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Amy Wing-Sze Leung

The University of Hong Kong
School of Biological Sciences, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road
Hong Kong,


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Taxa Studied: Plants
Techniques Employed: Solexa (Illumina) Sequencing, Bioinformatics/Sequence Analysis, In Situ Hybridization, Sectioning for Histology, Scanning Electron Microscopy
Research Description: The Annonaceae is one of the most successful family within the order Magnoliales with large number of extant taxa and enormous number of species with diverse floral morphology. The Annonaceae is a member of the early divergent angiosperm which has a separate lineages with the eudicots. The floral morphologies that are shared by the basal angiosperms and the eudicots are of particular interest to us by giving evidences on how flowering plants evolve and the ecological significance of those characters throughout the evolutionary history of the angiosperms. The purpose of this project is to look deeply into how floral organs evolve in the Annonaceae and the molecular mechanisms behind. Unlike most of its "relatives" with tepals, the Annonaceae has well differentiated rows of sepals and petals. Many of the Annonaceae species have two rows of three petals i.e. inner petal and outer petals. The two rows of petals might sometimes be morphologically very different from each other. Species of some particular genera possess inner or outer staminoids with ambiguous evolutionary origin.
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