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Pollen recognition during the self-incompatibility response in plants

Simon J Hiscock

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School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1UG, UK

Genome Biology 2002, 3:reviews1004-reviews1004.6  doi:10.1186/gb-2002-3-2-reviews1004

Published: 30 January 2002


Recent work has identified the elusive male (pollen) determinant that underlies self-incompatibility in Brassica (cabbage). The key pollen factor, recognized by the stigma of an incompatible plant, is a small cysteine-rich protein that interacts directly with the receptor domain of a stigma receptor serine-threonine kinase to initiate haplotype-specific pollen recognition and rejection.