Chinese Bulletin of Botany ›› 2016, Vol. 51 ›› Issue (6): 841-848.doi: 10.11983/CBB15198

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Research Progress in Plant Sex Chromosome Evolution and Sex Determination Genes

Li Qin, Jingli Chen, Changtian Pan, Lei Ye, Gang Lu*   

  1. Department of Horticulture, College of Agriculture and Biotechnology, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China
  • Received:2015-11-02 Accepted:2016-07-16 Online:2016-12-02 Published:2016-11-01
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Plant sex chromosomes, which evolved from a pair of autosomes, have multiple origins and evolved independently in different dioecious plants, so they are suitable for studying sex chromosome evolution. Previous studies have explored the origins and evolutionary dynamics of plant sex chromosomes. Genetic degeneration, sex determination genes and dosage compensation on plant sex chromosomes are now becoming research hotspots. In recent years, there has been considerable progress in studying plant sex chromosomes and sex determination genes. Here, we give an overview on the origin, evolution and genetic degeneration and dosage compensation of plant sex chromosomes as well as sex determination genes.

Figure 1

The six stages of plant sex chromosome evolution (Ming et al., 2011)"

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