Mating system of buckwheat
- 2023年8月17日(木)16:00 - 17:00 (JST)
- ジェフリ・フォーセット (数理創造プログラム 上級研究員)
- via Zoom
- Jeffrey Fawcett
Buckwheat (soba in Japanese) has a slightly unusual mating system called heterostylous self-incompatibility where two types of individuals coexist, one that produces flowers with a long style (female part of the flower) and short stamen (male part of the flower), and the other that produces flowers with a short style and long stamen. Mating is only successful when it occurs between the different types of individuals. It is a bit similar to sexual dimorphism where males and females coexists but in this case all individuals have both male and female organs. In this talk, I will introduce the basics of this mating system in buckwheat and some work we have been doing. In particular, I will talk about its genetic architecture and some parallels observed with other plants in which a similar mating system evolved independently.
The talk will be aimed at non-experts so non-biologists are also welcome to attend.