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Nat Rev Genet. 2007 Jan;8(1):77-84.

Recombination: an underappreciated factor in the evolution of plant genomes.

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Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California Irvine, Irvine, California, USA. bgaut@uci.edu

Abstract

Our knowledge of recombination rates and patterns in plants is far from being comprehensive. However, compelling evidence indicates a central role for recombination, through its influences on mutation and selection, in the evolution of plant genomes. Furthermore, recombination seems to be generally higher and more variable in plants than in animals, which could be one of the primary reasons for differences in genome lability between these two kingdoms. Much additional study of recombination in plants is needed to investigate these ideas further.

PMID:
17173059
DOI:
10.1038/nrg1970
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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