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Nat Rev Genet. 2001 May;2(5):370-81.

Mapping quantitative trait loci in plants: uses and caveats for evolutionary biology.

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Department of Genetics, Life Sciences Building, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 30602-7223, USA. mauricio@uga.edu

Abstract

Gregor Mendel was either clever or lucky enough to study traits of simple inheritance in his pea plants; however, many plant characters of interest to modern geneticists are decidedly complex. Understanding the genetic basis of such complex, or quantitative, traits requires a combination of modern molecular genetic techniques and powerful statistical methods. These approaches have begun to give us insight into understanding the evolution of complex traits both in crops and in wild plants.

PMID:
11331903
DOI:
10.1038/35072085
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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