The rice tapetum degeneration retardation gene is required for tapetum degradation and anther development.

@article{Li2006TheRT,
  title={The rice tapetum degeneration retardation gene is required for tapetum degradation and anther development.},
  author={Na Li and Da-Sheng Zhang and Hai-sheng Liu and Chang-Song Yin and X Li and Wan-qi Liang and Zheng Yuan and Ben Xu and Huang-Wei Chu and Jia Wang and Tie-qiao Wen and Hai Feng Huang and Da Luo and Hong Ma and Da-bing Zhang},
  journal={The Plant cell},
  year={2006},
  volume={18 11},
  pages={2999-3014}
}
In flowering plants, tapetum degeneration is proposed to be triggered by a programmed cell death (PCD) process during late stages of pollen development; the PCD is thought to provide cellular contents supporting pollen wall formation and to allow the subsequent pollen release. However, the molecular basis regulating tapetum PCD in plants remains poorly understood. We report the isolation and characterization of a rice (Oryza sativa) male sterile mutant tapetum degeneration retardation (tdr… CONTINUE READING
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