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See detailGibberellins and the floral transition in Sinapis alba
Corbesier, Laurent; Kustermans, Gaëlle ULg; Périlleux, Claire ULg et al

in Physiologia Plantarum (2004), 122(1), 152-158

The putative role of gibberellins in the transition to flowering was investigated in Sinapis alba, a caulescent long-day (LD) plant. It was observed that: (1) physiological doses of exogenous gibberellins ... [more ▼]

The putative role of gibberellins in the transition to flowering was investigated in Sinapis alba, a caulescent long-day (LD) plant. It was observed that: (1) physiological doses of exogenous gibberellins (GA(1), GA(3), GA(9)) do not cause the floral shift of the meristem when applied to plants grown in short days but have some positive effect on the flowering response to a suboptimal LD; no inhibition was observed in any case; (2) GA-biosynthesis inhibitors (prohexadione-Ca and paclobutrazol) considerably inhibit stem growth but have some negative effect on flowering only when a suboptimal LD is given; and (3) the floral transition induced by one 22-h LD does not correlate with any detectable change in GA content of the apical bud, of the leaves, and of the phloem exudate reaching the apex. Taken together, these results suggest that GAs do not act as a major signal for photoperiodic flower induction in Sinapis. [less ▲]

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See detailA novel high efficiency, low maintenance, hydroponic system for synchronous growth and flowering of Arabidopsis thaliana.
Tocquin, Pierre ULg; Corbesier, Laurent; Havelange, Andrée ULg et al

in BMC Plant Biology (2003), 3(2), 302003

Background: Arabidopsis thaliana is now the model organism for genetic and molecular plant studies, but growing conditions may still impair the significance and reproducibility of the experimental ... [more ▼]

Background: Arabidopsis thaliana is now the model organism for genetic and molecular plant studies, but growing conditions may still impair the significance and reproducibility of the experimental strategies developed. Besides the use of phytotronic cabinets, controlling plant nutrition may be critical and could be achieved in hydroponics. The availability of such a system would also greatly facilitate studies dealing with root development. However, because of its small size and rosette growth habit, Arabidopsis is hardly grown in standard hydroponic devices and the systems described in the last years are still difficult to transpose at a large scale. Our aim was to design and optimize an up-scalable device that would be adaptable to any experimental conditions. Results: An hydroponic system was designed for Arabidopsis, which is based on two units: a seed-holder and a 1-L tank with its cover. The original agar-containing seed-holder allows the plants to grow from sowing to seed set, without transplanting step and with minimal waste. The optimum nitrate supply was determined for vegetative growth, and the flowering response to photoperiod and vernalization was characterized to show the feasibility and reproducibility of experiments extending over the whole life cycle. How this equipment allowed to overcome experimental problems is illustrated by the analysis of developmental effects of nitrate reductase deficiency in nia1nia2 mutants. Conclusion: The hydroponic device described in this paper allows to drive small and large scale cultures of homogeneously growing Arabidopsis plants. Its major advantages are its flexibility, easy handling, fast maintenance and low cost. It should be suitable for many experimental purposes. [less ▲]

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See detailThe shoot apical meristem of Sinapis alba L. expands its central symplasmic field during the floral transition
Ormenese, Sandra ULg; Havelange, Andrée ULg; Bernier, Georges ULg et al

in Planta (2002), 215(1), 67-78

The shoot apical meristem (SAM) is functionally subdivided into zones with distinct tasks. During vegetative growth the peripheral zone of the meristem gives rise to leaf primordia that develop into ... [more ▼]

The shoot apical meristem (SAM) is functionally subdivided into zones with distinct tasks. During vegetative growth the peripheral zone of the meristem gives rise to leaf primordia that develop into dorsiventral leaves under the influence of signals from the central zone. During the floral transition the function of the SAM is altered and its peripheral zone starts to form floral structures in a specific pattern. This requires alterations in the signal networks that coordinate the activities of the peripheral and central zone of the SAM. These signal networks are partly housed in the symplasmic space of the SAM. Dye-coupling experiments demonstrate that in the superficial layer of the Sinapis alba meristem this space is radially subdivided. The cells of the central zone are coupled into a symplasmic field, which is shielded from the peripheral zone by the positional closing of plasmodesmata. In the vegetative meristems, most of these central symplasmic fields have a triangular geometry and are relatively small in size. Plants that are induced to flower by exposure to a single long day alter the geometry as well as the size of their central symplasmic field. After two subsequent days under short photoperiod the central symplasmic fields exhibit a circular form. Simultaneously. their size strongly increases both in an absolute sense and relative to the enlarging meristem. The geometric change in the fields is hypothesized to be due to recruitment of extra initial cells, required to support the increase in phyllotactic complexity. The proportional increase in field size is interpreted as an adjustment in the balance between the central and peripheral zone of the SAM, accompanying the shift from leaf production to flower formation. [less ▲]

