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Abscisic acid (ABA) is a vital phytohormone that regulates mainly stomatal aperture and seed development, but ABA receptors involved in these processes have yet to be determined. We previously identified from broad bean an ABA-binding protein (ABAR) potentially involved in stomatal signalling, the gene for which encodes the H subunit of Mg-chelatase (CHLH),(More)
Although brassinosteroid (BR) has been suggested to play a role in strawberry fruit ripening, the defined function of this hormone remains unclear in the fruit. Here, BR content and BR receptor gene FaBRI1 expression were analysed during ‘Akihime’ strawberry fruit development. We found that BR levels increased during the later developmental stages, and the(More)
The light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b binding proteins (LHCB) are perhaps the most abundant membrane proteins in nature. It is reported here that the down-regulation or disruption of any member of the LHCB family, LHCB1, LHCB2, LHCB3, LHCB4, LHCB5, or LHCB6, reduces responsiveness of stomatal movement to ABA, and therefore results in a decrease in plant(More)
Although a great deal of progress has been made toward understanding the role of abscisic acid (ABA) in fruit ripening, many components in the ABA signalling pathway remain to be elucidated. Here, a strawberry gene homologous to the Arabidopsis gene ABI1, named FaABI1, was isolated and characterized. The 1641bp cDNA includes an intact open reading frame(More)
It has been suggested that the phytohormone ethylene plays a role in strawberry fruit ripening, and new genetic evidence for the role of this hormone in strawberry ripening is provided in this study. The combined analysis of ethylene production and transcripts of the ethylene biosynthesis-related gene FaSAMS1 and the signaling gene FaCTR1 in ‘Camarosa’(More)
Although beta-glucosidase was recently demonstrated to be involved at transcriptional level in fleshy fruit development, it remains unclear whether BG possesses biochemical activity. In the present study, real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction analysis showed that the mRNA expression levels of β-glucosidase gene VvBG1 increased rapidly(More)
Sugar content and composition are critical to fruit development. Sucrose, a photosynthate unloaded to the fruit, is metabolized by sucrose synthase, which might play a dominant role in sucrose accumulation during strawberry fruit ripening. However, substantial evidence regarding the molecular mechanism underlying sucrose accumulation in strawberry fruit(More)
A novel Chinese chestnut (Castanea mollissima Bl.) mutant with extreme short catkins, here was named sck1 and has been characterized in the present study. This sck1 caused 6-fold shorter than wild-type catkins. Endogenous gibberellic acids markedly decreased in the mutant, and application of exogenous GA(3) could partially restore the sck1 phenotype to the(More)
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