Mendel, 150 years on

T. H. N. Ellis, J. M. I. Hofer, Gail M. Timmerman-Vaughan, Clarice J. Coyne, Roger P. Hellens

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Abstract

Mendel's paper ‘Versuche über Pflanzen-Hybriden’ is the best known in a series of studies published in the late 18th and 19th centuries that built our understanding of the mechanism of inheritance. Mendel investigated the segregation of seven gene characters of pea (Pisum sativum), of which four have been identified. Here, we review what is known about the molecular nature of these genes, which encode enzymes (R and Le), a biochemical regulator (I) and a transcription factor (A). The mutations are: a transposon insertion (r), an amino acid insertion (i), a splice variant (a) and a missense mutation (le-1). The nature of the three remaining uncharacterized characters (green versus yellow pods, inflated versus constricted pods, and axial versus terminal flowers) is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)590-596
Number of pages7
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Volume16
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011

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