Understanding resource allocation in Brassica

Carol Wagstaff & Emma Bennett

A number of key questions should be addressed:

Does leaf and pod senescence affect the extent of pod filling?

Is leaf senescence related to pod senescence?

Is resource allocation related to plant architecture?

Is pod senescence related to pod shatter?

Is pod filling related to pod shatter?

Understanding the answers to these questions will help us to determine which architectural and developmental traits should be manipulated to enhance seed yield in Brassica crops.

Proceedings of the 5th Mathematics in the Plant Sciences Study Group