Do plants have a segregated germline?

Robert Lanfear*

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Abstract

For the last 100 years, it has been uncontroversial to state that the plant germline is set aside late in development, but there is surprisingly little evidence to support this view. In contrast, much evolutionary theory and several recent empirical studies seem to suggest the opposite—that the germlines of some and perhaps most plants may be set aside early in development. But is this really the case? How much does it matter? How can we reconcile the new evidence with existing knowledge of plant development? And is there a way to reliably establish the timing of germline segregation in both model and nonmodel plants? Answering these questions is vital to understanding one of the most fundamental aspects of plant development and evolution.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere2005439
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalPLoS Biology
Volume16
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2018

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