scolnipa at com.dupont.dnet.esvax wrote:
:: There seems to be a consensus that the development of leaves and
: chloroplasts follow separate and independent pathways. Some recent
: observations in our lab, however, suggest that there is "cross-talk"
: between leaves and chloroplasts during development. Any useful
: observations out there?
There _is_ a hypothesis that chloroplasts evolved as endosymbionts and
retain vestiges of genetic autonomy but the close integration of their
photosynthetic role with the rest of the cell's metabolic activities in
differentiated, photosynthetically active cells makes it difficult to
believe that chloroplasts develop independantly of the cells containing
Can you elaborate on the recent observations that you have made?
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