Plant evolution

Definition

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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    A global analysis of translation efficiency and RNA accumulation revealed that microRNAs in the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas regulate target gene expression via RNA destabilization and translational repression like land plants and metazoans, yet in a different way.

    • Hiro-oki Iwakawa
    •  & Yukihide Tomari
    Nature Plants 3, 769–770
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    Carnivory, the ability of plants to attract, catch, kill and digest insects to obtain nutrients, has evolved independently several times in plant evolution. A comprehensive analysis of the genome, transcriptome and proteome of prey digestion in a pitcher plant shows how carnivory in plants is the product of convergent evolution.

    • Axel Mithöfer
    Nature Plants 3, 17003
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    A straightforward approach reveals the full cholesterol biosynthetic pathway in tomato, which is composed of ten enzymatic steps, opening the door for bioengineering of high-value molecules in crops. Phylogenetic analysis suggests that cholesterogenesis evolved from the more ancient phytosterol pathway.

    • Thomas J. Bach
    Nature Plants 3, 16213