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Prunet, Nathanaël and Meyerowitz, Elliot M. (2016) Genetics and Plant Development. Comptes Rendus Biologies, 339 (7-8). pp. 240-246. ISSN 1631-0691. doi:10.1016/j.crvi.2016.05.003.

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There are only three grand theories in biology: the theory of the cell, the theory of the gene, and the theory of evolution. Two of these, the cell and gene theories, originated in the study of plants, with the third resulting in part from botanical considerations as well. Mendel's elucidation of the rules of inheritance was a result of his experiments on peas. The rediscovery of Mendel's work in 1900 was by the botanists de Vries, Correns, and Tschermak. It was only in subsequent years that animals were also shown to have segregation of genetic elements in the exact same manner as had been shown in plants. The story of developmental biology is different – while the development of plants has long been studied, the experimental and genetic approaches to developmental mechanism were developed via experiments on animals, and the importance of genes in development (e.g., Waddington, 1940) and their use for understanding developmental mechanisms came to botanical science much later – as late as the 1980s.

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Prunet, Nathanaël0000-0002-8939-5920
Meyerowitz, Elliot M.0000-0003-4798-5153
Alternate Title:Génétique et développement des plantes
Additional Information:© 2016 Académie des sciences. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license ( Received 14 March 2016; Accepted after revision 19 April 2016; Available online 26 May 2016. The flower development work in the Meyerowitz laboratory is funded by the U.S. National Institute of General Medical Science (R01 GM104244), the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF3406). The authors declare that they have no competing interest.
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Gordon and Betty Moore FoundationGBMF3406
Subject Keywords:Plant genetics; Plant developmental biology; Flower development; Regulatory genesés; Génétique des plantes; Biologie du développement des plantes; Développement floral; Gènes régulateurs
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Official Citation:Nathanaël Prunet, Elliot M. Meyerowitz, Genetics and plant development, Comptes Rendus Biologies, Volume 339, Issues 7–8, July–August 2016, Pages 240-246, ISSN 1631-0691, (
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