Orchids are known for both their floral diversity and ecological strategies. The versatility and specialization in orchid floral morphology, structure, and physiological properties have fascinated botanists for centuries. In floral studies, MADS-box genes contributing to the now-famous "ABCDE model" of floral organ identity control have dominated conceptual thinking. The sophisticated orchid floral organization offers an opportunity to discover new variant genes and levels of complexity different from the ABCDE model. Recently, several remarkable researches involving orchid MADS-box genes have revealed the important roles of these genes in orchid floral development. Knowledge about MADSbox genes encoding ABCDE functions in orchids will provide insights into the highly evolved floral morphogenetic networks of orchids.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)