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Natural Variation as a Tool for Gene Identification in Plants

  1. Zachary B Lippman,
  2. Dani Zamir

Published Online: 16 JUL 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0020108

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Lippman, Z. B. and Zamir, D. 2007. Natural Variation as a Tool for Gene Identification in Plants. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 JUL 2007

Abstract

The remarkable variety of plant form and adaptation observed in nature is genetically controlled, with input from environmental cues. Identifying the genes responsible for discrete as well as quantitative differences requires an understanding of the phenotypic and genetic diversity found among species. As opposed to gene cloning based on laboratory-induced mutations, genes discovered through natural variation provide insight into the genetic mechanisms that drive evolutionary change of complex traits.

Keywords:

  • phenotypic variation;
  • allelic variation;
  • natural diversity;
  • qtl;
  • domestication