Geometric morphometrics reveals shifts in flower shape symmetry and size following gene knockdown of CYCLOIDEA and ANTHOCYANIDIN SYNTHASE.
- Brent A Berger,
- Vincent A Ricigliano,
- Yoland Savriama,
- Aedric Lim,
- Veronica Thompson,
- Dianella G Howarth
BMC Plant Biol 2017 Nov 17;17(1):205. Epub 2017 Nov 17.
Department of Biological Sciences, St. John's University, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY, 11439, USA.
Background: While floral symmetry has traditionally been assessed qualitatively, recent advances in geometric morphometrics have opened up new avenues to specifically quantify flower shape and size using robust multivariate statistical methods. In this study, we examine, for the first time, the ability of geometric morphometrics to detect morphological differences in floral dorsoventral asymmetry following virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS). Using Fedia graciliflora Fisch. Read More