Reproductive architecture in wheat and barley


Seed dissected out of the ears of one wheat plant, with each ear dissected spikelet-by-spikelet.

Wheat, barley and other cereal crops have highly divergent reproductive architecture relative to Arabidopsis, with small, determinate inflorescences (spikelets) grouped together into ears. We want to understand the principles by which this pattern of reproductive development is organized, and whether the mechanisms that underpin it are the same, or similar to those in Arabidopsis.

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