Evolution of the fruit endocarp: molecular mechanisms underlying adaptations in seed protection and dispersal strategies. Dardick, C. and Callahan, A. Plant Evolution and Development, 5:284, 2014.
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Plant evolution is largely driven by adaptations in seed protection and dispersal strategies that allow diversification into new niches. This is evident by the tremendous variation in flowering and fruiting structures present both across and within different plant lineages. Within a single plant family a staggering variety of fruit types can be found such as fleshy fruits including berries, pomes, and drupes and dry fruit structures like achenes, capsules, and follicles. What are the evolutionary mechanisms that enable such dramatic shifts to occur in a relatively short period of time? This remains a fundamental question of plant biology today. On the surface it seems that these extreme differences in form and function must be the consequence of very different developmental programs that require unique sets of genes. Yet as we begin to decipher the molecular and genetic basis underlying fruit form it is becoming apparent that simple genetic changes in key developmental regulatory genes can have profound anatomical effects. In this review, we discuss recent advances in understanding the molecular mechanisms of fruit endocarp tissue differentiation that have contributed to species diversification within three plant lineages.
@article{dardick_evolution_2014,
	title = {Evolution of the fruit endocarp: molecular mechanisms underlying adaptations in seed protection and dispersal strategies},
	volume = {5},
	shorttitle = {Evolution of the fruit endocarp},
	url = {http://journal.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fpls.2014.00284/abstract},
	doi = {10.3389/fpls.2014.00284},
	abstract = {Plant evolution is largely driven by adaptations in seed protection and dispersal strategies that allow diversification into new niches. This is evident by the tremendous variation in flowering and fruiting structures present both across and within different plant lineages. Within a single plant family a staggering variety of fruit types can be found such as fleshy fruits including berries, pomes, and drupes and dry fruit structures like achenes, capsules, and follicles. What are the evolutionary mechanisms that enable such dramatic shifts to occur in a relatively short period of time? This remains a fundamental question of plant biology today. On the surface it seems that these extreme differences in form and function must be the consequence of very different developmental programs that require unique sets of genes. Yet as we begin to decipher the molecular and genetic basis underlying fruit form it is becoming apparent that simple genetic changes in key developmental regulatory genes can have profound anatomical effects. In this review, we discuss recent advances in understanding the molecular mechanisms of fruit endocarp tissue differentiation that have contributed to species diversification within three plant lineages.},
	urldate = {2014-07-15},
	journal = {Plant Evolution and Development},
	author = {Dardick, Chris and Callahan, Ann},
	year = {2014},
	keywords = {Fruit development, dehiscence, endocarp, fruit evolution, lignification},
	pages = {284},
}
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