Mapping the genetic basis of ecologically and evolutionarily relevant traits in Arabidopsis thaliana


Kover, P. X. and Mott, R., 2012. Mapping the genetic basis of ecologically and evolutionarily relevant traits in Arabidopsis thaliana. Current Opinion in Plant Biology, 15 (2), pp. 212-217.

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    There has been a long standing interest in the relationship between genetic and phenotypic variation in natural populations, in order to understand the genetic basis of adaptation and to discover natural alleles to improve crops. Here we review recent developments in mapping approaches that have significantly improved our ability to identify causal polymorphism explaining natural variation in ecological and evolutionarily relevant traits. However, challenges in interpreting these discoveries remain. In particular, we need more detailed transcriptomic, epigenomic, and gene network data to help understand the mechanisms behind identified associations. Also, more studies need to be performed under field conditions or using experimental evolution to determine whether polymorphisms identified in the lab are relevant for adaptation and improvement under natural conditions.


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    CreatorsKover, P. X.and Mott, R.
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    DepartmentsFaculty of Science > Biology & Biochemistry
    Publisher StatementKover_COPB_2012_15_2_212.pdf: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Current Opinion in Plant Biology. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Current Opinion in Plant Biology, vol 15, issue 2, 2012, DOI 10.1016/j.pbi.2012.02.002
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