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Self-incompatibility: how plants avoid illegitimate offspring.

By D P Matton, N Nass, A E Clarke and E Newbigin


In some families of flowering plants, a single self-incompatibility (S) locus prevents the fertilization of flowers by pollen from the same plant. Self-incompatibility of this type involves the interaction of molecules produced by the S locus in pollen with those present in the female tissues (pistil). Until recently, the pistil products of the S locus were known in only two families, the Brassicaceae (which includes the cabbages and mustards) and Solanaceae (potatoes and tomatoes). A paper in this issue of the Proceedings describes the molecules associated with self-incompatibility in a third family, the Papaveraceae (poppies). We review current research on self-incompatibility in these three families and discuss the implications of the latest findings in poppy on the likely evolution of self-incompatibility in flowering plants. We also compare research into self-incompatibility with recent progress in understanding the mechanisms by which plants overcome infection by certain pathogens

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1994
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:43295
Provided by: PubMed Central
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