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Title: Characterization of Suppressor and Enhancer Mutants of BREVIPEDICELLUS in Arabidopsis thaliana
Authors: Lesmana, Esther
Advisor: Riggs, C. Daniel
Department: Cell and Systems Biology
Keywords: Arabidopsis thaliana
plant molecular biology
Issue Date: 22-Sep-2009
Abstract: The brevipedicellus (bp) mutant, caused by a loss-of-function mutation in the KNAT1 homeobox gene, is known to affect the stem morphogenesis. BP and ERECTA (ER) genes are required to promote internode and pedicel development and delineate nodal boundaries to maintain the radial symmetry of stems and pedicels. My research aims to identify genes acting on the BP pathway by utilizing a forward genetics approach. The suppressor4 mutant, identified from the bp er mutant screen, exhibits moderate length and perpendicularly-oriented pedicels with partially formed distal pedicel bulges, absent in the bp mutant. The kinky mutant, identified from the bp mutant screen, develops severe bends at the floral nodes and enhanced achlorophyllous stripes. These results suggest the SUPPRESSOR4 gene contribution in inhibiting the development of distal pedicel bulge and influencing both pedicel angle and length whereas the KINKY gene might act with BP in regulating proper inflorescence development.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17694
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