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A FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT) homologous gene from the biofuel plant Jatropha curcas

A FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT) homologous gene from the biofuel plant Jatropha curcas

In an article, Isolation and functional characterization of JcFT, a FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT) homologous gene from the biofuel plant Jatropha curcas published in BMC Plant Biology 2014, 14:125,  Chaoqiong Li, Li Luo, Qiantang Fu, Longjian Niu and Zeng-Fu Xu  reported that they have isolated an FT homolog from Jatropha. The homolog was designated as JcFT. Sequence analysis and phylogenetic relationship of JcFT revealed a high sequence similarity with the FT genes of Litchi chinensisPopulus nigra and some other perennial plants. JcFT was expressed in all tissues of adult plants except young leaves, with the highest expression level in female flowers. Furthermore, overexpression of JcFT in Arabidopsis and Jatropha using the constitutive promoter cauliflower mosaic virus 35S or the phloem-specific promoter Arabidopsis SUCROSE TRANSPORTER 2 promoter resulted in an extremely early flowering phenotype

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