The Decreased apical dominance1/Petunia hybrida CAROTENOID CLEAVAGE DIOXYGENASE8 Gene Affects Branch Production and Plays a Role in Leaf Senescence, Root Growth, and Flower Development

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Kimberley C. Snowden; Andrew J. Simkin; Bart J. Janssen; Kerry R. Templeton; Holly M. Loucas; Joanne L. Simons; Sakuntala Karunairetnam; Andrew P. Gleave; David G. Clark; Harry J. Klee


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  • The architecture of plants is diverse and ranges from a simple unbranched shoot system to the complex multiply branched shoot systems, classified into 23 distinct architectural patterns, seen in most trees
  • Mutations in the carotenoid cleavage dioxygenase Gene Family Member PhCCD8 Are Responsible for the Highly Branched Phenotype of dad1 Mutants in Petunia
  • We have shown that mutations in the Decreased apical dominance1/ PhCCD8 gene are responsible for the highly branched dad1 phenotype
  • (A) Number of nodes before the terminal flower in Dad1/PhCCD8 RNA interference lines and dad1-1 compared with wild-type controls. Flower weight of Dad1/PhCCD8 RNAi lines and dad1-1 compared with wild-type controls. Flowers from Dad1/PhCCD8 RNAi lines and dad1-1 compared with the wild type
  • (A) Roots of wild-type and Dad1/PhCCD8 RNAi plants weeks postgermination. Roots of wild-type and dad1-1 plants weeks postgermination. The development of roots on cuttings from Mitchell Diploid and Dad1/PhCCD8 RNAi lines after 6 weeks. Adventitious roots developing on the lower stems of a Dad1/PhCCD8 RNAi line but not on wild-type stems
  • The conservation of the CCD8 gene and the mutant phenotypes between petunia, pea, and Arabidopsis indicates that branch development is controlled by a similar mobile signaling molecule, which in turn suggests that the mechanism of control of branch development may be widely conserved
  • Because only a small piece of wild-type stem interstock tissue is required for reversion, the Decreased apical dominance1/PhCCD8 gene product must be active to a high enough level to produce the wild-type phenotype

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