The evolution of apical dominance in maize

  title={The evolution of apical dominance in maize},
  author={John Doebley and Adrian O. Stec and Lauren Hubbard},
The domestication of crop plants has often involved an increase in apical dominance (the concentration of resources in the main stem of the plant and a corresponding suppression of axillary branches)1. A striking example of this phenomenon is seen in maize (Zea mays spp. mays), which exhibits a profound increase in apical dominance compared with its probable wild ancestor, teosinte (Zea mays ssp. parviglumis)2. Previous research has identified the teosinte branched1 (tb1) gene as a major… CONTINUE READING
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