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Optimization of leaf-inflorescence ratios

We have utilized architecture genes to optimise leaf-inflorescence ratios. In particular, our work has focused on manipulation of the tomato KNOTTED-2 gene, a transcription factor. A large number of transgenic tomato plants with modulated expression of the TKN-2 gene have been generated and analysed. Most significantly it has been possible to generate plants with sessile leaves but normal flower inflorescences. As a further achievement we have now cloned the two-leaf gene from Lycopersicon pennellii.

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Technion IIT
Technion IIT, Dept of Biology
32000 Haifa