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Flower coloration in fragrant wild cyclamen

Ornamental plants are extremely valuable in terms of horticulture and are expected to be in high demand in the future. However, molecular analysis of ornamental plants is very difficult because of the complexity of their genetic backgrounds. To solve this problem, comparative analysis using mutations is a simple and effective approach.

In a new review, Japanese scientists summarize current molecular research on flower coloration in fragrant wild cyclamen, describing the fragrant cultivars (Cyclamen persicum├ŚC. purpurascens) and their flower-colored mutants induced by ion-beam irradiation. These mutants are not only valuable horticultural, but are also useful for molecular analyses of flower coloration in ornamental plants.

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