Campus Units

Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2016

Journal or Book Title

Genome Biology

Volume

17

Issue

1

First Page

37

DOI

10.1186/s13059-016-0908-1

Abstract

We have witnessed an explosion in our understanding of the evolution and structure of plant genomes in recent years. Here, we highlight three important emergent realizations: (1) that the evolutionary history of all plant genomes contains multiple, cyclical episodes of whole-genome doubling that were followed by myriad fractionation processes; (2) that the vast majority of the variation in genome size reflects the dynamics of proliferation and loss of lineage-specific transposable elements; and (3) that various classes of small RNAs help shape genomic architecture and function. We illustrate ways in which understanding these organism-level and molecular genetic processes can be used for crop plant improvement.

Comments

This article is published as Wendel, Jonathan F., Scott A. Jackson, Blake C. Meyers, and Rod A. Wing. "Evolution of plant genome architecture." Genome biology 17, no. 1 (2016): 37. 10.1186/s13059-016-0908-1. Posted with permission.

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BMC

Language

en

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