Key innovations in the evolution of Kranz anatomy and C4 vein pattern in Flaveria (Asteraceae).

@article{McKown2007KeyII,
  title={Key innovations in the evolution of Kranz anatomy and C4 vein pattern in Flaveria (Asteraceae).},
  author={Athena D McKown and Nancy G. Dengler},
  journal={American journal of botany},
  year={2007},
  volume={94 3},
  pages={382-99}
}
Kranz anatomy and C(4) vein pattern are required for C(4) biochemical functioning in C(4) plants; however, the evolutionary timing of anatomical and biochemical adaptations is unknown. From the genus Flaveria, 16 species (C(3), C(4), intermediates [C(3)-C(4), C(4)-like]) were analyzed, novel anatomical and vein pattern characters were analyzed and key anatomical differences among photosynthetic groups were highlighted. A stepwise acquisition of anatomical and vein pattern traits prior to… CONTINUE READING
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