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Endosperm: food for humankind and fodder for scientific discoveries.
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PMID:  22642307     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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CONTENTS: Summary  1 I. Introduction  1 II. Development of the endosperm  2 III. Patterning the endosperm  5 IV. Control of endosperm size and its influence on seed size  6 V. Hormonal physiology of the A. thaliana endosperm  9 VI. Epigenetic regulation of the endosperm  9 VII. Conclusions 12 Acknowledgements 12 References 12 SUMMARY: The endosperm is an essential constituent of seeds in flowering plants. It originates from a fertilization event parallel to the fertilization that gives rise to the embryo. The endosperm nurtures embryo development and, in some species including cereals, stores the seed reserves and represents a major source of food for humankind. Endosperm biology is characterized by specific features, including idiosyncratic cellular controls of cell division and epigenetic controls associated with parental genomic imprinting. This review attempts a comprehensive summary of our current knowledge of endosperm development and highlights recent advances in this field.
Authors:
Jing Li; Frédéric Berger
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-5-29
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Title:  The New phytologist     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1469-8137     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 May 
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Created Date:  2012-5-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9882884     Medline TA:  New Phytol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 The Authors. New Phytologist © 2012 New Phytologist Trust.
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Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, 1 Research Link, National University of Singapore, 117604 Singapore Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
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