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Evolutionary conservation of the ABC model and its variants. Images of four flower examples - grass, tulips, columbine and orchid.

The formulation of the ABC model of flower development 30 years ago was a seminal event that continues to inform and inspire. This review by Edwige Moyroud and John Bowman, traces back the history of the ABC model, the milestones and draws attention to some of the "unsolved riddles still hidden in the floral alphabet." A wonderful narrative of the progress of the ABC model work in the Meyerowitz and other labs that have furthered our understanding of the genetics of flower development. 

John L Bowman, Edwige Moyroud, Reflections on the ABC model of flower development, The Plant Cell, 2024, koae044,