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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13(3), 3773-3781; doi:10.3390/ijms13033773
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Recent Advances of Flowering Locus T Gene in Higher Plants

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1 Hubei Key Laboratory of Economic Forest Germplasm Improvement and Resources Comprehensive Utilization, Huanggang Normal University, Huanggang, Hubei 438000, China 2 College of Horticulture and Gardening, Yangtze University, Jingzhou, Hubei 434025, China
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 25 January 2012 / Revised: 9 March 2012 / Accepted: 13 March 2012 / Published: 21 March 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Molecular Plant Biology)
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Abstract

Flowering Locus T (FT) can promote flowering in the plant photoperiod pathway and also facilitates vernalization flowering pathways and other ways to promote flowering. The expression of products of the FT gene is recognized as important parts of the flowering hormone and can induce flowering by long-distance transportation. In the present study, many FT-like genes were isolated, and the transgenic results show that FT gene can promote flowering in plants. This paper reviews the progress of the FT gene and its expression products to provide meaningful information for further studies of the functions of FT genes.
Keywords: flowering hormone; FT homologous genes; expression of products flowering hormone; FT homologous genes; expression of products
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Xu, F.; Rong, X.; Huang, X.; Cheng, S. Recent Advances of Flowering Locus T Gene in Higher Plants. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13, 3773-3781.

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