The tomato leaf as a model system for organogenesis

Yogev Burko, Naomi Ori

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Compound tomato leaves are composed of multiple lea fl ets that are generated gradually during leaf development, and each resembles a simple leaf. The elaboration of a compound leaf form requires the maintenance of transient organogenic activity at the leaf margin. The developmental window of organogenic activity is de fi ned by the antagonistic activities of factors that promote maturation, such as TCP transcription factors, SFT and gibberellin, and factors that delay maturation, such as KNOX transcription factors and cytokinin. Lea fl et initiation sites are speci fi ed spatially and temporally by spaced and speci fi c activities of CUCs, auxin and ENTIRE, as well as additional factors. The partially indeterminate growth of the compound tomato leaf makes it a useful model to understand the balance between determinate and indeterminate growth, and the mechanisms of organogenesis, some of which are common to many developmental processes in plants.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationPlant Organogenesis
Subtitle of host publicationMethods and Protocols
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9781627032209
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745


  • Auxin
  • CUC
  • Compound leaf
  • Cytokinin
  • Gibberellin
  • Indeterminate growth
  • KNOX
  • Marginal blastozone
  • TCP
  • Tomato


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