Antheridiogen determines sex in ferns via a spatiotemporally split gibberellin synthesis pathway

@article{Tanaka2014AntheridiogenDS,
  title={Antheridiogen determines sex in ferns via a spatiotemporally split gibberellin synthesis pathway},
  author={Junmu Tanaka and Kenji Yano and Koichiro Aya and Ko Hirano and Sayaka Takehara and Eriko Koketsu and Reynante Lacsamana Ordonio and Seung-Hyun Park and Masatoshi Nakajima and Miyako Ueguchi-Tanaka and Makoto Matsuoka},
  journal={Science},
  year={2014},
  volume={346},
  pages={469-473}
}
Some ferns possess the ability to control their sex ratio to maintain genetic variation in their colony with the aid of antheridiogen pheromones, antheridium (male organ)–inducing compounds that are related to gibberellin. We determined that ferns have evolved an antheridiogen-mediated communication system to produce males by modifying the gibberellin biosynthetic pathway, which is split between two individuals of different developmental stages in the colony. Antheridiogen acts as a bridge… CONTINUE READING
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