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See detailN content of phloem and xylem exudates during the transition to flowering in Sinapis alba and Arabidopsis thaliana
Corbesier, Laurent; Havelange, Andrée ULg; Lejeune, Pierre et al

in Plant, Cell & Environment (2001), 24

The involvement of nitrogenous substances in the transition to flowering was investigated in Sinapis alba and Arabidopsis thaliana (Columbia). Both species grown in short days (SD) are induced to flower ... [more ▼]

The involvement of nitrogenous substances in the transition to flowering was investigated in Sinapis alba and Arabidopsis thaliana (Columbia). Both species grown in short days (SD) are induced to flower by one long day (LD). In S. alba, the phloem sap (leaf and apical exudates) and the xylem sap (root exudate) were analysed in LD versus SD. In A. thaliana, only the leaf exudate could be analysed but an alternative system for inducing flowering without day-length extension was used: the displaced SD (DSD). Significant results are: (i) in both species, the leaf exudate was enriched in Gln during the inductive LD, at a time compatible with export of the floral stimulus; (ii) in S. alba, the root export of amino acids decreased in LD, whereas the nitrate remained unchanged - thus the extra-Gln found in the leaf exudate should originate from the leaves; (iii) extra-Gln was also found very early in the apical exudate of S. alba in LD, together with more Glu; (iv) in A. thaliana induced by one DSD, the leaf export of Asn increased sharply, instead of Gln in LD. This agrees with Asn prevalence in C-limited plants. The putative role of amino acids in the transition to flowering is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Frequency of Plasmodesmata Increases Early in the Whole Shoot Apical Meristem of Sinapis Alba L. During Floral Transition
Ormenese, Sandra ULg; Havelange, Andrée ULg; Deltour, Roger ULg et al

in Planta (2000), 211(3), 370-5

The frequency of plasmodesmata increases in the shoot apical meristem of plants of Sinapis alba L. induced to flower by exposure to a single long day. This increase is observed within all cell layers (L1 ... [more ▼]

The frequency of plasmodesmata increases in the shoot apical meristem of plants of Sinapis alba L. induced to flower by exposure to a single long day. This increase is observed within all cell layers (L1, L2, L3) as well as at the interfaces between these layers, and it occurs in both the central and peripheral zones of the shoot apical meristem. The extra plasmodesmata are formed only transiently, from 28 to 48 h after the start of the long day, and acropetally since they are detectable in L3 4 h before they are seen in L1 and L2. These observations indicate that (i) in the Sinapis shoot apical meristem at floral transition, there is an unfolding of a single field with increased plasmodesmatal connectivity, and (ii) this event is an early effect of the arrival at this meristem of the floral stimulus of leaf origin. Since (i) the wave of increased frequency of plasmodesmata is 12 h later than the wave of increased mitotic frequency (A. Jacqmard et al. 1998, Plant cell proliferation and its regulation in growth and development, pp. 67 78; Wiley), and (ii) the increase in frequency of plasmodesmata is observed in all cell walls, including in walls not deriving from recent divisions (periclinal walls separating the cell layers), it is concluded that the extra plasmodesmata seen at floral transition do not arise in the forming cell plate during mitosis and are thus of secondary origin. [less ▲]

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See detailPhysiological analysis of the floral transition
Bernier, Georges ULg; Corbesier, Laurent; Périlleux, Claire ULg et al

in Cockshull, K. E.; Gray, D.; Seymour, G. B. (Eds.) et al Genetic and Environmental Manipulation of Horticultural Crops (1998)

This chapter summarizes the changes in contents of the phloem sap that were found at the time of floral induction in different photoperiodic species: Arabidopsis thaliana, Sinapis alba, Lolium temulentum ... [more ▼]

This chapter summarizes the changes in contents of the phloem sap that were found at the time of floral induction in different photoperiodic species: Arabidopsis thaliana, Sinapis alba, Lolium temulentum and Xanthium strumarium. Changes affecting contents in carbohydrates, cytokinins, amino acids, polyamines and inorganis ions are discussed in the context of 'florigen quest'. [less ▲]

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