An integrated genomics approach to identifying floral scent genes in rose

Alexander Vainstein, Efraim Lewinsohn, David Weiss

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Abstract

The ability of flowering plants to prosper throughout their long evolution has always been strongly dependent on the constant development of strategies to lure pollinators. This has led to the creation of elaborate perianth forms, splendid color patterns, and a broad spectrum of fragrances. Flower morphogenesis and pigmentation have been intensively studied in the past several decades and today the results of our deepened understanding of the underlying pathways have been harnessed for the improvement of such characters in some commercially important ornamentals.1-3 In contrast, our knowledge of the biochemistry of fragrance production and of the mechanisms regulating its emission remain sketchy. This is due in part to the invisibility of scent as a character, to the shortcomings of humans’ sense of smell, and to the highly variable nature of the trait (because of strong environmental influences, among other reasons). To date, no simple, efficient, and reliable methods of screening for genetic variation have been developed. Moreover, no convenient plant model systems that would enable biochemical or forward and reverse genetic studies of flower scent are available.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationBiology of Floral Scent
PublisherCRC Press
Pages91-102
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781420004007
ISBN (Print)0849322839, 9780849322839
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2006

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© 2006 by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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