Flowering Genetics


    What we call a dogwood flower isn’t actually a flower; it’s a group of flowers, called an inflorescence. Furthermore, the large attractive ‘petals’ aren’t petals at all, but modified ‘leaves’ called bracts. This is but one example of the astounding diversity of inflorescence architecture displayed by flowering plants. This variation in flowering strategy is the direct result of a large network of interacting genes that control flower structure, timing, and development. Our lab is studying the flowering genetics of the dogwood family, Cornaceae, in an effort to better understand this gene network. Practical contributions of this research include food crop improvement, horticultural development, and plant conservation.




















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