A new study shows that three independent mutations in the Sh1 gene, which encodes a YABBY transcription factor, gave rise to the non-shattering seed phenotype in domesticated sorghum. This same gene may have also had a role in the domestication of other cereals, including maize and rice.
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The author thanks X. Li and J. Yu for assistance with the geographical distribution of Sorghum races shown in Figure 1b.
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Olsen, K. One gene's shattering effects. Nat Genet 44, 616–617 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1038/ng.2289