PerspectivePlant Biology

MADS-Box Genes Reach Maturity

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Science  12 Apr 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5566, pp. 275-276
DOI: 10.1126/science.1071401

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Understanding the molecular pathways that direct fruit ripening will enable development of interventions to preserve fruits during storage and shipping. In a Perspective, Causier and colleagues discuss new work ( Vrebalov et al.) that takes a step in this direction by revealing that a MADS-box transcription factor is crucial for fruit ripening.