Species within the Ranunculales bear flowers of formidable variation; for example, one can find novel floral organs and loss of floral organs, zygomorphic and radially symmetric flowers, and variation in floral organ number.
Becker reviews recent developments on the molecular aspects of Ranunculales flower development, focusing especially on aspects not found in Brassicaceae development, such as the ring meristem producing variable numbers of stamens. A new hypothesis for the evolution of the progressively fixed angiosperm floral bauplan is proposed, comparing the genetic interactions observed in Ranunculales with those found in Brassicaceae.
Jatropha curcas could be an oil crop with major biofuel potential, but the breeding germplasm has little variation. Botanists have found that there is genetic potential in previously overlooked non-toxic jatropha, but it needs conservation.
What is it that makes a plant get up and stay up? A new review looks at the creation of secondary cell walls. These microscopic features are the key to understanding the architecture of the plants we see around us.
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