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The Evolution of Spinnable Cotton Fiber Entailed Prolonged Development and a Novel Metabolism

  • Ran Hovav,

    Affiliation: Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, United States of America

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  • Joshua A Udall,

    Affiliation: Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, United States of America

    ¤ Current address: Department of Plant and Animal Science, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, United States of America

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  • Bhupendra Chaudhary,

    Affiliation: Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, United States of America

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  • Einat Hovav,

    Affiliation: Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, United States of America

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  • Lex Flagel,

    Affiliation: Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, United States of America

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  • Guanjing Hu,

    Affiliation: Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, United States of America

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  • Jonathan F Wendel mail

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: jfw@mail.adp.iastate.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, United States of America

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  • Published: February 01, 2008
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.0040025

About the Authors

Ran Hovav, Joshua A Udall, Bhupendra Chaudhary, Einat Hovav, Lex Flagel, Guanjing Hu, Jonathan F Wendel
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: jfw@mail.adp.iastate.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

RH and JFW conceptualized the experiment. RH managed the bench experiments and the data analysis. EH conducted part of the bench and greenhouse experiments. BC and GH conducted part of the bench experiments. JAU and LF contributed to data analysis. RH, JAU, BC, EH, LF, GH, and JFW all contributed in drafting the manuscript.