University of Birmingham researchers figure out how field poppy prevents self-pollination

University of Birmingham researchers have revealed the manner in which field poppy prevents self pollination which if not controlled could result in shrinkage of gene pool and lead to unhealthy offspring. Professor Vernonica Franklin-Tong who led the research stated that poppy used phosphorylation, a common enzyme switch for preventing self pollination and this study could go a long way in offering a boost for plant breeders. Researchers figured out that when genetically identical pollen came into contact with stigma of the poppy it lead to numerous chemical reactions which prevented pollen tube growth and hence halt the fertilization process. Professor Vernonica Franklin-Tong stated: Most plants require pollen from another plant to successfully pollinate. Accidental self-pollination would lead to unhealthy and less successful offspring. To avoid this plants need robust ways to stop self-pollinating activity. Researchers have found out that if the key enzyme required in high metabolic activity is inhibited it could help in preventing the growth of pollen tube. Via innovations

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