sex determination in plants

Monique Reed monique at mail.bio.tamu.edu
Wed Nov 8 15:01:08 EST 2000


While in most dioecious plants, the sex determination does not have to
do with an X/Y chromosome situation (as it does in man, etc.), there
are a few plants that do determine sex with chromosomes.  For example,
several species of Rumex do things that way.

M. Reed

mmphillips at stkate.edu wrote:
> 
> From: Martha M. Phillips at CSC on 11/08/2000 01:51 PM
> 
> To:   plant-ed at net.bio.net
> cc:
> Subject:  sex determination in plants
> 
> Dear Plant-edders,
> 
> I have a student doing a paper on sex determination in plants and I don't know
> much about the topic (just what is in the general textbooks).  I'm wondering if
> you can point me towards good sources and maybe answer a question or two.
> 
> Is the sex of a dioecious plant determined largely by genes, environment, both?
> 
> If genes, is it the sperm that determine sex or egg?
> 
> I know that ethylene and gibberellin are involved in sex expression on
> monoecious plants -- Are the mechanisms in any way similar in dioecious?
> 
> any help will be greatly appreciated!
> Martha
> 
> Martha M. Phillips, Ph.D
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