Genetic interactions in plant photomorphogenesis Academic Article uri icon


  • Phytochrome and a blue light receptor mediate a developmental switch from etiolated growth to the photosynthetically competent 'de-etiolated' program. The analysis of Arabidopsis mutants deficient in photomorphogenetic responses (e.g. hy, blu) has identified several elements that mediate the red/far-red and blue light responses. Mutants that appear de-etiolated in the absence of light (e.g. det1, det2, cop1) implicate negatively-acting elements that integrate red and blue light signals. Phenocopy of the de-etiolated mutants by cytokinin implicates a role for this hormone in promoting seedling photomorphogenesis. Epistasis analyses support a pathway in which DET1 and DET2 are downstream effectors of phytochrome function. © 1993 Academic Press. All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • Pepper, A., Delaney, T. P., & Chory, J.

citation count

  • 6

publication date

  • February 1993