Unique features of the plant life cycle and their consequences

  title={Unique features of the plant life cycle and their consequences},
  author={Virginia Walbot and Matthew M S Evans},
  journal={Nature Reviews Genetics},
Continuous development, the absence of a germline, flexible and reversible cellular differentiation, and the existence of haploid and diploid generations — both of which express genes — are characteristics that distinguish plants from animals. Because these differences alter the impact of mutations, animals and plants experience varied selection pressures. Despite different life-cycles, both flowering plants and multicellular animals have evolved complex sensing mechanisms that act after… CONTINUE READING


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