Action of the Tunicate locus on maize floral development
Langdale JA., Irish EE., Nelson TM.
The co‐dominant Tunicate (Tu) mutation in maize causes nonreproductive structures in both the male and female inflorescences to be enlarged. This mutation also affects sex determination, permitting the development of pistils in the normally staminate tassel. In order to characterize the role of the normal tu gene product, we have analysed genetic interaction between Tu and other mutations that perturb specific stages of floral development. Synergistic interactions observed suggested that the tu product functions in at least three stages of floral development–determination of spikelet primordia, differentiation of non‐reproductive organs and pistil abortion in the tassel. © 1994 Wiley‐Liss, Inc. Copyright © 1994 Wiley‐Liss, Inc.