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Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2008 Apr;11(2):156-62. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2008.01.004. Epub 2008 Mar 10.

Ecologically relevant genetic variation from a non-Arabidopsis perspective.

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ETH Zurich, Institute of Integrative Biology, Plant Ecological Genetics, Universitaetstr. 16, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland.


Ecologically relevant genetic variation occurs in genes harbouring alleles that are adaptive in some environments but not in others. Analysis of this type of genetic variation in model organisms has made substantial progress, and is now being expanded to other species in order to better cover the diversity of plant life. Recent advances in connecting ecological and molecular studies in non-model species have been made with regard to edaphic and climatic adaptation, plant reproduction, life-history parameters and biotic interactions. New research avenues that increase biological complexity and ecological relevance by integrating ecological experiments with population genetic and functional genomic approaches provide new insights into the genetic basis of ecologically relevant variation.

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