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Long Non-Coding RNAs: Rising Regulators of Plant Reproductive Development

College of Food Science and Nutritional Engineering, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100083, China
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Agronomy 2019, 9(2), 53;
Received: 26 October 2018 / Revised: 19 December 2018 / Accepted: 20 January 2019 / Published: 26 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Flowering Time Control in Crop Domestication and Improvement)
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Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) exert a multitude of functions in regulating numerous biological processes. Recent studies have uncovered a growing number of lncRNAs within the plant genome. These molecules show striking tissue-specific expression patterns, suggesting that they exert regulatory functions in the growth and development processes of plants. Plant reproductive development is tightly regulated by both environmental and endogenous factors. As plant reproductive development is a crucial aspect of crop breeding, lncRNAs that modulate reproductive development are now particularly worth regarding. Here, we summarize findings that implicate lncRNAs in the control of plant reproductive development, especially in flowering control. Additionally, we elaborate on the regulation mechanisms of lncRNAs, tools for research on their function and mechanism, and potential directions of future research. View Full-Text
Keywords: long non-coding RNAs; reproductive development; flowering time; molecular regulatory mechanisms long non-coding RNAs; reproductive development; flowering time; molecular regulatory mechanisms

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Yu, T.; Zhu, H. Long Non-Coding RNAs: Rising Regulators of Plant Reproductive Development. Agronomy 2019, 9, 53.

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