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Curr Biol. 1996 Aug 1;6(8):959-61.

Turned on by stress. Plant retrotransposons.

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University of Georgia, Department of Botany, Life Sciences Building, Athens, 30602, USA. sue@dogwood.botany.uga.edu

Abstract

All known active plant retrotransposons are largely quiescent during development but activated by stresses, including wounding, pathogen attack and cell culture. This may reflect a survival strategy based on plant biology, or retrotransposons could be the stress-induced generators of genomic diversity proposed by McClintock.

PMID:
8805314
DOI:
10.1016/s0960-9822(02)00638-3
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