Genetic recombination in plants

Curr Opin Plant Biol. 1998 Apr;1(2):123-9. doi: 10.1016/s1369-5266(98)80013-7.


Meiotic recombination generates novel allelic arrays on chromosomes. Recent experiments have revealed an extraordinarily nonrandom distribution of recombination breakpoints along the lengths of plant chromosomes; for example, recombination breakpoints often resolve within genic sequences, and thereby generate novel alleles. The mechanism by which recombination breakpoints are determined is an area of active investigation. In addition, recent developments are providing recombination-based technologies for creating targeted alterations in the architecture of plant genomes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Genetic Linkage*
  • Plants / genetics*
  • Recombination, Genetic*