Floral reversion in Arabidopsis suecica is correlated with the onset of flowering and meristem transitioning
Angiosperm flowers are usually determinate structures that may produce seeds. In some species, flowers can revert from committed flower development back to an earlier developmental phase in a process called floral reversion. The allopolyploid Arabidopsis suecica displays photoperiod-dependent floral reversion in a subset of its flowers, yet little is known about the environmental conditions enhancing this phenotype, or the morphological processes leading to reversion. We have used light and electron microscopy to further describe this phenomenon. Additionally, we have further studied the phenology of flowering and floral reversion in A. suecica. In this study we confirm and expand upon our previous findings that floral reversion in the allopolyploid A. suecica is photoperiod-dependent, and show that its frequency is correlated with the timing for the onset of flowering. Our results also suggest that floral reversion in A. suecica displays natural variation in its penetrance between geographic populations of A. suecica.
Asbe, Amelia; Matsushita, Starr C.; Gordon, Spencer; Kirkpatrick, H. E.; and Madlung, Andreas, "Floral reversion in Arabidopsis suecica is correlated with the onset of flowering and meristem transitioning" (2015).