These authors contributed equally to this paper.
Chloroplast DNA-based studies in molecular ecology may be compromised by nuclear-encoded plastid sequence
Article first published online: 23 AUG 2010
© 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume 19, Issue 18, pages 3853–3856, September 2010
How to Cite
ARTHOFER, W., SCHÜLER, S., STEINER, F. M. and SCHLICK-STEINER, B. C. (2010), Chloroplast DNA-based studies in molecular ecology may be compromised by nuclear-encoded plastid sequence. Molecular Ecology, 19: 3853–3856. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2010.04787.x
- Issue published online: 13 SEP 2010
- Article first published online: 23 AUG 2010
- Received 3 May 2010; revision received 1 July 2010; accepted 7 July 2010
- chloroplast DNA;
- mitochondrial DNA;
- nuclear mitochondrial;
- nuclear plastid;
- population genetics;
Ongoing genetic transfer from mitochondria and plastids into the nucleus is a well-documented fact. While in metazoan molecular ecology the need for surveillance against pseudogene-mediated artefacts when analysing mtDNA sequences is commonly accepted, no comparable measurements have been established for plastid-based studies. We highlight the impact and management of nuclear mitochondrial insertions, argue that nuclear plastid sequences represent an underestimated but major factor in plant molecular ecology, and discuss potential avenues of remedy in chloroplast studies.