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Heredity (Edinb). 2011 Oct;107(5):377-85. doi: 10.1038/hdy.2011.25. Epub 2011 Mar 30.

Morning glory as a powerful model in ecological genomics: tracing adaptation through both natural and artificial selection.

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  • 1Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221, USA. regina.baucom@uc.edu


Many diverse questions in ecology and evolution have been addressed using species belonging to the genus Ipomoea, commonly referred to as the morning glory genus. Ipomoea exhibits a wide range of diversity in floral color, growth form, mating system and tolerance to environmental factors, both within and among species, and as such has been a focal group of many investigations in the last 80 years. In this review, we highlight recent work to which Ipomoea species have contributed-from studies of the mating system, molecular evolution, plant-herbivore and plant-parasite interactions to their impact on and importance to agriculture. Genomic resources for this group are currently under development, and given the breadth of studies and history of this group, combined with an expanding genetics toolkit, we argue that Ipomoea should provide the next model organism for ecological genomics.

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