromatin contacts upon polyploidization.

    • Eric Lam
    Nature Plants 4, 65-66
  • News and Views |

    A major transitional step in Earth’s history was the conquest of land by plants, which fundamentally changed carbon cycling and elevated oxygen levels. In a moss model of early land plants, three out of six MIKCC-type MADS-box transcription factors ensure external water conduction and the function of motile sperm.

    • Ralf Reski
    Nature Plants 4, 67-68