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ABSTRACT: ALBINO3, a homologue of PPF1 in Arabidopsis, encodes a chloroplast protein, and is essential for chloroplast differentiation. In the present study, ALBINO3(−) transgenic plants exhibited a significant decrease in both the number of rosette leaves at bolting and the days before bolting, suggesting the important roles of ALBINO3 in regulating flowering during non-inductive short-day photoperiods. ALBINO3 mRNA was apparently accumulated in shoot apical meristem and floral meristems around the shoot apical meristem in wild-type plants. ALBINO3 might be predominantly involved in inducing the floral repression pathway by activating the expression of TFL1, and by suppressing the expression of LFY, respectively, in the shoot apical meristem. Moreover, the function of ALBINO3 in regulating flowering transition depended on the expression of CO and GA1, because ALBINO3 might function in the downstream integration of the photoperiod-dependent and the photoperiod-independent pathways. These results suggest that ALBINO3 may have an important integrative function in the flowering process in Arabidopsis.