|Title||Pattern and process in the evolution of the sole dioecious member of Brassicaceae|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2014|
|Authors||Soza VL, Le Huynh V, Di Stilio VS|
Lepidium sisymbrioides, a polyploid New Zealand endemic, is the sole dioecious species in Brassicaceae and therefore the closest dioecious relative of the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. The attractiveness of developing this system for future studies on the genetics of sex determination prompted us to investigate historical and developmental factors surrounding the evolution of its unisexual flowers. Our goal was to determine the evolutionary pattern of polyploidization of L. sisymbrioides and the timing and process of flower reproductive organ abortion. To that end, we used a combination of phylogenetics to place this species within the complex history of polyploidization events in Lepidium and histology to compare its floral ontogeny to that of its closest hermaphroditic relatives and to A. thaliana.
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Pattern and process in the evolution of the sole dioecious member of Brassicaceae
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