Parthenocarpic fruit development in tomato

B.J.M. Gorguet, A.W. van Heusden, P. Lindhout

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Parthenocarpic fruit development is a very attractive trait for growers and consumers. In tomato, three main sources of facultative parthenocarpy, pat, pat-2, pat-3/pat-4, are known to have potential applications in agriculture. The parthenocarpic fruit development in these lines is triggered by a deregulation of the hormonal balance in some specific tissues. Auxins and gibberellins are considered as the key elements in parthenocarpic fruit development of those lines. An increased level of these hormones in the ovary can substitute for pollination and trigger fruit development. This has opened up genetic engineering approaches for parthenocarpy that have given promising results, both in quality and quantity of seedless fruit production
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-139
JournalPlant Biology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • jasmonic acid biosynthesis
  • gibberellin signal-transduction
  • low-temperature regime
  • male-sterile mutant
  • pisum-sativum l
  • natural parthenocarpy
  • agrobacterium-rhizogenes
  • severianin tomato
  • endogenous gibberellins
  • lycopersicon-esculentum

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