Genetics of the Star Mutation in Petunia ×hybrida

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  • 1 USDA, ARS, BARC-W, U.S. National Arboretum, Beltsville, MD, 20705-2350

Differences in structural gene expression are responsible for a wide range of responses from human cancer to patterned flowers. Gene silencing is one of the ways in which gene expression is controlled. We have developed a model system to study gene silencing using a gene silencing mutation in Petunia ×hybrida (Star mutation) and the ability of certain viruses to reverse the silencing mutation. This model system was used to characterize how the Star flower color pattern was controlled.

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