To pair or not to pair: chromosome pairing and evolution

Curr Opin Plant Biol. 1998 Apr;1(2):116-22. doi: 10.1016/s1369-5266(98)80012-5.


Chromosome pairing in wild-type wheat closely resembles the process in both yeast and Drosophila. The recent characterisation of a mutant Ph1 wheat and the observation that chromosome pairing in the absence of Ph1 more closely resembles that of mammals and maize has shed light on the evolution of chromosome pairing in the cereals.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Centromere / genetics
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Chromosomes*
  • Evolution, Molecular*
  • In Situ Hybridization
  • Plants / genetics*