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Leaf green-white variegation is advantageous under N deprivation in Pelargonium x hortorum

Abadie, Cyril; Lamothe , Marlene; Mauve , Caroline; Gilard, Francoise; Tcherkez, Guillaume


Variegation (patchy surface area with different colours) is a common trait of plant leaves. In green-white variegated leaves, two tissues with contrasted primary carbon metabolisms (autotrophic in green and heterotrophic in white tissues) are juxtaposed. It is generally believed that variegation is detrimental to growth due to the lower photosynthetic surface area. However, the common occurrence of leaf variegation in nature raises the question of a possible advantage under certain...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Functional Plant Biology
DOI: 10.1071/FP14250


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