Color and Scent: How Single Genes Influence Pollinator Attraction

Sheehan, H.; Hermann, K.; Kuhlemeier, Cris (2013). Color and Scent: How Single Genes Influence Pollinator Attraction. Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology, 77, pp. 117-133. Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.: Biological Laboratory 10.1101/sqb.2013.77.014712

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A major function of angiosperm flowers is the recruitment of animal pollinators that serve to transfer pollen among conspecific plants. Distinct sets of floral characteristics, called pollination syndromes, are correlated with visitation by specific groups of pollinators. Switches among pollination syndromes have occurred in many plant families. Such switches must have involved coordinated changes in multiple traits and multiple genes. Two well-studied floral traits affecting pollinator attraction are petal color and scent production. We review current knowledge about the biosynthetic pathways for floral color and scent production and their interaction at the genetic and biochemical levels. A key question in the field concerns the genes that underlie natural variation in color and scent and how such genes affect pollinator preference, reproductive isolation, and ultimately speciation.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS) > Plant Development
08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS)

UniBE Contributor:

Sheehan, Hester; Hermann, Katrin and Kuhlemeier, Cris

Subjects:

500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany)
500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology)

ISSN:

0091-7451

Publisher:

Biological Laboratory

Language:

English

Submitter:

Peter Alfred von Ballmoos-Haas

Date Deposited:

14 Feb 2014 15:44

Last Modified:

10 Aug 2017 08:26

Publisher DOI:

10.1101/sqb.2013.77.014712

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.38680

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/38680

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